DOLLY ABIN#18-162-4 – F, 4 Years

Foster Dog: Dolly  AB#18-162-4

Gender: Female

Age: 4 years

Size/Weight: ~ 30#, very small

Color: orange and white

Breed: English Setter

Socialization/training:  no formal training.  I have not gone further than “sit” as I feel she needs to be more comfortable in her environment before more intense training is attempted.  She gets along well with adults, children and other dogs but  is nervous and timid.  She will jump up on you when outside but she is so small and light that there is no chance she would knock anyone down.

Good with Children:  Dolly did well with my 4 yr old granddaughter

Good with Dogs: yes, she lives with 4 larger dogs

Good with Cats: I do not have a cat but with her strong interest in yard critters,  she might be OK with a cat but I would  be very careful around a kitten 

House trained: yes

Crate trained: I do not use a crate

Leash trained: Dolly will pull but she is so small, her pull isn't hard and she will respond to a correction tug on the lead.  She will benefit from more leash training.

Activity Level:   Dolly is  a mixture.  She can be very quiet and calm in the house but is as fast as the wind when allowed to run free within a fenced area. Size wise she could live in an apartment but exercise wise she loves to run and run and run.  She is not playful but I believe this will come with time and security.  She has come out of her shell enough to grab toys and take them off the play. The issue here is that our Dog on Deployment is very stingy and will snatch the toys away...intimidating to shy little Dolly

Fence:    She has made no effort to go over my 4' chain link fence.  If she doesn't have a yard then she would need a running/jogging partner.  I doubt that walking would be sufficient for her needs.  I have not introduced her to our IF.  I feel that right now she is too insecure to respond appropriately to an IF.

Behavior:  She is very attentive and loves attention although she will spend time alone.   She has become my shadow but we are moving and she's been back and forth from James Island to Edisto Island so often  I believe she is confused. She does love to get on the sofa but has only gotten on the bed once.  When she has been left alone and doesn't know I am back she is quiet but when she discovers I am back she will bark and scratch/jump on the door, this might have been learned from the other dogs.  (Our Dog on Deployment is a barker and the only way to stop her is to pull out the ultra sonic sound trainer...Dolly seems to ignore the ultra sonic trainer)

Dolly will need someone with love and patience to help her learn that her bad life is over and no one is going to hurt her.  She will make someone a wonderful companion once this trust is established.

Medical History: UTD , spayed. Dolly is from Greece, where Leishmaniasis is endemic. She has tested negative, But the parasite can remain dormant in the system.  Potential adopters must be willing to commit to annual testing for the next 7 years.  Your vet can draw the blood and send it to the lab.  The test typically costs $120-150 ?

Foster Comments:   Dolly is a wonderful little girl who is still evolving personality wise.  I think all of the changes in her life in the past month are keeping her nervous.  While the rescue in Greece said they saw no signs of abuse, she has definitey been mistreated. She cowers with loud voices/noises, and  long stick like objects in your hand – like a cardboard roll from gift wrap or aluminum foil...  She gets along with all of the people she has met but  has become my shadow.   A single person would do well to keep her  exposed to other people .

Adoption Fee: $300.00

Foster Location: Edisto Island, SC 

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