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JAKE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2013-860MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-01-22
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:B&W Tricolor
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Field

Jake's vet bills have accumulated to the point that we are asking for donations to assist him. If you would like to make a contribution to ESRA specifically for Jake (2013-860MN), make sure to indicate his name and intake number when you do so. Please click here to reach our Donations page to help Jake. He will be so happy!
Meet our man Jake! He has been in and out of various homes for a few years now. Jake has been constantly misunderstood, so we are seeking a patient, dog-wise, and loving family to support him and help him live a happy life.

Jake has been well trained, and he responds to commands. However, he seemed to be stubborn about coming out of his crate when he was asked to do so after being crated all day. He was grouchy and did not like people reaching for his collar to force him out. This cost him more than one home and resulted in some unfavorable training methods being used. Once Jake arrived at our home, we noticed that he did not move smoothly when he was running, so we had his hips examined and discovered that he has severe hip dysplasia. The poor boy was sore from not being able to move about all day while he was confined in the crate.

In our home, Jake has found it quite nice to be left alone in the house all day uncrated. He is very trustworthy and has never had an accident. His temperament has improved, and we now have an understanding of what hurts him.

Jake has been thoroughly evaluated by the orthopedic department at Colorado State University veterinary hospital. They have recommended not to replace his hips at this time but rather to help manage his condition with supplements and physical therapy. He likes the physical therapy because it involves treats! He is very food motivated, as is typical of Springer Spaniels.

You can see from his photos that Jake enjoys being outside. Because he has always had bad hips, he doesn't know anything different but just keeps doing what other Springers do. He sniffs up birds, bunnies, and mice in the field. He plays with our other foster dogs, and he will fetch toys for us. He enjoys life!

Jake likes to snuggle with you while you watch TV. He loves treats of all kinds. He adores going for car rides. Above all, he just wants to be your best buddy. He walks well on a leash, is invisible-fence trained, and uses a doggy door as well.

Jake's Forever Family will need to keep up his physical therapy and keep him slim. They must also understand that Jake will need more medical care in the future. A family that could take him swimming would be ideal, as this exercise really helps stretch and build up his muscles. That is key to keeping him comfortable.

We do not know how Jake would be with small dogs or cats. We would not recommend that he live with small children because they might not understand that they could hurt him by touching or pulling on him.

This boy has a fun and goofy personality. He knows how to work you for treats, toys, and attention. He has done well with all of our foster dogs since he has been here. He did think that being the only dog on the overnight trip to the vets at CSU was great, though, because he got all of our attention!

Jake truly deserves the best. Please contact us at the email address below for more information.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Jake.

Contact: Julie and Clay Mohr mohr4you@gpcom.net .

Posted: 4/20/16


BAILEY
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2017-432OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-01-22
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:34 lbs
Variety:Field
Dear potential Forever Family,

My name is Bailey, and I came to ESRA when my owners’ lifestyle changed. But please don’t feel sad for me. My foster mom is great! In fact, I call her Grandma, because I'm like an only child living at Grandma's house. I get love 24/7, and I can do no wrong (although I have to confess that I get into mischief sometimes if Grandma is busy). I'm seven and a half years young and thirty-four pounds of softness. I love playing with toys, and I usually have at least a dozen out of the toy box and lying around at any given time. They say I don't walk so well on a leash, and my former owners even sent me to school to improve that, but no one practiced with me. So Grandma walks me on a retractable leash. That works out for both of us, so I'm very happy!

I can be playful, but I can also be quiet at times—the best of both worlds. If you adopt me, plan on having a lap dog and sleeping companion. I excel at both! I also like to go along for rides in the car if it is cool enough. I ride in my bed in the crate without making a sound, unless there is something scary that needs to be barked away.

I should tell you that I’m all up to date on my vetting, and I’m spayed and microchipped, too. I am housetrained, and I don’t really need to be crated when I'm left alone. However, I will go into the crate if I must. (I just won’t do it with a smile.) Older kids in my Forever Family would probably be okay, but I do prefer a home with no babies or small kids. I like a quieter, peaceful existence.

