• Adopted: 08-04-12
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 2 yrs
  • Size: 35 lbs
  • Color: Orange
  • Cats: Yes
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Traits: Adorable snuggle-bug

Meet Macaroni, the cutest little guy in town. Macaroni is a 2 year-old orange boy, who weighs about 35 lbs. With his darling puppy face and small stature, Macaroni is often mistaken for a young pup.

Macaroni was picked up by animal control as a stray. He came into ACES with the normal challenges from living on the streets (undernourished, kennel cough, ear/eye infections) but he is healthy now and still pretty small for an English Setter. We suspect that he had a home at one time, mainly because it looks like he was "groomed" from the top of his head to the tip of his tail by creative little hands with scissors. Thankfully, his choppy coat is growing out beautifully.

Whether due to his time on the streets or his madcap groomers, Macaroni is a very timid fellow. He gravitates toward women and struggles to warm up to men and children. He tends to bond closely with one family member and sees no need to expand his family unit.  Macaroni is looking for a female-only household without small children.  He is afraid of small children so he would be happiest with children aged 12 or over. Macaroni reacts to noises in the house but recovers quickly. He doesn't bounce back as quickly from raised voices, so he'll do best in a calmer quiet household.

When Macaroni is happy or excited, he wags his tail so enthusiastically that his whole body wiggles. You can't help but smile. Macaroni bonds very closely with his human. He likes to play outside but he'd rather spend most of his time with his foster mom. He doesn't care what's on the agenda, he's happy to hang out and watch. As he follows you around the house and yard, Macaroni likes to walk through your legs to get a better view of where you're headed.

Macaroni gets along great with his canine roommates. He likes to play but will back off if the play gets too rough. He really looks to his canine siblings for guidance, so he would like a friendly playmate in his new home.  For outside time, Macaroni will need a physical fence to feel safe in the yard. It took him a while to feel comfortable outside without his foster mom. Macaroni has a deep bark for such a small guy. As he has become more comfortable in his foster home, he barks more frequently, usually when strangers approach or if he sees something out of the ordinary. Macaroni is fascinated and wiggles all over when he sees the cat. He's gentle and doesn't give chase, so the cat doesn't mind him.

Macaroni is house-trained but may have occasional accidents when he doesn't have frequent access to outside. He doesn't crate well either, so his ideal family would have someone at home much of the time. Otherwise, Macaroni has good house manners. He doesn't get into things or chew on household treasures. His occasional gnawing on a dog bed can be easily redirected with a stuffy toy.

This adorable fellow is a love. He likes to lean his head against you and relax into a snuggle. At bedtime, Macaroni loves to sleep on your bed, lying against you. If you believe that good things come in small packages, Macaroni could quickly become your favorite "dish."


Lori Vrabel hopes that Macaroni will be happily following his forever family members around the house and yard very soon!

Holly Christensen is hoping that sweet little Macaroni will find his perfect forever home soon!