Kismet - Cocker Spaniel (medium coat) Dog For Adoption
Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

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Organization Name: Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue
Location: Houston, TX 77242


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Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Gender: Male Male
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Kismet

Age: Senior
Color/Markings: Brown/Chocolate with Tan
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 12/26/2015
Location: Houston, TX 77242
Tags: Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX
Physical Attributes
Coat Length Medium
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs Yes
Energy Level Low
Activity Level Slightly Active
Other
  • Leash Trained
  • Housetrained
Personality
Personality Characteristics
  • Affectionate
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Was the Dog Found No
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Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hey everybody, I’m Kismet! That’s right, Kismet, as in ‘Fate’… and that’s just how my foster family thinks of me. See, I came along at just the right time and my foster mom knew it was fate that brought me to her. I knew it was fate too, and quickly became acquainted with my foster family and my new digs. I love my new life, but I know that this is not my forever place. I need a family that I can call my own and that will never let me go again, because I have so much love to give! I am going to let my foster mom gush on me now, she says she will do everything she can to find me a forever home, no matter how long it takes! Kismet's estimated date of birth is 9/25/06. He is a wonderful dog with great house manners; he is house trained and crate trained, he is not a big barker (but when he does it’s actually super cute!) and all he really wants to do is snuggle with you on the couch. He is not a chewer and he is not really interested in toys, but he LOVES bones and he loves to go on walks and meet new doggie friends. Oh, and he does that super cute head-tilt thing that dogs do… it is probably the cutest thing you will ever see! When Kismet first came to us he had hip dysplasia and has recently had surgery to correct this. He is recovering well and it has vastly improved his quality of life. He will never have full mobility but he gets around just fine. Here is some information on the procedure:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femoral_head_ostectomy. Kismet is fully vaccinated and will be neutered soon. We expect this will help with a bit of the marking behavior that is still remaining, but it has already improved greatly through implementation of a steady, reliable routine. He has some cloudiness in his eyes and we suspect that he is partially blind, but will be taking him to the eye specialist soon to find out the extent of his vision loss and to see if there is anything we can do to help. He is heartworm positive but is currently going through treatment, and would be available on a foster-to-adopt family to the right family/setting while he completes the treatment at GCCSR's expense. He also has a thyroid condition that requires inexpensive meds for the rest of his life, but he takes the pills like a champ (if you hide it in a little cheese). Don’t let his medical aliments fool you, he still has a lot of life to live and lots of love to give. He is such an easy going dog, and he really makes a great snuggle buddy! A perfect companion for those cold winter nights coming up! Email us today to find out more about Kismet! ADOPT KISMET

Cocker Spaniel

A.K.A. : American Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel
Overview: The Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular breeds in America. They're playful, love people, and adapt to both city and country dwelling. A Cocker needs a lot of exercise, but you'll find it a joy to have around!
Breed Group: Sporting
Weight (lbs): 24-28
Height (in): male: 14-15, female: 13-14
Colors: Black variety: solid black or black and tan. Particolor variety: any color with white. ASCOB variety: any solid color, other than black, including cream, red, brown and bown with tan points.
Coat: Silky, flat or slightly wavy, not overly long.
Character: Cocker Spaniels are intelligent, cheerful, lively, and affectionate.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with children, other dogs, and most household pets.
Care: The Cocker Spaniel requires regular grooming with a brush and comb. The ears should be cleaned frequently and a professional clipping and scissoring every 2 to 3 months.
Training: This breed requires consistency in training, but do not be too firm. He's eager to please and willing to learn, with the right approach.
Activity: The Cocker Spaniel can get by with three walks a day, although he welcomes being able to run freely now and then and enjoys swimming when given the opportunity.
Country of Origin: USA
Health Issue: This breed may be prone to major problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and patellar luxation. Minor problems are hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, allergies, seborrhea, lip fold pioderma, and otitis.
Life Expectancy: 12-15

More About Cocker Spaniel Breed
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    • Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Flynn

