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: North Sioux City, SD
Age: 7 years (DOB: 03-06-2013)
Kids: Yes - dog savvy 5yrs or older
Dogs: Yes - submissive/small/easy going dogs
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Esmeralda was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home and to live the rest of her life as a loved and cherished pet.
Esmeralda (Ezzie) is a laid back, easy-going, attention loving snuggle bug of a Frenchie girl. You can often find her searching for the much desired attention from her humans as she relishes in any and all attention she can get! When she isn’t getting the belly rubs and pets from her humans you can find Ezzie taking a quiet moment, grabbing some space on the floor and chewing on a nylabone or water buffalo horn. After her chew session is complete, she is back to her velcro frenchie ways looking for her people to snuggle up next to. She truly is content grabbing a snooze all by herself but she would much rather find her humans to share some snuggle time with. This little girl is quite the cuddler! Ezzie is not a very active pup as she much prefers the chill way of pet life. She followers her humans everywhere they go but if they try and pick her up Ezzie becomes timid and will pancake down or rolls onto her back. She is still learning to trust so patience is key when warming up to Ezzie. She currently lives with several foster furry siblings and often thinks she is the boss and tries to rule the home by resource guarding her humans attention. Ezzie will let out a little growl if she is receiving attention and is approached by another dog. While this is minor, to date, she is immediately corrected in her foster home and no longer will receive attention when this behavior occurs. She is experiencing a big transition and will need firm leadership, consistent correction to help her learn proper dog behavior, learn proper dog manners and to know what is expected of her in her adoptive home. She will need an adoptive home that will be gentle and loving but still firm enough to correct any inappropriate behaviors as she continues to learn. In addition, she is in need of a family that will continue to work with her on becoming a balanced member of the pack. She seems to get along well with every human she meets (big or small)! Her foster family believes she would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, children 5 years or older, a home with a smaller submissive dog (no large dogs). Ezzie may do okay as an only dog but we feel she would do best having at least one other easy-going, calm balanced dog to take cues from. As with all of our dogs, we recommend slow introductions between dogs AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog in your home to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Esmeralda is nearly potty trained. She has not had many accidents in her foster home when kept on a schedule and when her humans are outside with her to ensure she is doing her business. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to offer her a consistent schedule to continue her potty training success. Ezzie is 100% crate trained and has not had any accidents in her crate. She does sleep quietly in her crate when her foster family happens to leave the home and as well at night. We do think Ezzie would love to share a bed with her adoptive family! She loves the softer things in life and adores the plush nature of her crate and blanket but a human bed would be ideal for this adorable little snuggler! For her safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for her.
Medically, Esmeralda seems to be in great health! She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Ezzie had a rectal polyp removed while in foster care and she should be monitored for rectal polyps in the future and have them removed if any others occur.
Esmeralda would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard as she does not know how to potty on a leash and is not leash trained (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). Ezzie does okay with a few stairs but has not been exposed to more than a few stairs so if her adoptive home has a flight of stairs she would need to be monitored closely and carefully until she became confident. We think Ezzie would love to go to the office with her new family since she is the happiest around her people as long as she has her own space to hang out. You can’t take her to the office- that’s okay! She will happily sleep the day away in her crate with a comfy blanket as long as her people can arrange a mid-day potty break for her. Ideally, Ezzie is looking for a calmer, easy-going family that understands her current limitations of being insecure and can help her build confidence in new environments to become a confident balance dog.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Esmeralda, please submit an adoption application for her today!!