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
Age: 1.5 years (DOB: 10-06-17)
Kids: 10 and Older, Dog Savvy
Adoption fee: $700
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Marco came into SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. His breeder wanted him to be placed in a loving
home, be spoiled and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Marco is a sweet, loving boy. He loves to play with other dogs but can be a bit shy when it comes to people. Marco is learning how to be a lovable bulldog and seems to be coming out of his shell more and more each day. He is a very fun boy and still very much a puppy. He loves chewing on Nylabones and Antlers and chasing around his ball toys. He loves to initiate play with his foster siblings and is very receptive to their cues if they aren’t in the mood to play. He also loves car rides! He will watch out the window before settling in for nap. He’s been on a few road trips and is a stellar passenger! He has been great with the older children in his foster home but, as with all dogs, he should always be supervised when he is around kids and other pets, to make sure both he and they are kept safe. As with all of our dogs, we always recommend slow introductions (with both other dogs and humans) when introducing a new dog to the household.
Marco is doing very well with potty training. His foster family reports he has had minimal accidents and has quickly settled into a routine. He has started to stand at the door to signal he needs to go out! He is a very smart boy and seems to be a quick learner! He does best if his person goes out with him in into the yard for potty breaks. A regular schedule, consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training success in his new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with him. He has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in his kennel during the night or when his foster family happens to leave the home. For his safety, he will need to keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or when he is left unsupervised to ensure he is safe and secure while no one is at home. He WILL get into things/chew things he is not supposed to if he is left unsupervised. Again, he absolutely cannot be left out while unsupervised!
Medically, Marco seems to be in overall good health. It is suspected that Marco may have a form of Pica. Pica is a medical issue referring to a dog's "craving" of a non-food item and the subsequent eating of said item. After coming into our care, Marco had to have surgery to remove foreign objects in his stomach that he had eaten. He *will* chew on and eat small things that are accessible to him or that he can get to that are left down on the ground including small pieces of dog toys that he can chew off (if he isn't being watched closely). Due to his history, he MUST be supervised very closely when out and about in the house. Think of it as a baby putting random things in their mouth and chewing on them and sometimes swallowing them. That is exactly what Marco will do if he's able. His adoptive home will absolutely *have* to make sure that things are picked up off of the floors and all areas that he has access to are dog proofed. IF he were to eat something and it were to cause a rupture or impaction, he would have to have surgery to remove any foreign items that were obstructing his stomach/intestines and a rupture could ultimately lead to his death. Again, he has already had surgery once for this issue.Monitoring and careful diligence is extremely important for his safety.
Marco also has a Grade 2 luxating patella (loose kneecap) in his right leg. With this, his kneecap may move out of place if it is overexerted. While there are surgical options to repair luxating patellas, at this time, our veterinarian does not feel it is necessary to pursue surgical repair due to it being a low grade subluxation along with the fact that it does not currently cause him any issues or pain. As with any Bulldog AND in order to be proactive with his luxating patella, it is imperative that he maintain a healthy weight (his current muscular stature/weight is perfect) to aid in avoiding flare ups and to help avoid any additional issues with his joints that being overweight would likely cause. He should also remain on a joint supplement for the remainder of his lifetime. He is currently on Dogzymes Phtyoflex which can be found at chewy.com, smile.amazon.com or whitedogbone.com. Marco has been neutered, had a dental, is microchipped, has been heartworm tested, is up to date on vaccinations/deworming and has been given the go ahead for adoption by our veterinarian!
Marco would do well in almost any type of home. A house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard), as he loves to explore in the yard and sunbathe on the patio. Marco would prefer a family that loves to spend time at home and will shower him with attention and cuddles, but he is also fine being left home in his kennel, so long as it’s not an extended period of time (more than 6-8hrs). He would be fine going to work with his people, as long as he could be supervised, and the area was dog proofed for his possible pica. If not, he would be happy to sleep the day away in his kennel with a blanket and a good (large) chew toy to keep him busy as long as his people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Marco, please submit an adoption application for him today!!