Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 4 years (10-16-14)
Adoption fee: $600.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Scout came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction. Thanks to the help of generous donors we were able to secure 16 dogs, now nicknamed the #SweetSixteen.
Scout is a typical happy go lucky, playful, silly, derpy, goofy young dog who still has a lot of puppy characteristics/qualities. He is still learning snuggles and learning the ways of a pet, but seems to love life with gusto and has done great with learning the new things his foster family has taught him (how to go into his kennel for a treat and sit, so far!). Scout seems to absolutely love *everyone* he meets including dog savvy cats/kitties, kids, and he especially loves to play with the other dogs in his foster home! He is a very gentle soul and has done very well with dog savvy gentle children so a home with dog savvy, respectful, gentle kids would be just fine for him.
Scout is currently working on potty training and while he is not quite 100% yet, he has been making great progress! His foster family reports he is approx 90% potty trained if kept on a strict routine and schedule. A regular schedule, consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training success in his 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 him. He has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in his kennel during the night or when his foster family happens to leave the home. Since he does well in his crate, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home so he is safe and secure while no one is home. He does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of him inside the home!
Medically, Scout is in good health other than some scars on his eyes from previous ulcers/scratches on his eyes and grade 4 luxating patellas. He is currently a happy, active young dog and his patellas do not currently seem to cause him any pain or issues other than walking a little "differently" (to compensate) than dogs with normal patellas would. He can run and play just like a normal dog would! He will absolutely need to be kept on a joint supplement for the remainder of his lifetime. He is currently on Dogzymes Phytoflex which can be ordered through our link onwww.chewy.com. Scout must also be monitored VERY strictly with his weight per the vet as weight gain and obesity can negatively impact the quality of his life due to putting extra strain and pressure on his back legs/patellas. He was reported to be at a perfect weight by the vet and she strongly recommended against him gaining anymore weight. The scarring on his eyes also does not seem to affect him but his eyes will need to be monitored daily for dry eye and he will need his eyes cleaned and lubricating eye drops applied daily to keep his eyes healthy and scratch free. Scout has no other known health issues. He has been neutered, had a dental, had his nares opened up a bit to aid with better breathing, has been microchipped and is UTD on all of is vaccinations/heartworm prevention/dewormings!
Scout would do well in almost any type of home. He is used to going out with a fenced yard for potty breaks and does not know how to potty on a leash to date, so a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). Scout can do stairs with no issue, so a home with stairs shouldn't be an issue for him. We also think he'd love if his new family wanted to take him with them to the office as he loves to meet new people and seems to do well with most other dogs but his people would need to keep in mind that he is still learning potty training and be able to let him out for frequent potty breaks if out and about in an office type enviornment. If his people are not able to take him to work, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel with a nylabone or two to keep him busy as long as his family can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him!!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Scout please fill out an adoption application for him today!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* 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.