Please note, as of March 1, 2017, the adoption fee will increase to $325.00. All adoptable dogs will be up-to-date on vaccines, spayed/neutered, heartworm negative and microchipped.
These dogs have now been evaluated and deemed healthy enough for adoption. Only those applicants who are approved can click to obtain additional information.
Meet Dusty! BSR 1056
Dusty is an energetic, happy and good natured 10 year old male and weighs about 50 pounds. He has very nice proportions and has a beautiful dark chocolate coat that needs minimal grooming. He is a sweet, loving and attentive fellow who has never met a stranger and just wants to be with you. Dusty has been a house pet his whole life and he will become attached to his primary caregiver quickly, so his person will need to be ok with having a little brown shadow.
He is completely house trained and has very nice manners, never jumping up on people. He approaches strangers gently with a wagging tail and loves pets from anyone who wants to give them out. Dusty gets along great with other dogs especially if they are not wild and crazy. He likes to get a little frisky and playful when he meets a new dog for the first time. In his previous life, he lived with several other dogs and cats so he does well with other animals. He also goes to work with his foster mom and is exposed lots of dogs in a group environment and does well with that as well.
Dusty walks nicely on a leash and can go out to do his business without being leashed. He is not a runner and if he does get a notion to explore all you have to do is start a car. He loves going for a ride! He is happy sleeping in bed with you or in his crate as long as the crate is there by your bed. Even though he is crate trained, he really does not like to be left crated and will complain and howl. This is called separation anxiety and his new family will need some patience and a plan to teach him to be comfortable in his crate when the family is out.
He is learning not to counter surf and stern “No” from his foster mom gets his attention. He will eat inappropriate things like paper towels, plastic bags, etc. so it is important to watch him and not leave things laying around in the home or in the car.
Dusty has suffered from chronic allergies so it will be important for him to stay on a high quality limited ingredient diet and continue on with his allergy medicine and a flea preventive. He has some trouble navigating down uncarpeted stairs.
Dusty needs a home where his people want a companion and will be around most of the time, and also have some experience working with dogs with separation anxiety. A commitment to continuing to work on his counter-surfing and eating inappropriate things and working on the COME command is important because dogs of any age can learn and improve. Dusty is an all around sweet and loving dog who will make a very devoted and loyal companion for the right person.
“Ellie Virginia” is a 10 month old female weighing approximately 34 pounds. She is typical, high energy, adolescent Boykin, full of mischief and in need of lots of training and attention. When she came to BSR she had a fear of new people and situations (lack of socialization) but since being with her foster parents she is greatly improved and rarely now shows signs of “stranger/danger” reaction. Ellie is exceptionally smart, very affectionate, athletic, loyal and will keep you company where ever you go.
Ellie loves to hang out with her foster mom in the kitchen, especially when she is making homemade dog treats! She loves outdoor time with her foster Boykin brother and sister. One day Ellie followed the other dogs into the water and swam for her first time….now she loves her daily swims, weather permitting. She is quite puzzled when the surface is iced over and she can’t get in! She loves the beach, running and swimming with her bigger foster siblings. Ellie loves snuggle time with her foster kitty as well; a good chair or sofa and they are fast asleep together. With adequate amount of daily activity she slows down in the evening and will enjoy a “legal chewy” and nap in your lap if permitted. Ellie is Ok in her crate at night (especially if she is tired from a good day of exercise and integration with her people!) and also for short periods during the day when her foster parents are out running errands.
Ellie is a fast learner but at the same time she is quite mischievousness. She is curious and sneaky but still a puppy…she needs someone to monitor and direct her regarding chewing and counter surfing. Her fosters are seeing big improvements in her jumping and nipping when greeted (just typical puppy excitement, not at all aggressive). They ignore her and she gets no attention until she sits. Ellie can be quite possessive; she will growl and become somewhat “snarky” if you try to take something away from her. She needs to continue to be trained to “leave it” or “drop it.” With that in mind, small children are probably not a good idea in her forever home. Ellie has no problems playing with other dogs; even one much larger. She needs to continue to work on her leash walking skills. Ellie need lots of time and attention from her people. She needs another dog, young enough that will enjoy an active lifestyle, lots of play, chasing and wrestling. She needs room to run, loves to chase squirrels and water close by to keep her swimming would be a great benefit as well. She needs her people to invest in her continued training so that she is challenged mentally and physically, and needs continued work on general socialization. She needs and deserves lots of love and attention and in return her forever parents will be showered in her love! Ellie is being fostered in Virginia.
Lulu is a 10 month old female. She weighs about 28lbs She is the sweetest, happiest, little brown dog. She has a way of melting your heart when she gives you a “hug!” Just precious!
She is a very kind hearted dog, who seems to love all other dogs, no matter what size. She just wants to play. She does good with kids, except for jumping with excitement. She is curious about cats and has done fine with the cat in her foster home.
Lulu is a very good, fast swimmer and loves being in the water. She's good in a boat and even jumped overboard once while the boat was in motion. She decided not to do that again! She will fetch endlessly, not to hand but close enough. Since she pays a lot of attention to flying birds and has a great Boykin nose she might make a good hunting dog, but has not been tested for that yet. In any event, her new family could have a lot of fun playing scent games with her.
Being a young pup, she still needs a lot of training to become a great dog. She will "sit" on command and is learning not to try to squeeze by you as you go through a door but responds well if you tell her "stay back...wait" first. She can jump really high and needs to work on sitting when meeting new people. Lulu needs more work on her ability to walk on a leash without pulling and on not counter surfing. She can be sneaky and quick to snatch socks, dish rags but is learning to "drop it" when she has something she shouldn't. She goes into her kennel well and has learned that it's ok to be crated even when people are home. She is great in her kennel at night.
Because of a tucked vulva, she used to have multiple urinary tract infections and would have accidents in her crate. This issue was corrected when she was spayed but she should be watched for any future issues. Patience will be needed to continue to work with her.
An ideal family for her would be one that will have the time and commitment to continue training her. Since she is still a puppy and is behind in her training and overall manners, a watchful eye is also needed. Access to water would be amazing since she enjoys it so much. A fenced in yard is a good idea, along with a dog young enough to play and roughhouse with her. A family with older, calm and respectful children who can help with her development would be fine. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt Lulu and invest in her training and well being will be rewarded with a loving and fun companion!
Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Inc. prides itself in our dedication to evaluating the health, temperament and strengths of each dog. Sometimes dogs are with us a month or so, sometimes it is much longer. We assure you, the wait is worth it!