Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 1 year (DOB: 08-01-18)
Kids: Yes! 12 years or older
Cats: Unknown, No
Dogs: Yes! Active, easy going, playful dogs
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Minnie was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out her life as a cherished pet!
Minnie is a happy, derpy and silly girl. She is a very energetic and active Frenchie and no place is out of reach for Minnie! She must be supervised closely when out and about in the house as she will try to jump and climb her way to wherever she thinks she wants or needs to explore. Minnie is very much still in her puppy stage and, like so many puppies, she had some issues with chewing on items that she wasn't supposed to when she first came to her foster family. They have been working with her on what is okay and not okay to chew and her chewing has slowly gotten better with time and training. Her foster family reports that as long as she is closely supervised and has a couple of nylabones/chew toys spread out the house and in her kennel she seems to do better. Again, supervision and continued training is important so that she doesn't fall back into bad habits! Minnie's favorite past times are going for walks when it's nice weather out, mischievously body slamming her foster brother when he's not looking, chewing on her Nylabones and following her people around. Minnie is *extremely* social towards humans and other dogs almost to a fault. She can get a bit carried away with saying hello at times as she tends to play nip when she gets excited. Her foster family has been working with her on this but, due to her tendency to play nip and jump when she is overly excited, we don't feel she'd be a good match for families with small children under 12 years old. She loves being around children (and everyone for that matter!) but she doesn't have enough experience with small kids and has play nipped at a child on one occasion. She was corrected immediately but to err on the side of caution, she will be looking for an adoptive family with dog savvy kids 12 years or older. Minnie's foster family feels she would thrive being with other dogs, probably more so with easy going, friendly dogs that have the patience and an energy level to match hers. Since she loves wrestling and rough housing with other dogs during playtime, she would also need other dogs that wouldn't mind a young dog around that loves to play and still has a LOT of puppy energy! She doesn't get much wrestle time with the resident Frenchie in her foster home as he is an older, grumpier Frenchie, BUT she loves to go play with the neighborhood puppies or bigger dogs that don't mind rough housing and wrestling during play times. Minnie has not been around cats in her foster home, so to err on the side of caution, a home with no cats in the home will be required for her.
Minnie is urine and fecal incontinent. Minnie will need an adoptive family that won't mind expressing her and changing her diapers for probably the rest of her life. Ideally, her adoptive parents would have some experience (or at least educated and thoroughly prepared themselves) with incontinent and/or medically challenged dogs. Minnie has been crate trained for both during the night time and when her foster parent is away from the home/unable to supervise her (showering, bathroom breaks, etc.). She does tend to whine in wee hours of the morning if she is placed in her kennel the night before and can't see her people. Her current routine is that she sleeps in her crate at night but is still within a close enough distance to be able to have her foster parents within her sight and with this small compromise, she will sleep through the night. She also barks sometimes for the first 10-15 minutes of being kenneled during the day when her foster family leaves for work, but settles down after and will sleep or chew on her nylabones until her foster family returns home from work. Her diaper stays on while she's in the kennel although it is recommended that a reusable diaper is placed over the disposable diaper to prevent any messes while her people are away. 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. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Minnie seems to be in good health other than being urine and fecal incontinent. Minnie has gone to our regular veterinarian and an Eastern Medicine veterinarian (who practices acupuncture) to attempt to find a cause and/or a possible solution to her urinary and bowel incontinence. Although her foster family is happy to report that her hind legs and lower back are stronger than when she first came into rescue, her incontinence is still present. She has no instinct to squat to pee/poop so she likely will have to wear diapers for the rest of her life. Minnie might benefit from manual expression outside of the house (backyard) but her incontinence is likely to be a lifelong issue that the adoptive family will need to manage. As long as she is kept clean to prevent any infections and her raw diet as maintained (to keep the poop at manageable sizes and quantities) Minnie should be able to live a pretty normal life. Maintaining a raw diet is not a requirement for adoption but is *strongly* recommended. Minnie has been spayed, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, is microchipped and has been given the all clear for adoption by our veterinarian!
Minnie would be a great addition to any family as long as a routine is established, she follows her prescribed diet, and has a healthy outlet for her energy. Minnie would do well with a firm, experienced dog parent that has the time and energy to train her and provide ample exercise/outlets for her puppy energy. A home with stairs would be just fine for her. Minnie has always been a daredevil when it comes to stairs! Even when her hind legs were still very weak she would always try to climb up and down outside steps (her foster family does not have stairs inside their home). After her alternative therapy treatments her legs have gotten much stronger and she is a lot more graceful but still has an occasional stumble if she gets too excited. While a fenced yard is not a requirement for adoption, it is strongly preferred. We feel that a home with a fenced yard would likely work best for potential training and would help provide a safe, easy supervised, outlet for her puppy energy. We just know she would love to do her daily zoomies in a securely fenced in area, if possible! We also feel she would probably do better in a fenced in yard for manual bladder expressions. Ultimately, Minnie would best fit a family that is willing to clean up after her messes (which her foster family reports are now few and far between thanks to a lot of patience and trial and error!). She will need a family that can either come home to change her diaper mid-day or be away from the home for no more than 6 hours if they work away from home. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office but her people would need to keep in mind that she is very energetic, playful and inquisitive! She loves car rides and being around her people and would want to be close to them as much as possible. If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem - she's a happy little camper sleeping the day away in her kennel as long as her people can provide a soft blankie, a good nylabone chew toy or two, and can arrange for a mid-day diaper change for her!
Minnie's foster family reports that she is an unbelievably sweet girl and would be such a great addition to a family that can give her the time, love, and extra care that she needs and deserves. If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Minnie, 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.