Foster Location: St. Louis, MO
Age: 5 years old (2013 - exact DOB unknown)
Weight: 25 lbs
Kids: Yes! Dog savvy
Adoption Fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Birken was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out her life as a cherished pet!
Birken is a very sweet and laid back girl and is slowing learning to live the life of a pampered pet. Birken loves to play, chew on toys including any chew toy she can get her paws on; which includes sneaking one from another dog while they weren’t looking. One of her favorite activities is getting snuggles from her humans. Birken gets along well with with the resident dog in her home and enjoys playing with the resident dog in her home and others dogs she's met to date. She will put them in their place if they happen to get too rough, though. She hasn’t been exposed to cats while in her foster home, so we are looking for a home with no feline friends present, to err on the side of caution. She does enjoy her food and will push anyone out of the way if they are between her and her food/treat but she is not aggressive about it. If she is placed in a home with other dogs, we recommend she eat inside of her kennel to prevent her attempting to steal food from others. Birken loves all humans she meets and does well with gentle children (under supervision) but she should always supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Birken is still working on potty training and has been doing well if she is kept on a regular schedule. She still doesn’t now quite where to go when she needs to signal but she will start pacing to let you know. A regular, consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. Birken does great in her kennel and feels very comfortable and safe there. Birken sleeps in the kennel at night and but also enjoys sleeping in bed with her humans from time to time. For her safety, we recommend that she keep a similar crating schedule when her humans are away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised, so she is safe and secure while no one is home. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Birken is in good health and has no known health issues. She has been spayed, had a dental, is microchipped, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Note: she came into rescue with a vertical scar on her right knee. We are guessing may be due to a prior patella surgery but we just don’t know.
Birken would do well in almost any type of home, but since she is still working on potty training, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling), but is not an absolute requirement for adoption. She does pretty well on a leash and likes to go for short walks and enjoys car rides. She has also learned to go up and down stairs without a problem. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office! If not, no problem at all - she will be happy to sleep away the day in her kennel with a chew toy to keep her busy as long as her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Birken, please fill out 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.