Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 5.5mo old DOB: 12-29-21
Adoption Fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Rip came into the SNAFU Rescue via a breeder release. His breeder wanted him to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled, loved and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Rip has a very calm demeanor for a puppy. He is extremely laid back and often just goes with the flow! Rip is amazingly friendly and falls head over paws for anyone and everyone he meets. He enjoys romping around the house and exploring every inch of his surroundings. Rip does have a playful side and can often be found playing with furry foster siblings. He emulates their likes, dislikes and will copy what they are interested in at that moment. After a fun play session with his friends, Rip is looking for a place to cuddle up and take one of his many puppy naps throughout the day. He does not discriminate between the location, surface or the person/dog he will nap with. Rip is an equal opportunity napper! This boy can snuggle and cuddle all day long. He is often taken outside (he is still potty training) and he has really come to love the outdoors and often requests time outside only if his friends are in tow. Most of his outdoor time is spent roaming the yard looking for the pawfect place to potty (or just pretend to potty)! Rip follows his furry friends around like it is his JOB and often gets worn out for playing follow the leader. Yes, it is time once again from a a much needed nap. For a puppy, he sure does have a relaxed side. He will grab any soft bed, blanket or his favorite, a human lap when he is in need of a snooze. Rip is very much ready for non-stop cuddle time! Once nap time is over, Rip will find some of that puppy energy and search for his furry friends to play! He romps around the house following his foster siblings around, mimicking their behaviors and all their toys. Rip must be supervised at all times while outside and inside as he doesn’t know danger. His overall chill, happy disposition allows him to get along famously with his furry foster siblings (big and small). At times his puppy tendencies can be a bit much for them but he corrects easily. He has a very lovable and docile temperament which is favorable when he is around other dogs. Rip seems to get along with any dog of any size; he thinks he is much bigger than he really is! He has yet to meet any human, big or small, that he hasn’t fallen head over paws for. Because of his lighthearted disposition, we feel he will do perfectly well with big or small dogs and with dog savvy, gentle, respectful children of any age (knowing he is still a puppy and has some nibbling tendencies). We also feel Rip would thrive in a multi-dog household as he emulates other dog behaviors and picks up quickly on what is expected in the home and proper dog manners. Slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and he should always be supervised to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Rip is still working on potty training and progress has been VERY slow. He is kept on a strict outdoor schedule yet he still has those puppy accidents. As with all of our dogs, any adopter must be patient and willing to continue working on his potty training as he acclimates to his new home and surroundings. Rip is a young dog and is in need of a consistent outside routine and a signal for potty. He is 100% crate trained and will have any accidents in his crate if kept in there too long. He sleeps quietly when his foster family happens to be away from the rest resting his little head on a comfy blanket. Given Rip is such a cuddle bug we know he would much rather share a bed with his adoptive family (once he is fully potty trained).
Medically, Rip is in good health other than his Grade 5-6 Heart Murmur. He has had an echocardiogram (ultrasound) done on his heart. Rip has been diagnosed with Valvular Pulmonary Stenosis, a deformity on the pulmonary valve which narrows the opening and slows the blood flow. This deformity causes his heart to beat with an irregularity. He does not currently need any type of heart medication (yet) and shows no symptoms (fatigue, fainting, etc.) that indicate he has any issues with his heart. He will need to be monitored for any signs of heart disease or congestive heart failure as he ages (fatigue, weakness, lethargy, shortness of breath, fainting, etc.) His condition may require a balloon valvuloplasty (a balloon is inserted to widen the valve) in the future. He will need a follow up echocardiogram once he is full grown to reevaluate and determine if intervention and medication (beta blocker) are required. Rip is currently a happy puppy, but his heart absolutely *must* continue to be monitored by both a veterinarian *and* a veterinary cardiologist for life The cost of one echocardiogram ranges from approximately $450 at K-State in Kansas to approximately $600 in the Omaha, Nebraska area. Please research cardiologists in your area to check on prices for future echocardiograms for him in the future as they will absolutely be required for him and can be more or less costly depending on the area in which you live. Potential adopters will need to have a veterinary cardiologist within reasonable driving distance in order to be approved to adopt him (3-4 hours max driving time). Since his lifespan could possibly be shorter than a "regular" dog, we want him to have the best life he could possibly have, but that goes for all our foster dogs, of course! We will be very strict with "vetting" any potential adopters for him as we want to make sure he is very loved and has the best life and care (both in home care and vet care) that he possibly can during his lifetime. In addition to his heart issues, Rip also is at higher risk for future back issues. He has several areas of hemivertebrae/fused vertebrae. He is at higher risk for herniation due to inherent stability and may develop spinal arthritis at a younger age and may require surgical intervention. Rip has been neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the okay to adopt by our veterinarian!
Rip would do great in any type of home! He is still working on mastering the stairs but a pair of loving arms to carry him up and down larger staircases would be ideal until he gains the confidence to go down (given the potential for future back issues, stairs should in general be limited for Rip). Since he does love to explore the yard and is still working on potty training, a completely closed fenced yard will be preferred for him (as opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). Since Rip is quite a people's Frenchie, we think he would love to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office. He is in need of some basic puppy and potty training but with some consistent work he would do just fine! If his people are not able to take him to work with them, no problem at all - he's completely happy sleeping the day away as long as he has a warm soft blanket, a furry pal and his people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him! He is a sweetheart of a puppy looking for a home that has a family to dote on him, provide unlimited cuddles/snuggles, can be included in most family activities, has the time/patience to properly train a young dog and (most importantly) can offer him lots of love and attention he desires. Rip is still a young dog so be prepared for the care and requirements that come along with the needs of a medical puppy.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Rip, please submit an adoption application for him.
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.