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.
Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 2 years old DOB: 02-19-20
Dogs: Yes, Passive, Balanced
Adoption Fee: $400
Fenced Yard: Preferred
**PLEASE READ COLONEL'S BIO VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION**
Colonel came into SNAFU Rescue via a private party. His surrendering family wanted him to be placed in a loving home that can help manage his severe allergies.
Colonel has a relaxed, laidback and reserved disposition. His favorite pastimes include greeting all guests with open paws, following around his humans, sitting on the lap of his humans and scouting out the available lap scene to find one available to cuddle up in. Colonel is very much a clingy Frenchie!!! He is such a content, sweet boy who loves to relax and be held. Colonel is pretty aloof when in the company of other animals and really is quite indifferent to their presence. He would much rather be glued to his human than engage any furry friend. Colonel doesn’t fancy toys too much but if the mood strikes him he will get excited to see a ball bounce or hear a toy squeak. In true Colonel fashion, he would rather enjoy melting into the lap of his favorite human than do most anything else. He enjoys watching TV all snuggled on the couch, napping on his soft bed and at times enjoying a brief stint outside to catch the spring breeze (or as of late WIND). Did we mention napping and snuggles again?!?! Colonel will always look for his people to partake in a cuddle session during his snooze. He truly just wants to be with his people all the time as he finds comfort in their presence if they happen to be in the same room as he is. Colonel’s overall lighthearted disposition allows him to get along with his furry foster siblings. He has a very mild temperament which is favorable when he is around other dogs. He has yet to meet any human (big or small) that he hasn’t been crazy for! Because of his lighthearted disposition, we feel Colonel will do perfectly well with other passive, balanced dogs and with dog savvy, gentle, respectful children of any age. We also feel Colonel would be equally okay as the only dog in the household as he enjoys all the human attention/affection to himself. Slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and he should always be supervised to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Colonel is fully potty trained! As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be patient and willing to continue working on his potty training success as he acclimates to his new home and surroundings. He is 100% crate trained and does not have any accidents while crated. He sleeps quietly when his foster family happens to be away from the home as he has a plush warm blanket to provide him comfort. Colonel does sleep in his crate in the evening but would much rather share a bed and offer many cuddles with his new family!
Medically, Colonel is in good health. He has been neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested, nares widened, allergy tested, updated on vaccinations/dewormings and has been given the okay to adopt by our veterinarian. Colonel suffers from extreme allergies. His allergy test results will be provided to his adoptive family. He will need DAILY care when it comes to administration of allergy meds, offered cytopoint shots as needed, frequent bathing, medicated cleaning of folds and nose butter for his dry nose. Colonel will need to be kept on a very strict diet and needs to avoid any allergens that can impact his health and skin. He also has been diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot which is a combination of 4 heart defects; primary condition being Pulmonary Stenosis which is a congenital defect that cause malformation of the Pulmonic Valve leading to obstruction of blood flow from the heart to lungs. At this time he is asymptomatic however he will need to be closely monitored for any signs for further heart disease or congestive heart failure as he ages (fatigue, weakness, lethargy, shortness of breath, fainting etc.). If any of these symptoms do happen to be noticed in the future, his veterinarian and veterinary cardiologist should be contacted immediately. Colonel is on a 2x daily beta blocker and will need to remain on this RX for his entire life. He is in need of annual echocardiograms and his condition may require a balloon valvuloplasty (a balloon inserted to widen the value) in the future although our cardiologist doesn’t think that is likely. Please research cardiologists in your area to check on prices of future echocardiograms for the future as they will be ABSOLUTELY required and could be more costly depending on the area you reside. Potential adopters will need to have a veterinarian cardiologist within a reasonable driving distance in order to be approved to adopt (within 3-4hrs).
Colonel would do great in any type of home that has very few stairs. Although he can do a few stairs, going down them is much preferred as he has more confidence but going up poses a little challenge (or lack of effort!). A home with a fully fenced yard will be preferred for Colonel as he does like his brief time outdoors. A multiple floor apartment style dwelling would be okay for Colonel as long as it is on the1st floor (with little to no stairs) with an adjacent fenced area. Since Colonel is a quiet, chill little boy, we think he would love to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office. He would really love if his family had a work from home or stay at home parent as he enjoys the company of his humans. If his adoptive family is not not able to take him to work or stay at home with him, no problem at all - he's completely happy sleeping the day away as long as he has a warm area, a soft blanket and his people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him! Colonel is a snuggle bug looking for a low key family due to his penchant for lounging and that his heart condition limits his capacity for exercise. He is desperately searching for a family that can offer unlimited lap time, short walks when the mood strikes him and a STRONG human to dog ratio as he loves and lots and lots of attention. He will repay all the love with his commitment to master the art of snuggling! Colonel is such a gentle soul in need of a family that not only can properly manage his heart condition but also has allergy experience with the willingness to ensure his ongoing allergy issues are properly maintained and addressed at all times.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Colonel, please submit an adoption application for him.