Foster Location: North Sioux City, SD
Age: 7 years (DOB: 03-04-12)
Weight: 16 lbs
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Branch was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue by a private party to find the perfect family that can shower him all the love and attention he deserves.
Branch is a total sweetheart and loves nothing more than to be around his people all the time. Yes, he is your velcro Boston Terrier! Branch is a complete snuggle bug and can often be found right next to his foster family demanding their attention - he has yet to learn the meaning of personal space! When he isn’t loving on his people he can be found lounging on his favorite spot in the world (his foster families bed), chewing on water buffalo horns, capturing his stuffed bunny rabbit and lounging on the couch. Branch is curious boy and is entertained by exploring his surroundings. He enjoys meeting new people and shows it by showering them with kisses and cuddles. During his time with his foster family, Branch has not spent any time with young children, however he has been nothing but gentle and sweet to the teenagers in his foster home. As with all our dogs, we recommend slow introductions between dogs AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog into your home to make sure he and they are kept safe to ensure a smooth transition to his forever home.
Branch’s foster family is super excited to report he is 100% potty trained and have reported only one accident since he arrived in their home. In a new environment he may try to mark but his foster family reports it was very easy to correct. Branch is not fond of his crate and because of that he has not spent much time in there. He will bark when kenneled, so a home with shared walls may not be ideal for him due to this.
Medically, Branch seems to be in overall good health but he has had an echocardiogram done on his heart due to a murmur and has been diagnosed with Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (MMVD), which is more common in older dogs. MMVD equates to one of the valves in his heart being weakened, which causes his heart to beat with an irregularity. We will be happy to provide his echocardiogram report to his potential adopters for review. He is currently asymptomatic and, luckily, he does NOT have any physical restrictions or limitations! This active boy is active and LOVES to play and go for small walks. For walks, his future family will need to keep in mind that he has a small Trachea so he will always need to use a harness for walks and care must be taken to not pull on his throat. Again, he MUST wear a harness for walks vs. a collar. If he were to display any of abnormal symptoms related to his heart condition in the future (fainting, fatigue etc.), his cardiologist should be contacted immediately. Branch is currently on preventative blood pressure meds (Vetmedin/Pimobenden) which helps with reducing stress on his heart. He will likely need to remain on this medication for the rest of his life (approx. cost is $50 per month). Branch also seems to get dry eyes and over the counter lubricating eye drops/gel once a day seems to help tremendously. Branch is up-to-date on his vaccinations, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been cleared for adoption by our veterinarian! We will be very strict with "vetting" any potential adopters for him, as we want to make sure he is very loved and has the best life and care (both in home care and vet care) that he possibly can for the remainder of his lifetime.
Please see the below links for Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease:
Branch would do well in almost any type of home but would prefer a family that likes to spend a LOT of time at home and will shower him with lots attention and cuddles. A house with a fenced yard is preferred for Branch but is not a requirement for adoption. His new family should always make sure to go outside with him and supervise him anytime he is outside as this adventurous boy tends to dig when left unsupervised and he can and will crawl under gaps in a fence especially if no one is outside in the yard with him. He goes up and down stairs like a champ and has no issues with them at all. We also think he'd do fine if his new family wanted to take him with them to the office! If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away at home with a nylabone or two to keep him busy as long as his family can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him!!
If you feel your family might be the perfect forever home for Branch, please submit an 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.