Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 6 months (11-15-2014)
Weight: 10 lbs
Adoption fee: ADOPTED!
Fenced Yard: Preferred
UPDATE: June, 2015 - Littlefoot has been adopted in WI!
Baby Littlefoot has found his version of the The Great Valley in his forever home!! Littlefoot was adopted as a special needs puppy due to a heart murmur/pulmonary stenosis. His new family was prepared for any special vetting, etc that he may need and were more than willing and able to tackle those issues, should they arise. Since his adoption, they have been working with their vets to find the best course of action for their new little guy. Turns out, after seeing the specialist in their area, their vet thinks that the "balloon technique" for puppies and dogs with heart mumurs and pulmonary stenosis will be an option for him, so they are going to move forward with that procedure for him! Hopefully, as long as everything goes as planned, he will be able to lead an even longer, happier, healthy life than we anticipated for him! We could not be happier to hear those results and we are over the moon for him! He has been settling into his new home and doing great! He has two kitties in his home to keep him company and his mommy and daddy get to take him to work almost every day with them. He has regular play dates with other doggies and, as an energetic and sometimes ornery, yet super super loving, smart and sweet puppy, we are sure he keeps his parents busy!
Congrats to Littlefoot and his new family!!
Littlefoot came into SNAFU Rescue after being surrendered to us by his breeder. Littlefoot had a heart murmur and his breeder did not feel comfortable selling him, so she reached out to us for help in placing him in a pet home. We were happy to help this cute little guy!
Littlefoot has just been a joy to foster, his foster family reports! He is a typical puppy, happy go lucky and lots of silly energy! He loves everyone he meets, including kitties, and loves to play with the other dogs in his foster home. He is great with gentle children, under supervision (he is a small little boy, so he is always supervised when he is around kids, to make sure he is kept safe).
Littlefoot is currently working on potty training. A regular schedule, consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training in his new home. Since he does well in his crate, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home so he is safe and secure while no one is home. He does not know danger and what is okay and not okay to chew on at this point!
Medically, Littlefoot is in good health, other than his heart murmur. He has had an ultrasound done on his heart, and while no holes or deformities are present in his heart, he has been diagnosed with a defect: Pulmonary Stenosis, a thickening of the tissue around one section of his heart, which causes his heart to beat with an irregularity. He does not need any type of heart medication at this time and shows no symptoms of having any issues wit his heart at this time. He is a happy, active puppy, but his heart should definitely be monitored by a veterinarian and cardiologist as he continues to grow. The Pulmonary Stenosis will likely cause his heart to weaken as he ages, so heart medication may benefit him at at later date. His current vet has given him a prognosis of 2-4 years, but it may be more or less, as it just depends on his heart and how fast or slow the Pulmonary Stenosis affects it. Since his lifespan will likely be shorter than a "regular" dog, we want him to have the best puppyhood he could possibly have. We will be very strict with "vetting" any potential adopters for him, as we want to make sure he is very loved and has the best life and care (both in home care and vet care) that he possibly can during his lifetime.
Please see this link for more information on Pulmonary Stenosis:
Littlefoot has no other known health issues. He has been neutered and is UTD on all of his vaccinations/wormings to date.
Littlefoot would do well in almost any type of home. He is still learning to go up and down stairs. We also think he'd do fine if his new family wanted to take him with them to the office. If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Littlefoot please fill out an adoption application for him today!