Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 7 years (7-4-2011)
Weight: 29 lbs
Kids: 14 years and older, no exceptions!
Dogs: Maybe, easy going & submissive
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Strongly preferred
Please read Louie's below bio very carefully before submitting an application!!
Louie was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue due to behavioral issues. Louie is leery and apprehensive about new places and takes time to warm up to new people. He does have a bite history, and for this reason he requires a home with absolutely NO contact with children.
Despite his quirks, Louie is a great dog, who is happy, loving, friendly and playful (he really likes to lounge, snuggle and be lazy too, of course!) Louie's foster home reports he has been a wonderful house guest. In his past, Louie has bitten a stranger adult and a child (who were not members of his immediate family and he did not know). For this reason he should not allowed around children at all to ensure both his and their safety. He views outside people as "intruders" in his home. When he first arrived at his foster home, it took him a little while to warm up, but within a week he was cuddling in his foster mom's lap. He needs time to get to know and trust new people. He loves to snuggle and receive hugs and kisses from foster mom. So far, he seems to be apprehensive of all new people, but once he lears to trust, he forms strong bonds and is very protective of them. When his foster mom comes home from work, he does a little happy wiggly dance around the house! Louie visited his foster grandparent's house for Christmas and was distrustful of them for the first day. They were patient and ignored him and gave him space and by the second day he was snuggling and allowing pets from them. Again, he seems to bond strongly with immediate family members but overall is untrusting of strangers. He will need to be closely supervised when adult visitors come over, and if children will be visiting he needs to be confined to a kennel at all times. He must have a firm, consistent leadership in his adoptive home, just as he does with his foster family. Louie loves to play with his squeaky balls and will play fetch for short periods, but then he's ready for a nap and is content to snuggle with his people and watch some TV. While in foster care he has spent a little time meeting new dogs and seems to do best with other easy going, submissive dogs. He can be a little resource guardy with toys from time to time but corrects easily with firm verbal correction from his foster mom. He has lived with a cat in his previous home and did not have any issues getting along with the cat.
Louie 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. Louie will go into his crate if bribed with treats, but he prefers and does fine with being left in a baby gated dog proofed area of the home with a comfy bed and couple sturdy chew toys to keep him busy. In true Frenchie fashion, he loves to sleep and can easily sleep away the day if he has a soft and warm place to do so. For his safety, we recommend that he continue a similar routine in his adoptive home and be kept in a dog proofed room/area without any dangers and/or no other dogs present during the daytime while his family is away from the home.
Medically, Louie is in good health. He does have some mild allergies which can cause him some itching. He was recently started on Cytopoint (monthly injection for allergies). He also has trouble with his paw pads swelling and becoming inflamed. When he first came to the rescue, one of his paw pads was raw and had small open sores. He completed a course of antibiotics and it has improved, but it may be somewhat of a chronic issue. High quality dog food (no table food) will help his paws continue to heal. His paws also can be washed using a medicated soak. He has been neutered, had a dental, HW tested, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Louie would do well in almost any type of home, as long as there are no dogs with confrontational personalities or young children present. He seems to do fine with stairs so a home with stairs would be no issue for him. Louie enjoys running around the fenced back yard for exercise when his family is home. He is often found outside sunning himself when the weather is nice. He does not do well walking on a leash and pulls quite aggressively. His foster home recently started using a training collar and this improved his leash manners, but they still have some work to do. For this reason it is strongly preferred that he be adopted by a family that has a fenced yard. Due to his stranger anxiety/aggression he will probably not be a good candidate to go to work with his people. He's completely happy sleeping the day away in his soft bed 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 Louie, 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.