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Entered: 05/01/2016
Status: Adopted
Age: 4
Color: Black/White Border Collie
Weight: 44 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Goochland, VA
Health: UTD, HW-, treatment for prostate infection complete
Temperament: Good with people as young as 15 (younger unknown), good with other dogs, unknown with cats

Foxie's Story . . .

"It was obvious to his foster family that Foxie was not an indoor dog in his previous home. However, he has not had one accident in his foster home.”

Foxie was a stray that decided he wanted to live at the Springer Farm in Virginia. His foster mom had seen him a couple of miles from her house and was going to pick him up on her way back if he was still there. When she returned, he was no longer there. The next afternoon, however, Foxie showed up in her yard…infested with ticks. The poor boy had over 100 pulled off of him that night and more were removed over the next week. His foster mom held him for the required time period to see if anyone claimed him. They did not…so this Border Collie has become an honorary Springer Spaniel and a MAESSR boy.
Due to the terrible condition of his coat, Foxie was taken to the groomer and shaved completely down. He LOVED his bath and was excellent at the groomer and with the vet. His foster mom thinks it is because he LOVES attention and will let anyone do anything to him as long as they love on him. While at the vet, Foxie was found to have a nasty prostate infection. He was put on antibiotics and, when he went in to be neutered about 10 days later, the infection was much better. Foxie will be rechecked in about 10 days to ensure that the infection has cleared completely. It appears that he is feeling much better already.
It was obvious to his foster family that Foxie was not an indoor dog in his previous home. However, he has not had one accident in his foster home. Good boy, Foxie! His foster family believes that he is just grateful to be inside and receiving care. He shows his gratitude by being very gentle with people.   Foxie likes to sleep on one of the cushy dog beds and wants to be close to his people. There have been no attempts to counter-surf and Foxie’s house manners have been impeccable. On leash, Foxie will pull some but is quickly finding out that it’s not a good idea. He rides in the car but does get a little anxious in the beginning of the trip.
Foxie’s foster mom knows that there is someone out there who will LOVE this sweet boy even though he’s not a Springer. Remember…Springer can be a state of mind, too.  And Foxie has the most important quality of all: devotion to his people.