Just so you know, I am a princess, and I had to let the other dogs at the pet store and the vet's office know that girls rule (at least this one does). It's probably a good idea for me to be the only dog in the house. Cats, on the other hand, might work out okay. We have an understanding, you see. There was a cat at my first house, and there is one here at Grandma's. Grandma feeds the birds and squirrels, and I love to watch that. It's better than TV, and sometimes I get to chase away the squirrels.

If you need love in your home, I'm the one. But Grandma says that you can take your time. She loves me, too, and she likes having me around for a while.

Love to you,
Bailey


From Bailey’s foster mom (AKA Grandma): Bailey is a funny gal. She will steal and chew up things like a puppy, but that behavior happens when I am home and not paying attention to her, not when I'm gone. She loves her toys, but she chews up some of the plastic ones. Those have to be put away. She will chew up a stick and swallow pieces of it if she thinks you are going to take it away; everything has to be a good trade or she won't comply. Bailey's a player! She would be a counter surfer if she wasn't so short. Anything on the edge is fair game. Just yesterday she took the napkins from the holder and ran off with them. Then it became a game of keep-away.

For all of her antics, Bailey is a great girl. She settles right down if I take a rest break and include her. She's definitely a lap dog, and she wants to be the center of attention and share her affection with you. Bailey has many wonderful qualities, and she will keep you smiling! If you're interested in finding out more about this pretty little imp, please contact her case manager at the email address below.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Bailey.

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Angie Mesarchik akmesarchik@gmail.com .

Posted: 12/15/17


BECKHAM
Cheboygan, MI

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Little Beckham, left, snuggles with a friend.

ESRA#:2017-445MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-01-20
  
Age:15 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Field
This darling little guy is Beckham. Found as a stray, he ended up at a shelter and was then adopted out, only to be returned a few days later. It was reported that he had behavioral issues. However, Beckham's foster family says that this adorable young pup just needed guidance, patience, and exercise.

Beckham is yet another great Springer who deserves a chance. He is thriving in his foster home, which is situated on wooded acres. He loves to run and hunt off leash on his daily hikes. He wanders off in pursuit of prey, but he always comes back promptly when he is called. Because he is a youngster, Beckham naturally has a lot of energy, and he will require ample physical activity in his Forever Home. He is very outdoorsy, so he would be thrilled to be part of a Forever Family that spends a lot of time outside.

While he is still learning proper manners and his place in the pack, this fieldie fellow has blossomed with his foster family. He craves their attention and yearns to be near both his humans and his peers. Beckham's foster mom says that he is a complete lover, and he does not have a mean bone in his body. He gets along well with the resident Springers, playing and cuddling with them. He would appreciate a Forever Home with another dog to keep him company. If he does not have a canine friend, then someone home with him most of the time will be best. Beckham could also live happily with children.

This busy fellow is keen for chewing and has quickly become fond of his new stash of Nylabones. Beckham understands and respects the fact that these are the only objects he is allowed to chew. He knows the commands Sit, Down, Come, and No. Because he is a smart boy, Beckham understands when he is in the wrong.

Cheerful and fun-loving Beckham is always ready to go bye-bye for a car ride, and he politely sits shotgun for the trip. He is a great sleeper, resting soundly through the night in his foster parents' bedroom. He sleeps on a dog bed on the floor, and he also likes to cuddle on his humans' bed. How can his foster family say no to that when the other canines are allowed?

Because he is so attached to his people, Beckham displays slight separation anxiety when they are not home. He does not like to be crated at present, but to make him more comfortable in his crate, his foster family has started feeding him there. Now he goes in willingly to be fed. Although Beckham is a tiny lad, he loves to eat, and he has had a tendency to counter surf. He is now learning that this is not acceptable behavior. Beckham also excitedly jumps on people, so he is being taught that he only receives affection when he sits nicely.

