Foster Location: Springfield, MO
Age: 3 years (DOB: 05-02-2017)
Kids: Yes - dog savvy 10yrs or older
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Beaker found his way into SNAFU via a private party. His family wanted him to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled, loved and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Beaker is a silly, playful, energetic, active, social, curious Boston Terrier that can be shy when initially meeting new people. Give him ample time to warm up and you would think he found his new best friend in most people he meets. He has endless enthusiasm and can be found repeatedly running the perimeter of the fenced yard. Beaker often requests walks to show off his newly acquired leash skills. When he isn’t burning off some energy outside, you can find him searching for his plush toys, grabbing a few of his favorites and laying down for a play session. After a fun play session emptying his toy box and thrashing out all his toys (usually in search for the spotted cow), Beaker will settle in with a challenging/interactive toy that is full of his favorite treats! After all the excitement with his beloved toys, you can occupy Beaker’s time with one of his favorite elk antlers or a Kong toy full of peanut butter. His chewies can quite literally keep him occupied for hours! Beaker is such a busy little boy! In between all his activity, he desires the company of his humans. Nothing makes him happier than his humans participating in all the things he loves and he will reciprocate that affection. Beaker loves his time with his people. He will take any pets and scratchies offered, watch his humans every movement as they move about the house and his favorite… snuggle time on the couch! He will inch up right next to his people for a much needed little snooze. Beaker is intelligent, curious and wanting to know where everything is so he must be supervised when wandering the home as he doesn’t know danger. Beaker currently lives with a few furry foster siblings. He is VERY social, playful and interested in the companionship of other animals but prefers to be engage with animals his own size. He offers the space required and understands his boundaries when interacting with the resident cat. Beaker is experiencing a big transition and will need leadership, consistent positive reinforcement to help him learn proper dog behavior, learn dog manners and to know what is expected in his adoptive home. After Beaker’s shyness subsides, he seems to get along well with every human he meets but is apprehensive around small children. His foster family believes he would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, children or 10 years or older and would thrive in a home with another furry companion of his size. 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.
Beaker is doing amazingly well with potty training. He quickly picks up on things and does his business when he is asked. He will occasionally mark in the home, is immediately corrected and is offered belly bands to assist in the efforts to stop the marking. We feel that his recent neuter will greatly reduce this unwanted behavior. As 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. Beaker is 100% crate trained, only had two accidents in his crate but since he has been offered a consistent routine those accidents have stopped. He doesn’t seek out his crate but does not resist when it is time for his family to leave the home or time for bed. He does sleep quietly in his crate when his foster family happens to leave the home and as well at night. We do think Beaker 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 boy! For his safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for him.
Medically, Beaker 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!
Beaker would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard due to his explorative nature, his desire to run, his overall speed and his love for the outdoors (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) but because Beaker is a quiet dog, 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 Beaker daily exercise/walks. He begs for exercise and a large yard to run and play would be the best fit for this fun-loving boy! We think Beaker would eventually love to go to the office with his new family as long as he is offered slow introductions to new people and given a toy, an elk antler and a soft bed. You can’t take him to the office- that’s okay! He will happily sleep the day away in his crate with a comfy blanket as long as his people can arrange a mid-day potty break for him. Beaker desires a family with an active lifestyle of which he can be included and one with a furry companion to play with! He is very eager to please and deserves to be a loved and cherished pet.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Beaker, 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.