Foster Location: Ward, AR
Age: 7 years (DOB: 2-10-2014)
Kids: Yes, teenage or older
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Liv was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via a private party, she needed to be in a home with no other pets. Liv has a bite history and will require diligent, calm, firm and consistent leadership in her adoptive home.
Liv is an active, intelligent, attention seeking and outgoing Frenchie who can also be timid and nervous around new people in her home. When Liv isn’t chewing on her favorite buffalo horn or nylabone you can find her requesting some chill time and a good snuggle with her beloved humans. After a cuddle session, Liv slowly searches for a bouncy ball to gently play with. Liv loves plush toys but unfortunately cannot have them as she decides the inside stuffing is more enjoyable than the actual toy. Oh Liv! Even if she is closely watched, she still finds a way to ingest the stuffing. Her playtime is limited as she has been recently diagnosed with IVDD. Liv often has one speed and can turn a gentle play session into one that is too active for her back issues therefore her playtime should be closely monitored and limited (more info can be found in the medical part of the BIO). One minute she is super playful and the next she is ready to chill. During her chill time, you can find Liv being extra lazy (typical frenchie) and will grab a comfy spot on one of her many beds to take a much desired snooze. Liv resource guards her humans and her home but not her food/food bowls or toys. She attended formal training to help with her resource guarding but it is a constant work in progress. Liv is currently living as an only dog and will need to remain as an only dog. She was unable to play "nice in her previous home. As mentioned, she guards her humans and has a bite history. She has two bites on record both because Liv was guarding her home and her space. She shows aggression only in her home and around her people (she views this as high value). She is not fond of children. From observing her behavior, we believe it’s because they are too quick with their movements for her. Although her aggression seems to only be in her home, for Liv’s safety and the safety of others in the home we suggest she is the only animal in the home. Because Liv loves positive attention, can be lovable and responsive to her favorite treats we believe with the proper structure, a family that can offer firm leadership, be consistent in their efforts, patient and willing to work on proper dog behaviors we believe Liv’s behavioral issues can be worked through if her triggers are kept at a minimum. In addition, being the only pet will help remove the triggers Liv has with resource guarding. Liv gets timid and nervous around new people in her home as she is protecting her space. Her foster family believes she would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, teenage children or older AND in a home as the ONLY pet. As with all of our dogs, we recommend slow introductions AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog in your home to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Liv is 100% potty trained. In order for Liv to continue to be successfully potty trained in her new home her new family must be willing to keep her on a strict schedule, be willing to work with her on a signal for potty and offer her favorite treats and praise (she loves encouragement). Liv is fully crated trained and remains accident free in her crate. She does sleep quietly in her crate when her foster family happens to leave the home and at night. For her safety, we recommend she remains in her crate when her humans are away from the home and a that a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for her.
Medically, Liv seems to be in good health. She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, microchipped, heartworm tested and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian. Liv was diagnosed with IVDD (Intervertebral disk disease) in September 2020. Her back must remain closely monitored. Because of this, her activity must be limited. She should never jump on or off elevated items, refrain from vigorous exercise and remain off of furniture as she has the tendency to play superwoman and jump off in a flash (so doggy stairs are not recommended for her). Liv also has IBD (Irritable bowel disease). Liv is on a joint supplement to and should remain on Phyto-flex to help with her joints (which can be found on smile.amazon.com or chewy.com). Liv also is on a Prozac (to help her behavioral issues) and thyroid medication to help keep maintain proper levels. She is currently on Acana: Wild Atlantic food and Tylan powder (prescribed by our veterinarian) twice daily on her food. She is on Dogzymes Complete to aid with digestion. Her 10mg 1x per day Prozac (pill not capsule) is currently on the $4.00 plan at Wal-Mart. It is the pill not the capsule. She is on Levothyroxine: 3mg: 1 tablet twice a day for her thyroid.
Liv would do well in a single level home with little to NO stairs, a family that can spend a lot of time with her and willing to dedicate the time to offer her the proper structure to thrive in her adoptive home. A house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling) as Liv needs to be the only pet and shared apartment spaces will slow down her ability to grow and trigger unwanted behavior. She loves to soak up the sun in the cool grass, loves the outdoors but due to her IVDD she is not a candidate for long walks. Liv is searching for a quiet family that doesn’t have frequent house guests and would prefer a stay at home or work from home family member, although that is not required. Due to her uneasiness around new people and her previous bite history, we do not think Liv would make a great office dog. Liv can sleep the day away in her crate with a comfy blanket as long as her people can arrange a midday potty break for her.
Liv truly is a TOTAL sweetheart! She adores her people and loves a good snuggle. Given the chance, with the proper discipline, structure, patience and love Liv will thrive into being the diamond in the rough she really is. Her foster family reports "Liv is the life of the party! Well, the parties where she invites only who she wants to invite! She reminds us of Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory”. She’s weird and feisty on the outside, but caring and loving on the inside. Now rest assured, one can not resist her sass and wit and she is sure to dazzle you with her charm and what she calls magical powers! Liv thinks her humans are off the charts and does her best to make sure they are always all smiles. She thrives and does her best when she is on a structured routine and knows what her humans are doing at all times. She’s a “nosey nellie” if you ask me, but she will never admit that to anyone! Well, that’s our Liv in a nutshell! If you check off all the boxes on her biography then stop and look no further because you may have found your perfect match!"
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Liv, 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.