April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

heartwormSo many of our rescued setters come to us heartworm positive and then need to go through a lengthy treatment and recovery process in their foster home before they can be adopted.

  • Did you know that heartworms can be transmitted by one bite from a heartworm-infested mosquito?
  • Did you know that heartworms are found in all 50 states?
  • Did you know that heartworms can be prevented through a relatively inexpensive dose of monthly heartworm preventative?
  • Did you know that the heartworm treatment and recovery for an infected dog is painful, not without risk and expensive?
  • Did you know that heartworms will eventually kill a dog, if left untreated?

Please click on the American Heartworm Society’s page to learn more about heartworms and what you, as a caring and concerned pet owner, can do.



Gender: Female

Age: 5 months (DOB 11/15/17)

Size: 24 pounds

Color: White and Black

Breed: English Setter Mix

Socialization: Styx lives in her foster home with her sister, Clio, and two Brittanys. She loves to play and romp with everyone. She loves her foster brothers almost as much as her own sister.

Good with Children: There are no children in Styx’s foster home, however, she gets along with everyone, including other people and dogs who come to visit. We feel positive she would do well with children, although should be watched with smaller children. She is still a puppy herself.

Good with Dogs: Yes, Styx loves other dogs. She is very friendly and enjoys playing and cuddling with her foster brothers.

Good with Cats: Unknown. There are no cats in Styx’s foster home. With proper introduction, she may do fine. The world (and all the critters in it) is her playground.

House trained: Yes, Styx is house trained. Aside from a couple of accidents during her first days, she goes outside to potty and keeps her crate clean.

Crate trained: Yes. Styx will enter her crate on command and spends her nights there. She also willingly enters her crate when it is time for us to leave the house.

Leash trained: Moderate. Styx has a large backyard and spends her days running and playing. The few times she has been on leash she has not resisted and has learned fairly quickly what is expected of her. We’re confident that with some leash walking, she’ll be a gem.

Activity level: Moderate. As much as Styx loves playing and running in the yard, she settles down quickly when she comes inside. She loves evenings cuddling on the couch with her siblings and foster parents.

Fence: Preferred. Styx has been with us a month. Our fence is 6’ in some areas, 4’ in others. She respects the fence line and is learning her boundaries

Training/Behavior: Styx has been with us for approximately a month and has learned to sit and wait for treats. She comes when called, but not consistently, and responds to a whistle. She is quick to go in her kennel on command and settles down immediately once inside. She will counter surf, given the chance, and loves to steal an occasional shoe, but doesn’t chew or destroy them. The thrill is in the chase! Paper towels and napkins are her favorites.

Medical History: Styx is UTD on all vaccinations and is on flea/tick and heartworm prevention. She has not yet been spayed as she is too young.

Adoption Fee: $395.00

Dog Location: Eugene, Oregon

Volunteer transport can be arranged in the Continental US within a 1,000 mile distance between adopters & foster home. Typically, we are able to transport your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home. *Dogs can be adopted outside the 1000 mile transport distance; however, adopters must be willing to either fly their adopted dog, drive to a location within the 1000 mile transport range, or make independent transport arrangements for their adopted dog.


STYX - F, 5 Months

ATLAS AB#18-021-2

Gender: Male
Age: approximately 5 months
Size/Weight: medium/21 pounds, now, but will grow to 45 to 60 pounds.
Color: White with black markings on face and black spots
Breed: English Setter

Training: Since Atlas has been here, he has been learning many new things. He has learned to sit, and is working on down and stay. He is learning how to jump into the bathtub to get his feet washed, because his foster family lives in Oregon, and it’s very wet here. He is learning “off” because sometimes he likes to jump up on people or look at what’s on the counter.

Good with Children: Yes! He loves children and people in general. ALL people! He is extremely friendly, happy, and tolerant. Wonderful, warm personality.

