THANOS ABIN#19-048-3 – M, 1 1/2 Years

Gender: Male
Age: Approx 1-2 years
Size/Weight: 30 lbs (Needs to gain some weight.  Should be 35-40)

Color: Orange & White

Breed: English Setter

Good with Children: Thanos does not have any children in his foster home, but he loves absolutely everyone, so I cannot imagine him having issues with children.  He still needs to learn manners and does jump up some, so he might overwhelm really small children.

Good with Dogs: Yes, absolutely.  Thanos LOVES other dogs.  He is like a big overgrown puppy who wants to play with everyone.  He currently lives with 7 other dogs, and he is good with them.  He plays a lot with his Greek foster brother and 2 of his foster sisters.  The other dogs in the house don’t really want much to do with him, so he just moves on to whoever will play with him.

Good with Cats: Unknown.  There aren’t any cats in Thanos’s foster home.  He doesn’t seem to have much prey drive, so he could probably learn to coexist well with cats, but this has not been tested.

House trained: Work in Progress.  Thanos has not pooped in the house or in his kennel, but he still has some pee-pee accidents.  He is recovering from a UTI, so that has probably contributed. He has never had a home before coming to America about 3 weeks ago, so this is all still new to him.  He does get distracted outside, so you have to make sure he does his business before coming in.

Crate trained: Yes.  Thanos isn’t a huge fan of the crate, but he will go in for a treat and settle down.  He settles in well over night after a few minutes of fussing, but then he sleeps through the night.  He does well in his crate when no one is home as well.  If someone is around, he does not want to be separated from them and will be upset if he is isolated in his crate instead of near by his people.

Leash trained: Somewhat.  He hasn’t had much training, but he wants to stay close to you and is pretty easy to walk.

Activity Level: Moderate.  He is playful and likes to chase and wrestle, but he settles down very well in the house and is happy to chew on a toy or cuddle up next to you on the couch.

Fence: A fence is always preferred, but Thanos does not need as much exercise as a typical setter pup, so he would be fine in a home with multiple leash walks as long as he got to spend a lot of time with his people.

Training/Behavior: Thanos is new to the world of being a family dog, so he still has a lot to learn, but he naturally wants to please and has a wonderful and loving temperament.  He’s basically still a big puppy, so he occasionally chews on things he shouldn’t, but he is easily redirected with a bully stick or nylabone.  He is very responsive to your tone of voice and will stop pretty much anything and run to you for a hug if you call him.  Thanos absolutely LOVES hugs and he will often stand up on his rear legs and wrap his front paws around you.  He is quite happy for you to hug him back and give him a big squeeze.  He is a bit of a fussy eater and doesn’t like to eat in his kennel.  Sometimes I have to hand feed him to get him to eat enough.

Medical History: Thanos is finishing up his medication for a  mild urinary tract infection and he is still underweight, but is otherwise healthy.  He is UTD on all vaccinations, and is on flea/tick and heartworm prevention. He is neutered.

Thanos originates from Greece where Leishmaniasis is endemic. He was tested before coming to the USA and his 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:
If you are looking for a smaller sized setter who loves everyone and wants to be your devoted companion, then Thanos is the guy for you!!  He is one of the happiest and friendliest pups you will ever meet.  He loves to play with other dogs, but more than anything, he loves his people.  He wants to be with you all the time and will follow you everywhere you go.  If he can be near to you, he is a good boy and will curl up on the sofa or floor beside you and chew on a bone or take a nap.  He does not like to be alone and tends to cry when you go to another room where he cannot see you.  He likes to give sweet kisses.

This is what Thanos has to say… “I was found on the top of a mountain in northern Greece.  I don’t know why, but I was left there all alone and I was scared.  Some big dogs were chasing me and trying to bite me, but a nice lady came and got me away from them.  She said that I couldn’t stay with her, so she took me to an abandoned house near the mountain.  I was safe and she made sure I had food every day and she came to visit me, but I was lonely there.  Then a van came and took me to Athens to a kennel with lots of dogs and a yard to play in.  That was better because I wasn’t alone.  After a while, people came to get me and took me on a long journey.  Then I arrived at a new house with a huge yard and lots of dogs.  They don’t all want to play with me, but I keep trying any way.  The younger ones play with me and we love to wrestle in the living room.  It’s best when my mom is home.  She hugs and kisses me a lot and I like that.  I am happiest when my mom is close by.  I don’t need her to pay attention to me all the time (although I like it when she does), but I like to have her nearby, and I want to know that I am not going to be left alone again.”

Thanos is one of the nicest and happiest dogs I have ever fostered.  Thanos needs a home where people are around frequently, and where he will not be left alone for long stretches of time.  He would also do best in a home with another friendly dog to play with.  He still needs a little training, but he desperately wants to please and will give you all the love in the world.  

Adoption Fee: $300.00

Foster Location:  Temperance, MI

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