Foster Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Age: 7yr old DOB: 06-05-15
Kids: Yes, 5yrs or older
Cats: Yes, dog savvy
Adoption Fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Bell came into the SNAFU Rescue via a breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving home and spend the rest of her years being a spoiled pet living out her life as happy as she can be!
Bell is a sweet but timid, laidback, calm little Frenchie girl. She takes a cautious approach to life as she is still building her confidence in her foster home. Bell requires a little bit of time to warm up to new people/environments before she is comfortable sharing the same space with them. Bell’s happy place is in the presence of her people! She immediately greets them with a big beautiful smile wagging her little nub. She really is such a happy dog! After her beloved humans arrive home, you can find Bell hopping (literally) and prancing all around the home as if she was just crowned Miss Frenchie America! It is about the most darling thing you can see. If Bell had it her way she would spend every waking moment attached to her trusted humans. When the mood strikes her or her humans are otherwise occupied, you can find Bell searching for her furry friends to engage them in some playtime. She is mostly a relaxed Frenchie girl but when the mood strikes her she has such a spunk to her and her playful side shines through. After a little romp around with her friends Bell will find her way to the door requesting a jaunt around the neighborhood to show off her leash skills. She will take in all the new smells and enjoy all the passersby’s from afar. Because of Bell’s apprehension around new people/situations, she is in need of a patient, low key/calm and understanding family that can help her build confidence in a new environment and around strangers. She will also need a family who is willing to spend extra time with her, providing the space she requires, offer her ongoing patience and introduce her slowly to new things to build her confidence. Bell currently lives with several furry foster siblings and will occasionally interact with them. She likes all of them (big/small) and gets along with the resident cat! Overall, Bell is ambivalent to her furry friends but does find comfort in their presence. She has a tendency to resource guard her dinner bowl around other furry creatures (not humans) and for that reason she should always be fed separately from resident furry creatures. Bell is experiencing a big change and because of that she is in need of consistent leadership, positive reinforcement to help her to learn proper dog manners in her adoptive home. She seems to get along well with every human she meets after warming up to them. Bell is shy at first but can easily be won over with some pets and snacks (she is VERY food motivated). Due to her overall calm, sweet yet nervous disposition, we think she would do best in a home that has dog savvy, calm, gentle children 5 years or older. Slow introductions and supervision around children is a must to be sure they and she are kept safe. She is slowly learning manners and we believe should benefit from a balanced, passive fur buddy in her adoptive home and would do equally as well if placed in home with just a resident feline.
Bell’s foster family happily reports she is making great strides in potty training when kept on a consistent schedule and when taken out with the other resident dogs. She will often stand by the door to indicate she needs to go outside and would greatly benefit from a signal for potty. Her adoptive family must be willing to continue to keep her on a regular and consistent schedule to help with potty training in her new home. Bell is completely crate trained and finds comfort in spending time in her safe space with the house happenings get to be a little too much for her. For her safety, we recommend a similar crating arrangement when her people happen to be away from the home. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Bell seems to be in great health! She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, palate shortened and has been given the okay to adopt by our veterinarian. She does have seasonal allergies and would benefit from a daily allergy pill, cytopoint and food soaks during high allergy months (just a little extra TLC). In addition, Bell is on a daily joint chew to help her everyday joint function. Bell had most of her teeth removed so softening her food is a must for this sweet girl!
Bell would be happiest in a house with a fenced yard (opposed to a multiple floor, shared walled apartment style dwelling with no yard) due to her skittish nature and because she is still potty training. Bell would prefer a home with minimal stairs as she is definitely not a fan of going up them. She can master a few stairs going down however a pair of loving arms is required to go up! Ideally, Bell is searching for a family that has a work from home or stay at home parent however we do think she is a candidate for an office environment as she loves being around her people all day! Cannot stay at home or take her to the office, that is okay! Bell is completely happy sleeping the day away in her crate (her favorite safe space) as long as her people can arrange a mid day potty break for her. Again, Bell is still learning the ways of pet life, learning to trust and is in need of a calm family to help build her confidence. She would love a family that can offer her companionship, unlimited pets/scratchies and a quiet home to help her overcome her nervousness. She has made tremendous daily improvements and just needs a little extra patience as she learns how to “pet”. Bell is coming out of her shell more and more every day! This girl has a lot of spunk inside her and will make a loyal and loving companion.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Bell, 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 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.