Foster Location: Glenwood, IA
Age: 3.5 years (DOB: 5-24-2016)
Kids: Yes - dog savvy
Dogs: Yes - submissive/easy going dogs
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Poncho came into the SNAFU Rescue via an owner surrender. His owner wanted him to be placed in a loving home, where he had a better fit with the other dogs in his home.
Poncho is a very laid back little guy with a mild, calm, gentle, relaxed, yet confident disposition. He has been super chill throughout his time in his foster home and quickly adjusted into his new pet life which included introductions to foster furry siblings. Poncho greeted his new people and furry friends with open paws, no aggression or guarding behaviors (which were reported in his precious home). Poncho enjoys a good snuggle and is persistent when it comes to his special cuddle time with his humans. He MUST be lying next to a member of his foster family and will make himself immediately right at home as he nuzzles into his favorite spot on the couch. When Poncho isn’t begging for a Frenchie snooze you can find him awkwardly chasing a bouncy ball or galloping around the room with his favorite chew toy before finally settling in for a quiet chew session. After grabbing his much desired chew time, his foster siblings will find Poncho for some gentle play time. He won’t initiate the play but Poncho sure will follow their lead by mimicking the activity and sharing in on the fun! Once they have all tuckered out, Poncho is again seeking the attention from his humans or just following them around wherever they may go! He will stop at nothing to get to his humans and that means taking the fastest route to them whether that’s across a coffee table or walking over another dog! Poncho is working on proper dog manners and his foster family has reported that he corrects very well and with a stern “no” and he will stop the unwanted behavior. Poncho is experiencing a big change and will need a patient and understanding family to help guide him into what is expected in his adoptive home and continue to teach him the ways of pet life. Poncho seems to love all humans big or small as he actively seeks any and all kinds of positive attention from them. We feel he would do best in a home with gentle, calm, dog savvy children of any age and with a submissive furry companion. As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other pets and children in the household is a must and he should always be supervised to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Poncho is doing well with potty training. He does prefer his human accompany him outside to provide encouragement, especially when it’s cold, but will do his duty independently if instructed to do so. Poncho is in need of a signal for potty. He will walk to the door when he needs to go but if you don’t see him in time that is when accidents occur. With all of our dogs, any adopter must be willing to offer patience, a regular and consistent schedule in order to continue his potty training success. Poncho has extreme separation anxiety. When left for too long, he will wet his crate, possibly vomit and in extreme cases he will defecate. Because of his anxiety, Poncho must be kenneled in a plastic kennel, as he will hurt himself by chewing on a wire kennel. When he’s in his plastic kennel he will scratch and bark to get out. If Poncho has one kryptonite, it’s separation from his humans. Initially we thought it was kennel anxiety, but even when put in an open room and gated in he shows extreme anxiety. Melatonin chews, talk radio, white noise machines have been tried but have not proven to give him much comfort at all. Because of his anxiety, his foster family shares the human bed with him. Poncho finds calm and comfort with his humans and is successful in sleeping the night through with no accidents. Any and all efforts to reduce his time separated from his humans, whether at night or during the day is best for Poncho.
Medically, Poncho is in great health! He was neutered, updated on vaccinations/deworming, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian. Although a very good dental report came back for Poncho his teeth were worn down significantly due to chewing on wire kennels in his previous home. This hasn’t slowed Poncho down however his adopter must be diligent with his oral hygiene and watch for any possible issues with his teeth. Due to his extreme separation anxiety, Poncho is taking 10mg of Prozac. Although no dramatic improvements have been noticed, at times his overall anxiety has reduced but we are unsure if that is directly associated with the mediation or perhaps his comfort level in his foster home.
Poncho would do well in almost any type of home, but since he loves to explore the outdoors and can be quite vocal when left alone, we feel he would do best in a home with a fenced yard and no shared walls. He does look for ways to escape the fence so his adoptive family must always watch him closely and never leave him unsupervised outdoors. Poncho has absolutely no issues with stairs, is overall a very agile and has no issues jumping onto any surface to be next to his people. Poncho has been working on walking on leash and harness and with continued training he’ll master this skill in no time. Poncho would love to go to work with his new family if they were able to take him to the office! He is a quiet guy, a pro napper and loves all people. The ideal family for Poncho would have a stay at home or work from home family member and a family that would be willing to take Poncho on adventures with them (as often as they can) so he can be with his people all day long! If his family is not able work from home or to take him to the office, they will need to arrange several midday potty breaks and explore other avenues that will allow him to be as calm as possible when his humans are away from the home as a furry companion has not proven to give him much comfort at all. Overall, Poncho is looking for his very best friend. He is a loyal companion and will return the love, compassion and attention he desires.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Poncho, 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.