1st day in rescue
Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 6 years (7-7-2010)
Dogs: Yes - maybe one other submissive dog
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Macie came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased privately from a commercial breeder to prevent her being sold at auction.
Unfortunately, Macie didn't have a great life before she came to rescue and her breeder was not honest with us about her condition before she came to us. He told us she was completely healthy and had no issues at all. Keep in mind, we never turn away dogs due to medical issues, but we do appreciate when we are told about a dog's issues before they come to us so that we can talk with our our vet to put a plan in place ahead of time for their medical care that they may need (and deserve) and also so that we can prepare financially, if needed, with fundraisers before the dog comes to us. Just to give you an idea of her condition, Macie had extremely long, curled toe nails, her color was a gray and tannish color instead of white and red, and both of her eyes had severe Entropian. With her, severe Entropian means that both the top and bottom eye lids on both of her eyes were rolled in, causing her eyelashes to touch, rub and constantly scratch her eyes. You can just imagine how she felt with that condition! In turn, the entropian caused scratches/ulcers on her eyes, causing severe inflammation and affecting her vision greatly. Initially we were afraid she might be blind when we first got her as she could not see well at all and constantly ran into things in her foster home. Luckily, she landed with us and we have an absolutely wonderful veterinarian who helped us get her into surgery within just a few days of arriving into our rescue so that she could her eyes fixed in order to give her some much needed relief. Now that she has had the surgery to correct the entropian, we are happy to report that she no longer has any trouble navigating around the yard or inside of her foster home and she seems to be able to see pretty well now that the inflammation is gone and her eyes are healing up! Hurray! Her vision may still be slightly limited with a bit of cloudyness due to the past ulcers and scarring her eyelids caused for the first 6 years of her life. While it will still take some time, we are hoping that as her eyes continue to heal, those light scars will also heal and lessen even more over time, allowing even more of that cloudyness to resolve.
Despite her past and her initial insecurities and lack of socialization when she first came to us, she is a very loving, happy girl and has been doing great about adjusting to life as a pet in her foster home. She seems to get along well with every human she meets, adult or child and does pretty well with the other dogs in her foster home, though seems to do best with other easy going, laid back dogs. Macie does do a bit of resource guarding with her kennel and, as with so many dogs in general, she needs to be fed inside of her kennel to avoid issues with the other dogs during dinner time.
Macie is doing great on potty training! While her foster family reports that she has been an excellent with going potty outside with rarely any accidents (yay!), a regular, consistent schedule will help with her continued success with potty training in her new home. She has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in her kennel during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. 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. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of and how to be a pet.
Medically, Macie now seems to be in great health and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! She has been spayed, had a dental, had corrective eye entropian surgery on the top and bottom lids of both eyes, and is now updated on vaccinations/wormings. Due to her past eye ulcers, she receives lubrication in both of her eyes, as needed, to ensure that her eyes stay moist and are able to continue healing correctly. She may not need the lubrication forever (her foster home has been able to cut down on it significantly already as her eye lids continue to heal), but this is her current routine in her foster home. As said before, due to her living in a commercial breeder kennel and not receiving any maintenance for her eyes when her eyelids were constantly scratching and rubbing her eyes, she does have some mild scarring over her corneas and may have cloudyness over her eyes. Again, we are hoping with time this will continue to lessen (it has already improved tenfold since her surgery) and she is doing well and though her vision may be slightly limited, it no longer affects her ability to get around and see reasonably well. She is SUPER great about receiving her eye lubrication though and just patiently waits for her foster mom to put it in each eye and then just happily goes about her day!
Macie would do well in almost any type of home but since she is still working on potty training, and does not know how to potty on a leash, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). She has been doing very well about learning stairs while in her foster home. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office. She is a quiet girl, and loves to just hang out near her people! If not, she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Macie, please submit an adoption application for her today!!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be a 2-3 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. :-)