WEST MIDWEST NORTHEAST SOUTHEAST CANADA SHELTERS

RECENTLY ADOPTED SPRINGERS
MIDWEST REGION

 

To contact someone in your area, see our list of Regional Coordinators.


MURPHY
Traverse City, MI

dogpic
Murphy

dogpic
Boomer

dogpic
Murphy, top; Boomer, bottom

dogpic
Boomer

dogpic
Murphy

dogpic
Murphy, front; Boomer, back

 MURPHYBOOMER
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

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic


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

dogpic

dogpic
Do you need some help?

dogpic


dogpic


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

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic


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

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic
Bowie with a friend

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

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic
Bo, right, with a friend

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

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic


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


HARRY
Cheboygan, MI

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic


ESRA#:2017-298OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-11-16
  
Age:14 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Field
This beautiful boy is Harry. He was surrendered to the care of ESRA by his family because they did not have the time to devote to such a young, active Springer. What can we say about Harry? Plenty! He is a very high energy pup, and while he is charming, Harry can be a handful. When he first came to his foster home, Harry exhibited dominant behavior. However, his foster family now believes that Harry is not a truly dominant dog but rather one that was lacking guidance and leadership during his first nine months of life.

Harry really has come a long way in only four weeks at his foster home. At first, he was snapping at the other four resident canines, but now he lives in harmony with them all--most of the time! On occasion, Harry will still snap at one of them if he is protecting a toy or object. However, Harry is extremely smart and, with strong guidance, he is quickly understanding that this behavior is not tolerated. He is a puppy, so he is still learning. Initially Harry was also resource guarding toys or other objects from his foster siblings, as well as from his people. With time he is realizing, through the process of trading for a treat, that he does not have to protect possessions. His foster dad can now take things from Harry's mouth. He will, of course, continue to require firm leadership in his Forever Home.

This good-looking youngster has many great traits. He is crate trained, although he does not like his crate. He much prefers to be with his humans. Harry loves to cuddle in bed and is trustworthy during the night, so he really does not need to be crated when he sleeps. He is housetrained, is a sound sleeper, and is a phenomenal car rider. He is always keen to go bye-bye and ride shotgun! He knows the commands Sit, Lie Down, and Come.

Like most Springers, Harry is quite energetic and will require daily exercise. He does great off leash, and he will be well suited to an environment where he has the opportunity to safely run free in a secure yard or on acreage. This frisky guy is super athletic, and he is eager to run, jump, and hunt. His foster home is nestled on property in the woods, and Harry does not run away during daily hikes. He will wander off the trail with his canine siblings to hunt, but he always comes right back. Harry leaps very high and very long over objects when he is running in the woods, and he is really fast! Since Harry is sporty and smart, he would benefit from having a job such as agility work, or possibly formal hunting training.

Harry is up to date on all vaccinations, and he is neutered and microchipped. This handsome young dog is steadily working on proper manners and learning his place in the pack. Because he is intelligent, he knows when he is in the wrong. Harry is truly a good, loveable, and adorable boy. He would likely do best in a Forever Home with no children under the age of thirteen. Harry needs a lot of exercise as well as a Forever Family who will provide him with the consistent guidance, leadership, and discipline that he lacked in his previous home.

Now that Harry is living in harmony with the resident Springers, he absolutely adores roughhousing with the rest of the younger dogs. Therefore, he would also benefit from living in a Forever Home with another active, playful pooch. Contact Harry's foster mom today if you are a good match for this handsome handful and have the time and energy to work with Harry to make him the best dog that he can be.

UPDATE from Harry's foster mom, 10/12/17: This boy is becoming such a great dog! Harry just needed structure in his life. He is still a high-energy puppy who will require a lot of exercise and playtime, but Harry is a wonderful young Springer. He now sits for treats and waits for his dinner without being told, and he takes treats gently.

We knew that Harry was athletic because of the way he springs and leaps on hikes, but we discovered when we took him to the lake several times this week that he is a natural and extremely strong swimmer. Harry would let you throw a stick into the water for him to fetch all day! He is like a little motor boat, and he loves to retrieve. Harry gladly gives his stick back to you so that you will throw it again. He is very smart and learns quickly. Harry is keenly alert on hikes, and when he runs ahead he sits and waits for his people to catch up. He would truly make a fabulous bird dog. Harry also loves to play with other dogs, so he would do really well in a Forever Home with a canine sibling.

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

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

Posted: 9/25/17


BUDDY
Ortonville, MI

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic
Buddy and his blanket

ESRA#:2017-358MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-11-13
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Field
Here is a video of Buddy comforting himself with his beloved blanket.
This super sweet boy is Buddy. He is so calm and composed, and as you can see, he's incredibly handsome. His foster mom describes Buddy as just the best dog ever! Admiring his very pretty coloring, her friend called Buddy "gingerbread." He is a beautiful Springer who amazes, inspires, and delights his foster family each and every day.

