HAPPY... what a beautiful little girl t - an 18-month-old English Setter/colie x girl who more than lives up to her name , astonishing really given her start.

Poor Happy was tethered under a tractor from the age of five weeks - and spent almost a year there before being rescued in February. She has been in rescue in Ireland ever since, sadly.

Happy is small - just 12kg (underweight but she will never be big)  and has a very soft and silky coat. She is extremely affectionate and doesn’t like to be left alone (without the company of humans or other dogs).

Happy loves to retrieve and will “give” (so you can throw it again of course!). She is very good off-lead and has great recall.

Her only issue is that she really hates the lead (no doubt a hangover from being tethered for so long) so this will need some work.

UPDATE 1/12/10

Oh, Happy is SUCH a sweetie... don’t think there’s much English Setter in there, but if you’re after a lovely, loving, playful, obedient, pretty little girl who is great off-lead and comes flying when called..this is the one.

Happy is timid with strangers - particularly men - but her confidence is growing every day and it’s been lovely to see her come out of her shell. Her house-training left a little to be desired when she first arrived, but there have been no accidents for two days.

Happy will be fully-vaccinated, wormed and flea-treated before she goes to her new home. She is too skinny to be neutered at the moment (and in fact has never come into season). She is being fostered with us in Wiltshire.

UPDATE 1/1/11

Rehomed! Lovely Happy has gone to live with Nicola and Tom on a beautiful houseboat, currently moored on the Kennet + Avon canal.  Turned down by other rescues for being too unconventional a home, we thought Happy would really suit boat-life as she’s small, nimble-footed, obedient, won’t run off or chase ducks or swans and will be good with passing dogs.

It was a wrench to see this sweetie go, as she was very bonded to us and we knew she would find the move traumatic, but she’s doing well. “We are already in love with her,” says Nicola. “She’s perfect - just what we were looking for.”

As the Kennet + Avon passes our door, we look forward to regular visits by the aptly-named Happy, whose tail never stops wagging.

(added 23/11/10)

4/12/10: Poor Happy went down with kennel cough... but we kept her wrapped up warm...