Foster Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Age: 3 years (11-23-2014)
Kids: 10 and older
Adoption fee: $600.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Sassy came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased from a rehoming ad on craigslist in order to ensure she found the best home possible as her forever home!
NOTE: As her foster Mom has gotten to know Sassy better she has requested a few changes to her bio. A lot of Sassy’s behavior challenges are lessening more and more with time as she settles into her foster home.
Sassy's name definitely fits her - funny, headstrong and most of all, Sassy! She is such a sweet girl who wants to please but, unfortunately, no one ever told her that people are in charge and she does need to listen! Her foster mom has been doing 10 minutes a day of obedience work and she is doing great with that! She is a very smart girl and a fast learner but she will need a firm, consistent leadership role provided to her from her people. Her adopters will need to be patient with her and be able to and willing to continue working with her on obedience training and reinforcing the rules and boundaries in the household. She is a very agile/athletic girl with lots of energy and motivation not only to learn but find means to get what she wants, so again, she will require a firm, consistent leader in her adoptive home who will be patient with her and be able to and willing to continue working with her. For past times, she loves to run around the yard, absolutely loves to go for long walks or jogs, roll in the grass, chew on nylabones, and most of all snuggle with her people on the couch! She loves being around her people and snooping out what you are doing around the house! She delights in face smooshes and being told what a good girl she is. She has developed an obsession with chasing cats so a home with no cats is a must.
Sassy is 100% housetrained. As with any dog, a regular and consistent schedule will help with continuing her potty training success in her new home. She has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in her kennel when his foster family is away from the home or at night. Sassy is a jumper and climber and very creative about getting into areas of the house that she shouldn’t/isn't allowed. 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 that she is safe and secure while no one is home. Her new family will also need make sure to supervise her in the yard when she is out and about outside as Sassy will show you any and all weaknesses in your fencing! She does not like to be left outside alone and will do all that she can to try and get back to her people if left outside alone, including attempting to escape a fenced yard. Her preferred method of exercise is a long walk or jog with her people. She potties on lead and is great on a flexi-lead with a mild pinch collar. If she can have one long or several short walks a day Sassy would make a great dog for a family without a fenced yard.
Medically, Sassy is in excellent health. She is currently on a high quality kibble dog food with occasional treats ( she is not particularly food motivated ) Sassy has no other known health issues. She has been spayed, HW tested, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
The best fit for Sassy is a family who can be strict with her and keep up her obedience work- its easy to give in to that sweet face. Sassy would do well in almost any type of home. A house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her due to her high energy levels and her love of playtime out in the yard, but is not a requirement for adoption. She would be just as happy with long walks or jog to burn off some of her energy! She does stairs like a champ, so a home with stairs will be just fine for her. We also think he'd be fine going to work with her new family as long as it was an easy going, dog friendly work environment and she had a Sassy secured area to hang out in. 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 with a Nylabone to chew on as long as her people can arrange a mid day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Sassy, please submit an adoption application for her today!!!
NOTE: Please note that it may be at LEAST a 3-4 week *minimum* before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. 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.
Sassy's applications are currently under review.
We are no longer accepting new applications for her at this time.