IRA ABIN#19- 161 – F, 2 Years

Name: Ira

Gender: female

Age: 2 yr

Size/Weight: 38 #

Color: Black and White Breed: English Setter

Good with Children: I have not been able to have her around children but she seems to like everyone. She can be a little nervous of new things so a slow introduction would be ideal.

Good with Dogs: Yes, she plays well with my three and others she’s met

Good with Cats: Introduction to my sister’s cat has gone well. The cat scares Ira a little and Ira will turn to run but then she’ll stop and watch the cat and ask it to play. She has sat quietly and shared handed out treats with the kitty with no issue. She would need an introduction to new cats. She does chase squirrels but I’ve learned that the size of the cat makes a difference. i.e. cat vs kitten

House trained: yes, she’s only had one ‘accident” when she first arrived and her tummy was upset.

Crate trained: I have not used a crate

Leash trained: Living in the country we don’t do a lot of leash walking but the times we have, she pulls but not excessively. A halter does better than a collar for leash walking.

Behavior:  cuddler? independent? attentive? Ira is a mix of all three. She loves attention and a good ear rub but she is also content to sleep close by. She will come to you to ask for attention. A bad habit is that she will jump and put her front feet on you...we are working on keeping 4 on the floor (around food on the table also). Activity Level: For example, Playful? Laid back?, etc. Ira loves to run and is very fast. She still needs work or recall, especially if a squirrel has caught her attention. She is very playful and loves being both inside and out.

She has discovered the toy box and is enjoying learning all of the goodies and different textures inside. She enjoys chewing on antlers, rawhides and stuffed toys. She is learning that treats are good too!

Fence:  A fence of some sort is always preferable, but if she has a jogging partner she’d probably do fine with just leash exercise. She would need more than just walks. I’m not a fan of dog parks but one with a secure fence would probably be fine. We do not have a physical fence so I don’t know how she’d be loose in a fenced area.

Medical History: Ira is up to date on vaccines, spayed, worming and heart worm meds. She is waiting results of follow up testing for tick borne diseases. (She had Erlichia and Babesia while in Greece and was treated.)
I’ve had to put ear wash in her ears and she takes it like a champ, much better than my other 3!

Ira originates from Greece where Leishmaniasis is endemic. She tested negative before coming to the USA, but the parasite can remain dormant in the system for many years, so potential adopters must be willing to commit to annual testing for the next 7 years. Typically, the test needs to be sent to a special lab, but any regular vet can draw the blood and send it to the lab. The price of the test varies due to the type of testing and laboratory used.

Foster Comments: Ira is a wonderful pup. She got out of the transport car and fit right in with our family and lifestyle. She sleeps all night on the people bed. In the morning she will go out and immediately go potty. She loves to sit on the sofa and get an ear rub. She has her breakfast in the kitchen and we are working on sit and wait while her bowl is put down. There is kibble available 24/7 and she shares well with the other dogs.

She rides well in the car but is sometimes hesitant to get out...maybe she just wants to ride some more,
We live on a tidal creek, she has made no effort to go in to the water or mud.
She engages in play with my dogs ages 3 to 10 yrs.

An identifying note for Ira is a 5th toes/dew claw on her left rear leg...
She’s very attentive of my caged chickens. She would definitely chase if they were free range as she is very birdie and will chase birds and squirrels.

Adoption fee: $300.00
Dog Location: Edisto Island, SC (45 miles south of Charleston)

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