Good with Dogs: He is good with other dogs but should be introduced to new dogs slowly, one at a time, as sometimes he gets scared initially. He’s just a little guy, you know!

Good with Cats: We have cats, chickens, and goats. He does fine with the other animals but needs to be introduced to each animal first so he knows what to expect. He is also not ever unsupervised, and the chickens and goats are in their own area separate from the dogs. Since he is a bird dog, he will need to be watched carefully around any chickens or water fowl that are kept as farm animals/pets, because as he grows, it’s likely his natural birding instincts will come out.

House trained: In progress, but doing pretty well, so far! He is working on potty training. He's still little, and this is new to him, so he does have an occasional accident, and you have to watch if he starts sniffing... like you would for any puppy. He sleeps good at night, but usually needs to go potty once during the night.

Crate trained: He does well in his crate. He is still learning the command to go in, but easily goes in with guidance. He will sometimes cry a little for a few minutes when he first goes to bed, but will quiet down quickly.

Leash trained: Learning how to walk on a leash, but will need continued training. He’s doing well so far.

Activity Level: Atlas is playful with a lot of energy! He likes to run and play outside, but mellows out pretty good once he’s inside. He would love to have someone who likes to cuddle and will take him outside to play. He especially likes one-on-one time. Atlas has been evaluated by Search and Rescue leaders and shows a natural inclination to do this. He was able to “naturally” complete a zig-zag search pattern the first time, where as it usually takes 2-3 months to teach a dog this. He is a fearless leader in the field and does well in town or in the mountains.

Fence: Atlas will need a fence, or he will need to be on a lead or trained to an invisible fence if he is outside. Being a young dog, he will need lots of exercise so a fence is preferred unless a dedicated exercise plan is in place.

Behavior: Atlas is smart, attentive, and loves to cuddle. He can also be easily distracted, so when you are working with him on his training, it’s best to do so where there are few interruptions, in a one-on-one situation. In this environment, he learns very quickly. He is learning a lot of puppy things, but hasn’t been training for very long. As far as puppy chewing, we provide him with toys and direct him to those if appropriate.

Atlas is very independent and will be the guy out doing his own thing on the opposite side of the yard from where the pack goes. He’s out-going and curious. If he gets scared, he barks, so we are working with training him not to do this and helping him to feel more confident in unusual situations. Atlas needs someone who is willing to take the time to work with him and continue his puppy training and who will give him love and attention. He is looking for his person to bond to. He is like any other puppy who needs to learn basic commands and proper manners.

He likes other dogs, but would probably do best in a home that didn’t have a lot of other dogs and where he can have one person in the family who is his dedicated person and is focused on him. When he bonds with that person, it will be forever!

Medical History: Atlast is up to date on vaccines & microchipped. He is too young to be neutered. The adoption contract will state adopter must neuter by 9 mths of age. We will reimburse what "Friends of Animals" allow, which is $74.00.

Atlas was found with his siblings on the streets of Greece where they had been left to the elements. He has been thoroughly vetted, and he has thrived since being rescued. Atlas originates from Greece where Leishmaniasis is endemic. He has tested negative, but Leishmaniasis can remain dormant in the system for many years, so their potential adopter must be willing to commit to having them tested annually for the next 7 years.

Foster Comments: Atlas is a wonderful little guy. He is not aggressive and does well with people and animals, as long as he is introduced to the other animals so he isn’t frightened by them. He will need regular exercise, because English Setters need activity. He will need patience, like any puppy, but is very easily corrected. I would liken working with an English Setter puppy to working with a two-year-old. They need patience, supervision, and love. He would probably do well training for field trials, Search and Rescue, or agility. He has been tested and shows a HIGH APTITUDE for Search and Rescue and can already track naturally. Although English Setters need to be between 1 ½ to 2 years old before they start doing jumps because their bones are still forming, they can participate in non-jumping agility.
He is a very sweet, happy, healthy puppy.