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I'm Flynn. I have been passed around to a lot of different homes, and was eventually surrendered to GCCSR by another rescue in Louisiana who couldn't seem to get their arms around my allergies and eye issues. Estimated to be approximately 4 years old, I'm currently being fostered in Lake Charles. Once my health issues are under control and my foster mom has gotten to know me, we'll post more about me and start looking for my forever home. Stay tuned for further developments!
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    • Australian Shepherd-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Crosby

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      Breed: Australian Shepherd-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Australian Shepherd / Mixed (medium coat). Hi, my name is Crosby, my estimated date of birth is February 2013, and I'm a healthy boy weighing in at 41 pounds. Although we can't be sure, everyone thinks I’m a brown and black Australian Shepard mix. I came all the way here from Corpus Christi when the shelter there reached out to GCCSR, claiming I was a cocker mix. The folks at GCCSR thought I was super cute and agreed to take me in, but as soon as I arrived at my foster home with other cockers, everyone knew I probably wasn’t a cocker. That's okay though... they said I can be an honorary cocker!! In the meantime, they did some reading about Australian Shepherds and said this about my breed: “Personality traits of the Australian Shepherd vary from dog to dog. Some can be outgoing and friendly, while others are shy and reserved. Aussies are highly intelligent, loyal, and thrive on human companionship.” Consistent with this description, my foster mom confirmed very early on that I am a smarty pants. Within days of arriving at her home, they discovered I can sit, shake, lay down and roll over. I’m a young boy and I love to play with toys, especially balls. I love playing fetch and will bring the ball back to you so you will throw it again for m; eventually I tire of this game and will let you know I’m done by not returning to you and laying down with my ball out of your reach I would do best in a home with children over 15 years because they know how to respect my space, not sneak up on me, get in my face, tease me too much, etc. During my time in my foster home, they’ve learned I greatly prefer female to male dogs, but I’m not sure about cats because I haven’t met any yet. They also say I’d probably be happiest in a home without any other dogs, where I can get all your attention; but if you happen to have a submissive, female, low energy dog, I seem to do fine with them in my foster home. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did mark on the furniture when I came to my foster home, but once I was neutered, I haven’t done it again. I told you, I’m smart... and I want nothing more than to please my people. I am heartworm negative, current on all vaccines and microchipped. If you’re looking for a smart, handsome boy to complete your family, then I’m the guy for you! To adopt me please submit an application today!
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    • Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Ramsey

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). . “I'm gonna be a mighty king So enemies beware! Well, I've never seen a king of beasts With quite so little hair I'm gonna be the mane event Like no king was before I'm brushing up on looking down I'm working on my ROAR” Oh, am I not auditioning for the role of young Simba for The Lion King? No, sir, you are not here for an audition. Oh, gosh, how embarrassing. So, what am I here for? I am here to interview you for your biography for your adoption profile for Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue. Well, you are in luck! I am think I am a perfect candidate to be adopted into a new family. Not to brag, but my foster mom speaks so highly of me. I am a red Cocker Spaniel with an estimated birthdate of February 2014. I landed myself in doggie jail at a local Fort Bend County animal shelter, but with the luck of the Irish, my foster mom had an open spot in her home, so off we drove into the sunset to her home. I have settled quite nicely into my foster family with 4 other dogs (Cocker Spaniels and a Beagle) and cats. I am a very easy going boy who seems to get along with everybody. I am the youngin’ of the group, so I have quite a lot to learn. I am still learning to greet other dogs properly- nothing negative… I just get overexcited and eager to say hello. I am learning that isn’t the proper way to say hi to fellow dogs, but I do well with corrections and take cues from the other dogs rather well. My foster mom often praises me how smart I am. She says I have such great potential! I quickly picked on the commands sit and down. I’ve even learned to sit nicely when it is time to go for our walks. My greeting manners is a work in progress, so stay tuned for my progress report. Also, a little tidbit I need to mention, I am marking in the house, but my foster mom reports she has seen positive progress as I settled into a schedule with walks and time outside. She also tells me that she thinks I'll continue to do better with this since I was recently neutered, and promises to update everyone on my progress. I love my daily adventures with my foster family. I’m a curious and goofy boy, and I would love a family who is active who will take on me hikes or jogs. In the short time, I have been with my foster mom I have also learned what toys are all about. Man, the squeaky ones are the best! I still have loads to learn, but I am not wasting any time. I am soaking up all the lessons and love while I can. I am heartworm positive, so I will be starting treatment after being evaluated by our trusted vet. I am neutered and up to date on my shots. Come shoot me an e-mail if you are looking for a buddy to share adventures and fun with.
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      Prince