Beckham is housetrained, up to date on all vaccinations, neutered, and microchipped. As you can see in his pictures, Beckham's right eye is crossed. He was likely born that way, and it does not seem to cause him any difficulty. Soon he will be seeing the vet to further diagnose this condition.

This cute little guy is ready to find a Forever Home where he will continue to thrive with love and leadership. Are you committed to providing this precious pooch with lots of activity, adventure, and affection? Beckham is eager to meet his match. To let his foster mom know how you fit the bill, contact her today at the email address below!

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Beckham.

Contact: Foster Home, Sally Korth salkorth@yahoo.com .

Posted: 12/21/17


JACKSON
Winnetka, IL

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ESRA#:2017-325IL
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-01-19
  
Age:15 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:62 lbs
Variety:Field
Here is Jackson, our exuberant ten-month-old Springer! He came into ESRA's care so we could find the perfect family for this wonderful boy. A couple originally purchased him as a young puppy, but they soon realized that they could not provide him the lifestyle he deserved because they were gone too many hours a day and he was left alone. Then Jackson went to a home as a companion for a four-year-old Springer female. However, the female did not appreciate Jackson's zest for life. Although he just wanted to be friends, she decided she really didn't need another friend. Therefore, the family contacted ESRA, and Jackson is now in a foster home leading a great puppy life.

There is nothing dainty about this Springer--he's a big boy, and he is all muscle. He loves his home in the Chicago suburbs, but he really enjoys his adventures in Door County, Wisconsin with his foster mom and the resident Springer, Abby. Jackson loves to play, so he will bark in Abby's face until she gives in and plays. He will also put his head underneath her tummy to initiate play. He gets along with all dogs, and he loves all people.

Jackson is really smart, and he has adjusted very well to the house rules and routine. His foster mom says that he has only two behaviors that he really needs to improve on--jumping on people and not coming when called. These behaviors are typically seen in Springer puppies, and they can be corrected with consistent training.

This healthy guy is microchipped, neutered, and up to date on all his vaccines.
Jackson is not a couch potato, and he is definitely not a dog to be crated for eight hours a day. He would flourish with an active family that is interested in teaching him to participate in agility trials or other doggie activities. Jackson does need to go to obedience training, which will help him bond with his family and make him a perfect companion.

We would like to see Jackson go to a home with another active Springer who would appreciate a buddy. It would also be wonderful if he could have a family with at least some members at home most of the time, as well as a secure yard with lots of spaces to roam and explore. If you think you are able to provide for Jackson's needs, he will reward you with fun, companionship, intelligence, and love. Is yours the perfect Forever Home for this energetic boy? If so, please contact his case manager by phone or email right away.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Jackson.

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Anne Solak-Tennant 708-799-7039 annesolak@yahoo.com .

Posted: 9/13/17


MURPHY
Traverse City, MI

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ESRA#:2017-407MI2017-408MI
Status: AdoptedAdopted
Date:2018-01-122018-01-12
   
Age:4 years2 years
Gender:MaleMale
Color:Liver & WhiteLiver & White
Weight:50 lbs40
Variety:MixMix
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
These irresistible, inseparable wiggle-butt buddies are Murphy and Boomer. They are both half Springer and half Brittany Spaniel. And they are both full of joy and pure dog love.

To call them handsome almost seems like an understatement! Their expressive gazes and cute freckles are utterly charming. When they are not engaged in a rollicking round of wrestlemania, Murphy and Boomer can be found pleasantly lounging next to each other, plotting their next doggie adventure.

This housetrained pair is well behaved when they are left home alone together, and they sleep sweetly in the same crate at bedtime. As experienced counter surfers, Murphy and Boomer were disappointed to learn that pizza is not for dogs--who knew? We are unsure if these frisky guys are cat friendly. While they were very good boys at the vet office, they are a bit rambunctious during car rides and can be cunning escape artists if the vehicle's windows are open.

