Foster Location: Billings, MT
Age: 5 years (June 2014)
Weight: 23 pounds
Kids: Yes! Dog-savvy kids 12 yrs or older.
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Otis was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via owner surrender due to dog aggression and separation anxiety issues.
Otis is a very sweet Frenchie who loves his people. Be ready for snuggles and a dog who will be your shadow as this boy is a true Velcro Frenchie! Otis also loves to spend his time chewing on a good bone. Toys are not really his thing but when his humans get home, he does get excited and prances around the house with a toy in his mouth. Otis seems to love everyone he meets and even does very well with gentle older children 12 year or older (under supervision) but he should always supervised when he is around kids, to make sure both he and they are kept safe. He has not been exposed to cats while in foster care, so we will be looking for a home without feline friends for him at this time, to err on the side of caution. Otis does not get along with the other dogs in his foster home, nor did he get along well with the dogs in his previous home. He is very standoffish with other dogs, especially with larger dogs and stranger dogs that he does not know. He tends to resource guard his humans when other dogs are around and, while his foster family is working on correcting him with a spray bottle and teaching him pack manners, he will probably never be 100% in this area. His resource guarding with other dogs will likely always be an going issue, so a home where he can be an only “fur child” will be required for him. Otis MUST have a firm consistent leadership in his adoptive home, just as he does with his foster family. Otis’ dog aggression and separation anxiety have improved over time with consistent leadership, rules and boundaries in place, along with the aid of 10mg of generic Prozac (Fluoxetine) 1x a day. It is *strongly* recommended that his adoptive home keep him on his anti-anxiety medication as it seems to really make a difference with his mindset and helping him be an overall happier and calmer dog. The Fluoxetine is very affordable and is currently purchased through Walmart Pharmacy for only $4 (for a 30 day supply). Otis continues to improve in his foster home and is slowly relaxing and becoming less fearful and reactive as time passes. He will need an adoptive family that is first and foremost patient but that can also provide firm, consistent leadership that he needs and requires AND is able to and willing to continue working with him on his anxiety and dog aggression issues.
Otis is almost completely potty trained and has only had a few accidents when he has been left alone. He was a bit hesitant to potty on his leash at first, but has overcome that issue. A regular and consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training success in his new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on training with him. He has had ups and downs with crate training due to his separation anxiety and is a bit of an escape artist regarding his kennel. He does not prefer to be confined to a kennel and will attempt to break out if he can. To combat this, a Precision kennel with a 5 point locking door was purchased and our little Houdini has not been able to master any escape thereafter! He is best kenneled at night time in his foster families bedroom so that he can see his people (this helps avoid separation anxiety issues). He may whine & cry a bit when first kenneled, but will settle down eventually and sleep quietly through the night. His foster family initially tried to baby gate him off in the kitchen but he sailed over the gate like it was nothing to him. His foster family has also attempted leaving him alone in the dog-proofed laundry room but he was still somewhat destructive, so a house where someone is home with him or where he would be kenneled with a Precision 5 Point kennel when left unsupervised is a must. The Precision kennels can be found on Amazon for approx. $35.00.
Medically, Otis seems to be in great health! He has been neutered, updated on vaccinations/de- wormings, had his dental/cleaning (including 5 teeth extractions), and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Otis would do best in a home without shared walls due to his separation anxiety. IF he were to cry or bark in his kennel when his family leaves the home, neighboring families with shared walls (such as apartments or town homes) would likely not appreciate the "Frenchie Yodeling" that quickly becomes so endearing to those who own Frenchies and Bulldogs. Also, due to his dog aggression issues, a house with a securely fenced yard (preferably with privacy fencing) will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). He has not had any issues with attempting to escape his fenced yard while with his foster family, but he is also never left alone outside, nor should he be in the future. His forever family will need to be able to and willing to accompany him outside for short potty breaks, as needed. He does very well with stairs and goes up & down them with ease, so a home with stairs to manage should be no issue for him. Otis does currently go to work with his foster mom from time to time and has done great with that. He would love to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office IF it was a quiet, calm, dog friendly environment and he had his own space to hang out in without other dogs or strangers approaching him. If not, he will begrudgingly sleep the day away in his kennel as long as he has a nylabone or two to chew on and his people can arrange a mid day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Otis, please submit an adoption application for him 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.