ANNA ABIN#19-062-10 – F, 7 Years
Age: ~7 years
Size/Weight: 46 lbs
Color: Orange and White
Breed: English Setter/Springer Spaniel Mix
Good with Children: Home with older children (6+) recommended. Anna is generally uncomfortable around small children. While she is currently being fostered in a home with a toddler and does okay, the foster strongly recommends against Anna being unsupervised around small children.
Good with Dogs: Yes. Anna is a bit hesitant upon first meeting a new dog, but quickly becomes comfortable and is pleasant in small group or individual encounters. She can be timid when approached by large (3+) groups of dogs, such as at a dog park.
Good with Cats: No. Anna has a strong prey instinct and will chase small mammals. We had her tested at a rescue, and she is very interested in pursuing cats.
House trained: Yes. Anna has not had a single accident in her foster home and will linger around the door to let you know she needs to go out.
Crate trained: Yes. Anna needs a quiet soft place to go relax when the world gets busy. While she does not need to be crated, she will go in her crate when told and will often choose to nap there.
Leash trained: Yes. Anna is a dream on the leash. While she will pull a little when she discovers an interesting smell or sight, she can be coaxed back to her walk with a gentle pull. Anna is interested in exploring on her own, so you do need to keep her on the leash at all times and make sure she does not sneak out of open doors unexpectedly.
Activity Level: Low energy requirements. A single one-hour walk, or two 30 min walks daily would more than satisfy her energy requirements. More of a Netflix and chill personality than interested in a long run. While she will join you for a short jog (no more than two miles total), she tires after about ½ mile and begins to slow down. Anna could be an apartment dweller with commitment to a daily walk.
Fence: Required. Anna scales the foster’s 6 ft solid wood fence with ease. If she sees a squirrel or is merely interested in a stroll, she will easily jump a fence. She also bolts out open doors. While she does not run away per se, she also does not come when called.
Training/Behavior: Anna is incredibly sweet but also wary and learning how to be loved. She enjoys pets and scratches, and will jump lightly on friendly humans. Anna needs basic obedience to teach her to consistently sit, stay, and come. Anna has no drive to chew and is only starting to learn that she has toys she can play with. She has expressed no interest in any dog toys or non-pet items.
Medical History: Anna is spayed and up to date on shots. She does have some significant dental tarter that should be taken care of in the next few months to prevent more serious oral issues, and may need a tooth or two removed. The vet also recommended X-rays of her hips and spine to look into a tremor in her hind legs. As Anna lived in a concrete kennel most of her life, she has some muscle weakness, but x-rays would rule out arthritis and/or hip dysplasia. She has two small cysts on her body. A biopsy came back negative, so these just need to be monitored. Anna may have allergies, and will need regular (twice weekly) ear cleaning to prevent recurring ear infections. Anna is taking glucosamine, and the vet suggested trying fish oil if her tummy tolerates it.
Anna 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 cost of the test seems to vary widely by area, but is approximately $150-$200.
Foster Comments: Anna is a sweet soft lady looking for a gentle and quiet home to teach her about love. Anna lived her entire life in a kennel before A&BESR brought her to the USA, and it shows in her lack of familiarity toys and wariness of new situations. When given gentle attention, Anna blossoms into a love bug who will nestle her head against you and wants to be close to her people.
This beautiful furry lady is incredibly well behaved. While Anna does bark and gets excited about wildlife, she is generally very quiet and unobtrusive. When not gazing out the big bay window, she is quietly napping in her crate, under the table, or on a hot day splayed out on the hard wood floor. She is extremely low maintenance – all she wants is some love and a full tummy. Anna requires only a brief walk to stretch her legs and would be happy even as an apartment dweller with regular outings. She does not generally pull on the leash, and when she is distracted, will turn her attention back to the walk with a gentle tug. Anna will not grab food at her mouth level unless told to, and has never counter surfed.
Anna can be left unattended inside for several hours at a time - either crated, or out in a house. She has never chewed anything, even her toys! Anna will happily meet new adults, but is uncomfortable with children (especially small children). While she has done very well with my toddler, she is also uncomfortable around him. She will snake her head around in a quick manner if touched by a child on her body. That said, she will also very gently take treats from his hand, and my son feeds her without Anna demonstrating any aggression or possessiveness over her food. While Anna would be okay with episodic well supervised time with children (such as relatives coming to visit), she would be most comfortable in a home without small children.
After a rough last few years, Anna is looking for a quiet family to love her and help her trust her people.
Foster Location: Alexandria, VA
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