Slightly older Murphy is not as social as Boomer, but Murphy is definitely the alpha male. He does have typical Velcro tendencies and is happy to hang out with his foster dad in the garage, seeming to prefer the company of men. Murphy does well around his canine peers and has mostly mastered proper dog-park manners, with the exception of his mounting behavior.

While it takes him a little time to warm up to those he likes and trusts, Murphy craves affection and loves to give kisses. Oddly, he does not really respond to his name, though Murphy does sit for treats and is quite food motivated. This guy still needs to work on basic commands, so enrolling him in obedience classes would be of tremendous benefit to him in learning what is expected and bonding with his Forever Family. With a medium energy level, Murphy has little prey drive or interest in toys and balls. He might become a water dog, as he took his lake bath in stride. When he wants attention or needs to go potty, Murphy will bark to let you know. Otherwise he rarely vocalizes.

Sweet, calm, and congenial Boomer loves all people and has become closely attached to his foster mom, following her everywhere and missing her when she must go away. He would prefer an environment with someone home most of the time, and he would be more than willing to cuddle with his folks on the furniture! Snuggling and kissing are among Boomer's favorite activities. Because Murphy is his special sidekick, Boomer does become anxious when the two are separated. He gets along famously with all canines and plays nicely with them at the dog park. He knows his name, sits for treats, and shakes paw. Comically, Boomer likes to talk when he wants attention, and he will let out a low little howl or a "woo, woo, woo" to humorous effect.

As his name suggests, Boomer is a high-energy fellow who needs a lot of vigorous play and exercise to tire him out. Sportier than his pal Murphy, Boomer is interested in birds, watching them closely and tracking their flight with his eyes. He also enjoys playing with balls and toys, but he quickly loses interest in them if something more exciting captures his attention. Bathtime in the lake is not high on Boomer's list of fun things to do.

As young, active, energetic dogs, Murphy and Boomer have thus far lacked the exercise, direction, and guidance so important in these early formative years. Their foster family is working diligently with them on their leash-walking manners, obedience training, and social etiquette. Both boys are learning quickly and are eager to please their humans. They will need a sporting-dog-savvy Forever Family who will be dedicated to providing ample physical and mental stimulation for their overall well-being. Murphy and Boomer are truly great dogs with untapped potential. They will thrive in the proper environment with gentle yet consistent leadership. For their outdoor enjoyment, we will require that they go to a Forever Home with a fenced yard so that this energetic, endearing team can play safely to their hearts' content.

If you are looking for a double scoop of Spaniel delight, contact our state coordinator today. She has all of the sweet details about this delectable, dynamic duo!

UPDATE from Murphy and Boomer's foster mom, 12/1/17: I have been taking Murphy and Boomer to the dog park on a regular basis, and they love it! The boys have gotten along with every single dog there, and they just love to run and play as hard as they can for forty-five minutes.

The leash training has gone fabulously. I give all the credit to my husband, who has worked tirelessly to get them to Heel. Although they still need some work when walking with me, they are true champs for him, and they walk side by side in military fashion. It is actually quite funny to watch!

We have completely gotten rid of the kennel. They were cramped and uncomfortable sleeping in it and would usually wake us up at night because of that. They are sleeping in our bedroom, and we are trying to keep them off our bed (although we fail most nights). They are very good in the house when left alone. They have had no accidents at all while we have been gone. We are leaving our trash can in the garage for now as Murphy is still not quite trustworthy about leaving trash alone.

Boomer is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever encountered. He absolutely loves everyone, and his tail is constantly wagging. I have had so many comments about how sweet he is, and that is so true. (I am falling for him.) Murphy is still an introvert, and he was not pleased when my son came home at Thanksgiving. Murphy proceeded to bark and bark at him, but after a day or two, they became best buddies. My son was sad to leave because he does not know if he will see Murphy again or not. Murphy is still a "man's dog" all the way, and he adores my husband. He follows me around during the day when my hubby is at work, though, and he does wag his tail at me.

