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Entered: 04/14/2021
Status: Permanent Foster; Rainbow Bridge
Age: 3
Color: Liver/White/Tan
Weight: Pending
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Girard, PA
Health: UTD, HW-, blind due to PRA, six month eye pressure check needed to monitor developing cataracts and glaucoma, treatment for Lyme disease complete, neutering completed
Health Cont.: diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
Temperament: Enjoys affection from adults, not good with children, not good with male dogs, will assert himself with females, but backs off when cautioned, makes friends with cats

Frisky's Story . . . 

Update 09/18/2022: “Run free over the Rainbow Bridge, sweet Frisky!”

Sadly, Frisky succumbed to the bone cancer which had invaded his body. He spent almost 18 months as a MAESSR boy, well-loved and provided with the best medical care for his health problems.


Run free over the Rainbow Bridge, sweet Frisky!

Update 03/17/2022:  “Because he was recently diagnosed with bone cancer (osterosarcoma), Frisky is now a permanent foster.”

Frisky is now a permanent foster because he has osteosarcoma (bone cancer), discovered about a month ago.  He will be on palliative care to make him as comfortable as possible until it is his time to cross over the Rainbow Bridge. 


Update 11/10/2021: “He is crate trained but doesn’t need the crate so much anymore.”

Good news for Frisky…he is almost totally housetrained and is very good at holding his pee. He doesn’t lift his leg or mark in the house. Good boy! Frisky doesn’t really have a signal to go out so his foster mom makes sure to give him opportunities.

This guy still is not a fan of the males in the household. He is an instigator, pestering the boys and trying to start fights. He’s good with the ladies, though! He only has this issue outside, not inside the house. When he does get in a scuffle, there is no real “damage,” just “drama.” Frisky is very submissive with people.

Frisky is working on just the basic commands of “sit” and “down.” He’s making more progress as his foster mom can now leave him out of the crate when she’s at work and there have been no problems. He is crate trained but doesn’t need the crate so much anymore.

Frisky would love a new forever home for the holidays. Do you think he would make a good addition to your male-free canine home?

Update 08/20/2021:  “Frisky continues to wait for his future forever family to discover him and realize that having a blind dog is not a detriment but is a blessing.”

A long-time MAESSR volunteer and adopter has said, “Blind dogs are the best!!  I have never been more blessed in my life.  They hike off leash and love to play. I taught them Left, Right, Step and lots more. My voice is their guidance and comfort. If I didn’t already have two dogs, I would welcome (a blind Springer) in a heartbeat.  Someone is going to be blessed beyond belief.”

Frisky is ready to be adopted.  He is essentially housetrained but has no signal yet.  His foster mom just takes him out frequently to relieve himself.  Using a high-value treat to reward him as soon as he eliminates outside will help Frisky learn that this is a GOOD thing to do.  The same could be done with signaling, using a command to come to the door and rewarding him there.  Or, bells on the door handle would be easy for him to learn to ring,  Interested potential adopters can reach out to MAESSR's training team for assistance. 

Frisky's marking inside has lessened as the hormones in his body re-adjust after his neutering.  Having his hearing will help in his further training.  He is good on a leash and loves attention from his people, barking to let his people know he’s there.  He will be best as an only dog with no little children who might startle him with their unpredictability. 

This active young Springer is just waiting to love you and be your constant companion.  He is a diamond in the rough who needs a patient owner who will work with him.  Don’t be afraid of his blindness; blind dogs can do amazing things.  Let Frisky prove that to you!

Update 07/07/2021:  “Frisky has come along in his foster home and is ready to look for a place to call his own.”

Frisky has come along in his foster home and is ready to look for a place to call his own.  This guy would scuffle with another male dog over toys but does well with female dogs who will not accept any bullying.

This handsome fellow continues to mark his turf both inside and out although his tendency to do so has lessened since he was neutered.  He also feels free to bark at everything, real or imagined—no apartments or sensitive neighbors, please!

Frisky would like a home with a fenced yard so he can roam as he wishes and still be safe and one with few stairs or open railings.  A female doggie friend who will let him know if he is too assertive would be good but he would be fine as an only dog with an “at home” family.  He does need a caring owner who will be sure to follow through with his necessary eye checks and help him continue to find his way in this world that he can experience but not see.

Update 06/19/2021:  “Frisky is under the continued care of a canine ophthalmologist.”

Frisky is under the continued care of a canine ophthalmologist and will have a re-check in six months to monitor his eye pressure, developing cataracts, and glaucoma.  He is adjusting to life as an indoor dog in his foster home.

Original: “He seems to be a good dog who needs reassurance as he adjusts to his new, unfamiliar world.”

Frisky came into MAESSR’s care when his Pennsylvania puppy mill owner notified a shelter that he was going to put this young Springer down if a home was not found that week.

Very little is known of Frisky’s early life, but he most probably lived outside and was used as a breeding dog.  He does not seem to have an idea of proper interaction with other dogs or cats and does not hesitate to try to mount them.  He does stop immediately when firmly told “NO!”   He is not yet housetrained and is kept in an exercise pen.  He has shown reluctance to enter a crate, possibly because of his sight limitations.  He is fed in a crate.

Frisky does not seem to have guarding issues, and while he will “mouth,” he is gentle and not at all aggressive toward people.  He is cautious with folks and needs to approach them on his own.  He seems to be a good dog who needs reassurance as he adjusts to his new, unfamiliar world.  His foster mom has given him some basic home grooming but is letting him settle in before gradually giving him more attention.

Frisky was a good boy at the vet and will be neutered in late May.   He will also be visiting a canine ophthalmologist to determine the cause of his blindness.   While his past is unknown, he will have MAESSR’s help in determining his future!