MAISEY 16-165-1 MAX 16-165-2
Gender: Female Gender: Male
Age: 11 years Age: 11 years
Size/Weight: small, 31 lbs Size/Weight: small/33 lbs
Color: Orange and white Color: Orange and white
Breed: English Setter Breed: English Setter
MAISEY is very social and friendly, greets people without any hesitation, willingly allows petting from strangers, generally happy to be with people. Maisey has not had any training in the past. She does respond to her name and has learned to sit for treats.
MAX is very friendly, greets people he meets but sometimes panics when his fears get the best of him and will run away if approached quickly. It is likely he was handled very roughly in his past and unfortunately, his memories sneak up on him and he panics and darts when he feels scared. He needs a family that will be very gentle, patient and understanding. When he is comforted and held, he will happily cuddle and even fall asleep in your arms.
Good with Children:
MAISEY is very good with children. She is sweet and patient. Because of some weakness in her back legs and sometimes pain with getting up from sitting, only older children would be appropriate for her. She cannot get out of the way quickly and if she were bumped she might lose her balance and struggle a bit, which would not be a fun way to live.
MAX is very good with children, but older children would be better for him because of his low confidence and lack of training.
Good with Dogs:
MAISEY is very good with other dogs and has been very submissive to my dogs and friendly with dogs she meets in the neighborhood. She is very sweet and close with her brother, Max. We wonder if, in their younger days, she was the more dominant one because she tends to get the best spot on the bed and is the first to eat.
MAX is cautious, but good with other dogs and has been very submissive to my dogs and “neutral and curious” with dogs he meets in the neighborhood. He is close with Maisey and they don’t mind sharing a food bowl or even enjoying antlers while in their crate together.
Good with Cats: Unknown. We do not have cats, so we have not been able to test her with them.
MAISEY did meet a very small Yorkie and was very friendly with her.
MAX has been very stiff and unsure when he sees a small Yorkie that lives down the street, but I think after a while, it won’t be such a big deal and he will relax when he sees her.
House trained: Accidents are rare and Maisey has learned how to ring a bell to tell us she needs to go outside!
Crate trained: They love their crate and go in very frequently and take naps with the door open. They settle down instantly (in a very large crate together) and never cry or fuss when crated. Neither of them have had an accident in the crate.
MAISEY often needs some support under her tummy to help her back legs along when getting out of the crate. After a minute she is walking around fine.
MAISEY walks great on a leash! She actually sometimes hangs back while her brother runs ahead and we need to slow down a bit for her. She likes to take her time and sniff all the neighbor’s shrubs and say hello to anyone she meets. She loves when we walk DOWN a hill and she gets a cute little trot going!
MAX at first Max surprised us because he was so shy and scared that he barely walked at all on a leash. Once he realized he was safe with us he began to get very excited to walk and was eager to be running around sniffing everything in site! We had to get some control because his sister, Maisey, is usually 5 steps behind us so that made walking them together a bit of a challenge! For now, Max is using a special collar and an extra long leash so that has helped tremendously, but proper leash training would definitely benefit him and make it easier to walk him with Maisey.
MAISEY: Most of the time Maisey is calm and loves to cuddle and has a very low activity level. She has the cutest little spurts of energy and will grab a stuffed animal and shake it around playfully. I believe that she and her brother were not given much through their life so now that they are in a home with a lot of things lying around they do both like to explore with their mouths. Although they are older, they “grab” things with their mouths and pull at them, such as the bathroom rug or doormat.
MAX is also very calm and low energy. He loves to play with toys (especially stuffed animals) and likes to grab things such as laundry or blankets and drag them around. He never chews things up, but instead just drags it to his bed and lies on top of it. If we are ever missing a dish towel or something, we know who the thief is!
Fence: Always preferred, but not necessary. Leash walking would be sufficient and never loose in an unfenced area.
MAISEY is very gentle and well behaved. She doesn’t jump and takes treats very nicely. She really enjoys napping much of the time. When she’s roaming around and exploring she can surprisingly cause some mischief so we call her our little trickster! She has knocked a plant over, bitten a cactus and gotten stuck behind some furniture! She looks so easy and innocent but every once in a while, her puppyness come alive!
MAX’S behavior is very good. He is a happy boy. He also does not jump and he takes treats very nicely. Providing lots of food rewards and physical affection will help him become more confident and secure.
Medical History: Maisey and her brother, Max, were surrendered to a high kill shelter in NC. The shelter was told they are 11 years old. The vet agrees that 11 is a good estimate (although Max acts younger than Maisey). Both are up to date on vaccines, spayed & neutered, & microchipped.
MAISEY has arthritis in her left knee, and has a difficult time getting up from a lying or sitting position. Once she is up and moving around, it loosens up and she gets around just fine. She most likely has mild arthritis in other joints on her back end and licks and chews at her feet and knees and that has caused the rust discoloration you see in her photos. She has been on Glucosamine and Fish Oil since her time in foster care.
Maisey had surgery to remove a tumor on her mammory gland and it was found to be carcinoma. She has a few other very small growths that are suspicious. We are keeping an eye on those and hoping that everything was removed with the mammory gland.
Maisey has Anaplasmosis, a tick borne disease, and has completed the necessary treatment. When she came to foster she was very underweight and had lack of muscle. Quality food and leash walking for exercise has helped a lot.
MAX tested positive for Lyme Disease and he has completed the treatment. When he came to foster he was also very underweight. Quality food and walks have helped him feel much better. Max is neutered, up to date on vaccines, microchipped and recently had a dental cleaning. Max has some hearing and vision loss, which probably contributes to his insecurity. He gets around just fine but usually doesn’t hear me calling for him and needs some encouragement to come up the deck stairs. Max also has Paraphimosis, which means that his penis does not fully retract. We have explored all options for treatment and at this time, the vet feels it is not causing any discomfort and will be fine to be left untreated.
Foster Comments: As a long-time foster, I have cared for all breeds, ages, and personalities. My soft spot is seniors and Max and Maisey are exactly the reason why.
MAISEY: From the instant I met her, I fell in love with her “Grandma” soulful eyes that just make you want to hold her and give her everything she needs to make the remainder of her life full of love and comfort. She is pure sweetness and if you are looking for a dog to give you a constant reminder of how precious a life is, no matter what age, Maisey is your girl.
MAX really pulls at my heartstrings because he is so incredibly gentle and so clearly just wants someone to be the same to him. When i am loving on him he is like a sponge soaking up every drop and I really believe he is trying to catch up on all he was without in the past.
When I am cuddling with him, I notice him tilting his head up every few minutes just to make sure I am still there and this isn’t all a dream. That is what I imagine these dogs must be thinking. “This is good…. this is what I’ve always wanted.”
We are hoping that Maisey and Max will be adopted together. They are very close and they are comforted by each other’s presence.
Adoption fee: Because of their age and need to be adopted together, Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue will waive any adoption fee. We just want them to have their remaining years in a loving home TOGETHER.
Foster Location: Rolesville, NC
In most cases volunteer transport is available for your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home.