VICTOR ABIN#18-156-10 – M, 6 Years
Foster dog name: Victor
Size/Weight: 40 lbs
Color: Tri-Color – mostly black and white
Breed: English Setter
Good with Children: unknown, but given his sweet nature, we think he’d be fine. He does still jump up for pets, so that would need to be worked on.
Good with Dogs: yes – we have other pups ranging in age from 15-8 months, and in size from 50 to 7lbs.
Good with Cats: No – we tested him with the resident cat at our vet and we do not feel he would be comfortable with a cat, or that the cat would be safe.
House trained: I would say 98% only because we don’t fully trust him for extended periods of time alone (he’s crated during these times). Prior to coming here he hadn’t lived in a house to our knowledge, so it was all new to him, but with a belly band initially and going back to basics of frequent breaks and lots of monitoring, he is doing great!
Crate trained: Yes – he will crate without problem. Sometimes he will go into his kennel on his own to lay down. He sleeps in his crate at night and will “kennel” almost immediately now when we go into the bedroom.
Leash trained: Work in progress. He pulls and does the typical “setter hunting” on leash especially when we walk in the park. He does a little better on the pavement.
Behavior: For example, cuddler? independent? attentive? Victor is a big ol’ love bug! He will come over and put his head against you for pets, then flop over for belly pets. He will curl up next to you on the coach, or in your lap, and just soak up the love (sometimes contorting into the oddest positions!) He is also content to go lay on a bed, or by the door on his own. We have a multiple pups and while he gets along with them all, I think he is almost too polite when it comes to getting on the couch for pets when the others are around. When we do bring him up though, he soaks it up. I love to sit on the floor with him and he will curl up in a little ball in my lap, or just roll over onto his side so you can pet his belly. He is a sweet, sweet boy.
Activity Level: For example, Playful? Laid back?, etc. Fairly laid back. He stands by the door sometimes because he wants to be outside to patrol, but after patrolling, he will settle down inside and sleep on a bed, the floor, or cuddle up with you and soak up the love.
Fence: Is a fence required for your foster to get enough activity or would leash walks only be sufficient? Given his strong desire to patrol the yard, a fenced yard would be best so he can satisfy this need, and then come in for pets and love. He will sometimes stand or pace at the door for a bit if he has come in and feels there is more to patrol, but he will eventually settle back down.
Medical History: Victor came from Greece. His rescuers said they found him passed out, starved and exhausted in a park. Thankfully they took him in and got him healthy! Other than that, he is free of heartworm, up to date on his vaccinations (including bordatella). His teeth will need to be monitored as he does have some tarter buildup.
Victor originates from Greece where Leishmaniasis is endemic. He 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 test typically costs $120-150.
Foster Comments: Victor is an awesome, sweet, love of a dog! We have been able to touch his paws, look at his teeth, inspect his ears, all without fuss. He is quickly learned to sit for treats, and his overall manners may need some refinement, but he is a pretty quick learner.
We think he would be ok as an only dog, or with a companion that doesn’t need a playmate, as he hasn’t shown much interest in playing with our pups. We’re not sure if he might be more inclined to play inside with a smaller family pack though. He is respectful and sensitive to the other pups, and any indication of “back off” real or not, he respects, so he may engage more inside with less “vocal” pups around (ours have all learned to ignore the “talking” that is just talking from certain pups in the house 😊 ) Outside we think he will still be focused on his desire to patrol.
As time has progressed, he’s started to play occasionally with some toys. He has one baby in particular that he likes to carry around, and has started flipping around, but it’s not a regular occurrence yet.
Victor is going to be a wonderful addition to someone’s family! We can’t say enough what a sweetheart he is. He just wants to be a good boy and be loved. He has so much love to, give and is really learning to enjoy the comforts and joys of being in a safe and loving home 😊
Adoption Fee: $300.00
Foster Location: Denver, CO
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