Adoption fee: $395.00

Dog Location: Roseburg, Oregon
Volunteer transport can be arranged in the Continental US within a 1,000 mile distance between adopters & foster home. Typically, we are able to transport your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home. *Dogs can be adopted outside the 1000 mile transport distance; however, adopters must be willing to either fly their adopted dog, drive to a location within the 1000 mile transport range, or make independent transport arrangements for their adopted dog.

Dog Location: Roseburg, Oregon
Volunteer transport can be arranged in the Continental US within a 1,000 mile distance between adopters & foster home.
Typically, we are able to transport your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home.
*Dogs can be adopted outside the 1000 mile transport distance; however, adopters must be willing to either fly their adopted dog, drive to a location within the 1000 mile transport range, or make independent transport arrangements for their adopted dog.

Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue 2018 Star Search

2018 Star Search closes on July 16, 2017 at 10:00 PM (EST) – so don’t miss out! Enter or vote »

Welcome to the Above & Beyond English Setter Calendar Star Search. We all love our Setters and each one is a Star in our own eyes. Here is your chance to go viral, enter your best photos, and share your setter’s story! Send the links to all your family, friends, co-workers, and well everyone! Build your Star’s fan club! The fans will vote for their favorite Stars! The 12 favorite Stars will receive a larger picture in our 2018 calendar and the top Fan Favorite will win the coveted Calendar Cover spot!

But this is much more than a fun Calendar Contest. It’s an opportunity to promote the rescue and raise some much needed funds for our dogs. These are the real lifetime dramas of setters in need who depend on our help to have a chance at a real life in a forever home! Many dogs come to us abused and neglected with significant medical needs. Each vote will help raise funds to get the medical help they need. This is the real Star Power!

So come on all you “Puparazzies” out there…start submitting your best shots!

Submitting your Star Search entry is free! Once your entry is confirmed, send the “share” links to all the “fans” you know. Votes cost $1.00 each and a minimum purchase of 5 votes ($5.00) is required. Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue is a 501( c) 3 non-profit organization. Your purchase of votes is actually a tax deduction and the printable receipt is your proof of donation. Purchased votes can be cast all on a single Star or split among your favorites! And you can vote as often as you want! The tally of votes is viewable real-time and everyone can track their Star’s progress. Enter early and vote frequently for the best chances of winning. And use those share buttons to share your Star’s link to all your fans on FB, email, Twitter, Instagram, etc…..

If you prefer, you can email your image to Eileen using this link »

Don’t have a photo to submit? No problem. Just browse all the photos submitted and vote for your favorites! If you intend to purchase a calendar, remember the top 13 Stars chosen here will be featured in prominent spots in the 2018 calendar. So make the top 13 – Your Favorite Stars!

And don’t forget to preorder your calendars. $22 each and $5 for shipping up to 3 calendars – any quantity over 3 is a flat $10. Checks can be mailed to Above & Beyond 60 Molleystown Rd Pine Grove PA 17963

GO – GO – GO (before it’s gone)!

Black Dog Coffee Fundraiser

Support Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue by treating yourself to some great coffee.  During the months of April and May, Black Dog Coffee Traders will generously make a donation to A&B ESR for every bag of their specially-labeled coffee sold to our supporters.

Black Dog Coffee Traders is dedicated to selling superbly roasted coffee blends from the best coffee regions in the world. Since their beginning, they have donated 5% of their profits to the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation for the purpose of canine cancer research. They also periodically further support their goal of “celebrating the canines that we spend our lives with” through donations to a limited number of other dog-related charities based on sales of coffee to the charities’ supporters. A&B ESR is lucky to be one of those charities.

Please help A&B ESR by buying setter-themed bags of coffee from Black Dog Coffee Traders this month.  Click on this link to go directly to the website»

Following are pictures of the coffee labels, each featuring one of A&B ESR’s alumni. (Thor’s, Lewie’s and Sweet Brinkley’s blends are available in either a caffeinated or decaffeinated variety.) 

