|1 to 2 year old Dottie III here she is on her freedom ride!
|A Better English Setter Rescue
|Dottie III at the shelter
Hello, my name is Dottie III or “Dot” for short. I am a small one
to two year old English Setter mix that is “sweet as apple pie” (or
at least that is what my foster parents say). I get along with all
of the dogs in the house and understand their boundaries and
when to play and when to relax. I love my humans too! So much
so that sometimes I cry for them a bit when they leave the
house. I love to run outside and play in the fenced in yard with
the other dogs, but I am equally content being an indoor dog too.
One of my favorite places is to be curled up between my foster
parents. Speaking of favorites, did I tell you that belly rubs are
mandatory? I just love them and require them on a daily basis.
My history is a bit unknown. I can’t understand why I was
placed in a shelter – I am such a sweet dog. But it was a good
thing, because I don’t think my life before then was very nice.
I am a very submissive dog and sometimes I cower when a voice
is raised or someone moves a hand too fast. I also have to deal
with these “things” on my stomach from when I had
puppies…they are a little stretched out from all that nursing, but
I am sure they will get smaller with time. I also think I need to
gain about 5 lbs (I am currently 39 lbs) as I am a bit
underweight - oh, did I tell you I am VERY food motivated.
Speaking of food, I am a curious dog and will go hunting for
things to eat that resemble something tasty. I am still learning
not to surf the kitchen counters for food. My foster parents
know better than to leave anything laying near the edge of the
counter where I can access it. If it smells like I can eat it, I will
drag it to the floor to be sampled. At the food bowl, I am not
aggressive and I eat with the other dogs in the house. I can get
a little excited and throw a bit of kibble on the floor, but don’t
worry, I will clean that up!
I know a couple of basic commands, like sit, but don’t expect
me to be well trained. I am super smart and I think that all I
need is some basic obedience training. When I am outside, I
usually come when I am called, but I shouldn’t be trusted off
lead unless I am in a fenced-in area. When the humans want
to go outside, I will bolt for the door to be outside with them.
I am pretty quick and I have escaped many times into the back
yard. I suspect the humans are catching on to my
shenanigans though as they have started bribing me away
from the door with the promise of food. They have also
resorted to holding my collar when necessary.
I like the crate but feel abandoned if the room is empty and I
will cry for a few minutes. I soon settle down though and see
the crate as a positive place. At night I will run into the crate
to sleep. My foster parents have let me up on their bed for a
couple of “sleep overs” and I did really well.
So here is me in a nutshell…If you are looking for a super
sweet dog, then I am your girl!
In summary, Dot is a VERY friendly 1-2 year old setter. She
is a small dog, barely 40 pounds and, being a young dog,
high energy! She shows zero aggression in any situation and
is very submissive. She rolls onto her back for tummy rubs
all the time and we are convinced she will wear her tail out,
it NEVER stops wagging.
She does counter surf a little so we try to keep anything
tasty under lock and key. Other than that and, her brief
disapproval of being crated when we leave the house, we
really cannot think of any issues at all. Her future humans
need to be watchful of her though as she is a bit of an
escape artist. Despite our having a fenced yard with four
other dogs who apparently lack her determination, she
managed to be on the outside looking in…at them looking
out at her, how, we will never know! Nonetheless Dottie will
need a physical fence.
She will make a wonderful pet and we would recommend a
household where she is not regularly left alone for the full
day. This is a very social dog who is attached to her humans
and so not suited to a house where she is left alone for more
than a few hours.
That being said, she has grown very much accustomed to the crate
and is happy being in there, falling asleep after a few minutes
protest! We have left her alone uncrated for up to 2-3 hours with
no damage when we return to the house. We are increasing that
period slowly as we build trust in her. We are confident that in
time she could be leftout for a full day once she is comfortable in
her new home and understands she hasn’t been abandoned. If she
is with other dogs this is even less of an issue.
|If you are looking for a friendly, playful,
smaller setter that has zero aggression and
loves nothing more than to sleep in your lap,
you just found her!