Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 5 years (5-5-2013)
Kids: 14 years and older, no exceptions!
Dogs: No, no exceptions!
Adoption fee: $600.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Bender was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue due to behavioral issues. Please read Bender's below bio very carefully before submitting an application!! Bender has issues with stranger aggression with both humans and especially with other dogs that he does not know. He MUST have a firm consistent leadership and MUST have slow introductions when meeting new humans and *especially* when meeting new dogs.
Despite his quirks, Bender is a great dog, who is happy, loving, friendly, playful and active (but still likes to lounge and be lazy too, of course!). Bender has some issues with stranger aggression with both humans and other dogs. This behavior stems from fear relating to insecurity. He MUST have a firm consistent leadership in his adoptive home, just as he does with his foster family. With firm, consistent leadership he seems to do amazingly well and has had very few issues with with his foster family. However, he still MUST have slow introductions when meeting new humans and especially other dogs. In his foster home, when new people come to visit, they just tell the visitors to ignore him completely (act like he's not even there). (Please note that his foster family is always there with him when new people enter their yard/home so he knows HIS people are there and will take care of him. He relies very heavily on knowing that his pack leaders are there and everything will be taken care of if they are present.) After he has determined the newcomers actually are okay, he will go to them for attention when he is feeling more secure. Until then, he may bark at them a little (which is corrected verbally by his foster family) or he will just ignore them (these days he typically goes for keeping his distance and ignoring, which is what we want him to be doing). Once he approaches the newcomers, he is happy for lots of calm, gentle pets! He LOVES attention, and does like to play, too! When meeting new dogs, he needs to be leashed with the aid of a prong collar, esp when out in public with unknown dogs (think vet's office, walks in the neighborhood, etc). He does not like stranger dogs to enter into his personal space (sniffing his butt and/or close enough to touch him) and he does not appreciate other dogs being allowed to be "in his face", which is considered rude social behavior for most dogs. Stranger dogs should be kept at a respectful distance from him and he seems to do well with that routine as long as other dogs are not invading his personal space. He has been around a larger dog savvy cat in his foster family and seems to have no issues with dog savvy cats. Bender does not appreciate super quick, loud, or unexpected movements so, for his safety, he will not be able to be placed in a household with young children under the age of 14 years old.
Bender is 100% housetrained. He has not had any potty accidents since coming to his foster family's home. As with any dog, a regular and consistent schedule will help with continuing his potty training success in his new home. He has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in his kennel when his foster family is away from the home or at night. He does sometimes give a little "cry" here or there for a few seconds when his foster family leaves during the day, so that will need to be kept in mind for any homes that may have shared walls. For his safety, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or he is left unsupervised so that he is safe and secure while no one is home.
Medically, Bender is in good health other than some mild allergies. He was reported to have severe allergies by his surrendering family but his foster family has not noticed anything severe while he has been in their care. He does require regular baths (once every week or two) with antibacterial shampoo (Mal-A-Ket Shampoo) to prevent any irritated areas on his belly from having issues with skin infections. He would also likely benefit from remaining on daily Zyrtec or Benadryl to help reduce any histamine flare ups he may have. He is currently eating a raw diet and seems to do very well with it. To date, his foster family has not seen any truly severe allergy symptoms popping up with him while eating the raw diet. We would strongly recommend he continue his raw diet in his adoptive home. Bender has no other known health issues. He has been neutered, HW tested, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Bender would do well in almost any type of home, as long as there are no other dogs or young children present. He seems to do fine with stairs and they have not been an issue for him to manage in any way in his foster home. He may be able to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office IF it was a quiet, calm, dog friendly environment and he had his own space to hang out in without other dogs or strangers approaching him frequently. If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel as long as he has a nylabone or two to chew on and his people can arrange a mid day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Bender please fill out an adoption application for him today!
Click here to apply for Bender!
NOTE: Please note that it may be at LEAST a 3-4 week *minimum* before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. 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.
Bender's applications are currently under review.
We are no longer accepting new applications for him at this time.