• Adopted: 04-21-11
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 2-3 yrs
  • Size: 35 lbs
  • Color: Orange
  • Cats: No
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Traits: Happy, full of energy, does well with other dogs, affectionate.

Thatcher is a 35 lb. male English Setter, 2 to 3 years old, and a happy, happy boy.  He just can’t seem to stop his tail from wagging.  He is very skinny at present; he should probably weigh around 45 lbs. But he has a healthy appetite and Foster Mom is feeding him premium dry food mixed with cottage cheese to beef him up.

Thatcher is a typical English Setter youngster – full of energy – so he will need an active family, able and willing to provide him with ample daily exercise. He has learned “come” very quickly and will race up to his foster mom when she gives a short whistle and says, “Thatcher, come.”  We’re working on “sit” as he doesn’t always put his behind all the way to the floor yet and he’s doing fairly well with “down.”

Thatcher does well with other dogs and has benefited from having two well trained setters (a male and a female) in residence.  It would behoove him to have a well behaved brother or sister in his new home.

While there are no children in Thatcher’s foster home, the neighbors adjoining the property have a 2 year old and a 5 year old. When they come up to the fence to pet Thatcher, he just goes up to the fence, with his tail a-wagging.  He never jumps up on the fence; he stands perfectly flat footed when they pet him.

Thatcher has free run of the house except when Foster Mom is at work; he is baby-gated in the spare bedroom where he can’t get into anything.  I can leave him up to 3-4 hours alone but beyond that, curiosity gets the better of him and he gets into whatever he can. He is housetrained but has had a couple of accidents while being baby-gated but never when Foster Mom is out for a few hours.  And when Foster Mom is home, he will whine and run to the back door to let you know he has to go potty. Of course, I tell him what a good boy he is and give him a treat.

Thatcher is not a jumper; he does not jump on people nor does he jump up on the bed or furniture. He is very affectionate and loves attention, scratches and belly rubs so when watching TV in the evenings, I pick him up and put him in my lap to give him all the above.

If you are active and looking for a buddy to include in your life, Thatcher may be your boy!


Lori Vrabel hopes that Thatcher is happily wagging his tail in a forever home very soon!