Foster Location: Shell Rock, IA
Age: 6 yrs (DOB: 06-14-2012)
Kids: Dog Savvy & Respectful - 5 yrs and older
Dogs: Yes, calm, easy going
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Ella came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased privately from a commercial breeder to prevent her being sold at auction.
Ella is a very very sweet girl whose favorite past times are napping, cuddling, playing outside, and chewing on Nylabones! Ella has been a little timid since first coming into her foster home and adjusting to life in a new home environment BUT she has been making progress and seems to be coming out of her shell, exploring her foster home and playing more and more every day with toys and foster family. Ella will need very slow introductions to any family pets in her adoptive home. Initially she was very growly and did not really want the company of the other animals in her foster home. After being separated and very slowly introduced to the resident pets in her foster home, she has slowly come around and now even plays a little with her foster fur siblings. She still gets overwhelmed quickly and needs to be watched closely. If there are other pets in her adoptive home, it will take some extra work with very slow introductions but her foster family believes she will come to love her animal sibilings just as she has in their home. Ella has been around a 2 year old in her foster home and she loves him! She can be pushy when she wants his attention though so we feel she would do best in a home with dog savvy children that are a little older (5yrs or older) because of her strength when insisting on getting pets - we would not want her to accidentally knock down a smaller child in her efforts to secure some attention and lovin'! She does startle at loud noises and fast moments and cowers down when she is scared. Her new family will need to understand that Ella will need more work on socializing in unfamiliar environments as well as someone who will be patient with her when she is scared/unsure. She needs time to learn about her new surroundings and come into her own. She will need a family who can provide consistency and work with her on building confidence.
Ella 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 100% yet, but very close! As with all dogs, a regular and consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her new home. Ella is doing very well learning how to signal her humans to alert them that she has to go but sometimes her signals can be hard to catch and if not closely watched, she will go on the closet rug if her foster family happens to miss her signals. Even if she doesn't signal, once she is taken outside she will go. She does, however, take her sweet time finding the perfect potty spot and if you don't give her the time she needs outside, she will go in the house when she comes back inside. This is where a fenced in yard would come in handy and is why a fenced yard is preferred for her, but ultimately it is not a requirement for adoption. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be given to her and will be the best tools for helping her succeed in her forever home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training. Ella 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. 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, Ella seems to be in great health except for being a little overweight. Her foster family has been working diligently in order to get her down to a healthy and acceptable weight. So far, she has lost 3-4lbs and is currently headed in the right direction toward a healthy weight! Her adoptive family will absolutely need to be VERY diligent about monitoring her food intake and her weight. Having excessive weight to carry around is very hard on dogs, and is especially hard on Bulldogs. Even after losing 3-4lbs her foster family reports that she already seems to be getting around better overall. Her foster parents have been taking her on short walks which she loves, closely monitoring her food intake, and making sure she has plenty of play time throughout the day to burn some calories. Again, Ella's adoptive family absolutely *must* understand how important it is for her health that she continue to lose weight until she reaches a healthy weight for her stature. Obese dogs have a lot more issues with heart problems, arthritis, joint issues, etc, so this is why we just can not stress enough how important it is for her adoptive family to be very diligent with monitoring and maintaining her at a healthy weight (once she reaches a healthy weight, that is!). Ella has been spayed, HW Tested, had a dental, had a growth removed from her side (the spot on her side is now almost healed), has been updated on Vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Ella would do well in almost any type of home but since she is still working on potty training, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). She has been doing decently with with stairs, but is still learning them. She has done a few at a time and seems to do well with those, so far. She is very nervous and needs lots of encouragement when down or up them. Her new family will need to be patient as we are confident she will continue to learn them and will take them like a breeze in the future. We also think she'd be fine going to work with her new family as long as it was a quiet, calm 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 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 Ella, please submit an adoption application for her today!!!
Ella's applications are currently under review.
We are no longer accepting new applications for her at this time.
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* 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. :-)
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, for any reason, and 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.