Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 1 year (04-25-2018)
Kids: Yes, 12 and older preferred
Cats: Unknown (probably not)
Dogs: Calm, submissive dogs only
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Brutus entered SNAFU Rescue through owner surrender. His owner wanted him to be placed in a loving single pet home to be spoiled and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Brutus is a happy playful bulldog who loves anyone and everyone. He is a typical happy go lucky, silly, goofy boy. You wouldn't know anything was wrong with him until a vet listened to his little heart during a physical examination. He was diagnosed with a grade 4 heart murmur. Brutus loves *every human* he meets, but is uneasy and selective around other dogs. Brutus will be happiest living with just his paw-rent(s) so he can be the apple of their eye. Brutus loves kids but can be excitable so he should be supervised with younger children. Brutus is still learning that hands are not toys, his home must display firm and consistent leadership to eliminate his chewing. While his love for hands can be a nuisance, he does not bite. Brutus is extremely smart and food motivated. While living in his foster home he has learned how to sit and high-five, which is quite the crowd-pleaser! He loves car rides, long walks, celebrity appearances at the local school, or any other opportunity to spend some quality time with his people.
Brutus is doing great with potty training! He does have the occasional accident, so a regular, consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training in his 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 him. He has not done so well with crate training. He is very rambunctious when left in his crate and can be destructive when left in a room alone. He has been receiving fluoxetine in attempt to manage his separation anxiety. This should be kept up in his forever home, the cost is approximately $4 per month. Since he does not do well being alone, a home that can take him to work, work from home, or send him to doggy day care will be preferred. He does not know danger and what is okay and not okay to chew on at this point!
Medically, Brutus is in good health other than a grade 4 heart murmur. He has had an echocardiogram (ultrasound) done on his heart, and he has been diagnosed with a congenital defect called pulmonic stenosis. This causes a moderate to severe obstruction to blood flow from the heart to the lungs. We will be happy to provide his echocardiogram report to his potential adopters for review. He does not need/require any type of heart medication at this time and shows no symptoms (fatigue, fainting, etc) of having any issues with his heart at this time and the cardiologist reports that it is possible for him to live a fully normal life. If any of these symptoms did happen to be noticed, his cardiologist should be contacted immediately. He is currently a happy, active pup, but his heart must be monitored by a veterinarian and cardiologist as he continues to grow. The cardiologist recommended yearly echocardiograms to ensure his condition does not worsen. 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 during his lifetime.
Brutus has no other known health issues. He has been neutered and is UTD on all of is vaccinations/heartworm prevention/dewormings.
Brutus would do well in almost any type of home where he can be the center of attention. He is used to going out with a fenced yard for potty breaks, but enjoys walks and is great with pottying on a leash! He goes up and down stairs like a champ and has no issues with them. As previously mentioned, Brutus would be happiest with a family that can be with him as much as possible. He loves to snuggle and nap so he would do great sleeping the day away if his parents can bring him into the office.
Brutus has a very special love to offer to his humans; if you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Brutus 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.