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.
Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 8 months (DOB: 8-05-19)
Kids: YES, dog savvy, 5 years or older
Dogs: YES, calm, respectful dogs
Adoption Fee: $700
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Barkley came into SNAFU Rescue via a commercial breeder release. His breeder wanted him placed in a loving home to live the rest of his life as a cherished pet.
Barkley is a smart, active, sweet, playful, energetic, social, curious Boston Terrier who enjoys the constant activity of playtime and a comfy spot for naptime. He has the endless enthusiasm of a Boston Terrier puppy but once all his energy has been exhausted you can find Barkley looking for a welcoming lap to take a much needed nap. You can often find Barkley exploring every inch of the fenced-in yard, sniffing all the trees and plants, weaving in and out of landscaped foliage and engaging his furry foster pals in some play. When he isn’t burning off some energy outside, you can find him searching for his beloved rope toy to settle in for a chew session. If his rope toy is occupied but one of his pals, Barkley will not discriminate and grab any other toy he can get his little paws on! He truly is content playing all by himself but also welcomes his foster siblings in his playtime. After a fun (and exhausting) play session, Barkley will take a little snooze on a soft comfy bed, on top of his foster sister or preferably his human's lap. He can be mid-play and if he sees his humans sit down he will immediately run to them and request their lap to lay his precious little head. Barkley is truly a velcro puppy! He is quite inquisitive and wanting to know where everything is in the home so Barkley must be supervised when wandering the indoors as he doesn’t know danger. He currently lives with two french bulldog foster siblings. He gets along famously with them but sometimes his puppy energy is too much for them to handle. Barkley is just a puppy, is experiencing a big transition and will need firm leadership, consistent correction to help him learn proper dog behavior, learn proper dog manners and to know what is expected in his adoptive home. He is extremely smart and eager to please his humans so we know he will catch on to corrections very quickly! Barkley seems to get along well with every human he meets (big or small). His foster family believes he would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, children or 5 years or older, a home with a calm, easy-going dog or equally as well as an only dog. Barkley really loves all the attention for himself! 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.
Barkley is still working on potty training. He is still a puppy so training is a work in progress. Barkley quickly picks up on things, mimics his foster siblings behavior, adapts well to routines and does his business outside when he is asked. Barkley is still a puppy and with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with him, offering him a consistent schedule and work with him on a signal for potty. Barkley has been on crate rest for a few weeks due to knee surgery. He is 100% crate trained but has had several accidents in his crate during rest time (not at night). We think this will subside once his crate rest is done and he is back on a normal schedule. He does sleep quietly in his crate when his foster family happens to leave the home and as well at night. We do think Barkley would love to share a bed with his adoptive family! He loves the softer things in life and adores the plush nature of his crate bed and blanket but a human bed would be ideal for this little snuggle bug! For his safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for him.
Medically, Barkley seems to be in good health. He has been neutered, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian! Barkley arrived in rescue with grade 3 luxating patella in his right rear leg and a grade 1 in his left rear leg (floating/loose kneecaps). His legs would frequently lock up when he was running and playing. He has had surgery to correct this in the right rear leg and has recovered wonderfully. Barkley’s left rear leg will need to be monitored to ensure it doesn’t worsen (in the future he may require surgery to correct his left rear leg). We recommend a daily joint supplement to lubricate his joints, promote joint health and prevent the development of arthritis as he ages. Dogzymes Phyto-flex is a daily joint supplement that can be found on chewy.com or smile.amazon.com.
Barkley would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard due to his explorative nature, his overall his love for the outdoors (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) but because Barkley is a quiet dog, great with stairs, an apartment on the ground level with a tall fenced-in area would be okay too as long as his adoptive family is willing to offer him daily exercise. He begs for exercise (has a lot of energy to burn) so a large yard to run and play would be the best fit for this fun-loving boy! Once Barkley is fully trained we believe he would love to go to the office with his new family since this sweet boy loves to always be around his people! You can’t take him to the office- that’s okay! He will happily sleep the day away in his crate with his comfy blanket as long as his people can arrange a few mid-day potty breaks for him.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Barkley and are ready to care for needs of puppy, please submit an adoption application for him today!!