Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 10 years (DOB: 03-17-2009)
Kids: 14 years and older, no exceptions!
Dogs: Yes! Easy going dogs
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Please read Fenway's bio very carefully before submitting an application!!
Fenway was previously adopted through another rescue but (through no fault of his own) was returned to rescue due to his previous adopter having some health issues arise and no longer being able to care for him.
Despite his quirks, Fenway is a good little dog who is happy, friendly and his foster home reports he is an almost perfect dog the majority of the time. He is very low maintenance and does great with the other dogs and cats in his foster home and loves to meet strangers for attention and pets! In fact, if visitors ignore him, he will give them a little bark to let him know he is there and wants petties too! While he does not enjoy snuggling or an excessive amount of attention, he does enjoy pets and attention, when he is in the mood. The exception to this is lots of attention (petting) from visitors! He enjoys just being near his people and hanging out with them. He is always following his foster family around, seeing what they are doing and keeping an eye on things. He is also touch sensitive so too much petting or touching him in areas that make him uncomfortable (his back end and leg areas specifically) can lead to him being "overwhelmed" and growl. He also does not like to be touched when he is sleeping. He will wake up/get up if verbally called, so his foster family has found no good reason for touching him when he is sleeping anway. If he is not in the mood for attention or is feeling that he has had enough, he will give a growl and when that happens, his foster family does not push him, stops petting him and just leaves him be and then he usually "shakes it off" and is fine again. He will sometimes "come back for more" and act like he still wants more petting but then will start growling again (this is one of his quirks) but he does not get more attention until a later time and some time has passed. No matter what, his growling should not be reinforced with more petting/attention. Please note: He is not a dog that you will be able to snuggle, shower with attention or sleep in bed with. If you are looking for a dog that will snuggle and that you can shower with lots of love and attention, he is not your dog. Fenway's foster family believes his quirks come from insecurities, but he seems to really thrive with firm consistent leadership and routine in his home. He likes chew toys and playing with a stuffie toy from time to time. He loves food and is very treat and food motivated. Fenway seems to enjoy the company of other easy going dogs and has even recently began playing with them a bit from time to time!
Fenway does have a bite history and his quirks/triggers seem to be associated with things that make him feel insecure/uncomfortable and things he genuinely just doesn't like. Again, 99% of the time, he does not have issues but, for example, getting his nails trimmed, ears cleaned and bath times are stressful times for him and therefore cause him to be reactive (he will growl and attempt to bite if he is "pushed"). Since baths, ear cleanings, and nail trims are a must and can not be avoided, he WILL indeed be "pushed" so he is muzzled for nail trims and ear trims and while he still hates the situation, this seems to help avoid any bites that might arise from the situation. During baths, if he is not muzzled his people must be very diligent to hold his head forward so that he is not able to bite. Again, his foster family is very firm and consistent when it comes to his routine and he must have an adoptive family who will provide similar firm consistent leadership and who will be willing and able to work with him/deal with him when general care/maintenance needs are required. His foster family is happy to provide continued support and further advice in these areas for his potential adopters and/or his adoptive family.
Due to his bite history and his touch sensitivities, he will not be able to be placed in a household with children under the age of 14 years old. ANY human in his household *MUST* be respectful of him and will never tease him, as this will just exacerbate his behaviors and make him worse. Fenway ultimately needs to find a home that will provide firm, consistent leadership and someone who is able and willing to deal with any issues as they arise. Again, he MUST have a firm consistent leadership in his adoptive home, just as he does with his foster family. With firm, consistent leadership he has done amazingly well and his issues are very minimal with with his foster family. Fenway is also currently on 10mg of Fluoxentine (generic Prozac) which he currently takes once a day. It is recommended that his adoptive home continue with his meds to continue helping him with any anxieties/insecurities he may have.
Fenway is 100% house and potty trained. He has not had any potty accidents since coming to his foster family's home, except with the exception of an upset tummy once or twice (which will happen from time to time with any dog and was not his fault). As with any dog, a regular and consistent schedule will help with continuing his potty training success in his new home. It should be noted that Fenway is crate aggressive. At night, he sleeps quietly in a dog bed, by himself, next to his foster families bed and is completely happy and content there. His foster family has found that leaving him baby gated in the dog-proofed kitchen area causes less stress than putting him in his crate when they are away and he sleeps quietly on his dog bed there with no issues. He will go into a crate but this leads to quite a scene and reaction upon doing so. For his safety, we recommend that be kept in a similar dog-proofed room without any dangers or other access to other dogs with a soft bed to lay in and a couple nylabones to keep him occupied throughout the day.
Medically, Fenway is in good health. He is on a daily joint supplement as he has slightly bowed legs in both the front and back (he can walk, jump and run just fine when he wants to but does not really have much desire to run or jump often) and his foster family suspects he may have some arthritis due to that. His foster home uses Dogzymes Phyto Flex which can most easily be found on chewy.com. Fenway has no currently known health issues. He has been neutered, HW tested, microchipped, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the all clear for adoption by our veterinarian!
Fenway would do well in almost any type of home, as long as any other pets in the home were very easy going and no young children were present. He enjoys a very calm, easy going lifestyle and is looking for a family who will be home to hang out with him and give him a forever home for the remainder of his years. He does okay with a few stairs but does not seem to enjoy going up or down them. He does not like to be picked up so a home with fewer or no stairs is preferable for him. Fenway enjoys his fenced yard at his foster families home and he is often found outside sunning himself on the back porch. A fenced yard will be preferred for him but is not a requirement for adoption. He may be able to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office IF it was a quiet, calm, dog friendly environment and he had his own space to hang out in. If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away at home as long as he has a nylabone or two to chew on and his people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Fenway please fill out an adoption application for him 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.