- Adopted: 11-11-09
- Gender: Female
- Age: 1-2yrs
- Size: 35 lbs
- Color: Orange
- Cats: Unknown
- Dogs: Yes
- Traits: Optimist
After spending the last few weeks with Freckles, we've decided that she is an incurable optimist! When she first came to our home, she was confused, nervous, and uncertain of what was happening to her. So many new challenges to tackle and a lot of firsts - her first time going down a flight of stairs, first time using a doggie door, and her first time going to a dog park! But each time Freckles encountered a new challenge, she put a great deal of trust in her foster parents, optimistic that this new task would turn into an adventure. With each new challenge, Freckles has gained more and more confidence in herself and has begun to trust that this big new world is a fun place after all!
Of all the new experiences, the one she fell in love with most was having her very own back yard. Freckles loves being outdoors and can spend hours in the yard entertaining herself with the birds and the chipmunks. Every morning, Freckles gets up with renewed optimism that there will be fresh new smells outside that need immediate investigation. And when called back inside, Freckles comes immediately, optimistic that something wonderful will also be waiting for her inside.
Although Freckles was initially fearful of car rides, she now knows that getting in the car usually means a trip to the fenced dog park near our home. And what a treat for her it is! Finally - a place big enough for a setter to run! And run she does - for hours if permitted. She really covers some ground across the wide-open field - yet her haven is the wooded area where she darts in and out of the brush, nose to the ground and tail in the air. The park exposes her to new dogs and people, but quite honestly, they are mere distractions to the mission at hand - there are woods to explore and critters to hunt.
Freckles' transformation between outdoor dog and indoor dog is typical of many setters. Inside, she loves and craves human affection. Freckles had a little trouble adjusting to the idea that our furniture is off limits - she doesn't seem to understand why she can't just snuggle up next to us on the couch with her head nestled in our laps. To help her along, she now has her very own comfy dog bed, and again, ever the optimist, she has learned that when she's in the living room, this new dog bed is her special place to crash after a busy day. At night, Freckles still insists on cuddling up on the bed between her foster mom and dad, and you can bet that one of us will wake up with Freckle's head on our pillow demanding to be the first dog in the house to get some attention every morning.
Freckles is 1-2 years old and weighs about 35 lbs. She came to us a bit under-weight but is quickly filling out where she needs to be. Though we were told she was a picky eater, we actually found to the contrary - she loves meal time and is a big fan of the house dog food. She gets very excited when it is time to eat and will often perform some of her fast-as-lightning pirouettes while she's waiting for her turn to get fed.
Freckles is a good friend to our other dogs, although she tends to get a little jealous if she thinks that the other dogs are getting more attention than they deserve. She comes when called and walks well on a leash. She is also very responsible about doing her business outdoors. When she first arrived, she seemed to have her days and nights mixed up and would wake us up every morning around 3am wanting to go outside. However, she has quickly come around to our way of thinking that days are for romping around and nights are for sleeping!
Freckles needs new owners who are willing to provide an abundance of love and affection, because they will get 110% in return! Freckles is just about the perfect dog who seamlessly makes the transition between dog world and people world. When in dog world, she's a fearless backyard explorer full of confidence and adventure, but when she enters people world, she's ready and willing to take her rightful place as part of her human family, giving a total commitment of love, affection, and loyalty. And who can ask for more than that?
Debbie Meeks and family hope that Freckles finds her forever home soon