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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.
Foster Location: Glenwood, IA
Age: 2 years (DOB: 2-14-18)
Kids: Yes, dog savvy
Dogs: Yes, submissive
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Rufus found his way to the SNAFU rescue via an owner surrender. His owners wanted to find him a loving pet home to spend the rest of his life being a loved and spoiled pet.
Rufus is a playful, sensitive, intelligent, attention seeking, active yet laid back frenchie boy who loves nap time! He is becoming more fond of playtime which includes his furry foster siblings. Rufus is trying to find his place in the pack but seems to gravitate toward the submissive larger dogs. He needs boundaries set during playtime as Rufus can resource guard balls and bones but with verbal correction, he will acquiesce. He enjoys a good game of fetch with his bouncy ball and fancies a good chew. Rufus sure does love to chill. He will grab a nap in his plush bed any chance he gets and will also settle in quietly with his favorite bones (as long as his human is near). Rufus has yet to play with toys (his foster brother has Pica so no plush toys are in his home) but we know given his playful personality, he would love a box full of plush squeaky toys to play with around the home. He truly enjoys the outdoors and is persistent requesting time outside to run sprints back and forth within the fenced yard. Exercise keeps Rufus happy! Rufus currently lives with several foster furry siblings (both big and small). They all seem to get along well yet Rufus needs more correction when playing with the smaller dogs as he shows his alpha behavior and tries to control the situation especially when a bone is in his sight. He is not forceful in his demand for the bone however will need immediate correction. Rufus, at times, will need to be corrected when playing too rough with his frenchie buddy but he is extremely eager to please, very receptive to structure and guidance and easy to correct unwanted behavior. He is experiencing a big transition and will need leadership, consistent positive reinforcement to help him continue to learn proper dog behavior, correct his resource guarding issues, learn dog manners and to know what is expected in his adoptive home. We feel he would prosper in a home with a playful furry pal that is larger in size and has a docile personality however with a strong pack leader Rufus would adapt to dogs his size if balanced and submissive. He has not been around cats but given his spirited nature we think he would do best in a home without cats. Rufus once nipped at his previous owners when they tried to put him in his crate. He can be apprehensive around people that move too quickly or loudly. Rufus needs space at time and with the proper introductions and supervision we feel he would fit best with gentle, dog savvy children over the age of 8. As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and he should always be supervised to make sure he and they are kept safe.
Rufus is 100% potty trained! He has experienced random accidents of “fear”; having his ears cleaned, or when trying something he has not experienced. This behavior goes away once trust is earned. His adoptive family will need to be willing and able to keep him on a regular and consistent schedule for his continued potty training success. His foster family reports he is completely crate trained after earning their trust. We feel that Rufus had identified his crate with punishment in his past and initially would exhibit fear in his crate. After a few weeks, he is okay in his crate when his foster family happens to be away for short periods of time throughout the day. Rufus has earned the trust of his foster family and which much rather spend his time in a gated space in the home vs his crate. Rufus does sleep at night in a dog bed on the floor outside of his crate. He doesn’t spend much time during the day in his crate/gated space as his foster family is home most of the day but has no issue spending several hours in his crate if his foster family happens to be away from the home. For his safety, a similar crating/gated area schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or when he is left unsupervised so he is safe and secure.
Medically, Rufus is in great health! He has been neutered, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! He does suffer from some seasonal allergies and would benefit from a daily Zyrtec or Claritin in addition to a Cytopoint shot when allergy levels are high.
Rufus would do best in a house with a fenced yard due to his explorative nature, his desire to be outside and his need to run sprints! We also think he’d love a family willing to offer tons of playtime, ample walks/exercise and one with another furry pal to keep him company and to gently wrestle with. Rufus doesn't react well to chaos so we think a low key, active family would be best for him. We also think Rufus would love to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office knowing that he is content resting in his comfy bed as long as his human is near! 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 his buddy, a bone to chew on and his people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him! Ultimately, Rufus is seeking an active, chill home that can offer him structure, guidance, positive reinforcement and patience as he adapts in with his new pack . He is easy to correct, follows the rules, reacts attentively (verbally not physically), slowly adjusts well to new surroundings (slow intros to all things new are a must for his sake and comfort) and would be a loyal family companion. Once you have earned Rufus’s trust he will never leave your side!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Rufus, please submit an adoption application for him today!!