Boston Terrier

Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 3 years (DOB: 04-18-18)
Sex: Female
Weight: 20lbs
Kids: Yes, 11 years or older
Cats: NO 
Dogs: NO
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred

Reagan was surrendered back to the SNAFU Rescue as she was being rehomed to no fault of her own.   Her surrendering family wanted her to be placed in an active, loving home to be spoiled and live out her life as an only pet having as much fun as possible and being super happy!

Reagan is an active, playful, outgoing, attention seeking and social Boston Terrier.  Be ready for some indoor playtime and lots of outside time as Reagan loves to gallop around the fenced-in backyard and take in as many walks as possible.  She is curious about the outdoors and will absolutely explore every inch of the yard being sure she is on guard to keep others out of her space.  Reagan can be reactive on walks when she sees or even hears another furry creature.  Her happy place is anywhere and everywhere with her people doing whatever they are and demanding to be part of it! Reagan is very much in need of lots of attention.  After some fun roaming around in the grass, a game of fetch with her favorite ball or bouncing and rolling around with her beloved stuffed squeaky toy, you can find Reagan searching for her people to snuggle up on their lap for a snooze.  Reagan is very playful and does need constant stimulation but she also does have quite a chill side and is as sweet as can be when cuddled up next to her people or chewing on her favorite nylabone.  Her favorite place is on the soft couch all cuddled up, pressed into her people while covering herself up with the couch blanket grabbing a much desired snooze.  Reagan is a social butterfly, seems to get along well with every human she meets but due to her resource guarding temperament, we think she would do best in a home that had children 11 years or older.  Slow introductions and supervision around children is a must to be sure they and she are kept safe.  Reagan can be a little troublemaker when around other dogs.  She is still learning dog manners and is usually a little cranky and awkward with other dogs when she first meets them.  She tends to be a possessive of her items (food, bones, treats etc) with other dogs, which can be considered rude dog behavior, especially to more dominant dogs.  Reagan is unable to differentiate when playing versus when she feels something is trying to be taken from her.  She will lounge, growl, bark and attempt to nip at fingers when taking her high valued item.  She is slowly learning manners, however she does resource guard both food and toys and that is why we think she would do best and be happiest if placed in a home as an only dog. Reagan is in need of a family willing to work with her on learning manners, what is expected of her in her adoptive home and will need a family who is willing to spend extra time with her, be a firm leader and offer her patience and introduce her to slowly to proper dog behavior to help build her confidence.  

Reagan’s foster family happily reports she is fully potty trained.  A regular and consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training success in her new home.  Reagan can be crate aggressive, reactive behind a baby gate when feeling insecure BECAUSE of the animals in her foster home.  Without the presence of other dogs, which is a trigger for Reagan, she does GREAT in her crate.  For her safety, we recommend a similar crating schedule for her as when her family happens to be away from the home as she does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.  Reagan would love to share a bed at night with her adoptive family.  She loves to cuddle under the covers and press against you for comfort and safety.  

Medically, Reagan seems to be in great health!  She has been spayed, had a dental, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, microchipped, heartworm tested and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Reagan reportedly had two seizures in the past after initially being adopted from the SNAFU Rescue and has been diagnosed with epilepsy by her former veterinarian (the 2 possible seizures are listed as 6/20/19 and 3/2/20).  Upon her return in 2021 no seizures have been noticed while in foster care and while she is not currently on any medication to manage seizures, she should be closely monitored for this condition.  A veterinarian should be consulted for further care regarding this matter if seizures should occur in the future.  

Reagan would be happiest in a house with a fenced yard (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) because of her reaction to other animals that pass by and her need to find a way out!  She doesn’t do well with stairs and will need encouragement when using them so a home with little stairs would be recommended.  We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office! She loves to meet new people, is quiet and prefers to spend as much time with her humans as possible (as long as no other animals are present)!  Although car rides are not her favorite, she will be happy to be kenneled in the car if it means spending MORE time with her people!  A work from home or stay at home parent would be ideal for Reagan!  Again, she is an energetic, active, very playful girl that is in need of extra attention.  She loves to play, run around the yard, explore and investigate what her people might be doing.  Reagan is a sweet as can be, a total snuggle bug and would kiss you to death if you let her!  She is undeniably loving to her humans. Her unwanted behaviors are tied to her need to be the only pet.  She doesn’t want to share attention. If you are looking for a best friend to call your own, Reagan is your girl!  She would be a fiercely loyal best friend offering much love and companionship.  

If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Reagan, please submit 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 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.