These boys just need somebody who understands they were not taught the basics early on and are therefore still learning. They learn fast and are GREAT dogs who deserve the best.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Murphy.

Contact: Michigan Coordinator, Kim Marvin sammiebella@hotmail.com .

Posted: 11/01/17


BRANDY
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2017-359WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-01-09
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:37 lbs
Variety:Field
Here is a video of Brandy playing!
Brandy is an absolute gem of a girl. She simply wants one thing in life--to be near her people. This sweetie loves to cuddle up or rest her head on a lap. And when she looks at you with her expressive eyes, she's telling you that she just wants to be petted and loved. If you are near her with a resting hand, she'll nudge it to remind you to continue the petting. She truly loves everyone she meets.

Brandy lives in a foster home with other dogs, and although she does get along with them, we believe she would be happiest as the one and only canine queen of the house. She is housetrained and trustworthy inside when her foster family is gone, with no need for crating.

When we took Brandy to the vet to update her vaccinations, the vet listened to her heart, and an x-ray confirmed that Brandy has congestive heart failure. The condition isn't curable, but it is manageable with medication. Brandy has now been on medications for about a month, and her persistent cough has subsided quite a bit. Her energy has improved, and she is a wonderful, happy girl to have around. Brandy takes her daily pills like a champ. She'll likely require meds for the rest of her life, and she should have vet checkups twice a year along with annual bloodwork to make sure her prescribed treatment is still working well.

Brandy has the cutest habit of carrying a tennis ball around in her mouth. She looks for the ball before she goes outside in the morning, and when she brings it in for breakfast, she drops it into her bowl before eating. She even has trouble dropping it to take a treat!

This mellow sweetheart is truly ready for her Forever Home. She will reward any attention with love, and she has an abundance of that love to share. For a girl with a heart condition, Brandy sure knows how to find her way into the hearts of the people around her!

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Brandy.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 12/22/17


CHARLIE
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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ESRA#:2017-453MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-01-06
  
Age:1 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Charlie! He is an extremely handsome boy with a charming personality. Sweet Charlie previously lacked the training that is so important for young dogs, but he is very willing to learn and is more than eager to please his beloved people. This youngster was like a bull in a china shop when he arrived at his foster home, but because he is a quick study, Charlie is now learning to wait his turn to go out the door, eat his dinner, play with a toy, etc. He is also known to be most fond of treats!

Charlie is an incredibly friendly and social fellow. A couple of neighborhood dogs repeatedly show up at his foster home to play with Charlie, and they all adore him! This happy pooch is great with people of all ages, including children. Active, bounding Charlie does have a tendency to run into folks when playing, so he would do best living with kids old enough to withstand his rambunctious antics.

Previously Charlie lived as an only dog, and he displayed destructive separation anxiety when he was left home alone. He is also extremely uncomfortable and fearful when he is crated. Now that he is living joyously with his two Springer foster brothers, Charlie has had absolutely no issues with inappropriate behaviors when he is left home with them. Plain and simple, Charlie must have one or more canine companions in his Forever Home.

Charlie needs a Forever Family willing to teach him obedience skills. Without any prior leash experience at all, he pulls walking on lead and is being trained not to do so. In just a few weeks at his foster home, this intelligent lad has learned to Sit, Lie Down, and Stay. While all of these commands still need work, Charlie learns quickly and responds well to gentle corrections.

When he plays too hard and needs to take a break, his foster mom sits quietly with Charlie for a few minutes until he calms down. She declares that this guy really has the temperament and impulsiveness of a twelve-year-old human boy! Busy and playful, Charlie yearns to explore and is always curious to know what his people are doing (and how he might possibly help them). He does not seem to be particularly a leader or a follower--he's just everyone's best friend.

