Foster Location: Joplin, MO
Age: 12 months (DOB: Unknown)
Adoption fee: $700
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Maximus came into SNAFU Rescue via a private party release. To no fault of his own, his owner wanted him placed in a loving home that can properly care for a young dog and the energy that comes along with a puppy.
Maximus is an active, playful, submissive, loving and energetic yet chill Boston Terrier puppy. He is overly enthusiastic when he has endless playtime with his furry friends! You can often find Max searching his foster home for his beloved toys in hopes someone will engage him in play. He adores all toys, carries around the plush/stuffed animals but his absolute favorite thing to do is chew on his nylabone. Max can literally spend hours gnawing away at his beloved bone. He can entertain himself for hours choosing one furry friend after another to horse around with (he has 4 furry foster siblings) but would love nothing more than to snuggle real close to his foster mom. When he isn’t burning off some energy indoors or outdoors, you can find Max requesting some nap time. He is the first to jump up on the couch, grab any available lap to cuddle and settle in to a much desired snuggle session or just lounge and watch his favorite TV shows. After his cuddle time with his humans, you can occupy Max’s time by offering him his favorite bone. Did we mention chewing on a bone twice? Yes we did! He loves it so much! Max has a timid and shy side when he meets new people. He first reacts very nervously and then will start to bark, not in an aggressive way rather in a way to draw attention to himself so they know he is present. Max will take a minute to warm up to new people but once he is warmed up he just wants all the love and attention from his new friends. Max is quite smart, curious and wanting to know where everything is so he must be supervised when wandering the home as he doesn’t know danger. Max is still a young puppy and will need firm leadership, consistent correction to help him learn proper dog behavior, learn proper dog manners and to know what is expected in his adoptive home. He is extremely smart so we know Max will be eager to learn and receptive to positive reinforcement . Max absolutely gets along well with every human he meets (big or small) after slow and proper introductions! He has interacted with children as young as 6 months and did great with all of them. He can get a little overwhelmed when first meeting active children but in no time he is requesting cuddles, pets and offering endless kisses (as well as hoping they offer him their snacks). Max’s foster family believes he would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, children of any age, a home with a balanced dog to learn the ropes from and one that is willing to be playful with him. Although we feel Max would do okay as an only dog we believe that he would THRIVE in a multi-dog home. As with all of our dogs, we recommend slow introductions between dogs AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog in your home to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Max is still working on potty training. He was just recently neutered and had been marking in his foster home. We believe the neuter will help cease this issue and in the interim Max has been wearing a bellyband to help limit his marking accidents. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with him, offering him a consistent schedule and work with him on a signal for potty. Maximus is crate trained, has not had any accidents but prefers not to be crated when his humans are home (or in general) as being away from his humans causes him some anxiety. He is only crated when his humans are away from the home for work or errands. Max does not prefer his crate at night (he will bark and let his foster family know how unhappy he is) as he would much rather share a human bed and snuggle in with his adoptive family. For his safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for him.
Medically, Maximus seems to be in great health! He has been neutered, microchipped, updated on vaccinations/dewormings and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Max seems to have some mild seasonal allergies that can be treated with a daily Zyrtec and a cytopoint shot during those high allergy months.
Maximus would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard due to his explorative nature, his love for the outdoors, his overall need for exercise and because he is still potty training (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). Max can be very vocal so we believe an shared-wall home is not ideal for him. He begs for exercise and a large yard to run and play would be the best fit for this fun-loving boy! Max is leashed trained, loves long walks and is a champ at the stairs. We know Max would thrive in a home with lots of people to love on him, one that can spend a lot of time with him and one with another dog for him to cuddle, play with and learn from. Max is not a good candidate for the office due to his nervousness around new people and his propensity to bark at strangers. Max would much rather have a family that has a stay at home/work from home parent as he really desires to be around his people as much as possible! You don’t have the availability to stay at home - that’s okay! He would happily sleep the day away as long as he has a furry buddy to keep him company, a comfy blanket to lay his head on and a plush toy to play with as long as his people can arrange a mid-day potty break or two for him. Ultimately, Max is an easy going young boy that wants to hang out on the couch on a lazy Sunday, offer his family unlimited snuggles and love.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Maximus, please submit 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.