RIVER ABIN#19-048-5 – M, 2 Years
Age: 2 (estimated DOB 12/1/16)
Size: 50 lbs.
Breed: English Setter
Good with Children: Yes! River is reserved at first, but soaks up affection from people of all ages. He’s completely loving and enjoys attention from all ages. He’s a big, strong fella who could not be safely walked on leash by a little person. He has never jumped up on anyone at his foster home. River looks especially happy to see the resident teenage boy and spends five minutes expressing joy every time he gets home.
Good with Dogs: Excellent. He came into a foster home with two resident dogs and a rambunctious former foster adolescent pup visiting the day he arrived who promptly jumped all over River and tugged at him from every angle. River played upside-down on the floor with the pup and passed scrutiny even with the grouchy resident older dog.
Good with Cats: Yes! River gently sniffed the resident cats and gives them no issues. Even the hissy scaredy-cat seems to approve of him.
House-trained: Yes! River has had zero accidents since arriving at his foster home.
Crate trained: Yes. If asked, he would probably say his preference would be to hang out on the bed with you, but he is crated at night in the master and when the family is gone. He walks in without issue for a treat and will often go to sleep in his crate at night before being asked to go. He does not bark or whine at all in the crate.
Activity Level: He’s a mellow, gentle fellow! He does like to play with toys and tennis balls as well as other dogs. He found a cushioned window seat in the home office that he has claimed as daytime nap spot as well as neighborhood lookout. He’s a gem in the house. The only sign of his recent-puppyhood is that he will go pick up shoes and move them to another part of the house, though he has not chewed anything up.
Fence: A fence is always ideal with a bird dog. His foster home has an electric fence but as there is six feet of snow on top of it, training has not been attempted.
Leash-Trained: His foster house doesn’t have a physical fence, so River’s been leash-walked. At first, he was a little fearful of the flexi-leash, but after getting used to it, he walks just fine. He doesn’t always seem to remember that he’s connected to the leash-holder. When he gets going, brace yourself for the end of the leash! Take it from foster mom to not try this the first time standing on an icy step.
Medical History: River is neutered, microchipped, on heartworm and flea preventative, and fully vetted. River originates from Greece where Leishmaniasis is endemic. He was removed from Greece as a puppy, so it is unlikely he would ever develop Leishmaniasis, 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: River was named after being found shivering by a river in Greece by someone working to help the significant population of homeless animals. Whether lost or discarded due to not hunting, economic issues, etc. is anyone’s guess, but he is very loving
Adoption Fee: $300.00
Foster Location: Cottage Grove, WI
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