SPORT

08-01-11

  • Adopted: 08-01-11
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 1 yr+
  • Size: 50 lbs
  • Color: Liver
  • Cats: Unknown
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Kids: Unknown
  • Traits: Strong, healthy, birdie, and gorgeous!

Sport is a gorgeous, young adult setter – between a year and 18 months old by our vet's estimate. Sport is a strong, healthy 50 pound boy, with a beautiful coat. He has long, chocolate-colored ears and an abundance of chocolate ticking.

Sport is a happy, bouncy boy. He gets up in the morning and can't wait to get on with his day. Sport LOVES his backyard, generally spending most of his day outside, usually only coming in occasionally to check in or take a brief nap. With the arrival of Spring, birds are plenty and he is constantly on patrol, his tail feverishly wagging the whole time. Every morning, Sport loves to play the "chase game" with his foster sister, Lily, and although he is bigger and stronger, Sport doesn't mind playing at Lily's energy level, never getting too rough.

At the off-leash dog part near our home, Sport loves to alternate between stalking birds in the wooded areas and then running top speed across the fields. One side of the park is fenced with a relatively low fence (3 feet), and he has never once challenged it – even when he's chasing a bird that flies to the other side. Sport is friendly to other dogs and people at the park, but he spends most of his time hunting.

Sport clearly has strong birding instincts – we would rate him 7 out of 10 on the "birdiness" scale. He is quite the stalker! When he goes out on the back patio, he immediately goes into stalking mode, quietly looking around the corner just in case something tasty may be lurking in the back yard. This is quite the opposite of the other dogs who (quite annoyingly) hit the door running and barking, scaring all of the good stuff away!

It took Sport a few weeks to acclimate to life in his foster home - many things about being an indoor dog appeared to be new to him. He is somewhat cautious when being introduced to something new, but once it's familiar, he embraces it fully – whatever it is. He appears to have had some training at some point, as he is very obedient and a quick learner – he picked up voice commands like "come" and "sit" fairly easily. Sport also walks very well on a leash. We use a harness, and unless he spies an interesting critter, he rarely pulls. His housetraining has progressed well, but we still keep an eye on him. We only have to prompt him to go right before bedtime, but other than that, he lets himself out through the doggy door to take care of business.

Sport really loves attention in all its forms – whether it be brushing or petting or cuddling. Probably as much as any foster we've had, Sport's growth and personality have helped him snuggle his way into our hearts. He is really a pleasure to have around. His lucky adopting family will get a beautiful, loyal and obedient companion who is anxious to fill the role of lifelong best friend.

SPORT'S FRIENDS

Jeff Headley hopes that Sport finds a perfect forever home and loving family very soon!

Sport, I hope that you'll soon be searching for birds in your forever back yard - your friend, Pam Miller.