WILLIAM ABIN# 19-103 – M, 7 Months
GENDER: Male, neutered
AGE: Approximately 7 months (estimated DOB 12/6/2018)
WEIGHT: 23 lbs and growing
BREED: English Setter
HISTORY: William is from Greece. He was found dumped in the street and was taken in by a loving rescuer who wanted to help him find a new home. He was brought to the US in June. Time on the streets can be traumatic for dogs, especially one too young to hunt for food. Thus, William can be skittish of loud noises and new situations. Note special concerns with his fear of children below.
GOOD WITH CHILDREN: ***UPDATED*** Yes, he is doing great now, so we are updating his bio, but he had some initial fear of younger kids that it is important for potential adopters to be aware of. When he first arrived at his foster family, William jumped into the lap of the 17-year old in a flying, happy leap. Once inside the house, he was afraid of the smaller child, barking and hesitating to come near her. The first day after he arrived, foster mom had William in lap on the deck and when 11-year old came to sit next to mom, William growled. Foster mom held his muzzle and he tried to snap when the kiddo sat down; he felt threatened by her coming near. Lying next to foster mom in the office next to her chair later that day, he growled again when the 11-year old approached them both. (The 11-year old is very experienced with dogs and was acting entirely appropriately, approaching calming.) He was also afraid and barking of friends that came over the day after he arrived. Thus, we initially said he should not go to a home with younger children.
Since he’s settled in, he’s had no issues with kids and loves the 11-year old, playing and wagging tail when he sees her. He was obviously stressed during the transition time. But, fear in dogs can be a set up for biting, so potential adopters will need to consider what stressful situations he will be in and how to handle them. William has probably had a good reason to be afraid of young kids in his short life, but since getting back from being boarded over foster family vacation, he’s done very well with kids in general. We have decided to let him be considered for a family with kids based on our on-going experience with him and with kids around the neighborhood as long as the potential family is aware.
When he goes on walks, he’s extremely focused on birds. He likes to meet new people, but he’s timid at first. It usually looks like this: he wags his tail and they talk to him. When they crouch down, he steps back, but then slowly comes up to them and then starts wagging his tail. He likely had some unkind encounters when he was alone on the streets so hesitates.
GOOD WITH DOGS: Yes. He’s done just fine with the two resident dogs at the foster house and was with a group in Greece. He’s a typical puppy, playing about a minute longer than the older dogs tolerate. When he gets scolded by an older dog, he takes the hint.
GOOD WITH CATS: Yes. William was appropriately interested and fearful of the resident foster cats. He went for a sniff the first day and broke the record for reverse long jump when the cat hissed at him. He might try to play with/annoy cats, but he’s firmly in the “cats are friends, not food” camp.
HOUSE-TRAINED: Not quite, but getting there. He’s had about an accident a day inside and it’s usually been at the door, so he’s got the right idea.
LEASH-TRAINED: William loves to be outside watching and chasing birds. He’s not yet learned to walk in a straight line on leash, but we’re working on “heel” on short leash. In the meanwhile, if you have mobility or balance issues or are pushing a stroller, this won’t be the match for you.
CRATE-TRAINED: Yes, he is sleeping in the crate at night and housed in a large one when the people are gone. He doesn’t love it and barks to get out at first, but settles down at night pretty quickly.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: He’s definitely a puppy! He’s busy in the house and picking up random kid bits left on the floor. He’s not hyper, but with any high-energy, young bird dog, a “good dog is a tired dog.”
FENCE: A fence is always ideal with a young dog bred to run fields. William’s foster home has an electric fence; he has not yet been trained due to family travel, but we think he could be trained quickly. He’s pretty quick to bark and he’s still got a lot of years of high-exercise needs, so this would not be an ideal dog for apartment/condo living or to be crated 8-9 hours a day while people are at work.
BEHAVIOR: See previous notes on his initial fear of children when he first arrived, now subsided. Other than that, William has been sweet, playful, and loving. He soaks up affection and seems like a very bright dog. When he wraps around a pole while on leash, he is the rare dog who usually figures out which way to go. He isn’t allowed on furniture, but he still likes to take a flying leap into laps, which is so adorable, it’s hard to correct. William has probably known hunger in his short life; he’s extremely food motivated and eats faster than any dog we’ve ever seen (which is saying a lot). He is johnny-on-the-spot for the dishwasher prewash and has become closely acquainted with the squirt bottle to learn that paws belong on the ground, not on the counter. He has helped himself to items on the lower shelves of the pantry a few times and still fits nicely inside a bag of chips. He’ll probably always be food-motivated, but he’s learned the rules. He’s very bright!
MEDICAL HISTORY: William was recently neutered and UTD on shots with an upcoming booster on the calendar. He’s on monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative.
William 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 cost of the test seems to vary widely by area, but is approximately $150-$200.
FOSTER COMMENTS: William is a sweet puppy with lots of love to give. Because of his fear of children, he will need to go to a home prepared to manage his interaction with children appropriately.
ADOPTION FEE: $ 395
FOSTER LOCATION: Madison, WI
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