Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 2 years (DOB: 03-11-17)
Weight: 18 lbs
Adoption Fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Sherbert was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. His breeder wanted him to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out his life as a cherished pet!
Sherbert (or Sherbert William, as his foster family calls him) is a happy, sweet and snuggly boy who loves anyone and everyone. You wouldn't really know anything was wrong with him until a vet listened to his little heart during a physical examination. He was diagnosed with a grade 4 heart murmur so was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue for help in finding a wonderful home for him despite the fact that his heart may need some extra monitoring by a cardiologist throughout his lifetime. Due to his severe heart conditions (explained in more detail below), Sherbert needs a calm and structured household to call his own. As a member of his family, Sherbert would be known as the BEST snuggle bunny of all time. His greatest desire is to be right next to his people and follow them around during their daily activities (as long as they are not too strenuous)! Sherbert loves to be outside, especially when it’s sunny and warm so he can bask in the sunlight. While Sherbert longs to go on walks, his heart conditions prevent him from walking both long, and short, distances. Even going out to the bathroom can become a strenuous activity if he gets too rambunctious when going out. Sherbert is a great traveler and loves car rides! If the car has heated seats like his foster families does, he will curl up and fall asleep for the entire ride. As for other family members, Sherbert does very well with kittens and cats. Dog brothers and/or sisters could potentially pose a challenge for him as he cannot participate in rambunctious play. He currently lives with a 1 year old American Bully sister and a 14y Springer Spaniel sister. They LOVE to play and Sherbert LOVES to play with them, but his foster family has to monitor them closely and limit their play once it becomes too much for him. A home with older, less playful dogs with a calm temperament would be the best home for Sherbert! Kids are no problem for Sherbert as long as they are gentle with him and understand his limitations. As with all dogs, he should always supervised when he is around kids, to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Sherbert is currently potty trained and will let you know when he needs to go out once he establishes the door he needs to use to get outside! His foster mom still has absorbent belly bands on hand for him to use as needed as he is on Lasix (a drug that causes him to urinate more than normal as a preventative measure to keep water/fluids off of his heart). Also, being a small Frenchie means having a small Frenchie bladder! 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, as needed. During the day when his foster family is away from the home, Sherbert stays in his crate with a fluffy blanket and his puppy Kong toy. He’s done well with crate training, although he doesn’t prefer to be in there, especially if his foster family is home but will do anything, and we mean *anything*, for a Milk Bone biscuit! For his safety, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or he is left unsupervised so he is safe and secure while no one is home.
Medically, Sherbert has one confirmed heart condition and another probable severe heart condition (though not currently able to be confirmed). Sherbert is confirmed to have an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). In more simple terms, he has a hole between his right and left atrium in his heart that should have closed when he took his first breath at birth. The second, more serious heart condition is a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Again, in the womb, the Ductus Arteriosus (which is a shunt between the two major blood vessels leading to Sherbert’s heart) allows blood to bypass his lungs so they can develop properly. When Sherbert was born and took his first breath, it is suspected that his did not close at birth like it was supposed to, therefore restricting proper blood flow to his lungs to become oxygenated so he could breathe normally. The reason that the cardiologist suspects, but have not yet confirmed this defect, is because of a few things: on Sherbert’s echocardiogram, the cardiologist was able to see that he had a large amount of hypertrophy (thickening of the walls of his heart) due to how much harder his heart has had to work to function properly. Because of the amount of hypertrophy shown on his echocardiogram, it made it nearly impossible for the cardiologist to see/diagnose the PDA defect clearly. Comparing the two conditions (ASD to the PDA), hypertrophy is much more common in the PDA defect. Once the cardiologist suspected the PDA, he had Sherbert’s regular veterinarian run a complete blood count. Those results showed that Sherbert’s red blood cell percentage was approx 70%, while a normal red blood cell percentage would be approx 50%. The increase in percentage is due to the probable excess blood that is flowing through the PDA that should have closed at birth. The reason the cardiologist doesn’t know for 100% certainty that Sherbert has a PDA is because the PDA and the ASD act in very similar ways, however, with the additional testing and the cardiologists expertise, Sherbert is suspected to have both defects. We will be happy to provide his echocardiogram reports to his potential adopters for review. The only way to fix a PDA is to surgically close it. Unfortunately, the cardiologist believes the corrective surgery is extremely risky and would likely be unsuccessful. Further testing and treatment options can still be explored by his adoptive family if they so wish, but they must be done at a major university. We encourage families to seek them out if they are willing and able, but this is not an expectation or requirement for his adoptive family. He will still need to be closely monitored for any not-normal-for-him signs of heart disease or failure as he continues to age (severe fatigue, weakness, lethargy, shortness of breath, fainting, etc). If any of these symptoms do happen to be noticed in the future, his veterinarian and veterinary cardiologist should be contacted immediately. His heart *must* continue to be monitored by a veterinarian and cardiologist as he ages. His next echocardiogram is recommended to take place when he reaches 3 years of age. Currently, Sherbert is on Viagra (Sildenafil) to help treat his pulmonary hypertension and Lasix as a preventative for fluid accumulation due to heart failure (though, thankfully, Sherbert does not have any issues with fluid accumulation currently). His foster family has Sherbert on a strict diet (Hill’s Prescription Diet h/d for heart care) and it is highly encouraged for his adoptive family to continue him on this food. Unfortunately, prognosis is typically very poor for these two defects combined. Whether or not surgery is sought, Sherbert’s lifespan is unknown, but will likely be much shorter than the average "normal" French Bulldog. Due to this, we want him to have the best life he could possibly have for however much time he may have, but that goes for all of 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. Sherbert is a special pup with special needs, but if they are taken care of and managed properly, he will love you with his whole heart for as long as he has on this earth!
Please see these below links for more information on Atrial Septal Defect (ASD):
Please see this link for more information on Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA):
Sherbert has no other known health issues. He has been neutered, microchipped, heart worm tested, had a dental, is UTD on all of his vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian!
Sherbert would likely do best in a lower key/easy going home due to his heart condition. He loves to play and be moderately active but probably wouldn't be a good match for a super active home or a home with small/young very active children that want him to play a lot. Cats, low-energy dogs, and low-key kids are a go for him though! Sherbert is used to going outside in a fenced yard to potty, but loves going out on a leash too, so a fenced-in yard is not a requirement for him. He does not have any stairs in his foster home to manage but due to his exercise intolerance, a home without stairs for him to manage on a daily basis will be preferred OR a loving set of arms to help carry him up and down stairs would be a necessity, as an alternative solution. We also think he'd do fine if his new family wanted to take him with them to the office! He loves to meet new people! If not, no problem at all - he is 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 Sherbert please fill out an adoption application for him 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.