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I'm Prince. I was surrendered to a Houston area shelter when my owner died, and the family didn't want me anymore. By the time I got there, I was really dirty and matted all over. I had to be shaved, but now my soft coat is growing in beautifully. GCCSR's vet estimated my birth date as of 3/2011, so I've got a LOT of life and love left to give. I love playing with stuffed animals and basically anything you hold in front of me; and I really love to engage in horseplay with my foster dad. I'd enjoy a forever home with someone who will like to play with me and keep active. While I'm waiting to get healthy enough for surgery, I'm settling in well to my foster home, and they have a lot of good things to say about me. First, I already know how to sit, and I'll let you know when I need to go outside by whining. If you don't listen to me, I might potty inside, but that typically only happens overnight when my foster mom doesn't hear me. I have marked the chair legs, doggie bed, and table legs, but my foster parents tell me they think training will be more effective after I'm neutered. I'm not a huge fan of the crate, mainly because I want to be in the same room as you. I really like attention and my human's company! When I meet new people, I'm really happy and excited to meet them. My foster parents are working with me on this to teach me not to jump up on everyone, telling me it's something about good manners. One thing, people in scrubs make me really nervous and I will growl and bark at them... so make sure to change clothes before you come to say hi to me :). I also have a tendency to scarf my food right now, so my fosters feed me out of a bowl that's like a puzzle to slow me down. I'm putting on weight slowly but surely, and I get along with one of the dogs in the house who they've introduced me to. I'll be introduced to the others once I'm neutered. Oh yea, I almost forgot... my foster parents have this thing called a Roomba, and it scares me to death. They tell me there's nothing to be afraid of, but I'm not so sure. I am heartworm positive, need to be neutered, and my double cherry eye will be addressed at the time I'm neutered. If you're interested in adopting me, please submit an application today!
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    • Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Sasha, aka C...

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I’m Sasha, a sweet little Cocker who was surrendered to GCCSR recently due to some unfortunate events that happened in my owner’s life. My estimated date of birth is October 2005. There are several dogs in my foster home of various sizes and ages. I get along with the boys much better than the girls. As much as I would love to be the only girl in your life, I do get along with more alpha males, as long as they don’t touch my toys. Did you say toys???? Let me tell you, they are all mine. I’ll gently take any toy and put it on my own special bed. Okay, maybe not just toys? I’ll also take anything I can find on the floor, or that my cat friend has knocked off the counter…chip clips, cans of Pringles, paper and pens…they all go well with my collection of toys and bones. I don’t like to share my treasures, and will get protective over them. I love a good tennis ball, and prefer to play soccer rather than fetch. (Foster parent note: it doesn’t look like she had many toys, and didn’t really know how to play, until now. She is hilarious to watch trying to fling the ball around) I may be a senior dog, but don’t call me OLD! I’ve got plenty of energy for walks and fun. Granted, I may have a little problem with my hearing, but I do respond to hand signals (and a water bottle when I bark at the landscapers). I do take a pill once a day for a thyroid issue, but will gobble it down no problem with a little assist from cheese. I did have some issues with my back, but they have been helped with the help of chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. I feel like a brand new dog!! Although I don’t need regularly scheduled treatments, if I look stiff, a little drop in for some occasional maintenance would be nice. A lady has to keep up her good posture! Speaking of upkeep, my stylist says I’m very well behaved at the groomers and do very well when I’m getting the bows in my hair. I’m very cautious when I first meet someone. I have been known to get a little snappy and grumpy when I’m not feeling well or tired. It does take me a little while to warm up to new people. Once I do? Look out!! I’m a cuddle bug supreme. I don’t do well in a crate, it’s a fate worse than death for me. A diva, like myself, deserves to sleep on my person’s bed or at least close by on my own bed. I’m fully housebroken and use a doggie door. If the doggie door isn’t available, I will scratch at the door to go out. I love to go for walks and car rides. Bottom line? I would do best as an only dog. I don’t feel comfortable with young children, but teens that respect my space are welcome. Kitties are fine to be around. I know some spank, so I typically keep my distance. It does takes me a little time to adjust, and warm up to my new environment. There must have been some drama in my past that makes it hard to trust new friends, but I’m blocking the specifics, and trying to move on. If you’d love to have a petite princess in your home, fill out the application, give me a chance. My kisses are worth the wait.
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    • Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Jasper

