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.
Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 1 year old DOB: 07-21-20
Kids: Yes, 7 years or older
Cats: Probably Not
Dogs: Yes (THIS IS A MUST)
Adoption Fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Please read Malibu's BIO very carefully before submitting an application!!
Malibu found her way into SNAFU via a breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled, loved, live out her life as a cherished pet and properly care for her medical needs.
Malibu is an active, playful, attention seeking, social, outgoing and friendly little Frenchie girl. She is the life of the pawty! There really isn’t any activity Malibu doesn’t like. She loves to surf (safely) on a raft in the pool, is the belle of the ball at her weekly visits to doggy day care, enjoys the warm water during bath time, jumps (kind of) in the car into her car seat as she loves every adventure with her foster family. You can find Malibu romping around the house with a squeaky toy in tow shaking it up and down with excitement. She is a curious one and will still explore every inch of her foster home (even though she has been in foster care >11mo) . Malibu has an affinity for the outdoors and often requests time outside to take in all the smells. Most of her outdoor time is spent on frenchie suited walks, just exploring every inch of her fenced yard or hunting for bunnies (oh Malibu-bear). She fancies jaunts around the neighborhood often suggesting that her walks are more of a sprint and not a marathon! After a perfectly suited walk for her size, she will request a game of tug-of-war, fetch or even a little gentle wrestling around with her beloved foster brothers. Yes, Mali-boo boo, as she is affectionately called in her foster home, is all play, play and more play! Once she decides the fun and excitement is over, Malibu will search for her beloved nylabone or benebone and plop herself on a rug or any comfy spot she can find to nibble her prized possession. Malibu is such a cuddle bug!! She will always look for her people to partake in a cuddle session during her snooze. Malibu ALWAYS will rest her chin on the leg, arm or belly of her snuggle partner. She truly just wants to be with her people all the time as she finds comfort in their presence and the attention she is offered (or that she BEGS for). After a much needed puppy nap, she is off circling the house following her foster siblings around, mimicking their behaviors and stealing their toys. Malibu’s overall fun, happy disposition allows her to get along with her furry foster siblings that are similar in size (bigger dogs give her pause). Malibu has a very lovable temperament which is favorable when she is around other dogs. She has yet to meet any human, big or small, that she hasn’t fallen head over paws for. Because of her lighthearted disposition, we feel Malibu will do perfectly well with playful, young dogs her size (or slightly larger) and with dog savvy, gentle, respectful children 7 years or older. Malibu is still a young dog and she comes with all the puppy tendencies; finger nibbles, jumping, etc. She is in need of some basic puppy training to learn what is expected of her in the home. We also feel Malibu would thrive in a multi-dog household as she emulates other dog behaviors and picks up quickly on what is expected in the home and proper dog manners (this is NOT optional for her). In addition, Malibu does exceptional as part of a pack and will need one of her own to be her happiest. Slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and she should always be supervised to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Malibu is still working on potty training (sigh). Although she is ~ 95% potty trained, she will need a consistent schedule to help as she does best on a routine. Her accidents are VERY few and far between but they will occasionally occur (usually when she has urgency and she is unable to communicate that she has to go). As with all of our dogs, any adopter must be patient and willing to continue working on her potty training success as she acclimates to her new home and surroundings. Malibu is in need of a CONSISTENT outside routine, positive reinforcement and a signal for potty. She is 100% crate trained and does not have any accidents in her crate however she does have some mild crate anxiety. That said, she is safely crated with one of her foster brothers for comfort. She sleeps quietly when her foster family happens to be away from the home and adorably will rest her chin on the back of her foster brother. Malibu does sleep in her foster family's bed at night and that routine must be kept for her to mitigate her anxiety.
Malibu has been spayed, microchipped, heartworm tested, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the okay to adopt by our veterinarian. Does Malibu sound too good to be true…yes she does! She has some, well many medical requirements that make her a unicorn. Her ongoing care is imperative and must be kept in order for her continue her ongoing success. Her adopter must be located within 30-45 miles of a internal medicine specialist that specializes in gastroenterology. Please research a specialist in your area and cost. They will absolutely be required for her and care may be more or less costly depending on where you live. Malibu has been diagnosed with focal erosive colitis with E.Coli and inflammatory bowel disease with surface yeast. She will require a yearly check up/full exam from her specialist (in addition to regular veterinary care) to ensure her GI health remains in a good place. She has successfully completed treatment for the E.Coli and will need to remain on medication for at least 3 more months to treat the yeast (monthly cost of the med is ~ $35). She often has flare ups of both IBD and colitis (mostly from stress) and MUST be kept on a VERY strict diet (no table food whatsoever). Malibu’s stool will often have blood in it/or just on her bottom and her stool can be soft at times. This is her normal and is not cause for concern at this time. Her bottom must be properly wiped/cleaned every time she goes to the bathroom. She is fed a single protein kibble along with a cooked diet (well cooked/well drained low fat ground beef and cooked sweet potatoes) that is prepared weekly. This diet keeps has kept Malibu's IBD in check. Malibu also must be kept on a daily prescription probiotic (cost is ~ $40 per month). She receives drops in her eyes in the evening as her left eye does not properly close tightly and can get dry (a tube is ~$14); this can be found on www.smile.amazon.com or www.chewy.com. She has VERY deep folds and must be cleaned 2x a day to avoid infection (duoxo pads work great for her nose fold). In addition, Malibu does suffer from both food allergies and seasonal allergies. A full allergy report will be provided to the adopter and she must receive a daily Zyrtec and receive a cytopoint shot during high allergy months. Malibu has a very flat face and is unable to eat out of a normal bowl. She eats most successfully out of a Fluff Trough (www.flufftrough.com).
Malibu would do great in any type of home since she is a champ at going up and down stairs and is leash trained! Since she does love to explore the yard, has a tendency to run, play and hunt so a house with a completely closed fenced yard will be preferred for her (as opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). Since Malibu is quite a people's pup, we think she would love to go to work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office. She is in need of some basic training before entering the work space but with some consistent work she would do just fine! Ultimately, Malibu would prefer a permanent stay at home or work from home parent. She does have anxiety when she is away from her people and this can cause her stress which will flare her colitis. Malibu is a little snuggle bug looking for a home that has an active family to dote on her, can be included in most family outdoor activities, can offer her the exercise she desires and lots of love and attention. Malibu is such a goofy little girl that will offer a family so much joy, love and happiness. Please be prepared for the ongoing care requirements that are needed to take care of a young medical dog. Malibu is full of energy and needs a family that is willing and able to match her levels! She is a unicorn dog that requires A LOT of ongoing daily care. Malibu is worth every single wipe, pill, and minute prepping her food. This girl LOVES hard and deep.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Malibu, please submit an adoption application for her today.