Young At Heart

  • Adopted: 04-24-13
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 8 yrs
  • Size: 40 lbs
  • Color: Tri
  • Cats: Unknown
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Traits: sweet, handsome, fun-loving, and loyal family pet

Smokey is a very handsome 8 year-old tri-colored male Setter. He’s in perfect shape and has the quintessential Setter good looks and loving personality.

Before coming to ACES, Smokey lived his entire life in an outdoor kennel, so he had to learn the ropes of being an inside dog. Because Smokey is so eager to please, it didn’t take him long at all to learn how to be a perfect gentleman in the house. Smokey is also the perfect outside dog. He is fairly mellow in the yard and is very low on the “birdy” scale. Every once in a while, Smokey will get caught up in searching for critters and pretend not to hear us calling him inside, but he definitely prefers to be inside lounging next to his foster dad’s feet. There are many, many times that Smokey will walk outside, realize that his foster mom isn’t going outside with him, and then quickly make a U-turn and head back inside. This inside-dog life is turning Smokey into a big ole Softy!

Smokey is one of the most low-energy, mellow, easy-going Setters we’ve ever had the privilege to foster. Don’t get me wrong, when it’s time to play, Smokey can keep up with the best of them! But he’s also just as content to chill’ at our feet. Smokey is extremely loyal and affectionate to his people. As you can see from his pictures, Smokey has such deep, beautiful brown eyes, it’s easy to see that he wants nothing more than attention and love and wants to give 150% in return. If given a choice, Smokey would love nothing better than to take every step we take and follow our every move. In fact, if you were to look up “Velcro dog” in the dictionary, it would probably have Smokey’s picture there. We can tell that he’s always happy because his tail is like a constant metronome around the house. It’s always wagging, and not in the typical Setter “knock everything off the coffee table” way, but in a gentle, constant wag that keeps a light, gentle breeze flowing through the room.

Smokey is a good citizen all the way around. When we take him to the off-leash dog park, he is the perfect gentleman. He hunts in the woods but then is quick to settle down and seek out his family. Smokey is friendly with both people and other dogs at the park, and most importantly, makes us look good by coming when he’s called.  And whenever there’s fun or excitement in the air - Smokey bounds off, side-by-side with his foster siblings, with a funny, bouncy gate – reminding us of that bouncy character from Winnie The Pooh. For an 8 year-old dog, Smokey has no problem showing off his inner child and plays with the exuberance of a puppy with his foster siblings!

You might be thinking that you want a younger Setter, but make no mistake, Smokey is the perfect age. He’s way past all of that young Setter nonsense and is ready to be a gentle, loyal companion to his Forever Family. Honestly, Setters just don’t get much better than him. Smokey would make a wonderful, loving addition to any family. So if you are looking for a sweet, handsome, loyal family pet, please consider giving Smokey a chance.


Doug & Karen Moreno hope that Smokey will be sharing his abundance of affection with a loving forever family very soon!
Lori Vrabel hopes that Smokey will be bouncing across the yard and loving life in his forever home soon! 


Today is the 6 month anniversary of the day we got Smokey. He is an extremely wonderful dog! We could not be any happier with him, and that seems to be mutual. He settled in pretty quickly, and within 3 weeks we let him have the run of the house when we're not home. He's a cute, funny dog with loads of personality. He's extremely endearing, especially when sitting on the floor with his front legs crossed. He has lots of toys and he places them strategically around the house and yard, just where he wants them to be. If we move them, he'll put them right back where they belong. Inside, most of his toys are lined up in a row behind my desk (where he spends most of his time when I'm not home!). He has 2 beds which he thoroughly enjoys. He's still a bit timid at times, but he likes most people, and he couldn't care less about most of the dogs he meets. He snubs most of them at the dog park. Since he's a quintessential setter, all he wants to do is run and chase after birds, squirrels, cats, and deer. Poor thing: he's always on the wrong side of a fence! Of course, he is super sweet and loving and cannot get enough affection. He's naturally well-behaved; has never gotten up on any furniture or on the counter, and he doesn't seem to know that he could jump over our 3 foot fence. Everyone who meets him loves him and comments on how beautiful he is. He is now 9 years old and no one can believe that; he looks and acts so much younger. Setters are slow to mature and remain puppies at heart! We encourage everyone to not hesitate to get an 'older' dog! We've learned that he LOVES water and will swim if there's a bird to chase. He just loves to be wet. He's VERY interested in ducks, geese, and ospreys - I don't know if there were any water birds where he came from. He's also an extremely smart dog and I have no doubt that we'll be able to teach him easily - we haven't trained him very much so far; just to sit for a treat. He also 'Wags More' and 'Barks Less'! He's just perfect and we still can't believe our luck in getting him. We are totally in love with our boy Smokey, and will never be able to thank ACES enough!