Foster Location: Naperville, IL
Age: 4 years (DOB: 5-29-14)
Kids: 14 years and older
Dogs: NO! No Exceptions!
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Please read George’s below bio very carefully before submitting an application!!
George was lovingly surrendered to rescue due to behavioral issues with other dogs. George loves humans and is very well behaved with them but isn’t a fan of other dogs. He prefers to be an only dog, although he does not seem to react to other dogs on walks, in stores or at the vet as long as they keep a respectful distance. He does not appreciate other dogs in his home or in his personal space.
Despite his quirks, George is a great dog who is happy, loving, friendly and playful! His favorite thing is being near and with his people. George’s foster family reports that he is just about perfect and will make some lucky family a perfect companion. George is happiest when he gets to hang out with with his people - be prepared for a shadow dog because he loves to follow his people around everywhere! He is a very quiet boy who will sit and watch you and be perfectly happy just knowing you are near. It was reported that he had some issues with resource guarding in the past but his foster home reports that he has not shown any signs of this while in their home. His foster mom regularly feeds him by hand and moves his food away from him while he is eating with no signs of aggression. George does not enjoy the company of other dogs. He will not react to other dogs and shows good avoidance with them (he will turn his back and ignore them as long as they keep their distance. Sometimes he will even sit and watch them but when they come near, he does NOT want to interact with them and if he feels threatened he may show signs of aggression. Due to his random but minimal (1% of the time maybe) outbursts that could result in a bite, he will not be able to be placed in a household with young children under the age of 14 years old. George will be happiest in a home that will provide firm, consistent leadership and someone who is able and willing to accept all the love he has to offer as an only dog.
George is 100% house trained. He has not had any potty accidents since coming to his foster family's home. As with any dog, a regular and consistent schedule will help with continuing his potty training success in his new home. George’s foster family has found that leaving him loose in a dog-proofed room causes less stress than putting him in his crate when they are away. He will go in a crate but doesn’t enjoy it and will cry while he is crated. For his safety, we recommend that he be kept in a similar dog-proofed room with a soft bed to lay in and a couple nylabones to keep him occupied throughout the day.
Medically, George seems to be in excellent health now that he has lost some weight. George came into foster care a bit overweight and his foster family has helped him get into shape with regular walks, which he loves. He’s not a picky Frenchie and will walk perfectly on a leash in rain or cold. As with most Frenchies and short nosed breeds, he is very sensitive to heat so short walks during the warm months are important. George currently takes 20mg daily of Fluoxetine (generic Prozac) to help with reducing stress and anxiety. George has no currently known health issues. He has been neutered, HW tested, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
George would do well in almost any type of home, as long as there are no dogs or young children present. He seems to do fine with stairs so a home with stairs would be no issue for him. A home with a fenced yard is preferred for him, but is not a requirement for adoption. George would be a wonderful office dog if he was able to go to work with his new family IF it was dog friendly environment and he had his own space to hang out in without other dogs. 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 a mid day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for George 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.