KONI ABIN#18- 156-13 – F, 2 Years

Gender: Female
Age: ~2 years (DOB 10/2016)
Size/Weight: ~35 pounds (per pet visit 12/2018)

Color: Orange and white

Breed: English Setter

Good with Children: There are no children in Koni’s foster home, but she is friendly and loves to play, so she would probably enjoy children.  She shows affection by kissing/licking, so kids’ faces need to be prepared!

Good with Dogs: Yes. Koni adores other dogs.  I have 2 dogs and many “drop ins” due to dog sitting and overnight transports.  She likes to play and run and is the leader of most groups of dogs she is around.  She loves the dog park. 

Good with Cats: Unknown.  I don’t have a cat but she’s just a little over 2 years old and not very big, so I don’t think she would be a big threat to a cat during the transition process.  She licks and kisses everything, but a good swipe from a cat would put her in her place quickly.

House trained: Completely house trained and uses a doggie door.

Leash trained: Somewhat.  Getting better every day.  I use a tandem leash, so we have 2 dogs walking at the same time.  She is very patient.  

Activity Level: High energy.  She loves to run and play with other dogs.  She has gotten better about “chilling” after a long play date.  She likes her toys but probably not as much as just romping.  She settles down for the night between 7 and 8 pm.

Fence: Preferred.  A fenced yard is always preferred, I think Koni would run if she had the opportunity.  I don’t know that for sure but wouldn’t want to take that chance.

Training/Behavior: Koni has been with me for a little over 2 weeks at the time of posting. When she gets bored, she will find something to occupy her mind.  When she first arrived, we had some “stealing” of things and taking them outside.  She has stopped that for the most part.  Occasionally, I’ll see a shoe or a towel in the yard!  She doesn’t chew on them…she just carries them around in her mouth.  She loves showing affection and uses her paws to “hug” you.  She is a smart puppy and learns quickly.  Overall, she is friendly and loves everyone (dog and human).  She is a very happy and social puppy.

Medical History: Koni is healthy, UTD on all vaccinations, and is on flea/tick and heartworm prevention. She is spayed and microchipped. Koni originates from Greece where Leishmaniasis is endemic. She was tested before coming to the USA and her test was clear, 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 test typically costs $120-150.

Foster Comments:
I looked up the Greek meaning of my foster dog’s name, Koni.  Koni means: “steady, solid, firm, resolute, tenacious and determined”.  Miss Koni is all those and more.  She started her life “on the streets” in Greece without a home or family.  Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue brought her to America to find her a warm place to settle in.  I agreed to be her foster mom to see how she functioned in a home setting and to see if there were any issues that needed to be addressed before she was ready for her forever home.  Honestly, I’m not sure there is a better prepared pup than Koni to have a family to love and for them to love her.  She is potty trained, up to date on all her shots, spayed, microchipped and super smart.  She taught herself how to use my doggie door!  She knows how to sit and minds well. We are doing some leash work and she is getting better each day.  She is high energy.  She loves other dogs and running with them at the dog park or wrestling in my living room!  She is very loving…she loves to cuddle and wants to be near you, including hanging her head over your shoulder from the back of the couch. 😊 She has a good appetite and does enjoy an occasional treat…especially chicken jerky! 

Koni will be a loving, amazing addition to any family.  If she would happen to have a brother or sister in her new home, all the better!  

Adoption Fee: $300.00

Foster Location: North Platte, NE

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