Foster Location: Kansas City, MO
Age: 6 years (DOB: 3-31-13)
Weight: 20 lbs.
Kids: Yes (8 years or older)
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Sadie came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction. Thanks to the help of our generous donors, we were able to rescue 19 dogs now named #valentineOne9.
When Sadie first arrived in rescue, she was very reserved and timid. Sadie is a shy girl and is slowing learning to live the life of a pampered pet. While Sadie is thrilled with her new life, it’s important to remember that she is dealing with a big transition and as such, she is a bit reserved around new experiences and sounds and will need a patient and understanding family. She has been making more and more progress each and every day and has become quite the lovebug! Her foster family reports that she has been a wonderful house guest to date. She hasn’t shown much interest or has interacted with the resident dogs or cat but she does follow them around from time-to-time as if she is taking notes on how to play. Sadie is a VERY laid back girl and LOVES to chill out with her people! When she is not hanging out with her family, she can be found chewing on a Nylabone nearby. She doesn’t particularly like to explore outside but she is in the Midwest and it’s been a rough winter so we don’t blame her and anticipate this likely changing with the warmer weather. She hasn’t been around children much while in her foster home but, given she is still fearful and uncertain of loud sounds and quick movements, her foster family thinks a home with older, gentle, dog savvy & respectful children would likely be okay for her as she has not once shown any aggression towards any human she's met to date. As with all dogs, she should always supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Sadie is still working on potty training but she’s getting close. She has been making progress but will need a patient family who will continue to encourage her to go outside and who will go out with her while she goes potty to ensure she goes. Although she is very eager to please, patience is a must when an accident occurs because she cowers when she feels threatened or scared and will run to her crate where she feels safe. Above all, patience and a regular, consistent schedule is needed for her continued potty training in her new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her. Sadie is crate trained and feels very comfortable in her crate. Although Sadie prefers her crate to a soft comfy dog bed, her foster family keeps several beds around and she has started showing some interest in them. At night, she sleeps quietly in her crate in in the same room as her foster family. For her safety, we recommend that she keep a similar crating schedule when her humans are away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised, so she is safe and secure. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Sadie seems to be in good health. She does have grade 4 luxating patellas but her patellas do not currently seem to cause her any pain or issues. She can walk and play just like a normal dog would! It would be beneficial for her to remain on a joint supplement for the remainder of her lifetime. She is currently on Dogzymes Phytoflex, which can be ordered through our link on www.chewy.com. Sadie must also be monitored VERY strictly with her weight per the vet as weight gain and obesity can negatively impact the quality of her life due to putting extra strain and pressure on her back legs/patellas. Sadie also had a difficult spay due to several previous c-sections (lots of internal scarring and an encapsulated abscess). Given this, our vet was unable to conclusively confirm that he removed the second ovary. If she does in fact still have one ovary, there is a possibility that she may experience signs of a heat cycle, however, she will not be able to get pregnant nor will she have any blood flow (as would be normal with a heat cycle) as she has no uterus due to her spay. Sadie also came into rescue with a chronic double ear infection, which has resulted in thickening of the tissues lining the ear canal. She has been medically treated and her ear infection is clear but she will need an adopter who will commit to cleaning her ears once or twice a week and monitoring them closely for any possible signs of infection. Sadie also had a dental with several teeth removed, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, is microchipped, has been heartworm tested and has been given the all clear for adoption by our veterinarian!
Sadie would do well in almost any type of home, but since she is still working on potty training and has grade 4 patellas, a house with fewer stairs will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling), unless her adoptive family is willing to carry her up and down stairs in their home, as needed. We also think she'd love to go work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office! If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem at all - she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel as long as she has a good chew toy to keep her busy, a warm soft blanket and her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break or two for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Sadie please fill out 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.