Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 4.5 years (12-12-2012)
Kids: Yes - Calm, Dog Savvy kids 8yrs or older
Dogs: Yes! Easy going dogs
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Carol came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased privately by a good samaritan from a breeder and surrendered to SNAFU Rescue in order to find a forever home of her own to live out the rest of her days as a cherished pet!
Carol is a sweet soul who's favorite past times are napping, snuggles with her people, food, chewing on nylabones, and trying to eat grass in her foster families backyard! Even though Carol loves her food (don't we all?!) she needs to be kept a close eye on so that she doesn't become overweight. It is very hard on bulldog's bodies (specifically their back and hips) if they become overweight, which can lead to agitated back and joint issues as they age if their weight is not closely monitored. Initially, Carol was a little timid when first coming into her foster home but has since been making great strides and seems to be coming out of her shell more and more as time passes. While she has and does co-exist peacefully with the other dogs in her foster home, she has that common frenchie quality of trying to "fun police" the other dogs in her home from time to time. She doesn't approve of her foster fur brother running crazily after balls or shaking her toys so Carol will get bossy with him and try to stop him from playing in ways she doesn't approve of. Of course she is corrected by her foster family when this occurs, and she is very easily corrected with just verbal correction only. Due to this behavior, we feel she would likely do best in a home with other laid back or lazy dogs in her forever home. As with all of our dogs, we always recommend slow introductions when introducing a new dog to the household. She has a dog savvy cat in her foster home and seems to do just fine with him. She hasn't been around kids but much we feel with her easy going personality, that she would do fine with calm, easy going dog savvy kids over 8 years old.
Carol is currently still working on potty training. While she has been doing a great job with going potty outside, and has made progress as time passes, she is not quite 100% yet. As with all dogs, a regular and consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her new home. Her foster mom reports that she is probably approx 90% potty trained but still has an accident inside from time to time. Carol doesn't know to signal her humans yet to alert them that she has to go but once she gets outside she will go...eventually. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be able to be given to her and will be the best tools for helping her succeed in her adoptive home! Her foster family goes outside with her so that she will focus on going potty and sometimes it can take up to 10 mins or so standing outside until she finally goes. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. She also, from time to time, attempts to eat her own poop so again, another reason why her adopters will need to be able to go outside to monitor her for potty breaks. This trait is VERY common for commercial breeder dogs as they have lived in kennels (some better than others) and they usually go potty where they live, sleep and eat due to limited and confined space. It is usually a "cleaning up after themselves and their puppies" learned trait and is a trait that sometimes can but sometimes can not be broken. She has also done great with crate training with a wire crate and sleeps quietly in her kennel during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. She will require a wire crate that she can see out of and has good ventilation, opposed to a plastic style crate which she has been tested with and does not seem to prefer in any way over the wire crate (she will happily go into a wire crate, opposed to the plastic ones in which she seems resistant to for whatever reason). 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, Carol seems to be in great health! At some point in her past, she had some damage (hematomas) occur on her ears, which has resulted in "califlower ear", and causes her ears to be "floppy" due to scar tissue. This causes her no pain or discomfort, whatsoevery, however her ears will need to be monitored and cleaned on a regular basis to avoid yeast and infection. She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Carol would do well in almost any type of home but since she is still working on potty training, and does not know how to potty on a leash at this time, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). She has done pretty well with learning stairs so far and seems to do okay with them. A home with fewer stairs will be preferred for her, but that is not a requirement for adoption. We also think she'd be fine going to work with her new family if it was a quiet and easy going work environment. If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem - she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel with a nylabone to chew on as long as her people can arrange a mid day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Carol, please submit an adoption application for her today!!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be a 2-3 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. 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. :-)