Toys and a wrestling buddy are key elements necessary for Charlie's contentment. His foster mom jokes that he has not met a toy that he does not like, although he is not possessive of them. Charlie has a low prey drive and is untested with cats. He seems curious rather than aggressive with squirrels and birds. He is wonderful in the car, at the vet, at the groomer, and basically everywhere else!

This Velcro boy would be all right in a Forever Home without a fenced yard, as he shows little interest in wandering off. He stays near his foster family when everyone is outside, and he will come right away when called. However, Charlie does not want to be left outside alone.

Although Charlie sleeps on a dog bed in his foster parents' bedroom, he would rather sleep on their bed if he were allowed to do so. He is not permitted on the furniture, and he follows that rule, even though his senior foster brother is allowed on the couch. Charlie is learning early that seniority has its benefits!

Charlie really is just a housetrained puppy. He will be a perfect dog in an active, fun Forever Home. He is a shining, sparkling gem who will be a treasured addition to a lucky family. Charlie is wiggling his butt and wagging his tail at the thought of meeting his next canine sibling. Is that your doggy barking at you to contact our state coordinator today?

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Charlie.

Contact: Michigan Coordinator, Kim Marvin sammiebella@hotmail.com .

Posted: 12/12/17


ANNIE
Coon Rapids, MN

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ESRA#:2017-357SD
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-12-16
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:36 lbs
Variety:Mix
Allow us to introduce you to Annie, a girl with a truly gentle soul. Annie was rescued from an outdoor living situation in which she didn't get much attention or exercise. In addition, she had an infected eye that wasn't treated in time. During her first vet visit, it was determined that the eye needed to be removed. Annie has now recovered fully and is thriving. Her remaining eye is a beautiful ice-blue color, just one of the striking things about this sleek young lady.

Annie is housetrained and gets along with every dog and every person she has met. She loves to play and chase a ball around with her canine foster brother. Her recall is improving, but she still has some learning to do. For this reason, we would like to place her in a home with a securely fenced yard.

Her rescuers noticed the high-stepping gait of Annie's back legs. Her x-rays were clear, but they did show atrophy of the muscles, perhaps due to an early-life injury or a congenital issue. As her foster family has slowly helped her build up those muscles, Annie's back legs have become stronger, so getting up and down and moving around have gotten much easier for her. She may, however, do best in a home with few stairs.

Annie's foster mom says that this girl wants to cuddle all the time. She might, in fact, be the world’s best cuddler! Annie will be a wonderful companion to someone. She has a heart of gold, and she's ready to meet her Forever Family. If you think that family might be yours, please contact her case managers at the email address below.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Annie.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/21/17


BOWIE
Detroit, MI

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ESRA#:2017-332MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-12-14
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
ESRA is going the extra mile to help Bowie live his best and healthiest life. Read all about our efforts by clicking the Special Needs icon above!

UPDATE, 11/4/17: Bowie's surgery has been done, and he is now on the road to recovery! Find out the details by clicking his Special Needs icon.


Meet beautiful Bowie. His story is poignant, and his past is a total mystery. This sweet, soulful boy was discovered by a man walking his dog in a wooded area. Bowie was not neutered, he was underweight, and his teeth needed a good cleaning. The people who found this handsome soul assume that he had been living in the woods for at least a few days.

Upon being found, Bowie was very timid but willing to follow his rescuer home. When his ESRA foster family met him, Bowie was still apprehensive, but after a couple days with them he warmed up quite a bit. On the first night in his foster home, Bowie was settled into a crate with a comfy bed, and he quietly spent his first night there. Getting Bowie to eat was a little more difficult until some wet food was added to his kibble. He has since been weaned him off the mix.

Although this cute boy is at ease in a crate, he craves affection and attention from adults, especially men. Bowie has become his foster dad’s shadow, following him everywhere and ignoring commands from others if it means leaving Dad's side. Bowie is a guy’s guy, bonding and gravitating naturally to men.

