Foster Location: Akron, IA
Age: 6.5 years DOB: 5-27-13
Kids: Yes, 14yrs or older
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Francesca came into the SNAFU Rescue via a breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving home and spend the rest of her years being a spoiled pet.
Francesca (known as Franny) is a sweet but nervous, laid back, calm, lazy little Frenchie girl that has small bouts of excitement and energy. She enjoys Kong toys covered in peanut butter and can be found searching for a deer antler when the mood strikes her. Franny’s happy place is in the presence of her people requesting her precious head scratched and her tummy rubbed. She has a silly habit of hoarding! Oh yes, Franny will take bath mats, rugs, towels and socks and bring them into her crate. She thinks they are all hers! If a random sound in the background surfaces when Franny’s is gathering her favorite items, enjoying a chew toy or relaxing next to her foster family she will immediately retreat to her safe spot; her crate. Franny is unsure of loud noises, new situations, new people and unfamiliar items that may be lying around the foster home. Franny is in need of a patient, low key/calm and understanding family that can help her build confidence in a new environment. She will also need a family who is willing to spend extra time with her, providing the space she requires, offer her ongoing patience and introduce her to slowly to new things to build her confidence. Franny currently lives with several furry foster siblings and will occasionally interact with them. She will watch the movements of her furry friends through the open crate door and will even join the pack when it is time to go outside. She does get spooked easily by their activity or sudden movements/noises which on two occasions caused Franny to snap at the other dogs in her home. She is watched closely around the other animals to make sure nothing triggers her to bite at them. Franny is experiencing a big change and because of that she is in need of firm and consistent leadership, positive reinforcement (she is treat motivated and will offer you a butt wiggle when presented with her favorite snack) to help her to learn proper dog manners in her adoptive home. She seems to get along well with every human she meets (big or small). Franny is shy at first but can easily be won over with some pets and belly rubs. However, due to the possibility of sudden temperamental changes, we think she would do best in a home that has dog savvy, calm, gentle children 14 years or older. Slow introductions and supervision around children is a must to be sure they and she are kept safe. She is slowly learning manners, however she does resource guard items, her people and her space and that is why we think she would do best and be happiest if placed in a home as an only dog.
Franny’s foster family happily reports she is 95% potty trained when kept on a consistent schedule. She will have an occasional accident but they are few and far between. Her adoptive family must be willing to continue to keep her on a regular and consistent schedule to help with her continued potty training success in her new home. Franny is fully crate trained and often seeks the comfort of her safe space when feeling insecure. For her safety, we recommend that she offered a comfy and secure space that she can easily retreat to when needed. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Franny seems to be in good health. She was diagnosed with Heartworms upon coming into rescue. She went through treatment and the last test was negative but will have to be retested again in December. Franny also has some allergies which are treated by a specific diet (Purina Pro-plan Sensitive Skin/Salmon and Rice) and with a daily skin supplement (PetHonesty SKinHealth Supplement; $24.99 for a 90 day supply) which can be found on smile.amazon.com. (A list of her allergies will be provided to the adoptive home.) She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested and has been given the okay to adopt by our veterinarian.
Franny would be happiest in a house with a fenced yard (opposed to a multiple floor, shared walled apartment style dwelling with no yard) due to her skittish nature, her occasional bark, her inability to proficiently walk on a leash and her uneasiness with stairs. Ideally, Franny is searching for a family that has a work from home or stay at home parent. We don’t think she is a candidate for an office environment unless she had a safe space to easily retreat to. She is completely happy sleeping the day away in her crate as long as her people can arrange a mid day potty break for her. Again, Franny is still learning the ways of pet life, learning to trust and is in need of a calm family to help build her confidence. Franny would love a family that can offer her companionship, unlimited pets and scratchies. She is a great candidate for a car ride! She loves to sit in her car seat, soak up the scenery knowing she is enjoying the time with her people which can be noticed from the sweet look in her eyes.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Francesca, please submit 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.