Brinkley__94142_1489592208_175_280LlewiesThorRex French BrewBlack Dog Coffee Traders also sells coffee accessories.  If you use a Keurig coffee-maker, there is a reusable filter available on the website that allows this coffee to be brewed in a Keurig.

This generous donation and the opportunity to have these special setters cheering you when you make your coffee will only be available between April 1 and May 31 so do not delay placing your orders.

Thank you for supporting our English Setters.

Tastefully Simple Fundraiser

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Hello A&B volunteers and adopters,

I have been a volunteer with A&B for 11 years.   My favorite thing is raising a litter of puppies!   Who can resist puppy breath?  So when I saw the little pup who was found on the streets in Greece, I wanted to foster him.  After emailing Jennifer and learning the costs of getting the foreigners here, I decided to try a fundraiser to help cover some of the costs of flights. I enjoy food and Tastefully Simple products too so here are the details.

Below is a link to A&B’s fundraiser. You can place an order on the web site, pay by credit card and have itBaby Puppy3 shipped to your home. If you would be willing to take a catalog to work or ask friends to help our cause, I can send you catalogs and order forms. You can then send the orders and checks to me and I will submit. The fundraiser is closing Saturday, April 1.  Products will arrive before Easter. A spice shaker could be put in an Easter basket for someone on a diet or a diabetic. The drink buckets make a nice gift too!

Shop a little and raise some funds for Duke and the crew. For every $100 in sales (not including shipping), A&B will earn $25.  So if our fundraiser totals $2000, A&B will earn $500 for air fare or vet bills for the Greeks!

Thanks so much for all you do for the setters.

Here is the party link  https://www.tastefullysimple.com/p/11152902  to place orders. 

Any questions, email or call 717-580-5715. Feel free to forward to your friends.  

Happy Selling!

Ivy Logue and Duke

hART Sense Design and Smiling Setter Shop present Holiday Fundraiser

Now through January 31, 2018 all profits go to support the mission of Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue.

Shop pet tags and matching accessories for humans at http://www.smilingsetter.com or get yourself, or a loved one, some unique fashion jewelry at http://www.hartsensedesign.com

When you use coupon SETTER2SETTER30 at checkout, all profits from your entire order will go to Above & Beyond, and you will also receive 30% off your order total.

Quantities are limited, so shop early for best selection.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

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Please support our annual Above & Beyond Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Remember when we used to have Yankee Candle parties in our homes or get invited to them? Sadly, because we are spread out nationwide, it’s impossible to do the sales by having a party. The great thing is that you can order online, have your items shipped directly to you, and have your purchase benefit Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue. Some wonderful stuff in the online catalog just in time to start your Christmas shopping Our rescue receives 40% of every purchase to let us help more rescues. Shop on line at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com. If you don’t see the Above and Beyond page, sign on as a seller using this very important number 990027206 (this is what gives A&B the profit on the sale).















You are about to meet some amazing English Setters! Whether you are searching for your next best friend or just looking for information, we are here to help.

Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue (A&BESR) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization committed to saving English Setters. Since 2004, our efforts enabled over 1,500 homeless English Setters and English setter mixes to find their way into loving forever homes. Our adopted dogs reside in 49 of our 50 states, DC, and Canada. There are A&B foster homes in every geographic region of the country.

The English setters rescued by A&BESR are often found in shelters, as strays, no longer wanted because they do not hunt, or turned in by families who are no longer able to care for their setter. Once in rescue, our foster homes work with each dog to determine temperament, personality, and best type of home situation for their foster’s needs. All dogs receive basic vetting: spay/neuter, vaccines, and parasite testing /treatment. Many rescued setters have significant medical needs which require advanced medical care for heartworm disease, tumors, untreated breaks or fractures, etc. A&BESR provides for all medical care. Once restored to health, our setters are available for adoption.

Thank You for visiting. Before you go, would you consider making a donation to help us save another life?