Bowie has gotten along great with the resident male Springer/Shepherd mix since day one. He would be thrilled with another canine companion in his Forever Home. He has not been exposed to cats. Bowie is uncomfortable with quick movements and loud noises. He is also extremely unsure around children, so a Forever Home without young kids would be the best fit.

This mellow fellow has never shown any signs of aggression and has one of the sweetest personalities his foster parents have ever seen in a dog. Calm and gentle Bowie has a moderate activity level and will thrive in a quiet Forever Home with lots of interaction and room to play. This eager-to-please guy is well trained and has mastered the commands Sit, Wait, and Stay. He has excellent leash skills and would make a dynamite walking companion. He is housetrained, neutered, microchipped, and current on vaccinations. He rides nicely in the car, and he is a champ at the vet's office.

Because he craves love, Bowie does have a tendency to pace if he is in the presence of humans and is not being petted or cuddled. He also has some digging tendencies, which his foster family is working to curb. Unfortunately, Bowie suffered an ACL injury after colliding with another dog during a game of fetch. Post-surgery he will be recuperating and resting for several weeks until he gets the nod of approval from his veterinarian to resume his normal activities.

Regal Bowie is sugar sweet, incredibly handsome, and a purely joyful lad. His foster dad says they have truly enjoyed Bowie's company and are eager to help him find his ideal Forever Family. This adorable gent is a pleasure to be around, and he is sure to provide lifelong happiness to his adopters. If Bowie sounds like just the dog for you, contact our state coordinator today!

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Bowie.

Contact: Michigan Coordinator, Kim Marvin sammiebella@hotmail.com .

Posted: 10/06/17


BO
Chardon, OH

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ESRA#:2017-291OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-12-12
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:69 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hi, Springer friends!

My name is Bo, and I came to ESRA because my canine brother and I did not get along. Although it was hard for her, my mom chose to ask ESRA to help her help me. My brother is an older guy, and he had been abused in his previous life, so Mom gave me up in the hope of saving us both. You should know that I did get along with the other dogs in my former home. I’ve been with my ESRA foster Mom since the end of July, and I am doing well and having a great time!

When I arrived in July, I weighed nearly ninety pounds. I am a naturally big Springer, but I admit that I did have some weight to lose. My foster mom immediately adjusted my food, and she keeps me very active. We take walks on leash, go hiking off leash, and go swimming. I have lost nearly twenty pounds so far! Now I feel so much better, And I have that typical Springer energy again.

Because of the situation in my previous home, I was on a variety of anti-anxiety medications. But since I've come into ESRA's care, my meds have been reduced, and I am doing great. We hope that I can be off the meds completely in the future. My Forever Family will need to be patient and understanding, and they should know that I do have some separation anxiety. I really am just a sweet, giant lapdog, and I want to be as close to my people as possible. I am a true Velcro Springer! I am happiest when everyone is home, so I get a little stressed when my people leave. I also have a fear of storms and fireworks. My foster mom has been very patient with me, and I have learned to relax about some of these things.

I am a great house dog. I’m housetrained, and I have not had one accident since I have been here. I am fairly well behaved, but I'm just a little rusty on some of my manners. My Forever Family will need to continue to work with me and remind me at times what the rules are. I do have a high prey drive, so when I see something like a deer, a cat, or a squirrel, I will attempt to chase it. However, my off-leash recall is pretty good. I do very well on a leash, and I settle in nicely on walks and runs with my foster mom.

I am already neutered, up to date on my vaccinations, and microchipped. I’m currently wearing a flea/tick collar, and I get a monthly heartworm preventive. I have some minor skin irritations, most likely related to allergies. Keeping me clean and groomed regularly has helped.

