Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 4 years (12/9/2014)
Kids: 14 years and older, no exceptions!
Dogs: Maybe-non confrontational, short nosed dogs
Adoption fee: $600.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Please read Benny's below bio very carefully before submitting an application!!
Benny was surrendered to rescue due to behavioral issues. Benny has random, unprovoked aggression issues in his home with other dogs and humans.
Despite his quirks, Benny is a great dog who is happy, loving, friendly and playful (he really likes to lounge, snuggle and be lazy too, of course!). Benny's foster home reports he is an almost perfect dog the majority of the time. Benny thrives on attention and play time. For him, a tired dog is a happy dog would likely be his best course of action for success in his adoptive home. He LOVES attention, and does like to play when he is in the mood. Otherwise he is content to snuggle with his people and watch some TV. He will occasionally resource guard around other dogs and does not appreciate other dogs attempting to play with what he has determined to be 'his toys'. Benny enjoys playing with other dogs but would need an extremely submissive dog who does not test him as a fur sibling or he may do best as an only dog. When his foster home has had another dog with a strong personality as a foster they have had to deal with fighting. Due to his random but minimal (1% of the time maybe) outbursts that can result in bites, he will not be able to be placed in a household with young children under the age of 14 years old. Some of Benny's outbursts have been possibly linked to the angle of what he sees. His vision may be a bit different due to his eyes not always looking in the same direction (strabismus/wall eyed) and some of the times he has bitten he has reacted to action behind and to the side of him. Benny ultimately needs to find a home that will provide firm, consistent leadership and someone who is able and willing to deal with any issues as they arise. Benny sometimes zones out and "sees red" and has aggression towards dogs and humans in his home when something occurs that upset him. Benny has bitten and drawn blood. After he snaps out of it he tries to comfort the human he went after, but he should not be given attention in these situations and should be largely ignored. Sometimes this is food/treat/toy related with other dogs and other times he seems to just be having an off day. Some of 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 his issues are occasional with with his foster family. Benny's outbursts have improved greatly with 10mg of Prozac 2x a day. It is imperative that his adoptive home will keep him on medication to continue helping him.
Benny is 100% house trained. 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. It should be noted that Benny is crate aggressive. His foster family has found that leaving him loose in the dog-proofed living room area causes less stress than putting him in his crate when they are away. He will go in a crate but creates quite a scene upon doing so. For his safety, we recommend that be kept in a dog-proofed room without any dangers or other access to other dogs (due to his unpredictability) with a soft bed to lay in and a couple nylabones to keep him occupied throughout the day.
Medically, Benny is in good health. He is on a daily joint supplement as previous to this when stretching his back he would occasionally yelp. This completely goes away when he is on a joint supplement with Hyaluronic Acid in it. His foster home uses Dogzymes Phyto Flex which can most easily be found on chewy.com. Benny has no diagnosed/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!
Benny would do well in almost any type of home, as long as there are no dogs with strong personalities or young children present. He seems to do fine with stairs. Benny really enjoys having a doggie door to the back yard (with a privacy fence) to use when his family is home. He is often found outside sunning himself. 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 at home 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 Benny 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.