Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 3.5 years (DOB: 11-17-17)
Kids: 10 years or older
Dogs: Yes, submissive
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Alfred found himself at the SNAFU Rescue via a private party. His owner could no longer provide him care and wanted him to find a loving home to live the rest of his life as a cherished and spoiled pet.
Alfred is a playful boy who enjoys bouts of laziness throughout the day. Like a typical Bulldog, he enjoys all toys especially when they are of the kind that he can destroy! It is his mission to shred any toy he can get his little paws on. Oh Alfred!!! A Jolly Ball seems to be his favorite at the moment (it has survived Alfred) as he begs for an endless game of tug-of-war with it. His absolute favorite activity is playing tug of war with his rope toy with his favorite human. He is always ready to play with his beloved humans or even all by himself. To know Alfred is to love Alfred and his playful energy is truly intoxicating. He has boundless energy while outdoors and can be found repeatedly running the perimeter of the fenced yard during a fun game of fetch. When Alfred isn’t burning off some energy outside, you can find him searching for a bone to take in a chewing session. After a relaxing chew session, Alfred will settle inside for some much needed chill time with his humans. He is such a busy boy but don’t be fooled by his endless activity… he is true to his English Bulldog breed and enjoys a nap on the couch and even will settle in for some TV time! He will jump up on the couch to take in all of his favorite shows while his favorite humans are nearby. Alfred will demand lots of pets and butt scratches so be prepared! Alfred currently lives with a few furry foster siblings. He was an only dog all of his life so he is getting used to the company of other dogs and the concessions made to be able to cohabitate. Overall he doesn’t pay much mind to them unless they have something he wants. Alfred has been known to scuffle with his furry friend every now and again and with a stern NO and the help of a squirt bottle, Alfred easily redirects. Alfred is experiencing a big transition and will need firm leadership and consistent positive reinforcement to help him adjust into his adoptive home. He is VERY food motivated so positive reinforcement will be extremely beneficial to his success. Alfred seems to get along well with every human he meets (big or small). Alfred will eat anything off the floor and in his past he had a tendency to protect his dinner so feeding him separately as he transitions into a new home and keeping him away from children is imperative (he really eats too fast for anyone to get his food!!!). This behavior has been corrected and it does not pose a current issue but in a new environment he could retreat to his old ways but will consistency it can be corrected. His foster family believes he would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, children 10 years or older (he is just a gentle giant) and would thrive in a home with do well in a home with a smaller submissive dog or even better as an only pet. As with all of our dogs, we recommend slow introductions between dogs AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog in your home to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Alfred is 100% potty trained! As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to offer him a consistent schedule to ensure continued success. Alfred is crate trained and prefers his safe space to nap and at night. After getting acclimated into his adoptive home we know Alfred could be trusted to have a dog proof space in the home all for him. For his safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for him.
Medically, Alfred seems to be in great health! He has been neutered, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! He has several hemivertebrae (T6 & T7) but does not have current issues nor show signs of discomfort. HIs back should be monitored for any future problems. He must maintain a healthy weight and would greatly benefit from a joint supplement such as Dogzymes PhytoFlex or Trixsyn (both can be found on smile.amazon.com). Alfred takes a daily Prozac and it is recommended he stay on this medication in his new adoptive home.
Alfred would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard due to his love for the outdoors, his desire to play fetch and his need to run the backyard (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). He does great with stairs but due to his hemivertebrae his use of stairs and jumping should be limited. He begs for exercise and a large yard to run and play would be the best fit for this fun-loving boy! We think he would eventually love to go to the office with his new family as long as he can be the only dog in the office. You can’t take him to the office- that is okay! He will happily sleep the day away as long as his crate is appointed with a plush mat/bed and soft blanket. Alfred desires a family with an active lifestyle of which he can be included; he loves car rides and is an amazing copilot! He adores children and the attention from the littles. Alfred has such a sweet demeanor and can be very eager to please. He is looking for companionship, leadership and most importantly, love.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Alfred, please submit an adoption application for him 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 accept for new applications for a period of 7 days or until 20 applications have been received for any newly available dog. 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.