I really need a home where someone can give me plenty of exercise, monitor my anxiety, and be at home as much as possible. I also need an owner that can handle my physical size, since I am a larger Springer. Even with twenty pounds trimmed off in the past few months, I am still very strong when I get excited! I absolutely love squeaky ball toys, and I will shred a stuffed toy with glee. I have socialized and hung out with other dogs, including visiting dog parks, and I am fine once I am acclimated. I would do well in a household with a calmer dog, and I lived peacefully with cats in my former home. My foster kitty sister doesn’t really like me, though. Maybe it’s because I come on too strong.

Now that you’ve read a little bit about yours truly, do you think I might be the boy for you? Things can only get better from here! So please contact my foster mom if you want us to be together forever!

Love always,
Bo


From Bo’s foster mom: Bo is a gentle giant. He has not shown one bit of food aggression, dog aggression, people aggression, or anything like that since he has been with us. He loves attention, and he does very well when people ask to pet him. And he has no problem allowing you to share the couch or recliner with him!

Our boy does have some separation anxiety. He usually settles down inside the house after we leave, but he will constantly walk, pant, and pace. Occasionally, he even stops and lets out a mournful howl. (I have a video camera on him during the day.) Since he has been here, he is normally crated during the day, and he is usually sleeping or just looking around when he is checked on. He is much happier and less stressed in his large crate than if he is left to roam free in the house while the people are away.

Bo is good off lead. However, his anxieties kick in if he sees another dog, and he goes a little crazy trying to get to that dog. In his frenzy, he appears to be a wrecking ball, but he really just wants to play. Most dogs and owners, however, do not appreciate such "energy," so he does need to work on that reaction. If he is allowed to meet and greet, it is usually all sniffing and butt wiggles! Bo has some dog friends we hang out with, and he enjoys their company. He should not be in a home with young children due to his size and anxiety levels. He might unintentionally hurt a little person, and he would probably steal all the toys. He does not like to give up something once he has a solid grip on it, but he will trade for a treat.

Bo's next owners need to make a lifelong commitment to this guy because he will make a great companion in return. If you would like to find out more about this loving and beautiful boy, please contact me at the email address below.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Bo.

Contact: Mary Pat Martin cmprun629@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/31/17


GILLIGAN
Iowa City, IA

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ESRA#:2017-372IA
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-11-22
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:34 lbs
Variety:Field
Gilligan is a complete and total snuggle bunny who also enjoys having his share of outdoor adventures. He came into ESRA foster care when his owners moved to a place that doesn't allow dogs.

Gilligan is people oriented and loving. Being able to share your couch or your bed is paramount for him. You'll both be in total bliss as he falls asleep next to you on the couch with his head in your lap. He'll be waiting for you on your bed at bedtime, and he will stay next to you the whole night.

When Gilligan is outdoors, though, his whole world needs to be explored. He's a small guy, but he's solidly built and strong. He also acts much younger than his age would suggest. Gilligan enjoys long, brisk walks. He pulls hard on the leash, so he needs to practice his leash manners, especially how to heel.

He's friendly toward the people, including children, that he meets on his walks. He's also friendly with dogs that he meets, but he gets overly excited if he sees a dog at a distance. Gilligan has a strong prey drive. He's very alert to squirrels and other critters, and he would chase them if he were off leash. Because of that, we recommend that his Forever Home have a fenced-in yard be a cat-free environment.

Gilligan doesn't put his full weight on his left hind leg when he's standing, but he has no problem walking, running, or jumping. This suggests that he probably has arthritis in that knee. Gilligan's hips and the muscle tone in his legs are fine. He takes the pain reliever Rimadyl and the joint supplement Cosequin.

This sweet boy is housetrained, and he eats well. He likes chew toys. Gilligan's original home had a dog, as does his foster home, and he's comfortable living with canine companions. It would be great if Gilligan could share his Forever Home with a dog friend, but what's more important is that he has human company most of the day, especially as he adjusts to a new home. If you are ready to open your heart to Gilligan, please contact his case managers at the email address below. You'll be glad you did!

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Gilligan.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/28/17

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