03 9328 3021

My lifestyle colour

  • Requires lots of training and will also need long term training
  • Very stimulated by surrounding environment
  • Requires high activity
  • May have high grooming needs
  • Loves to play and may be hard to settle after play
  • Available from: April 12th, 2019
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 10 months (Teenager)
  • Size: Large
  • Breed: American Staffordshire terrier x Bull Arab


Well howdy there, my name is Diesel.

I was surrendered to Lort Smith when I sustained a nasty cut to my back leg. My previous carer and the staff here suspect I must have accidentally brushed past a piece of metal whilst I was in the backyard.

Fortunately I'm on the mend and my wound has almost healed completely. I do however have sore ears at the moment but medication is helping and I hope to be fit as a fiddle very soon!

I am definitely ready to find a new home, but until I am fully healed, I will be classified as a foster to adopt. Official paperwork can be completed once my ears are better.

As I am a young boy and still have lots of learning to do, it would be best if my new carers were strong and confident handlers. They need to commit to taking me to obedience classes and reinforcing my manners.

I am very sweet, love to cuddle and I adore belly rubs. At times, I can get a bit too excited and don't know my own strength. It's probably safest if I don't go to a home with young children as I'd hate to accidentally knock them over.

I get along well with other dogs but will need to work on how I initially greet them as I can come across as quite silly! I can be rehomed with another dog but they would have to be able to cope with my enthusiasm. A calm doggy mentor would be ideal!

If you think I could slot into your lifestyle, please call the Adoption Hub on 9321 7240 to book in a meet and greet. Can't wait to say hello!


  • Suits teenager
  • Allowed outdoors
  • Good with other dogs


Things to consider before adopting an animal

Adopting an animal is a rewarding experience that will last a lifetime.  But before you adopt a pet please take some time to consider the commitment you are about to make. Sometimes the excitement of pet ownership can overshadow factors that should be considered before adoption. 

Adopting a shelter pet is a lifelong decision that will have a major impact to your normal, everyday life.  Please remember that a cat or dog can live for up to 20 years and they will rely only on you for their wellbeing for their entire life. 

Before you decide, have you considered the following?

  • Do I have time to exercise the dog every day?
  • Do I have time for puppy pre-school and time to socialise a puppy?
  • Do I have at least an hour every day to spend with my cat?
  • Do I have time for obedience training?
  • If renting, does the landlord permit pets?
  • Is the backyard big enough and is the fencing secure?
  • Does the whole family want a pet?
  • Will the pet be allowed inside?
  • Will I have to move interstate or overseas in the foreseeable future?
  • Will I have to move to another rental property where the landlord may not allow pets.

Can I afford a pet? 

Pets are a lifelong monetary commitment, you will need to factor in:

  • Weekly animal food bills and necessities
  • Yearly council registration
  • Monthly medications like heart worm/intestinal worm and flea treatments
  • Annual vet visits for vaccinations and check ups
  • Unexpected vet bills due to accidents or medical conditions
  • Ongoing grooming
  • Boarding fees for human holidays
  • Enrichment like training, toys etc

Ready to Adopt?

Come visit me

Lort Smith Adoption Hub
Registration 005ASH
38 Villiers St, North Melbourne
03 9287 6426

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Fri/Sat – 9.30am-3.30pm
(closed public holidays)

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