RAYNA AB#16-137


Rayna having fun in backyard

* NOTE: Rayna is still very anxious riding in a car. So for now, only  potential adopters within 200 miles of Roswell, GA should inquire about Rayna.

Gender: Female
Age: 1 year (DOB 11/23/15)
Size/Weight: 42 lbs
Color: Liver Belton
Breed: English Setter

Socialization/training: Shy, but eventually warms up. May take a while for her to warm up to the men/boys in the home. Not much training.

Good with Children: yes, we have four boys ranging in age from 8 years to 16 years, and she loves all of them, but is a little wary when my 16 year old wears a hoodie.

Good with Dogs: yes, she is submissive and loves to play with them.

Good with Cats: unknown, but her prey drive does not seem to be high. She is more interested in playing and running around with the dogs.

House trained: yes

Crate trained: yes

Leash trained: no, but we are working on it. She is happiest in known, comfortable environments, so we have not tried to take her for walks yet.

Activity Level: Rayna loves to run around outside with the resident dogs, but is also happy to lie around in the house or in the grass.

Fence REQUIRED: No invisible fencing. I don’t think she would get out of a four-foot fence, but she does not always come when called and follows our dogs in the house and around the yard. She has not seemed interested in testing the boundaries of our fence, but instead enjoys running with her new found furry friends.

Behavior: Rayna is definitely a cuddler and likes to be with her fellow dogs and people.

Medical History: Rayna is up to date on vaccines, negative for heartworm, spayed, and is micro-chipped. She has a beautiful, soft coat and seems extremely healthy.

Foster Comments: Rayna is an absolute doll and we would keep her in a heartbeat if we could accommodate another resident dog. She has come a long way in the short time we have had her. She is a failed hunting dog because she was never able to pass any noise tests and was labeled gun shy. Her owner was extremely nice to give her to Above & Beyond so that we could help her find the perfect forever home and teach her what it means to be a part of a family instead of a kenneled hunting dog!

When she first came to us, she was not only gun shy, but was extremely easily startled and still does not like any changes. Pulling out all of the Christmas decorations was definitely a bit of a trial for her, especially bringing a tree in the house! She especially does not like the vacuum cleaner and when I left it near a door, she avoided the door for the rest of the day even after I put the vacuum cleaner away. She dislikes sudden noises or movement and retreats to a safe place (her kennel or under the dining room table). Items held in your hand are suspicious and cause for concern or retreat, especially backpacks for some reason.

She looks to our resident dogs to see their reactions to a situation and then seems to accept it for the most part. We have a coyote on the wooded property next door to us and she barks at it when it is running through the woods, but is not especially vocal unless startled. She will whine from happiness in the morning when she is let out of her kennel and sees the other dogs. At first she would not cross thresh-holds in our house, but is now much better especially if all the dogs come in or go out in a group.

She gets excited and will jump up, but does it gently and is so small she doesn’t even knock over my 8 year old. She will table and counter surf a little bit if food is left up on the counter so we normally put her in her kennel or out in the back yard with the other dogs during dinner time so that she won’t be tempted to misbehave.

She loves to run and play with the other dogs and us. She likes tennis balls, treats, Kong, tug and chew toys. She is extremely muscular and athletic. Her original owner/breeder said her “confirmation is excellent”.

She sleeps in her crate in the kitchen at night, but also goes and lies in there during the day if she is tired and wants to curl up for a nap. She will jump up on our bed and hang out if invited and loves to cuddle. She will get up on the furniture if there is someone to cuddle with, but we don’t allow dogs on the sofa in our house (at least not when we are around to see it). She doesn’t mind taking showers at all and loves to be dried off with a towel and then wants to play with it.

We definitely think it will be important for her to go to a home with other dogs that are accepting and like to play. She is wary of men, especially if they are dressed in any sort of hunting or hiking garb and warms up to them slowly. The best thing we have found is for my husband to pay attention to our dogs. Not wanting to miss out, she will approach him so that she gets some petting as well.

She will need patience and love in the transition to her new home as she gets acclimated to a new environment. We have not spent too much time trying to train her because we have been focused on gaining her trust and giving her love. We are working on “come here”, “sit” and “down”. She has been doing great!

We have not given her the run of the house while we are gone. She stays close by me during the day or will lie in the kitchen and wait for me to get done with whatever I am doing in another part of the house. Rayna is an exceptionally sweet and beautiful dog and someone will be lucky to have her as a family member!

*Note: Rayna will be spayed on 12/15/16, therefore she cannot go to her adoptive home until after her spay.

Adoption fee: $300.00

Foster Location: Roswell, GA
In most cases volunteer transport is available for your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home.