Foster Location: St. Louis, MO
Age: Est. 10 yrs (exact DOB unknown)
Kids: Yes! Gentle, dog savvy
Adoption fee: $350.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Mr. Big came into SNAFU Rescue after being found as a stray. He was held for 7 days on a stray hold and, unfortunately, his owners could not be found despite attempts at contacting animal control, several vets in the area he was found, and posting signs on the streets near the area in which he was found.
Mr. Big is a big sweetheart and despite being estimated at approx 10 years old, he still has a lot of love to give! He loves his people and he loves to snuggle! He will sleep at your feet or right next to you if you allow him (right next to you is his preference, of course)! He also prefers to sleep his day away in the comfort of a cozy dog bed and will seek out a dog bed no matter what room he is in. He does seem to like to sleep with his humans so we suspect he was probably allowed to sleep in bed with his prior owner. He really has no interest in toys, perhaps due to him having only having 5 teeth left after his most recent dental. He has shown no issues with any cat or dog he has met. He is content just being your companion but also is happy to ignore any four-legged friends. Mr. Big deserves to live out his senior years in a loving home that can give him all the snuggles he deserves! He does well with children under supervision (it needs to be kept in mind that he is an older guy and can't move or respond as quickly as a young spry dog would). While he is very good with children, he will need a home with dog savvy children who are respectful and will be gentle with him. As with any dog, he should always be supervised when he is around kids, to make sure he is kept safe.
Mr. Big is currently still working on potty training and does still occasionally mark inside the home. We believe that his recent neuter should help with curbing some of his marking behaviors but, regardless, he still needs work with potty training. A regular and consistent schedule will help with him continued potty training in his new home. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be given to him and will be the best tools for helping him succeed in his forever home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training. Mr. Big's foster family uses a belly band with him currently and they report that this solution completely solves the marking issue for them. At night they remove the belly band at bedtime and he has not had any accidents in his crate. He has done great with crate training and he is learning to not whine while crated. Mr. Big is a little anxious when his people leave (probably a little bit of mild separation anxiety), but has been doing better with that as time passes. He sleeps in a crate at night and when his people are at work and/or away from the home. After being crated he does whine a little but calms himself down after just a couple minutes and will then sleep the night through. For his safety, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or he is left unsupervised so he is safe and secure while no one is home.
Medically, Mr. Big is in pretty good health for being a little old man. He does tend to drink quite a bit of water of water but bloodwork has shown no issues to be present currently, so the vet has concluded that he’s just a dog who drinks more than others. Mr. Big does have a few allergies, but nothing a Zrytec a day hasn’t been able to solve. He just gets a bit sneezy from time to time. His nose was also very dry and cracked when he was found. His foster family has been applying nose butter daily and while this seems to help significantly, it appears his nose will continue to need to be monitored and given attention, as needed.
As with many older dogs, Mr. Big has been reported to have arthritis in his joints (front elbows and back legs/hips). His arthritis is more severe in his back legs/hips and thus he has experienced some muscle atrophy in both back legs. He doesn’t let this stop him from most things, though!! The only thing that his arthritis impedes him from doing is stairs, as his back legs don't really have the strength to go up and down stairs. Mr. Big will not be able to navigate stairs (up or down) and his family will need to be willing and able to carry him if there might be any stairs that he would need to navigate when going outside for potty breaks. He loves to be picked up and carried around, so he is very content and happy to be carried, if needed! Mr. Big's adoptive family *must* continue to give him a joint supplement daily for the remainder of his lifetime. He is currently on Dogzymes Phtyoflex and this does seem to help him significantly. Please consider ordering his supplement through www.Chewy.com in order to support SNAFU Rescue (they are also the most reasonably priced retailer we have found for the supplement as well)! While not a requirement, he is also on CBD oil daily. This seems to help some with getting around, along with some possible pain management as well. The vet has recommended possibly trying out hydrotherapy to help with his arthritis as he continues to age (exercising without gravity to keep him mobile and loosened up) and to possibly help with improving and preventing any further atrophy from occurring in back leg muscles. In the future, if he happens to show any signs of increased pain due to his arthritis, a doggie approved NSAID from the vet will probably be beneficial for him, if/when needed. His foster family also reports that he does better drinking/eating out of raised bowls given his arthritis. Mr. Big has no other known health issues. He has been neutered, had a dental, microchipped, HW tested, has been updated on Vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian!
Mr. Big would do well in almost any type of home but since he is still working on potty training a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no fence). Again, he would not do well in a home with many stairs to manage, and he is not able to go up/down stairs well due to his arthritis. If a home has stairs, his adoptive family will need to be able to and willing to carry him up and down them, as needed. We also think he'd love to go work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office, especially if there was a big comfy bed to snooze on during the day near his people! If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel with a comfy blankie/bed, as long as his people can arrange a mid day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Mr. Big, please fill out an adoption application for him today!
NOTE: Please note that it may be at LEAST a 3-4 week *minimum* before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. 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.