• Adopted: 02-20-13
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 2 yrs
  • Size: 40 lbs
  • Color: Tri
  • Cats: No
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Traits: Full of energy and fun!

Hello! My name is Harley.  I’m 2 years old, weigh 40 pounds and have soft, beautiful tri-color fur.  My foster mom says she loves running her fingers through it.  She also says I have eyes that will make your heart melt.  What I want to tell you about is how busy I have been since I came to ACES from the shelter where I was picked up as a stray.

I’ve learned a lot while in foster care.  One of my special new skills is that I now know how to ring the potty bell.  When I ring the bell, my foster mom takes me to the “spot” and waits for me to go, and I do my business like the good boy I am.  Sometimes I ring it just for fun so I can go out and play outside.  I also know how to walk on a leash and am good about sitting when the person walking me comes to a stop. I like to play catch and I actually bring the ball back.  Well, most of the time!

My foster family has also taught me to sit, down, and stay, with a combination of voice and hand signals. I am still working on coming when called.  Like most setters, I love to run too much to listen so a secure fence is a must. My foster family says somebody must have worked with me before because I am responding well, but I still have a lot to learn.  I would benefit from an obedience class, plus it would be lots of fun for me and my new family.

I am also working on “down and settle” before I can come out of my crate. This is hard for me because I am so excited to greet people.  I like people a lot, especially my foster mom who never has to look far to find me.  I’m usually right by her side.  My foster mom is also teaching me “leave-it,” ‘cause she says the decorative pillows in the house are not my toys.  Sometimes, I just don’t get it; I mean no one else is playing with those pillows so why can’t I?

While all this learning is going on, I thought I might teach my foster mom the “chase me” game.  I have to admit that sometimes the young, goofy setter in me just comes out.  And, the “chase me” game is so much more fun than the “leave-it” game!  My foster mom is really smart (she’s had lots of learning!) so most of the time, she stays one step ahead of me. But, even when I get silly, my foster family says I have a lot of potential!

While I’m working on lots of new doggy behaviors, I’m also working on packing on some pounds.  I was really skinny when I got to my foster home.  No worries, though, I’m building up my muscles again and so far have put on five pounds.

Can you tell? I like to talk.  My foster family says I have a large array of sounds.  All I know is that they laugh every time I make a different sound.  I just have a lot to say.  Hey, adopt me and I’ll tell you all about it!  Just make sure we have time to run, play and cuddle too.


Debra O'Day hopes that Harley will be running, playing, cuddling and "talking" to a loving forever family very soon!