Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 5 years (DOB: 10-09-13)
Kids: Yes, calmer, respectful children
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Maddie came into SNAFU Rescue via commerical breeder auction.
Maddie foster family reports that she is the sweetest girl you will ever know! Her favorite past times are napping and snuggles with/being closer to her people! Maddie is still learning and adjusting to life in a home environment. She frightens easily when someone in her foster family reaches for something suddenly or moves suddenly, and with any sudden or unexpected movement she will cower and run away. We hope that with time she can learn to be a bit more trusting and relax a bit more but, so far, she has been slow to progress in this category. She will need a family that is patient, calm and willing to continue working with her on learning to trust. Maddie gets along with and snuggles and plays with the other dogs in her foster home. Maddie has been around a dog savvy cat in her while in foster care and seems to do just fine with having a feline friend around! She is very good with small children although very timid and, again, quick and fast movements tend to startle her in which she will retreat. We feel that she would do fine with calm, easy going dog savvy children. As with any dog, she should always supervised when she is around children, to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Maddie is currently still working on potty training. While she has been doing a great job with going potty outside, and has made a lot of progress as time passes, she is not *quite* 100% yet. She does best with a regular and consistent schedule. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be able to be given to her and will be the best tools for helping her succeed in her adoptive home! As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. She also needs to be monitored when outside as she will eat her waste if she is not monitored and her people are not watching her. The best way to avoid this issue, is to supervise her for potty breaks and pick up any waste in the yard immediately. 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 her inside the home.
Medically, Maddie seems to be in good health. She will need her floppy ear cleaned frequently to avoid ear infections in that ear. As with many frenchies, she may have mild allergies and she currently takes a daily generic Zyrtec in her foster home to keep her comfortable. She was also treated for a UTI when she first came into foster care. Her urine PH was high (it should be more acidic than it was) so she also currently takes Dogzymes Cran Tri C supplement daily with her meals as a proactive measure to ensure her urine PH is staying lower and more acidic in order to help avoid reccuring UTI's and to help avoid any crystals forming in her bladder/urine. She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Maddie would do great in any home but we feel she would thrive in a home with another playful brother or sister dog as she really wants to play with the older dog in her foster home but her foster sister just doesn't show much interest in playing with other doggies. Also she is still working on potty training, and does not know how to potty on a leash at this time so, while it is not a firm requirement for her adoption, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). She has done very well with learning stairs so far and seems to do just fine with them, so a home with stairs would be just fine for her. We also think she'd be fine going to work with her new family if it was a quiet and easy going work environment. If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem - she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel with a nylabone to chew on as long as her people can arrange a mid day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Maddie, 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 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.