Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 5 years DOB: 04-25-16
Cats: Unknown, probably
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Meatball was surrendered to the SNAFU Rescue via a breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to live out her life as a cherished pet.
Meatball is an adorably sweet, kind, loving, laid back and most gentle English Bulldog you can meet. She will greet everyone that walks through the door with loving paws. Meatball is fast to make friends with every single person and furry being she meets. You can often find her playing with random toys but shoes are her kryptonite! You can easily distract Meatball with a good game of fetch. She will happily gallop after a thrown ball but that is where it stops. She has yet to learn she needs to bring it back… we think she is teaching her foster family to retrieve it!!! Meatball loves a perfectly suited bulldog walk, naps and cuddle time! Even though Meatball is unable to jump up on furniture, she will let you know she needs assistance when there is an open lap to be had. She is a typical chill Bulldog as she enjoys catching up on her beauty sleep. She is quite the snuggler so be prepared to have this cutie pie glued to your side. Meatball is a total couch potato and will curl up to keep her humans company while they tune into their favorite TV show. Really anywhere her people are you will find Meatball! She is a velcro Bulldog thriving most when she is around those she loves and those that offer her many treats and most importantly the attention she is seeking. Meatball is slowly learning to acclimate to new surroundings and it is important to remember that she is dealing with a big transition and as such will need a patient and understanding family. She currently lives with two furry foster siblings. Given her laid back and gentle personality, she gets along with them both great! We feel Meatball would do best in a home with a furry companion as she definitely would thrive mimicking proper dog behavior from other well-mannered dogs and would help Meatball boost her confidence. She relishes the attention from all humans and dogs but we feel she would do best in a home with children of any age that gentle and dog savvy. Meatball should always be supervised when she is around children to make sure she and they are kept safe.
Meatball is currently working on potty training. She does not have any accidents inside her crate but will have accidents near the door. Her foster mom reports Meatball is one week accident free!!! A routine, some patience, persistence and consistency is a MUST in order for her continued success! Meatball is a big copy cat and would emulate the behavior of another dog in the home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able and willing to continue working on potty training. Meatball is fully crate trained although she is not a fan of her crate causing her anxiety (which can result in head tremors; more info below in the next paragraph). Instead, Meatball is kept in a small dog safe room and will happily snooze the day away in her plush bed as well at bedtime. Given Meatball prefers to be around her humans at all times and is an amazing cuddler, we feel she would love to share a bed with her adoptive family.
Medically, Meatball seems to be in good health. She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Meatball does have benign head tremors. They are often caused by over excitement, anxiety and when she is begging for food while her foster mom is cooking in hopes something will fall to the floor (oh Meatball!). Medication did not improve her tremors and they do not cause her any pain. This condition does not progress into other neurological deficits and could spontaneously regress over time.
Meatball would do best in a home with a fenced yard (not required) and in a home that offered very few stairs as she is still learning how to properly go up and down (she is slow and cautious). She would not be a candidate for an apartment style or shared wall home as her bark is more of a scream and nothing can mask that noise!! Meatball would love to go to the office with her adoptive family as she desires the attention of her humans, is very mellow, sweet and loves attention from all people. If her new family cannot take her to the office- that is okay! Meatball is happy sleeping the day away in her dog safe room as long as she has furry pal to keep her company, a comfy bed and blanket as long as her adoptive family can arrange her a mid-day potty break for her. Meatball is an extremely sweet, gentle and easy going Bulldog with so much love to give! She is in need of a furry pal to show her the ropes of pet life, a little patience and would be a lovable loyal addition to any family!
If you are interested in Meatball and think you would be her perfect forever home, 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 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.