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I’m Jasper, a buff, male Cocker with an estimated birthday of March 7, 2007. I was found as a stray by a good Samaritan who cared enough about me to get me to safety. I’m such a sweet boy, and you shouldn't be fooled by my age. I have more energy than the average 10-year old and I love to run and jump up on the furniture and play with soft, squeaky toys! I’ve been enjoying walks with my foster family, too! I don’t mind when other dogs approach so long as they don’t want to jump up on me or sniff me too long. There are other Cockers in my foster family and I get along just fine with them, and I like kids! Yup, I’ve met a few kids of various ages and I am a true gentleman. I’m missing some teeth, so my foster mom makes my meals with kibble and some baby food. Isn’t that so nice that I’m being loved on so much!?!?!? I am enjoying myself and would love a doting family to adopt me. I’m not an attention hog or anything like that, but I do love my people and enjoy some snuggle time and just adore being held! Okay, okay, so I do love attention, but what guy doesn’t??? I’m such a sweetie for my grooming, too. I knew that my foster mom was trying to rid me of all my matted fur, and I sat still while she groomed me and had to cut quite a bit off to stop all that matted fur from pinching at my skin. Didn’t care for my ears being cleaned because it hurt a bit, but I’m all cleaned up now and feeling brand new. Unfortunately, I am heartworm positive and will be undergoing treatment soon. A cherry-eye tuck will also be scheduled soon when they neuter me. Don’t let any of that change your mind on me. I’ll be back to top health really soon, and am available on a foster-to-adopt basis to a home willing to take me to the GCCSR vet for my heartworm treatment.
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    • Cocker Spaniel Dog For Adoption in Houston, TX

      Fitz

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I’m handsome and friendly, Fitz! A red and white, male Cocker with an estimated birthday of March 2012. My foster mom’s words, “What’s not to love????” I’m a very easy-going, sweet young man who obviously suffered some sort of trauma to my eye, causing it to shrink. I don’t recall what happened, but the good news is that I am not in any pain and nothing medically has to be done to that eye at all. So, I am just going about my usual business of walks, playtime, and just being all-around wonderful! I do this really cute thing with my toys – I pick out one and just carry it all around until I’m done with it. I’ll place it down and go get another to walk around with, not play with, just walk around with. I’m not toy possessive with my foster buddies, either, so if they want to play with my toys, it’s fine by me. Well, except when I have one in my mouth, then it’s mine! I looooove my human and just enjoy being by your side. All the time if you want! I really enjoy other doggie friends and so far, am good with kids. I’ve only met one, and was fine so far. There will be more to come regarding my personality. I was found as a stray and in my foster home for a short time, so stay tuned for more on me! I am a good boy and behave well while being groomed, and don’t seem to have any sort of aggressive bone in my body! I’m really looking forward to learning some commands from my foster mom. Nobody has ever worked with me to see my potential, but I’ll tell you that I am a smart one. I catch on quickly! I am already doing really well on leash for walks, which I love and I’m catching on to the whole ‘no humping your friends’ thing. I’m not neutered yet and can sometimes mount my buddies when we are out playing. I’m learning, don’t worry – my buddies set me straight and I get the hint pretty much instantly! So, yes, a neuter is scheduled soon at which time, I’ll also undergo a dental cleaning. Then, it is on to heartworm treatment, as I am heartworm positive. So, stay tuned, there will be more to come regarding me and you won’t be disappointed. Just look at that fun-loving, loyal smile! In the meantime, if you’re interested in adopting me, I could go to the right home in the Houston area provided my family was willing to take me to GCCSR’s vet on the southwest side of town.
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      Yogi

