Diego was abandoned by his previous owners at a boarding facility in Phoenix. After being unable to reach his previous owners for an extended period of time, Diego has been deemed abandoned and now the kennels are working through Valley Dogs Rescue to find Diego a new home.
Not a lot is known about Diego; although we have been told most of his life he has been passed back and forth between a couple of families, and that he has been to the boarding kennels many times. His current stay started in June, 2016.
Diego is current on his vaccinations and has recently been neutered.
When adopted he will benefit from a family that will give him time to open up, lots of positive attention, patience and reassurance.
When first meeting and getting to know Diego he was uncomfortable with people reaching over his head to touch him, but once I've gotten to know him, he is fine with petting his head and leans into you for more affection. It's fairly obvious the poor guy was struck by humans in the past, so even more reason to give him the home and life he deserves!
He exhibits the “play bow” behavior with the volunteers with whom he has become familiar, and bounces up and interacts when play behavior is initiated by the volunteer. He seems to be interested in toys, but unsure what exactly they are or what to do with them. He also seems to have an interest in running, although the size of the yards makes this difficult to determine.
As to other animals, Diego has displayed more of an anxious behavior than an aggressive behavior. While walking through the kennels, Diego does not bark or try to “charge” at the other kennels, but does keep an eye on the other dogs barking at him and prefers to walk away from the kennels. When they bark or try to be tough on the other side of the fence he just ignores the other dogs, so he seems more passive with other dogs than reactive or dominant. He exhibits interest in the dogs in adjoining play yards, but seems unsure about interacting with them. Therefore, appropriate introductions with other animals in a prospective household is a must.
His temperament indicates he would do fine in a home with older children and those mature enough to understand to treat Diego with patience and understanding while he becomes part of a new family. We suggest older children only because he does jump when playing and still needs to be trained not to jump. Having small children in the house before proper training of this kind wouldn't be a good idea just to be on the safe side.
Does this beautifully marked boy sound like he may be the right match for you? If so, please contact us to arrange a meeting.
Breed: Mastiff mix
Age: 4 to 5 years
Size/Weight: 73 pounds
Ok with children: Okay with older children due to size
Ok with dogs: appears to be, but proper introductions/supervision are recommended
Ok with cats: unknown
Special Needs: None
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