Foster Location: Franklin, TN
Age: 5 years old (DOB: 9/22/13)
Kids: Yes! (Dog savvy)
Cats: No, Unknown
Adoption Fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Gertie 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!
Gertie is a curious and cautious girl and is slowly learning to live the life of a pampered pet. While Gertie is thrilled with her new life, it is important to remember that she is dealing with a big transition and as such, she has been somewhat shy and reserved, especially when you try and pick her up. Her foster family has provided her with lots of positive reinforcement and she is making good progress in this area. Gertie also responds well to firm, gentle, commands. Gertie hasn’t shown much interest in toys but she will chew on a chew toy (antler, bully stick, etc.) occasionally and she loves "playing with" toilet paper, pulling on rugs, towels and blankets when she can get away with it. Gertie’s favorite pastime is playing with the resident dogs and she handles rougher play with the younger pups just fine. Gertie is fed in her kennel as a matter of practice so food aggression with other dogs is not known. She has not been around cats while in foster care so, to err on the side of caution, we will be looking for a home without feline friends in her forever home. Although she hasn’t shown much interest in her 6 year old human brother, she does coexist well with the older high school and college age kids that come and go throughout the day. Gertie should always supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe. She is shy at first but she does warm up to new people somewhat easily. She can be a bit of an escape artist and will try and escape through the front door so her adoptive family will need to be very diligent about making sure she is always wearing an ID tag and watching her very closely when people are coming and going.
Gertie is progressing with potty training but is not yet completely potty trained. She has had some accidents in the house so a regular, consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. Gertie usually tends to sleep on the floor as she does not show any interest in dog beds. She will lay next to the resident dogs on the floor, couch and bed but has not gotten into a dog bed at all. Gertie is somewhat of a LOUD snorter and will grunt when walking around the house. If you are looking for a quiet girl who doesn't snore at night, she may not be the one for you. Gertie only stays in her kennel when her family is away from home. Although she is hesitant to go in, she is fine and is given treats as positive reinforcement. 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 as she tends to get into things such as toilet paper, etc. when not closely supervised. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Gertie is in good health and has no known health issues. 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!
Gertie would do well in almost any type of home, but since she is still working on potty training, a house will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling. She would do well with a fenced yard because she doesn’t come when called and is still learning how to walk on a leash. 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 Gertie, 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.