WILLIAM ABIN# 19-103 – M, 9 Months
William A&B IN #19-103
GENDER: Male, neutered
AGE: Approximately 9 months (estimated DOB 12/6/2018)
WEIGHT: 23 lbs
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.
GOOD WITH CHILDREN: ***UPDATED*** Yes! When William first arrived at his foster family’s house from Greece, he was afraid of the younger kids and barked and guarded foster mom when the 11-year old sat down next to her on the patio furniture. We were hesitant to place him with a family with young children because of how he acted the first couple days. Since that time, he has adjusted so well and has had NO ISSUES. He wags tail when kids approach him. The many neighborhood kids (ages five and up) in and out of the house don’t phase him, including strangers. He is happy to play with kids and get his belly scratched by people of any age.
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 settled down a lot since arriving at his foster’s home in June and the older dogs like him.
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: Yes. William has recently been housebroken. Like with any dog in times of transition, expect an accident or two when he arrives.
LEASH-TRAINED: William loves to be outside watching and chasing birds. He’s not yet learned to walk in a straight line on long leash, has learned “heel” on short leash. He has been along for 30-45 minutes of marathon training runs and actually does well with not as much zigzagging.
CRATE-TRAINED: Yes, he is sleeping in the crate at night and housed in a large one when the people are gone. He settles down at night without issues, though he will bark to come out when the people are up. He has gone into his crate by himself when tired at night.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Medium. He’s definitely a puppy, but he self-entertains quite well. He is playful and likes to run perimeter laps checking on what’s happening with birds around the windows. As with any high-energy, young bird dog, a “good dog is a tired dog.” He likes to keep his people in sight, but is okay watching them in the garage from the screen door, etc.
FENCE: A fence is always ideal with a young dog bred to run fields. He could be trained on an electric fence. 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: William has been sweet, playful, and loving. He soaks up affection and seems like a very bright dog. He’s very bright! 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.
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. He’ll do well in an active household with a yard for chasing birds.
ADOPTION FEE: $ 395
FOSTER LOCATION: Madison, WI
Volunteer transport can be arranged in the Continental US within a 1,000 mile distance between adopters & foster home. Typically, we are able to transport your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home. *Dogs can be adopted outside the 1000 mile transport distance; however, adopters must be willing to either fly their adopted dog, drive to a location within the 1000 mile transport range, or make independent transport arrangements for their adopted dog. Transports to far West states, from Eastern states, may have additional restriction