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I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, and up to date with shots.
As if being tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome weren’t enough, Ted is also a total sweetheart. If you like big, gentle dogs who love to play with stuffed animals and sleep snuggled up with their pack mates--dog or human--Ted’s your guy! When Ted came into CSAC he was heartworm and Lyme positive. Although that meant painful injections, lots of pills, and two months of strict confinement for Teddy, he’s remained sweet throughout the process.
I can take toys or food from him, open his mouth and pop pills down his throat (he’s too smart to fall for the "hide pills in a treat" routine), or shove him over to make room on the bed, all without any objection from him.
The first day he was with my two Cocker girls, he tried to play rough, and rumbled a few times when they came close to me as we all sat on the floor. One day and a few gentle verbal corrections later, he was sleeping curled up with "Georgia," who’s less than half his size. In fact, he looks to her for comfort and protection. Ted’s a dream to walk on leash, neither pulling nor hanging back to investigate interesting smells.
Unbelievably, it’s obvious that someone in his past abused Ted. He has all the classic behaviors of a dog who’s either been caged long-term and/or frequently yelled at and hit. Loud noises, sudden movements, raised voices, close proximity to some men...all cause Ted to jump and seek cover. That means whoever wants to adopt Ted must be willing to treat him with calm, quiet patience.
Probably as a result of rough treatment, Ted suffers from the inability to eat or move his bowels unless he has privacy. He can’t eat unless he feels safe. He will urinate during walks, but refuses to do anything more unless he’s hidden from view. Unfortunately, if Ted doesn’t have access to a sheltered place outdoors, he will find a corner inside where he can hide to relieve himself. Consequently, a secure fenced-in yard, preferably with sheltering trees or bushes, is essential.
Although Ted would probably be OK as an only dog, he’d be happier with canine siblings. (Unknown with cats.) He takes great comfort in the presence of a confident, happy dog who knows that humans can be the source of good things. Through no fault of his own, this gentle boy has some confidence issues. But if you’re willing to provide the calm love and patience he deserves, you will be rewarded a hundredfold; this gorgeous guy is an absolute delight!
In just one month Ted has made great strides overcoming his fear and is starting to show a wonderful sense of humor and playfulness. I envy the person who gets to watch this marvelous dog grow happier and more secure in the coming months and years!
For more information about this dog, email our Adoption Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The medical and custodial expenses of the numerous Cocker Spaniels in our care are tremendous. With the current economy, more and more dogs with urgent and serious medical issues are being abandoned. While we are committed to providing the best possible care for these luckless, voiceless dogs, the increased costs are beginning to take their toll on our ability to do so. What this means is that we are able to rescue fewer dogs, and in turn that means more dogs may be euthanized every day. Even if you cannot adopt or foster one of our dogs, please consider making a donation. We know that money is tight everywhere, but even just a few dollars from many people adds up. Think of those dogs still in shelters or on the streets – those without warm beds, full bellies, and the knowledge that they are safe. For just the cost of a few cups of coffee, you can make a tremendous in the life of one of our needy furballs. For other ways to donate, please scroll to the bottom of our main web page. The Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and your donations are entirely tax deductible. Please check out our Wigglebutts in Need at http://www.cockeradoptions.org.