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I'm Yogi! My owner surrendered me to Houston's BARC animal shelter, and they said I was 18 years of age. Thankfully, one of the nice GCCSR fosters couldn't bear to see my life end that way, so she opened her heart and home to me, knowing that there aren't very many people who want to adopt an old guy like me. But guess what??! She and the GCCSR vet think I'm younger than 18. Don't get me wrong ~ I'm still a senior guy, but they say I get around WAY too well to be 18 years old!! I came with yeasty ears and some bad teeth, but the good news is that all my labwork appears to be in pretty good shape, especially for my age. Later in February, I'll be having some much needed dental work done, and my ears should be healed by then. After that, I'll be ready for adoption!!! In the mean time, my foster mom has this to say about me: "Yogi is a smart, funny little boy. He is blind, but that does not stop him from finding his way. The first night he walked around the main part of the house learning the lay out. The next night my sister was helping him down the hall, but once he reached the den, his step and confidence grew. He still has some problems finding his way in the backyard. If he gets lost, he stops and starts howling. All I have to do is call his name and he will turn to me and start walking. He is not deaf as originally thought. He is heart worm negative and his other lab work is good especially considering his age. His teeth and mouth need attention and he had yeast in his ears. He also developed an upper respiratory infection which is being treated. Just to share a short story. When we go to bed at night, Yogi is on a bed on the floor and I am covered with my blanket. Yogi likes my blanket and reaches up to pull it down for him to sleep on. Sometimes there is still enough for me and sometimes not." Yep, I'm quite the character with a lot of life and love left in me. Won't you give me a chance to show you?
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      Lexis

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      Breed: Cocker Spaniel
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Houston, TX
      Posted Breed: Cocker Spaniel (medium coat). Hi, I’m Lexis, my estimated DOB is 1/09/2006. I'm a buff and white female Cocker Spaniel. The animal shelter people and my foster mom say that I am a very sweet and affectionate girl. I love giving my foster smooches all over her face!!!! I was an owner surrender after being in my home for years, but I started getting a bit territorial over my owner and she didn’t like that. I tend to be a little protective of my food around other dogs, so I should be fed separately and kept out of the kitchen when food is being cooked. I really don’t mind the other dogs, but I want to be the boss and can bully them if you let me. You see, I need someone who is not too easy-going, as I will take advantage of them if they let me. I like structure and routine. I like being a bit of a princess, and I think I deserve that at my age. I just want a quiet, calm atmosphere to hang out in; and, I know there is a special human out there that feels the same way. We can be best buddies and enjoy a chaos-free life together. You know, like hanging out in the yard or porch, car rides, walks, calm play, sunning ourselves. I like to go on walks and chase squirrels, chipmunks, and other vermin around the yard. My foster mom walks me on the gentle leader and she says that I do a terrific job. I don’t bark much in the house, but I’ll answer other dogs in the neighborhood when they start ‘talking’. I'm heartworm negative, spayed, up to date on vaccinations and ready for my forever home. I have had two mammary tumors removed and both were benign, so I'm ready to begin my happily ever after. I am on a prescription diet and some inexpensive meds that I'll need to continue for the rest of my life, but I've got a lot of love to give, and quite a bit of energy for a girl my age! Please submit an application to adopt me today! ADOPT LEXIS
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