Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 6 years (2-15-2011)
Dogs: Maybe one other submissive dog
Adoption fee: $400
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Cowboy was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. His breeder wanted him to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Cowboy is a very gentle, sweet boy who loves being around his people. He seems to love every human he meets, adult or child. He wiggles and wiggles when he meets new people and puts his paw on their foot to let them know he is there. He has not been around any children in his foster home but we feel he would do well with dog saavy kids over 6 years old. He sometimes jumps up to greet newcomers (though does very well about not doing this most of the time) but we just wouldn't want him to knock a small child down on accident. He seems to best with submissive dogs who will not challenge him. He does sometimes resource guard his kennel and/or toys from other dogs in his foster home, so we think he'd probably do best as an only dog or a home with maybe one other very submissive dog who wouldn't challenge him. He will try to steal other dog's food if he is able and he does not like to/will not share his own so he will also he need to be fed inside of his kennel to avoid issues with the other dogs during dinner time.
Cowboy is doing great on potty training! While his foster family reports that he has been an excellent with going potty outside with rarely any accidents (yay!), a regular, consistent schedule will help with his continued success with potty training in his new home. He does indicate if he has to go outside by standing quietly by the backdoor and he always has to go potty after eating! He has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in his kennel during the night or when his foster family happens to leave the home. For his safety, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or he is left unsupervised so he is safe and secure while no one is home. He will get into things/chew things he is not supposed to if he is left unsupervised. He does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of and how to be a pet.
Medically, Cowboy is in good health. Cowboy has been neutered and had his tail removed due to an inverted tail and former infections before coming to our rescue. While with us he has been allergy tested, UTD on vaccinations and had a dental. Cowboy came to us with a skin infection. His bacterial infection has been treated and is now clear but his skin did not clear as we were hoping it would. Through a long and diligent process with our veterinarian, that included many tests and ultimately a skin biospy, we have been able to determine that has a mild form of Pemphigus. This is a type of autoimmune disease that affects the skin and typically starts presenting symptoms at middle age. As Cowboy is 6 years old (5.5year when he came to us) - unfortunately, he was the perfect age for something like this to arise. On the plus side, no adopter will be "surprised" by this issue popping up at a later point in his life and will not have to go through the costly process of diagnosis. His adopters will simply need to continue to teat and maintain the condition as we have to keep him happy and comfortable for the remainder of his life. It also means that he will likely need to remain on Atopica (generic: Cyclosporine) and Azathioprine (both are Imunosuppressive drugs) for the remainder of his life to help keep the condition in check. He started treatment for the Pemphigus the first week of December, 2016. Since then his skin has cleared up wonderfully and he has very little issue with hair loss, etc. His skin will need to be monitored by a veterinarian on an as needed basis. He medications are ordered from Diamondback Drugs and are approx $70-$80 a month. Again, he skin condition is very manageable at this point and his meds have done wonders for him! Despite everything, he is a happy, goofy, loving boy!
In addition to maintaining his current medications, he will also need to remain on a raw diet for the remainder of his life. As with so many Bulldogs, Cowboy has a number of food allergies and is also allergic to grain mites (which are found in almost all types of dry food kibble and package, processed treats). He also takes one daily supplement (mixed with his food) called Dogzymes Complete for daily multivitamin, probiotic and joint support supplementation. Cowboy MUST remain on a raw diet due to food allergies and to help maintain his Pemphigus. With his current raw diet and medication routine, he has had little to no issues with flare ups with the Pemphigus nor with allergies while in our care. We want to continue that for him despite what another vet's opinion may or may not be. While our vet is very open minded and wants what is best for each dog in her care, unfortunately, many vets do not like their clients feeding a raw diet (BUT it is not their choice what to feed our dogs. They are our dogs and while we can listen to others opinions and appreciate them, thankfully, we can make educated decisions and choices about our own dog's care). Cowboy does best with a raw diet and his allergy testing shows why it is needed, so it is a requirement for his adoption to remain on a raw diet. This is *not* negotiable for him. IF AN ADOPTER IS NOT WILLING TO OR CAN NOT KEEP HIM ON A RAW DIET, THEY WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR ADOPTION FOR HIM. Any potential adopters will need to be aware of those costs before applying for him. Feeding a raw diet is a little bit different than feeding kibble but, thankfully, it is a simple one. We are happy to discuss his diet in more detail, if needed!
Cowboy would do well in almost any type of home. He is used to going out with a fenced yard for potty breaks and does not know how to potty on a leash so a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). He has been doing very well about learning stairs while in his foster home and seems to do quite well with them. We also think he'd love to go work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office as long as he had his own area with not a lot of stranger dogs coming and going from his space. He does LOVE to meet strangers but can be a little vocal about them coming to visit him if he feels ignored. ;-) If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel with a couple large nylabones to keep him busy!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Cowboy, please submit an adoption application for him 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. :-)
pictures coming soon!