Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 3 years (DOB: 5-10-2017)
Kids: 12 years and older, no exceptions!
Dogs: No, no exceptions!
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Please read Auggie's bio carefully before submitting an application!!
Auggie was previously adopted but was returned to rescue due to food aggression, resource guarding and starting fights with the other dogs in his home.
Auggie is a great little dog who is happy, friendly. His foster home reports he is an almost perfect dog the majority of the time and has been an unexpected joy to have in their home. Auggie is a normal semi active, young Frenchie. He likes his naps but he also does not want to miss out on anything and follows his foster family around most of the day. Auggie doesn’t like to be picked up and prefers not to sit on laps. He wants to be close to and/or curled up next to his people as much as possible and, at minimum, prefers to be in the same room with them. While he may not prefer to sit on a lap, he still enjoys attention from his people and is your typical "velcro" Frenchie. He is a smart boy and knows sit for a treat. He will tell you when he wants to eat or go outside or play, etc. He knows how to use the stairs to the bed. He likes to catch naps in the sun during the day (until he gets too hot and then he lays on the tile floor or in front of the vent) and play with his humans at night. Auggie does not play on his own and prefers his human to get a toy and chase him or try and get the toy. Auggie loves small toys he can shake. He likes to play a bit of tug of war but doesn’t totally understand the concept. Auggie sometimes thinks hands are toys and tries to nibble hands during play, so this must be corrected immediately if it occurs to avoid over-excitement and accidental bites. Auggie's favorite toy is a stuffed ghost that he can shake but is small enough he can pick it up in his mouth. Auggie must be watched with toys and supervised closely when out and about in the house because he does have a tendency to chew pieces of toys off and try to swallow them from time to time. He has also been known to chew up/destroy paper towels, pens, eye droppers, really anything he can get if not being watched. Auggie loves to be outside but prefers to have his people outside with him. He will lie in the sun, patrol the borders of the yard, chase crickets, etc. He loves to be outside with his people when they do yard work as long as it’s not too hot. He doesn’t mind the lawn mower but hates the weed eater! His absolute favorite thing to do is help his people with yard work by chewing and tearing apart sticks from the yard! As with any dog, he should be monitored closely with sticks and toys while chewing, to ensure he isn't eating any part of a stick or toy and is spitting them out like he is supposed to. Auggie also likes to be on neighborhood watch and look out the front door window. He likes meeting new people but he does tend to get overly excited when meeting new people and tends to nip/bite at people's fingertips during his initial excitement, so this must continue to be worked on in his adoptive home. It is best to have visitors completely ignore him when initially coming into the home and if he is too worked up to possibly have him leashed or babygated in a separate area while correcting him (verbally and/or using a squirt bottle or leash corrections) until the initial excitement wears off. He will typically settle down after a few minutes after the initial excitement subsides.
Again, Auggie was a previous SNAFU alum and was surrendered by his owner because of food aggression, resource guarding, and starting fights with the other dogs in the home as well as biting at a few younger neighborhood kids. Due to this, Auggie would do best as an only dog, and we will not place him in a home with other dogs and/or frequently visiting dogs. On a positive note, while in foster care, Auggie has been able to see the neighbor dogs through the back fence and does mostly ignore them. Auggie has not been in a home with cats, so we will not place him in a home with feline friends, to err on the side of caution. Auggie will require a firm, consistent leader and a home with no young children present. If older children (12 years or older) live in the home, they must be respectful, easy going and dog savvy. As with all of our dogs, we recommend slow introductions AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog in your home to make sure both he and they are kept safe. As with any dog, Auggie should be given respectful space when eating. He has not had issues with his foster family with food aggression as long as he is not messed with while eating. Auggie does have some anxiety which seems to worsen when he is put into unfamiliar situations/environments (going to the vets office, etc.). When Auggie is exposed to a lot of activity/stimuli and/or unfamiliar situations or places he doesn’t know which way to go and who to watch/follow. A lot of rambunctious activity makes him nervous and he becomes overwhelmed easily. When visiting the vets office and riding in the care he will tremble and shake. Due to Auggie's anxiety, he has issues with constant licking and tries to lick his humans hands, feet, arms, legs, etc. If he can't get to his humans to lick, he starts licking his paws and legs. If he starts licking, he must be distracted as he likely won't stop and can make himself sick resulting in him throwing up. Auggie does have a bite history and his quirks/triggers seem to be associated with things that make him feel insecure/uncomfortable and therefore anxious (i.e. young children running around and being loud, unfamiliar environments/situations, etc.). Like most bulldogs, he can be stubborn at times and likes to do what he wants when he wants and therefore, again, Auggie will need patient yet firm, consistent leadership in his adoptive home. He will require a family that can set consistent and firm routines, rules and boundaries for him and a family who is able and willing to deal with any issues as they arise. With this structure he will be able to continue to build more confidence and know that he does not need to attempt to take on the pack leadership role in his household, out in public, etc - he needs to know that his people will protect him and handle things for him, thus leading to a more balanced and relaxed dog. Again, he MUST have a firm consistent leadership in his adoptive home, just as he does with his foster family. With firm, consistent leadership he has done very well and his issues are minimal with his current foster family.
Auggie is 100% house and potty trained. However, Auggie does pee on the floor when stressed and is approached. For example, he has had accidents at the vet's office and every time he is picked up to get a bath. As with any dog, a regular and consistent schedule will help with continuing his potty training success in his new home and understanding and patience must be given to him with his anxiety-related accidents. Auggie is also crate trained and has never had an accident while in his crate. He doesn’t mind his crate and will run right in for a yummy treat. Auggie will whine if he can hear you in the house and he is in his crate, but seems to do fine when he is home alone while in his kennel. Auggie prefers to sleep in the bed with his foster family at night and will cry most of the night if he is in his kennel when he knows his people are home. For his safety, we recommend continuing a similar crating routine with him when his humans are away from the home.
Medically, Auggie is in good health. Like many bulldogs, he has allergies and is currently on the regimen of monthly Cytopoint injections and daily Zyrtec. Auggie also needs weekly baths to help keep any itching to a minimum. As mentioned previously Auggie also has some anxiety. He is currently given Trazodone to help relax him for anything outside of his normal routine: car rides, vet visits, and overnight stays any place other than home. If he becomes overly stressed, this does tend to affect his stomach/digestion and has led to diarrhea in the past. He has no other known health issues. He has been neutered, HW tested, microchipped, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the all clear for adoption by our veterinarian!
The ideal home for Auggie would be a low-key single person or family where there isn’t constant moving and low activity (calm people and household, etc). Due to his anxiety, he has a hard time relaxing when there is too much going on. A house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling) as Auggie is used to a fenced yard where he can walk around and do his business on his own. He does not walk very well on a leash and does not know how to go potty on a leash. A home with fewer stairs would be ideal for Auggie. He can handle 2-3 stairs but doesn’t attempt staircases and he also doesn’t like to jump long distances or great heights (which is okay - better for his back and joints in the long run!). His foster family has shortened pet stairs that he uses to get up and down from the bed easily as he doesn't like to jump up (or down) from the bed. Auggie can jump up into the car and would prefer to jump up instead of being picked up. Again, he doesn’t prefer to be held or held above the ground. Due to his anxiety, he likely would not be a great candidate for going to work with his new family. He would love a family that worked from home, however, he would be just fine being left home in his crate for 4-6 hours at a time as long as his people made it a priority to come let him out for a mid-day potty break and yard romp. Auggie is looking for a home where he can be the center of someone's world and who will love him and stick with him no matter what his quirks or issues are.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Auggie, please fill out 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.