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Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County - ALMOST HOME

29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA  22949

Phone:  434 263-7722


Posted animals are physically located at the above address except when indicated with the following notations after the animal’s name:

  • Animal Name (FC=initials) -- indicates the animal is living in Foster Care. To meet the animal, please contact the foster directly when contact information is provided; otherwise call the shelter at 434 263-7722.
  • Animal Name (COURTESY) – this animal is posted as a public courtesy using information provided by the owner.  Our shelter does not own or guarantee the information provided by the owner to be complete and accurate.  Also, adoption does not involve our shelter but is strictly between the adopter and the owner.


About Tipper

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: 20116
  • General Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn with White
  • Color: Bicolor
  • Current Age: 6 Years (best estimate)
  • Location: 29 Stagebridge Road Lovingston VA 22949 (434) 263-7722
  • Declawed: No
  • Housetrained: Yes

UPDATE 5/25/21:  55-pound Tipper came unclaimed from Animal Control at the end of December 2018.  We didn’t know he was destined for eventual blindness.  All that was apparent was his classy Hound/Retriever appearance. He didn’t show any visual problems. In his brownish-red coat with neat white trim, he presented an image of youthful vigor. Little did we know then, that this year (2021) at his age of only 6 years old, he would be diagnosed with Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), an inherited form of retinal degeneration.


Tipper was adopted quickly, when he first came to us, then lived for a month with a caring family.  He loved everything about their home—especially food and a spot he claimed on their sofa.  Before long, he started guarding things important to him. This made his adopters and their young son very nervous, so sadly, they returned him. They shared with us that he had good house manners, was affectionate, and generally calm.


Tipper was adopted a second time by folks who had experience with resource guarding dogs. For a while all seemed to go well.  While with them, he mostly showed them his mild-mannered side and his love of being a pet.  He took joy in just lying beside them. He walked well on a leash and was good in their car. He behaved admirably around chickens as well as other dogs. 


Unfortunately, Tipper’s guarding behavior resurfaced, and then escalated. When he snatched a used paper-plate and then bit (not seriously) the caretaker when she took it away from him, they felt it wasn’t working and returned him. 


Not long after he was returned, it was noticed Tipper seemed to be having vision problems.  We sent him for testing.  He was found to have extremely limited vision and a prognosis of eventual (painless) blindness due to PRA. 


The best home for Tipper would be a mature household without children and who have experience with special needs dogs. This survivor of Heartworms surely deserves a chance to live in a comfortable home with understanding people.  He loves just being outside and laying in the sun.

Though Tipper is handicapped, he is still valuable.  Please read his resume below and consider adopting him. He is hard to dismiss as he lightly taps his foot in anticipation for a moment of recognition.





Home Companion and First Mate.  I am a professional household companion with 6 years of education in human emotion and behavior.



Bonding - Security service - Ability to lower blood pressure - Comedy and cuteness displays - Love expressions - Giving Paw - Friendship - Leash walking - Outdoor athletics - House manners - Diplomacy with Dogs - Listener - Car Passenger



— Has lived in a house

— Has spent time in fenced yards

— Has played with other dogs

— Has traveled in cars

— Has performed basic obedience



MS in survival

The School of Hard Knocks



Nelson County Animal Control

Almost Home Pet Adoption Center


More about Tipper

Good with Dogs, Is Not Good with Kids

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29 Stagebridge Road •  Lovingston, VA 22949  •  (434) 263-7722 •  pets [ at ]