Foster Location: Akron, IA
Age: 3.5 years DOB: 3-21-16
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Holly came into SNAFU Rescue via a breeder release. Her breeder wanted her placed in a loving home to live the rest of her life as a cherished pet.
Holly is a quiet, calm, clumsy, relaxed and reserved Bulldog. Given her chill approach to life, it shouldn’t be a surprise that she passes each day enjoying many Bulldog snoozes, following around and snuggling her furry foster siblings, relaxing on her favorite spot on the couch and allowing her foster family to provide unlimited belly rubs. Holly truly is your typical bulldog couch potato as she would prefer to lounge around the house than pay attention to any loud noises that may be around her in her foster home. She really isn’t phased by much! After shadowing her foster siblings around the home, briefly chewing on a toy you can find darling Holly looking for someone to snuggle and take a nap with. Her favorite place is right next to any human in her foster home that will allow her to snuggle in close, provide belly rubs and offer her gentle bulldog kisses to. They really are adorbull! Holly isn’t too interested in wrestling or playing tug with the other dogs in her foster home as she is more of a follower than a leader and because she is experiencing a big change we are hopeful in time with a patient and understanding family to help her find comfort in new surroundings she finds interest in more typical “bulldog” behaviors. Holly is calm and gentle around other dogs and children of all ages. She graciously kisses and allows any human, big or small, to pet and snuggle up right next to her. We feel she would do okay with another calm, passive small dog in the home to provide her company or equally as happy as an only pet. As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children is a must and she should always be supervised to make sure she and they are kept safe.
Holly is nearly potty trained. Her accidents are few and far between. Her foster family happily reports she is accident free when her foster family is away from the home. Holly needs to find a signal for potty and her foster family reports she prefers company while outside. Patience, persistence and a consistent schedule is a must to help Holly become fully potty trained. As with all of our dogs, any adopter must be willing to continue working on potty training. Holly is absolutely despises their crate. It causes her GREAT anxiety (she would rather be with her humans at all times) and instead she is trusted in a small safe room in her foster home that has her soft comfy bed and a few toys. While she doesn’t love her ”room” she somewhat goes in there willingly. For her safety, a similar schedule and space is preferred when her humans are away from the home and/or when she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure.
Medically, Holly is a good health other than a grade 3 heart murmur. Thus far, she has had one echocardiogram (ultrasounds) done on her heart and has been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Dysplasia - which is a congenital defect and equates to one of the valves in her heart being malformed, which causes her heart to beat with an irregularity and is the cause of her heart murmur. We will be happy to provide her echocardiogram report to her potential adopters for review. At this time she is completely asymptomatic and does not currently show any signs of having issues with her heart, however, she will need to be closely monitored for any signs of heart disease or congestive heart failure as she ages (fatigue, weakness, lethargy, shortness of breath, fainting, etc). If any of these symptoms do happen to be noticed in the future, her veterinarian and veterinary cardiologist should be contacted immediately. Even though her murmur is stable, vigorous activity is NOT recommended (she is a bulldog so that will not be hard to manage!)! Holly is expected to have a normal bulldog lifespan however she will need a routine echocardiogram in one year to appropriately monitor her condition. The cost of one echocardiogram ranges from approx $400 at K-State in Kansas to approx $600 in the Omaha, Nebraska area. Please research cardiologists in your area to check on prices for future echocardiograms for her in the future as they will absolutely be required for her and can be more or less costly depending on the area in which you live! Potential adopters will need to have a veterinary cardiologist within reasonable driving distance in order to be approved to adopt her (3-4 hours max driving time). We will be very strict with "vetting" any potential adopters for her, as we want to make sure she is very loved and has the best life and care (both in home care and vet care) that she possibly can during her lifetime. Holly has been spayed, had a dental, updated on vaccinations/deworming and heartworm tested. Holly has a third eyelid that is slightly pronounced. It will require ongoing monitoring in the case it causes her future problems. Like many bulldogs, she needs a joint supplement to lubricate her joints (Dogzymes Phyto-flex). This daily supplement can be found on chewy.com or smile.amazon.com. She does have weak elbows that could cause arthritis in the future but outside of being a little clumsy they really do not seem to hurt or limit her. Holly doesn’t do well with stairs (either up or down) due to her joints but will aqueous if she needs to go outside or jump on her favorite soft to nap.
Holly would do best in a home with a family that appreciates her slower pace in life and one that allows this sweetheart a calm, comfy and loving environment. A home with a fenced yard or an apartment style home (she is as quiet as a mouse) with little to no stairs would be okay for her as Holly doesn’t move fast and would rather be glued to her humans! She is a great candidate for someone who works from home, has a stay-at-home parent or even wants to take her to the office (she travels very well)! Holly would sleep the day away in the office as long as she has her human with her and a comfy bed to lay on. Cannot take her to the office- that is okay! She would sleep the day away in her safe space as long as someone could arrange a mid-day potty break for her if her adoptive family schedule allows.
Holly is an old soul and if you are preparing to slow your life down, she just may be the perfect fit for your family. Please submit an 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 give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. 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.