Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 5 yrs (DOB: 7/25/14)
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Abigail came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction. Thanks to the help of generous donors we were able to secure 16 dogs, now nicknamed the #SweetSixteen.
Abigail is a sweet, gentle, cautious, kind and sensitive girl. Like most English Bulldogs, she can most often be found napping the day away on any comfy spot she can find (ideally the couch)! Once Abigail wakes up from her afternoon snooze she immediately seeks her favorite chew; cow hooves and antlers are her absolute favorite. After a good chew session, Abigail is looking for her humans to offer her unlimited pets and scratchies, preferably behind her ears and her belly as her little legs cannot reach all the good spots! She truly is a shadow bulldog that loves nothing more than the touch and company of her people. Whether it be a short walk to the mailbox (this girl is not marathon material!) or watching her favorite television show on the couch, you will always find a loyal bulldog right by your side. Abigail is wary of loud abrupt noises, busy streets and new experiences outside the home. She is intimidated and unsure at times and will need a patient and understanding family to offer her guidance to build the confidence she needs to overcome her apprehension. Abigail quickly realizes that with her human right by her side she has nothing to worry about as she then feels safe and secure. She gets along well with other dogs in her foster home and even engages in a gentle play session some of the time. As you guessed it, after playtime, this couch potato will seek her preferred spot to grab yet another nap! Abigail’s gentle nature allows her to be great with kids of all ages, so a home with dog savvy, respectful, children should be just fine for her as well! As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and he should always be supervised to make sure she and they are kept safe.
Abigail is currently still working on potty training and her foster home excitedly reports she has made great strides! While she has been doing a great job with going potty outside, she is still is learning and is in need of a signal for potty. A regular and consistent schedule offering a stable routine will help with her continued potty training in her new home. She does potty outside when taken but also has the use and luxury of a fenced yard with a dog door. Abigail has done very well with crate training and she will sleep quietly in her crate both during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. For her safety, we recommend that she keep a similar crating schedule when her humans are away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure while no one is home. She does not know the dangers of a house hold quite yet and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Abigail seems to be in good health aside from her clotting scare! She had a pretty rough start in life, at only four years old she was thin, had a skin infection which resulted in several sores on her body, and had difficulty walking due to limited access of normal daily exercise. She spent a couple weeks resting up and getting ready for her spay appointment and was doing much better in all regards. Her skin has since cleared up with regular baths and a good diet. However, the day of her spay was one we will never forget. For some unknown reason (even after blood work and many, many, many tests, the reason is *still* unknown), Abigail never quite stopped bleeding after her spay surgery. After a second surgery to double check all of her sutures and to check for any obvious signs of internal bleeding the vet might have missed the first time around, she still didn’t stop bleeding and was quickly transferred to the emergency vet. Again, several inconclusive tests, the vets were still baffled as to why she wasn’t clotting. All of our fingers and toes were crossed and prayers were being said for this sweet girl. Miraculously, her bleeding began to slow to a trickle and she was released to go home to her foster family. Over the next few days and MANY bandage changes later, her bleeding finally stopped! No one knows why she had such a hard time, but her adoptive family will need to be prepared to deal with any potential surgeries in the future with her clotting disorder in mind. This will be especially pertinent should she happen to need any abdominal surgeries (in which we hope she won't need any additional abdominal surgeries for the remainder of her lifetime after this). Another great reason to have her crated when she is not able to be supervised and/or her family is away from the home in order to ensure her safety! Due to her cramped environment at the commercial breeder, Abigail’s hind legs are a little bowed. She does not show signs of arthritis, but it may be a factor when she is older. It is imperative she maintain a healthy weight to minimize stress on her joints. It is also highly recommended by our veterinarian that she remain on a joint supplement for the remainder of her lifetime. She is currently on Dogzymes Phytoflex which we currently order through www.chewy.com. Abigail has been spayed, HW Tested, had a dental, is microchipped, has been updated on Vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Abigail would do well in almost any type of home but since she is still working on potty training, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). Due to her weaker hind end, she can do a couple of stairs very slowly, but a whole flight of stairs may be difficult. However, proven with time and regular exercise, her mobility has greatly improved! Abigail would still do best in a ranch home or living on the main floor of a multi-level home. She loves going on walks and can go about a block and half before she gets tired. We also think she'd be fine going to work with her new family as long as it was a quiet, calm and easy going work environment. If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem - she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel as long as her people can arrange a mid-day potty break for her! In conclusion, if you are looking for a sweet, snuggly, lovable girl that loves short jaunts around the neighborhood, that’s Abigail! She has overcome a lot in her life and she’s looking to spend the rest of her days with a loving family being pampered, spoiled and cherished!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Abigail, please submit an adoption application for her today!!!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* a 3-4 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc. :-) Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another. We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete. That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-)
IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter. In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)
ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed.
If, an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.