Meet Abbey! This beautiful Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever mix weighs about 35lbs and can probably stand to fill out a little more. She’s a confident pup who will trot right up to people and share her love. Though she’s still working to keep all 4 on the floor, Foster Dad insists she just loves to hug!
Abbey was probably born around August of 2015 and is fully housebroken. She doesn’t really signal when she needs to go out, but she holds it until given the opportunity. Pooping on a leash is not something Abbey will adhere to, so she’d do best in a house with a backyard where she can freely eliminate. She’s fully crate trained and gets to sleep in the living room by herself where she doesn’t make a peep. If other dogs are outside and she can hear some commotion across the street, she may bark a little, but that doesn’t last all that long. Abbey hasn’t been around cats so we aren’t sure what her reaction would be, but she’s been around a few dogs and tends to be finicky about her friends.
Manners is something Abbey is still working on when it comes to new canine companions. Because she likes to escalate to a pretty rough form of play, not all dogs appreciate her instigating. Abbey does best with male dogs as well as submissive pups who aren’t afraid of her play noises – which can be pretty intense at times! Being as small as she is, she isn’t difficult to control on a leash when doing introductions, but she is quite selective as to who she will befriend. Because of this, Abbey is not a good dog-park dog. Children, on the other hand, are Abbey’s absolute favorite! All she wants to do is love them and hug them and kiss them all day!
As far as energy level is concerned, Abbey’s got the best of both worlds- if it looks like a Netflix binging day, she’s on board! If taking a nice long run is in the forecast, she’ll happily trot along. At the beginning of any walk, her excitement gets the best of her and she pulls in every which way to get in as many smells as she can. Of course, about halfway through she calms down and walks on a loose leash without any problems. She’ll play fetch in the backyard and is super speedy at retrieving! That only lasts for about 4 throws though… then she’s over it. If Foster Dad has had a long day and Abbey hasn’t had much stimulation, she’s perfectly content on the couch with some pets and lovin’. Car rides are her favorite and she does very well watching the world pass by (or napping, she’s very good at that too!).
Overall, Abbey is a very affectionate lady who just wants a human companion (or a whole pack of them!) to share her love. From day 1, she bonded with her foster dad and has bonded with everyone else that has been introduced to her. She’s such a goofball and just adores dog toys- she doesn’t chew them so much as pridefully walks around with them, smiling with dignity! If you’re looking for a crate-trained, housebroken, patient pup, Abbey is perfect for you!
We require a home visit for all of our adoptions. Because of this, we only adopt to homes within 30 minutes of Athens, GA. Please visit our website for more info.(www.athenscaninerescue.com)