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.
Diego presently is a very reserved dog. He is very sweet and he has never exhibited any signs of aggression, however he appears ill at ease with unfamiliar people and surroundings, as if he unsure of what is happening or what is expected of him. This is a boy that will need time, lots of positive attention, patience and reassurance while he comes to understand he is finally part of a family and has his “forever home”, not to be passed along yet again.
Diego is uncomfortable with people reaching over his head to touch him – and this is not uncommon for many dogs – but may also be a sign Diego has been struck by humans in the past. Diego does best when allowed time to become comfortable with something new to him and not be “pushed”.
Diego does have a playful side once he becomes at ease with you. He has started exhibiting “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. He does exhibit 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.
Diego’s pedigree is not exactly known. His intake card lists him as a Mastiff mix; although him may be mixed with Labrador retriever, American pit bull terrier and/or Great Dane. One thing is for certain, Diego is a very sweet boy who has been waiting a long time for the right family to share all of his love with.
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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