Foster Location: Fremont, NE
Age: 3 years old (2015 - exact DOB unknown)
Adoption Fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred, but not required
Ellie was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out her life as a cherished pet!
Ellie's foster family reports that she just pours love out, has so much love to offer a wonderful forever home and has an absolutely beautiful soul. She can be very shy and sometimes timid so she needs a home that will make her feel confident and part of the family. Ellie adores people and her favorite place to be is where people are at. Ellie loves to snuggle and will sit in your lap for hours if you let her. Ellie hasn’t learned to get up on the furniture so her foster family picks her up for snuggle times. If they are cooking in the kitchen or getting ready in morning for work she will be right there with her people hanging out and snoopervising. Ellie also loves playing, getting every toy out of the toy box, chewing on her nylabones and also really seems to like the toys that make crunchy crinkly sounds. She can keep herself entertained for hours but she also has so much fun playing with other dogs. She loves to play "tag" and her foster Kitty sister and her foster Lab sister are her favorite fur friends to hang out with. At the dog park she is extremely social and loves to play with other dogs, after meeting all the humans first, of course! Ellie enjoys her time at the dog park but also does great on a leash and will also happily go on walks, if walks are preferred. Her foster family reports that she is an amazing companion and while she does great with other pets, she also would do great as an only fur child as long, as her people can ensure she gets lots of attention and exercise. Ellie has been practicing her guard dog skills and will bark if someone approaches the house. When Ellie gets excited she makes the most adorable snorty sounds and will get really low to the ground and wiggle her back end until you pet her. She learned this from a foster sister and it truly will warm your heart as soon as you walk in the door. She also does well with gentle children, under supervision but she should always supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Ellie is doing great with potty training and her foster family reports she can be trusted when she's out and about when her family is home, as she seems to use their doggie door to go out for potty breaks very reliably. However, for her safety, she should never have access to the doggie door when her family is away from the home or during the night when she can not be supervised outside. She does prefer her people to go outside with her, especially after breakfast and dinner (this is also a good practice to ensure she is going potty outside like she is supposed to). A regular, consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her new home, especially if no doggie door is present. When her foster family has taken her somewhere without a doggie door she will go to the door to signal she needs to go out but doesn’t bark so her adoptive family will need to pay close attention to her or she will have an accident. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. Ellie is also crate trained but has also shown a lot of interest in sleeping in bed with her foster family. To date, they have had her sleeping in her crate at night and when they are away from the home and she has done wonderfully with that routine. She loves to have fuzzy soft blankets available for her in her crate. 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, Ellie is a healthy young lady but, like so many bulldogs, she may have some mild allergies. She does have a special medicated shampoo to help keep her skin from getting dried out and itchy. If her foster family notices she happens to be a bit itchy, baths with the medicated shampoo seem to help significantly. She has also had some issues with itchy paws but her foster family has been working on that with her as well. She has been spayed, had a dental, is microchipped, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Ellie is so loving and easy going. We fell she will be able to adapt to almost any type of home. A house with a yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with lots of stairs and no yard). However, since she does well walking on a leash, enjoys walks and being outside, a fenced yard will not be required for her as long as her adoptive family is understanding and patient with her potty breaks. She has learned to go up and down stairs and, while going up is the easy part, she is still learning to master the going down part. Please keep this in mind if you have multiple sets of stairs she would need to manage on a daily basis. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office! If not, no problem at all - she will be happy to sleep away the day in her kennel with a chew toy to keep her busy as long as her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for our precious Ellie, please fill out an adoption application for her 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.