Gentle and polite Buddy was a stray before he lived with his previous owners, who eventually surrendered him to ESRA. Looking at his newly cleaned pearly whites and his expressive golden eyes, the vet estimates that Buddy is over one year old. Buddy has never marked or had an accident in the house or the car, even before he was recently neutered. He is such a good pup!

Buddy came to his foster home knowing the commands Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Crate, and Heel. This mannerly fellow is eager to please. Buddy is so smart; he wants you to give him a command so that he can show off how intelligent he is! Buddy will require a yard securely fenced with materials such as wood or chain link so that he can explore and play in safety.

Buddy loves going with other neighborhood dogs for lengthy leash walks every day, and his foster mom bikes with him daily as well. He seldom barks and is welcoming to any person or canine. There are no cats in Buddy's foster home, but he is much too interested in the felines he sees running outside during his walks, so he will need a Forever Home without cats. His former owner stated that Buddy was quilled by a porcupine, and this is backed up by his vet records.

The owner of the boarding kennel where Buddy stayed for a while was crazy about him and could not believe that he was then intact, because Buddy did not bark, growl, or start anything with the other dogs. His groomer also loved him and had him out with her while she did chores. They both thought that Buddy was one in a million and was a definite keeper. His foster family could not agree more! They are purely smitten with him.

This well behaved, joyful soul does not get on furniture unless you invite him up. Buddy rides quietly in the backseat of the car. He does not beg, countersurf, explore garbage, run through doors, or chew anything, ever. Buddy also nicely waits his turn for treats. At doggy bedtime at his foster home Buddy loves to hear "time for bed." He gets into his crate just before his foster brother does and waits for the door to be closed. This little prince also enjoys his new nightly tooth-brushing routine, and there are no areas on his body that cannot be touched by his people. He craves any physical attention, but he is not jealous or protective of anything. He shares with other dogs the affection of humans as well as food.

Buddy also shares his beloved blanket even though it is quite special to him. Buddy's Forever Family must accept that Buddy needs his blanket and that he must be allowed to keep it. His foster mom recounts that she thought it was the oddest thing when his previous owners said, "Oh yeah, I almost forgot his blanket. We gave it to him when we had to bring him in last winter when the radio said to bring in your pets because it was below zero. It keeps him settled." They were right. Buddy actually kneads his blanket in a self-soothing motion. The vet said he wished that more dogs knew to suck on a blanket instead of tearing a house apart or chewing/licking holes in their legs, etc. Buddy's precious blanket is kept in his crate. He takes it out when he wants it, and he does not care if the other dogs sniff him and his blanket. His blind foster brother has tripped over and fallen on it, and he will lie close to Buddy when Buddy needs to have his blanket nearby. Anyone can take anything away from him, even the blanket, but his foster family respectfully lets him keep it. In fact, they sometimes call him Linus--sweet, smart, quiet, and blanket loving.

If this story melts your heart and you think that Buddy (and his blanket) would be perfect for you, contact his foster mom today!

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

Contact: Foster Home , Geri Via geralynvia@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/26/17


GRACIE
Breckenridge, MI

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic
Gracie shows off her new haircut!

ESRA#:2017-335MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-10-25
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:46 lbs
Variety:Field
Gorgeous Gracie is an awesome little girl! She lives to please her people and is starving for all the attention she can get. She is definitely a typical Velcro Springer who loves to be petted and adored. Gracie went through a great deal of turmoil in the weeks before arriving in our care. Her original family had surrendered her to a rescue facility where she was constantly crated, which made her scared and stressed. But this beauty has now settled in at her loving ESRA foster home, where she has won the hearts of her foster parents. They are dedicated to helping Gracie find her perfect Forever Home.

This lovely lady gets along fine with the two resident senior-aged Springers. She is not a dominant personality, but she rather follows the lead of her furry peers. Gracie plays and roughhouses with her foster brother several times a day. This amiable girl would do well either as an only dog or with another dog in her Forever Home. Gracie also lives with an older cat that she was uneasy with at first. Now that she is more comfortable with her feline friend, we consider her successfully cat tested, a bit curious but not aggressive. This pretty pooch would be best in a Forever Home without young children, but she would be good with teenagers who understand how to respect and behave around dogs.

Gracie is more active than her canine siblings and will get into trouble if she is bored. Her foster family fills a tennis ball with food, which occupies and entertains her. They also crate her at night and when they are away from home so that she does not get into anything inappropriate. (Curious Gracie is, unsurprisingly, known to countersurf.) While her Springer housemates frequently lounge on one of several dog beds or the sofa, Gracie stays on the floor. She is also a good security system, letting you know if she hears anything.

