Foster Location: Carthrage, MO
Age: 3.5 years (DOB: 11-22-2015)
Kids: Yes - dog savvy 12yrs or older
Dogs: Yes - submissive/easy going dogs
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Bonnie was surrendered to the SNAFU rescue via her owner. Her owner wanted her to be placed in a loving home that could care for her special needs.
Bonnie is truly a very sweet, fun-loving frenchie girl! She will pick her favorite human and become their personal shadow. Bonnie can never be close enough to them! She prefers to spend every minute with her human rather than playing with her many toys that sit in her toy box. When she isn’t glued to her human best friend, Bonnie enjoys a yummy Himalayan chew to occupy her time. After her chewing time is up, Bonnie insists on some much desired cuddle and snuggle time with her foster family. She prefers to sit on their lap for pets and cuddles. Yes, she is a lap dog and a velcro frenchie! Bonnie has anxiety around new humans, big and small. She becomes nervous and anxious when people move toward her too quickly and also with loud noises. When Bonnie gets nervous and anxious she can act out. She gets defensive and protective and will bark and run towards new people. Bonnie is experiencing a big change and will need a family who is willing to spend time with her, reassure her around new people and experiences and offer her patience to help build her confidence. Due to Bonnie’s anxiety, a home with no kids or older children (12+) who are gentle and dog savvy is preferred. Bonnie currently lives with a foster furry sister. She gets along famously with her foster French Bulldog sister who is a playful, easy going puppy. There are bouts of jealousy for attention but Bonnie is corrected, quickly gets over it and they are back to the gentle playing session. Because Bonnie had issues with dogs in her previous home, she will only be placed in a home with dogs whose temperaments are very laid back, submissive and easy going. As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children in the home is a must! She should always be supervised when she is around children and other dogs to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Bonnie is potty trained but still will have a few accidents from time to time. Her accidents are typically related to her anxiety. She will need a patient family willing to keep her on a consistent schedule for her continued potty training success. Bonnie is crate trained and sleeps happily in her crate while her foster family is at work as long as she has a soft, comfy blanket to sleep on. She has minimal accidents in her crate when left for longer than 4 hours, but those accidents could likely be avoided if she is let outside every few hours. 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.
Medically, Bonnie seems to overall be in good health. She, like many short nose dogs, has some mild allergies. She was allergy tested while in rescue and she does have some food allergies present. It is required that she stays on a specific food to avoid further allergy symptoms relating to food. The allergy panel results and food options will be provided to her adopters. To help relieve allergy symptoms, she will need regular medicated baths to help soothe her itchy paws and feet and her smooshy face wrinkles will need daily cleaning with a pet friendly wipe. Bonnie also has a mild case of spina bifida. For this reason, jumping IS highly discouraged. Jumping can cause flare ups with her joints and spine which then results in her having more issues with the strength in her hind end and WILL lead to incontinence issues. This has been reported to have happened in her previous families home. As long as she is closely monitored, she has not seemed to have any issues with flare ups and has not had any issues with walking or incontinence while in her foster home. Bonnie MUST use pet stairs to get up on the couch or any place she is allowed. She would be a-ok with a pair of loving arms to lift her on soft surfaces she is allowed but she also must be very closely monitored so that she is not jumping back down, as well. Again, her previous family reported that she was incontinent at one time due to swelling/flare ups in his back so ensuring she is not jumping up and down off of furniture on a regular basis is absolutely required! It was reported that acupuncture treatment helped cure her incontinence in the past, so that may need to be continued with her in the future if any flare ups were to occur. She has been spayed, up-to-date on vaccations/dewormings, allergy tested, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian!
Bonnie would do best in a quiet home with a family who loves to spend time at home. A fenced yard and a home few to no stairs for her to manage on a daily basis will be preferred for her due to her spina bifida and her anxiety. She will not be a candidate for long walks but she does enjoy roaming the backyard! She is still working on walking on a leash and her foster family reports she is making great progress. Ultimately, Bonnie is a lovable frenchie girl looking for a gentle family who can spend lots of time to love and spoil her like she deserves! Due to her anxieties with stranger people and stranger dogs, she will likely not be a good candidate for take your dog to work day, BUT that's no problem for her - she’s completely happy sleeping the day away in her crate as long as she has a soft comfy blanket to lay on, a few nylabones to keep her busy and 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 Bonnie, 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.