Foster Location: Duluth, MN
Age: 6 years (DOB: 4/2/2012)
Weight: 27 lbs
Adoption Fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred, but not required
Olivia came from SNAFU Rescue after being purchased from a commercial breeder dog auction. SNAFU
secured 14 dogs, which has now been nicknamed the #Fab14.
Olivia is the biggest sweetheart. She has eyes that will melt your heart and is learning what the good life of being a pet is. She is starting to come out of her shell more and more as time passes and loves to be around people. Olivia seems to get along with every human she meets, including children. She has a little dance she does when she’s all happy and excited. She enjoys sitting on the couch and getting belly rubs and if you stop, she will lift her paw to have you keep petting her! She has also discovered what bones and toys are and loves to chew on them, gather them and have an assortment of them around her. She gets along well with the other dogs in her foster home and she is has been around cats and has done fine with them as well. She is learning what birds and bunnies are and is very curious when she sees them. She is also still learning leash training and this will need a little work but she seems to be improving daily.
Olivia is working on potty training and does very well, but she is still not quite 100%. A regular and consistent schedule will help her continue with her potty training in her new environment. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. Olivia needs patience, persistence, a regular/consistent routine and most of all time to continue her potty training. She also does very well with her crate and sleeps quietly in her kennel day and or night. She is kenneled at night and during the day if her foster family is away from the home. Otherwise during the day, her kennel door is usually shut and put her bed outside of it so that she is "forced" to be out in the house and be social and can't always just retreat to her kennel all of the time. Her foster family has also found that if she is sleeping most the day, she needs a bit of exercise or play time after her family gets home to help her settle down for the evening, otherwise, she may be awake longer during the nights.
Medically, Olivia seems to be in great health. She came to us with a skin infection, which has been cultured and is currently being treated. She may also have some mild allergies. Her skin will need to continue to be monitored in the future to ensure no infections are present, etc. She is a little overweight, but her foster family has been working on that. She would benefit from short walks and getting out more often to help with exercise. She is definitely food driven and loves treats but her foster family is very mindful of giving too many treats to ensure she is not gaining more weight. She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/deworming’s, has had a dental and been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian.
Olivia would do great in almost any type of home. A house with a fenced yard is preferred, but not required for adoption. She would also do better in a home without a lot of steps. She has mastered going up steps but is still learning confidence with going down the stairs. She does great with car rides and would probably do well going to work with her new family if that was an option. If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem - she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel as long as she has a couple of bones to keep her busy and her people can arrange a mid-day potty break for her!
If you feel your family might be the perfect forever home for Olivia, please fill out 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 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.