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Go, Diego, Go!! 7 long years ago, this handsome pit/boxer mix found himself abandoned at an Iowa kennel where, after 6 weeks with no luck in finding a new home or rescue, the staff felt they had no choice but to euthanize him. A Christmas miracle was in the works and SEPR found a foster home for him! Fast forward to today after sadly being adopted and then returned, Diego is once again finding safety and sanctuary back with his SEPR roots due to his previous owner having a baby.
Once Diego arrived with SEPR our volunteers instantly fell head over heels for this stunning man. He has the most soulful eyes outlined with a beautiful grey/blue coloring. Now that he’s older at 8 years, he has settled into the senior life. He still loves to go for walks and trot alongside the bike, and then chills in his favorite chair.
Diego loves to show off his tricks: sit, down, sit-pretty, high-five and shake (with both paws!). He lies nicely to wait for his food at dinner time and waits patiently for his release before diving into his food. Kennel time is going well and has improved over the months of his return. He can have some crate accidents after four hours or so of being confined. We would love to find a family that goes home during lunch time or works from home to help Diego always be successful in his routine. However; on the flip side, Diego has no problem snoozing an entire night away or binge watching Netflix for 8-10 hours with zero accidents when with his people! House trained perfectly.
When Diego was returned to SEPR he had to fight two serious bouts of a bladder infections. After changing his food to a urinary prescription ( and doing some in depth labs, we have learned that Diego has an enlarged prostate. While unusual in dogs that have been neutered their whole life, tests came back negative for cancer, but this will require a daily oral medication (Finasteride 5mg - $23 for 3 month supply) for his lifetime to keep him comfortable.
Diego lives on a crate and rotate style set up with two other resident dogs. While he does not want the dogs in his direct personal space in the house, he does do well with them while on leash in the back yard. Diego runs around and minds his own business, but does takes some serious monitoring. While out and about on daily walks, car rides, hikes, and biking adventures he pays very little attention to any other canines provided they respect his spatial perimeter. Prior to being adopted the first time around Diego lived with felines. He recently went to visit some new feline friends and was not very interested in them. However, much like canines he does not want them in his space either.
He loves being around people of all ages, but young children can make him nervous, so we do recommend he go to either an adult home or a home with children over 12 that are respectful of boundaries. Wherever he goes, Diego will need a home that is willing to give him plenty of time to settle in. He can be nervous and unsure in new situations. When he does finally settle he is the most lovable dog you can ask for and will snore away on the couch for hours in the goofiest positions you can imagine!
This dog is just looking for a home where he can be himself. From the energy and fun of a boxer to the loyalty and love of a pit bull, Diego is like a two for one package deal! He is ready to give your home hours of entertainment and years of love. Come adopt Diego today!