Foster Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Age: 3.5yrs (06-17-2014)
Kids: Yes, dog savvy, 5yrs and older
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Oscar came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased privately from a commercial breeder to prevent him being sold at auction.
Oscar is a very sweet boy whose favorite past times are napping, playing with the resident dogs in his foster home, and chewing on Nylabones! Oscar has been a little timid since first coming into his foster home and adjusting to life in a new home environment BUT he has been making progress and seems to be coming out of his shell, exploring his foster home and playing more and more every day with the resident Frenchies. Oscar gets along with the other dogs in his foster home and seems to enjoy their company. He does initiate play with them and hasn't shown aggression during play or around toys. He absolutely loves the kids in his foster home, especially the 5 and 7 year old. He can be pushy when he wants their attention so he would do best in a home with dog savvy children 5 and older because of his strength when insisting on being pet. He does startle at loud noises and fast moments. He scurries to his kennel when he is scared/unsure, so his new family members will need to be patient and slower moving with him at first. His new family will need to understand that Oscar will need more work on socializing in unfamiliar environments as well as someone who will be patient with him when he is scared/unsure. He needs time to learn about his new surroundings and come into his own. He will need a family who can provide consistency and work with him on building confidence.
Oscar is currently still working on potty training. While he has been doing a great job with going potty outside, and has made progress as time passes, he is not 100% yet, but very close! As with all dogs, a regular and consistent schedule will help with him continued potty training in his new home. Oscar is doing very well learning how to signal his humans to alert them that he has to go but they must act fast because Oscar won't wait long! Even if he doesn't signal, once he is taken outside he will go. 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. Oscar has also done great with crate training with a wire crate and sleeps quietly in his kennel during the night or when his foster family happens to leave the home. 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. He does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of him inside the home.
Medically, Oscar seems to be in great health except for being overweight. Oscar was VERY obese when he came to his foster home. His foster family has been working very very diligently in order to get him down to a healthy and acceptable weight. So far, he has lost 2-3lbs (he still needs to lose at least 4-6 more lbs, minimum!) and is currently headed in the right direction toward a healthy weight! His adoptive family will absolutely need to be VERY diligent about monitoring his food intake and his weight. Having excessive weight to carry around is very hard on dogs, and is especially hard on Bulldogs. Oscar was showing signs of fatigue very quickly and we could tell that he was having a more difficult time breathing due to being overweight. Even after losing 2-3lbs his foster family reports that he already seems to be breathing better, seems less winded/fatigued after just short walks and seems to be getting around better as well. His foster family has been taking him on short daily walks, closely monitoring his food intake, and making sure he has plenty of play time throughout the day to burn some calories. Again, Oscar's adoptive family absolutely*must* understand how important it is for his health that he continue to lose weight until he reaches a healthy weight for his stature. Once he reaches an appropriate weight, we feel he will be able to be a bit more active without struggling to catch his breath so quickly, which will make him a much happier and healthier boy in many different aspects, especially as he ages. Obese dogs have a lot more issues with heart problems, arthritis, joint issues, etc, so this is why we just can not stress enough how important it is for his adoptive family to be very diligent with monitoring and maintaining him at a healthy weight (once he reaches a healthy weight, that is!). Oscar also has very deep wrinkles in his face that require cleaning a couple times a day in order to prevent infection. Oscar tolerates his cleanings very well, so this shouldn't be a difficult or time-consuming task to take on for his forever family! Oscar has been neutered, HW Tested, had a dental, has been updated on Vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Oscar 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 yard). He doesn't do very well with stairs, but he can do them (when he feels like it). Stairs will also hopefully be easier for him to manage after he has reached a healthy weight. His bulldog stubbornness and his hefty size prevent him from doing more than a couple stairs at a time, so Oscar will need a home without many stairs to manage on a daily basis, or a family willing to carry him up and down stairs when necessary (keep in mind, he will still be a solid 38-40lbs when he reaches a healthy weight, so carrying him up and down many stairs may not be a highly desirable task). We also think he'd be fine going to work with his new family as long as it was a quiet, calm and easy going work environment. If his people are not able to take him to work with them, no problem - he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel with a Nylabone to chew on 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 Oscar, please submit an adoption application for him today!!!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be a 2-3 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, for any reason, and 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.
Click here to apply for Oscar!
Oscar's applications are currently under review.
We are no longer accepting new applications for him at this time.