- Adopted: 07-02-12
- Gender: Male
- Age: 5 yrs old
- Size: 53 lbs
- Color: Blue
- Cats: Unknown
- Dogs: Yes
- Traits: Well-behaved, mellow, loves to snuggle and adores belly rubs!
Spec is a five year-old black and white English Setter who is 53 pounds of snuggle-goodness. Seriously, Spec’s favorite position is “wheels-up” with his head in someone’s lap, always ready for an extra special belly rub (in his world, all belly rubs are extra special). Spec settled into his new home almost immediately and quickly befriended his three foster siblings. Spec considers himself much more of a lover than a fighter – as soon as his foster siblings came up to say hello, Spec plopped down to the ground with this, “whatever, you win” attitude which made his introduction here a very pleasant non-issue.
Spec is one of the most well-behaved fosters we’ve had. He is completely housebroken, and we’ve not even seen any inside marking behaviors that new male dogs usually display (thank goodness!). Spec doesn’t chew on anything, zero counter-surfing, and he has obviously been trained not to get on the furniture (we tried to entice him to get on the bed, but he would have no part of that nonsense). Spec is a gorgeous boy with a lot of long feathers, so he will need to have some regular grooming attention in his forever home. Fortunately, he loves to be brushed because it means that he is currently getting all of the available attention.
We’re not sure if Spec even realizes that he is an English Setter. He is extremely mellow, and prefers to be inside. To be fair, his lack of energy could be due to the heat as Spec clearly seeks out the cool places in the house preferring to spend his nights sleeping on the cool tile floor next to the toilet. Spec perks up quite a bit when given the chance to play at the local dog park, although he clearly prefers human companionship over hunting critters. When he first arrives, he usually goes exploring with his foster siblings, but then he is the first to return and is content to spend the rest of the time hanging out with the people. And why not? His gorgeous looks attract a lot of human attention which means new people to adore and shower him with affection.
Spec does love his people, but little children make him uncomfortable. He can't predict what toddlers or small kids might do next so he becomes nervous when they are around. We think Spec would be much happier in a home with children over the age of eight.
Spec is well-trained and seems to know quite a few simple commands; however, he needs some additional leash training. He does slightly better with a Gentle Leader, but he hates it with a passion and has to spend a few minutes before each walk rolling around trying to get the darn thing off (until he realizes he is wasting precious walking time, which is one of his favorite things in the world to do).
Spec will make someone a wonderful pet. He is patiently waiting on his forever family to find him and give him the loving home he deserves.
Mary Loots hopes Spec will be receiving a bundle of extra-special belly rubs in a loving forever home very soon!