Some girls just want to have fun, and Gracie fits that description! She requires gentle but firm direction when she gets too carried away and needs to settle down. Gracie does know the command Sit, but she would definitely benefit from obedience classes along with consistent guidance from her Forever Family.

Gracie's foster family has a fenced yard and recommends that her Forever Home have one, too. She is finally getting to the point where she will go into the yard with the other dogs. Prior to this milestone, her foster family had to walk outside with her. Otherwise Grace would not go out. Her off-leash manners and boundaries are untested at this time.

Sweet Gracie loves to go for car rides and recently had a fun outing to the doggie spa where she received a sporty, short haircut. The groomer said that although Gracie did not much like having her back feet trimmed, she was well behaved. The groomer was also highly impressed by Gracie's shining personality and said that she thinks this girl will be an awesome addition to some lucky family.

Because she truly wants and needs lots and lots of attention, Gracie would thrive in a Forever Family with someone at home most of the time. Her foster mom emphasizes that Gracie's adopters must have tremendous patience in working with this sweet girl, who is anxious in new situations. Gracie needs a lot of space and reassurance with first encounters as she gains trust and confidence. This darling Springer is oozing with cuteness and is looking for her best match. Are you the special soulmate she is seeking? If you think so, contact Gracie's foster mom today!

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

Contact: Kathy Wardell kmax32@juno.com .

Posted: 10/05/17


ARCHIE
Wausau, WI

dogpic

dogpic
Archie shows off his new haircut!

ESRA#:2017-57WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-10-24
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:56 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Archie or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Meet sweet Archie! This happy old man is a joy to his foster mom and dad, as well as to his canine foster sister. When Archie was taken to a shelter, he needed medical attention to his eye and toe. His toe had to be amputated, but that doesn't slow this guy down! He LOVES to play catch, and the extra exercise is helping build up his muscles again.

Archie didn't have a great start, but his future is looking much brighter now that he has ESRA'S help. Archie does have dry eye syndrome, so he has drops and salve that need to be put into his eyes twice a day, but this guy takes to the routine like a real trouper. He gets a nice treat for sitting so still for his foster mom.

Since moving in with his foster family, Archie has had a haircut. He now gets lots of treats and loads of cuddles. He aims to please, and he just wants a nice comfy home where he can live out his days.

Archie would fit into any environment. He is perfectly content to be the only dog or to live with others. He has gone to doggy daycare, where gets along fine with the other dogs. He actually just follows his own tune and ignores a lot of the craziness at the daycare center. It is unknown how he would be with cats, but with his quiet demeanor, his foster mom doesn't see an issue. Archie also doesn't jump up on furniture, but if you did want him on the couch with you, we're sure he could be persuaded!

If you're looking for a mellow dog who just wants to lie at your feet or follow you from room to room because he loves you, then Archie is the one for you. This sweet guy will bring affection and happiness to his Forever Family. If you think that family might be yours, contact his foster mom at the e-mail address below. You'll be glad you did!

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Coordinator, Marie Heinking kcmcheinking@frontier.com .

Posted: 3/17/17


AJ
Chisago City, MN

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic
Silly boy--we do have water bowls!

dogpic


ESRA#:2016-479MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-10-22
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:64 lbs
Variety:Bench
AJ is a handsome boy who thrives on being petted and loved. He loves to snuggle on the couch, and he gives Springer kisses in the most affectionate way!

There is a lot to love about AJ. In addition to being cuddly, he is energetic. He loves playing fetch and going for walks. Although he takes one medication for allergies and one for mild neuropathy in his back legs, neither issue slows AJ down. He is healthy and excited to meet his Forever Family.

This smart, well-trained guy lets you know when he needs to go outside, and he will go to his kennel and lie down on command. AJ keeps his foster family smiling, especially when he does silly things like drinking water from the bathtub!

AJ lives with other dogs and cats. He has shown some interest in the cats, but he does not chase them. Because he enjoys being the center of attention, AJ might do best as the only dog in his Forever Home.

This easy keeper is ready to be showered with love and attention, and he will make some lucky family a wonderful companion. If you think that family might be yours, please contact his case managers at the e-mail address below to learn more about AJ.

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 AJ.

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

Posted: 11/28/16


VICTORY
Arnold, NE

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic


ESRA#:2017-251NE
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-10-22
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Field
From Vic's foster mom: Victory escaped torment and exploded into freedom with the help of ESRA. Vic had lived for years on a short chain outside. He was finally turned in to a shelter with the description "not good with other dogs, cats, or kids," but this assessment turned out to be so wrong. When he came to the shelter, Vic was thin and covered with feces. The good people at the shelter cleaned him up and provided basic medical care. They thought enough of him to release him into rescue when he was ready. What a great day that was!

