I am already spayed, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids, and good with dogs.
Meet Abbey! This beautiful Labrador/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 is fond of but with a little bit of patience and a schedule, her foster dad now has her comfortable using the bathroom on a leash. 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 talk back a little, but that doesn’t last all that long before she settles back into her routine. 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 are something Abbey is still working on when it comes to new canine companions. Because she likes play pretty rough, 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. This gal has a lot say when she is playing!! Being as small as she is, she isn’t difficult to control on a leash when doing introductions, but she is selective as to which dogs 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 one, 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!
To ensure our dogs are placed in a safe environment, we require a home visit for all adoptions. Because of this, we typically only adopt to homes within 30 minutes of Athens, GA. If you are further away than that and are interested in one of our pups, please still fill out an application and we can discuss your options. Please understand that you would be responsible for all transportation - meeting the dog, picking the dog up to start a trial, returning the dog should he/she not be a good fit, etc. Please visit our website for more info. (www.athenscaninerescue.com)