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Please contact Astrid (email@example.com), (804) 761-1386 for more information about this pet.
Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home.
NEEDS FOSTER! SPENT ENTIRE LIFE NEGLECTED AT THE END OF A CHAIN!!!
Lucky is about 8 years old and weighs 55 pounds. He came to us in July 2015—ONE YEAR AGO. (His birthday is May 28.) This dear, sweet boy spent his ENTIRE LIFE NEGLECTED AT THE END OF A CHAIN, after his previous owners got him as a puppy! He was extremely emaciated when seized by Animal Control and we were so happy to open up our hearts and arms for him. Finally, he is valued, loved, appropriately cared for, and there is NOT a chain around his neck! His tail was docked for medical reasons when we treated his other health issues.
Because Lucky paced around the tree he was chained to for 7 years, his “muscle memory” still takes over sometimes, and he paces inside his room so much that he sometimes makes himself limp. He is much calmer when he is in a crate and cannot pace, and his “television cartoons” are on. He will bark and pace for human attention if he hears humans in an area and cannot be WITH them. Lucky enjoys being with people and he NEEDS to be someone’s best buddy and (almost) constant companion. Watch his videos to see how he is able to relax when he is “with people.”
Astrid, one of our super-duper volunteers, has taken Lucky under her wings and gotten to know him very well. He spends some weekends with her and she takes him on various outings and drives him to his vet appointments. She is at the shelter most Sunday afternoons and would be happy to personally introduce Lucky to you. Even if you can't adopt him, Lucky would love the company! You and Astrid could walk Lucky down Pine Trail so you could admire him on a very relaxing walk. Astrid is also willing to take folks who are seriously interested in adopting him, to her home where Lucky won't be stressed and you can witness his good house manners. Lucky has many GREAT traits. He:
- is good on a leash, enjoys outdoor yard time, and is not a climber or a digger.
- loves cars and car rides and he is always very relaxed in a car—it seems to be his “safe place.”
- has very good house manners and Astrid has never seen him show any interest in “marking” inside.
- is house trained and crate trained.
- isn’t destructive with his blanket in his crate, and doesn't shred blankets or other soft things in Astrid’s home, but he does sometimes tear up soft things when he is in his room at the shelter and wants to be with the people outside his room instead of just hearing them out there.
- knows the commands “down” “leave-it” and doesn't do bad with “wait.”
- can entertain himself for hours if you give him a Kong with his special dog food stuffed inside. If you soak the food first & then freeze it into the Kong he will be entertained for hours! he has a “frozen” Kong filled with delicious dog food and meaty treats!
When Lucky is confined, human voices make him stressfully pace and bark for attention, because he wants to be included in the activity going on outside of his confinement. (You can understand this when you realize he has been CHAINED to one spot for 7 years!) We have had several professional evaluations done on him (at Virginia Tech and with various dog trainers and behaviorists) and we will happily share those with anyone who would like to be the wind beneath Lucky’s wings and give him his best life ever. (Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Fiber Response dog food suits his tummy the best.)
As you read this write-up, PLEASE allow empathy for Lucky to bless you with the knowledge that YOU could make his life here on Earth WORTH LIVING! He may not have been lucky up until now but YOU have the power to turn him into one of the luckiest dogs in the world, and if you adopt him, he’s sure to be your most loyal dog ever. Astrid, at email@example.com , can tell you a lot more about him and why she has fallen head over heels in love with him!
GOOD WITH SOME DOGS.
LUCKY REALLY NEEDS TO BE FOSTERED! HE LOVES PEOPLE (& RELAXES WHEN HE IS WITH PEOPLE) BUT HE PACES AT THE SHELTER. CAN YOU FOSTER HIM?
VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org