SPENCER

11-21-08

  • Adopted: 11-21-08
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 1 yr
  • Size: 37 lbs
  • Color: Orange
  • Cats: Yes
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Kids: Yes
  • Traits:

Spencer is a very cute 37-lb. orange and white setter, about 1-2 years old, who has not had the best start in life.  He is a shy, insecure little boy, wary of sudden movements and loud noises, and not too sure about how to act around people yet, but is slowly learning that people can be nice and just might have some good treats in their pockets!   When Spencer first arrived here, he preferred to stay with the other dogs and hide in a bedroom or his crate to sleep.   What a difference a couple of weeks has made.  He still runs to his crate occasionally, but he is starting to realize that he is safe here; he can relax and enjoy sleeping on the sofa and getting belly rubs.  Spencer is making progress every day and now greets me with butt wiggles and a loud Roo Roo when I come home from work.

Spencer is house- and crate-trained, and very calm both in the house and outside.  He still has a lot of puppy in him and can get into mischief if he gets bored, but keeping him supplied with bones to chew helps keep his attention focused on what  is his.  He does not bother shoes or clothing, or tear up his dog bed or dog toys, but he has snitched a few small wooden items off my coffee table and chewed them.  After I moved them out of his reach, he has not bothered anything else.  He is afraid of dog toys that squeak, but has played with a ball he found in the toy box. 

Spencer is great with other dogs and is quite willing to share his food and bones.  The shelter personnel said he was good with the cats there, but there are no cats in his foster home.

Taking walks is a favorite for Spencer, and he is very good on a leash.  He also loves to spend time in my yard, running around with my own dogs, and especially likes playing with and eating the apples falling from my trees.  He has not tried to jump my 4' fence.  Because Spencer is timid, he will need a physical fence to help him feel secure outside.

Spencer is a very special boy, and will need an adopter who is willing to continue working with him to help him overcome his fears from his previous life.  A quiet home without young children, but with other calm dogs to help Spencer gain confidence and learn from would be perfect. 

SPENCER'S FRIENDS

Sweet Spencer, may you find the home of your dreams where you can share all the love you have to give!  
Your friends, Jerry Mead and Patty Thompson