Vic has been like a new puppy at our home. He literally knew nothing about living indoors, but he is very smart, so he quickly caught on. Victory is just about housetrained, and he has learned to use a doggy door. He also knows the command Off. We just about wore out that phrase in his first week with us! He has true springs in his legs, and he thought that it was okay to jump up on anything: up on the counters, into the sink, onto the table--you get the idea. Vic now sits and waits for his meals, and he takes treats gently from you. He comes when he is called. He fetches, and ninety-nine percent of the time he will bring the object back to you. He rides well in a car. Vic is pretty good on the leash, and he is invisible-fence trained. He is great with other dogs, and he is currently living with three other males and one female. He has also been very good with the children that have visited us. His personality was hidden behind that chain. He is SWEET!

Victory adores the couch throws and pillows. Darned if they don’t explode when he grabs and bites them! We have to keep reminding ourselves to pick them up if we leave him in the room by himself. Vic is very proud of his search-and-destroy efforts. He will drag his conquests to his dog bed and add them to his other found objects, the toys that other dogs lost outside months ago.

This boy is a snuggler. He adores being right by you and will melt when you pet him. He also loves being in the field chasing birds. At first, he only ran in circles because that was all he knew, but now he ventures out and works the ground. He has a high prey drive and the desire to please, so he would be a great hunting companion with the right training.

This smart little guy would do well with some basic obedience training, and he could end up being the star of the class! Training classes should use positive reinforcement and will require the owner to participate.

To learn more about this smart little firecracker filled with love and energy, please contact us at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 9/04/17


JAKE
Cheboygan, MI

dogpic

dogpic


dogpic


dogpic


ESRA#:2017-351MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-10-22
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Handsome Jake was surrendered by his family because they could no longer take care of him. Luckily for Jake, he ended up in ESRA's care. This guy is a very sweet, mellow fellow who loves to be with his people. He is a typical Velcro Springer who follows his foster dad or mom everywhere. Jake is an easy boy to have around, and he has a wonderful disposition. He is low key most of the time, calm and passive. Jake does not have an aggressive bone in his body; he simply wants to be loved. This happy lad would make a great companion dog.

Jake will let his foster parents do anything to him, such as clean his ears or give him a bath. He is housetrained, is a sound sleeper, and is a wonderful car rider. He loves to go bye-bye and ride shotgun with his canine buddy. Jake has no issues that need work. He sleeps on a dog bed on the floor but will on occasion get up on the couch. His foster canine siblings are allowed on furniture, so fair is fair!

This charmer has impeccable manners in the house; he does not chew things or get into any mischief when he is left alone with the other dogs. Jake would always prefer to go with his foster family, but when he is told No, he will stay in the house and go lie down. At the shelter where he was dropped off by his previous family, he was very stressed inside his kennel. We are not sure if he is crate trained, but he truly does not require one.

Jake knows the commands Sit, Shake, Other Paw, and Down. He can be vocal, making low noises when he wants attention. When you talk to him, he cocks his head to listen intently. Jake gets along with all the dogs and people that he meets. He does not guard his food or other objects. He would do well in a Forever Home with children as well as other dogs. He would also be fine as an only dog. Jake is a loyal boy who would not run away, because giving and receiving his humans' love is what it's all about for him.

Although Jake is currently living with four other canines and does fine with them all, he tends to be submissive. When another dog growls at him, he will walk away, but he is not timid or afraid of them. Jake is low key most of the time, but he will roughhouse for long periods of time with Harry, the youngest dog in his foster home, and he will initiate play as often as Harry does. These two boys are now great friends!

Being a typical Springer, Jake will require daily exercise. He would do well in a Forever Home where he is either leash walked or allowed to be off lead. He is not fieldy, and he does not display a prey drive. Jake's foster home is situated on wooded acres, and he does not wander off the trail with the rest of the pack during daily hikes. He stays right on the path, not far from his foster parents.

Jake is up to date on all vaccinations, and he has been neutered and microchipped. He is eager and ready to find his Forever Home. Get in touch with Jake's foster mom today for more details about this wonderful boy.

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

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

Posted: 9/26/17

WEST MIDWEST NORTHEAST SOUTHEAST CANADA SHELTERS
To contact someone in your area, see our list of regional coordinators.
To report a problem with this page contact midwest@springerrescue.org
 
About Us - Springer Info - Available Dogs - Adopted Dogs - How To Help - Message Board - Links - Site Map - Contact