Age: 12 years
Size/Weight: 50+ pounds
Color: Orange and White
Breed: English Setter
Socialization/training: Flint is socialized with people and other dogs. It appears he did not have any previous training. We are starting with the basics. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Good with Children: Yes
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: He has not been tested.
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: Yes. He goes into the crate to lay down, but he needs coaxing to go into the crate when he knows we are leaving the house.
Leash trained: He is a work in progress. Flint was an owner surrender and listed as a “pheasant dog”. He walks in a zig-zag pattern like he would when hunting which is very typical Setter behavior.
Activity Level: Flint has a pretty high energy level for an older gentleman. He does like to play with toys and is excellent at de-stuffing. He would rather interact with a person than with a toy.
Fence preferred: Flint would love to be able to run around in a fenced-in yard. Right now his foster home does not have a fence, so when he goes outside, he is on a 20 ft. tie out. He runs back and forth in the space that is available. Since I believe he was a hunting dog, he probably should have a fenced in yard. But, being 12 years old, leash walking might be enough for daily exercise.
Behavior: He loves to be close to his people. When we sit on the floor he rubs all over us. But when he is tired, he will go in his crate, so he has a bit of an independent streak.
Medical History: Flint is neutered and up-to-date on all vaccines & microchipped. He appears to have cataracts on both eyes.
Foster Comments: Flint is a sweet, funny, friendly boy. When playing with his humans, he will get so excited and he will sometimes mouth as a puppy does when learning to interact with humans. We are trying to show him that using his mouth is not the proper way to play. He does not like vinyl or laminate flooring. So for now, my floors are covered with rugs and old blankets. We are working with him on walking on regular floors and the wooden steps.
He usually sleeps in a crate at night, but I am getting him used to sleeping in a dog bed on the floor beside my bed. In the evening, he will go into his crate just to rest. Being in a crate while I am at work is a bit too much for him. He should have a potty break sometime during the 8 hours I am gone. If Flint could find a home where someone is there at least half the day, that would be perfect for him.
* I would like to say something about senior dogs. The last time I fostered a senior dog, I end up adopting him. I fostered him for a year and at that time, he thought he was home and so did we. He went on to live with my son and crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2015 at age 16. He went on daily walks and at the end of the walk would always lay down in the grass and smile. He chewed on toys and bones and was happy.
I normally try to foster younger dogs, because they get adopted more quickly and I feel I can help more dogs that way. But if a senior is in need, I will step up to foster. I guess I think like a lot of people do, that seniors may only have a few years to live. Having lost all four of my boys in less than two years I am a little shy about taking in an older dog. But I realize that I don’t know how much time they have or how much time I have. It’s about giving any dog, young or older, a chance with a family who will love them and give them a wonderful life.
Older dogs are wonderful and have so much to give. Maybe their family had to give them up due to reasons beyond their control. That dog is confused and the best thing for him is to find a family that can give him back the love he knew. Please consider adopting a senior. You will be so happy that you did.
Adoption fee: $125.00 Senior dog discount (regular $300 adoption fee)
Foster Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
In most cases volunteer transport is available for your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home.