Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 4 years (DOB: 6-13-2014)
(should be closer to 55lbs at a healthy weight!)
Kids: Yes! 8 years and older
Cats: Yes, dog savvy cats
Dogs: No, no exceptions!
Adoption fee: $600.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required
Stewie came to SNAFU Rescue from a shelter. His family was going through a divorce and they could no longer keep him due to changes in living arrangements.
Stewie is a very sweet boy who loves being around his people, hanging out with his people, getting pets from his people (esp butt scratchies and ear rubs!), snuggling with his people (sensing a theme here yet?) and chewing on his nylabones and deer antlers! He seems to love every human he meets, adult or child. He wiggles and wiggles when he meets new people. He has not been around any children in his foster home but we feel he would do well with dog saavy kids over 8 years old. He sometimes jumps up to greet newcomers (though does very well about not doing this most of the time) but we just wouldn't want him to knock a small child down on accident. As for living with other dogs, he does co-exist with other dogs in his foster home and seems to best with very submissive dogs who will not challenge him. He is always fed in his kennel to avoid issues with food during dinner time as he does not appreciate other dogs coming near him when he is eating his dinner. Ultimately, we feel he'd probably be happiest as an only dog in his adoptive home, so we will only be considering families for him with no other dogs in the home. He does live with a larger dog savvy cat in his foster home and seems to co-exist just fine with him, despite his minor attempts to "boss" the cat from time to time.
Stewie is 100% potty trained! His foster family reports that he has been excellent with going potty outside and does not have any issues with accidents inside as long as a regular consistent schedule is followed. Maintaining that routine will be required to ensure his continued success with potty training in his new home. He does indicate if he has to go outside by standing quietly by the backdoor and he always usually has to go potty after eating! 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. 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. He WILL get into things/chew things he is not supposed to if he is left unsupervised. Again, he absolutely can not be left out while unsupervised! He does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of and how to be a pet.
Medically, Stewie seems to be in great health, other than currently being overweight. Stewie's foster family suspects that may have a very mild form of Pica. Pica is a medical issue referring to a dog's "craving" of a non-food item and the subsequent eating of said item. He will chew on and eat small things he can get to that are left down on the ground or small pieces of dog toys that he can chew off (if he isn't being watched closely) and also tries to eat toilet paper like a spaghetti noodle off of the bathroom rolls. He MUST be supervised very closely when out and about in the house due to this. Think of it as a baby putting random things in their mouth and chewing on them and sometimes swallowing them. That is exactly what Stewie does/will do if he's able. His home will have to make sure that things are picked up off of the floors and that the areas he has access to are very dog proofed. IF he were to eat something and it were to cause a rupture or impaction, he would have to have surgery to remove any foreign items that were obstructing his stomach/intestines and a rupture could ultimately lead to his death, IF that were to occur, so this is why monitoring and diligence is important for him. Again, he *absolutely* can not be left out while unsupervised and will need to be supervised very closely when his people are home and he is out and about!
Stewie was also VERY obese (79lbs!) when he came to his foster home. His foster family has been working very very diligently in order to get him down to a healthy and acceptable weight. So far, he has lost approx 10lbs (he still needs to lose at *least* 15lbs more, minimum!) and is currently headed in the right direction toward a healthy weight! His adoptive family will absolutely need to be VERY diligent about monitoring his food intake and his weight. Having excessive weight to carry around is very hard on dogs, and is especially hard on Bulldogs. Stewie was showing signs of fatigue very quickly and we could tell that he was having a more difficult time breathing due to being overweight. Even after losing 10lbs his foster family reports that he already seems to be breathing better, seems less winded/fatigued after just walking around the yard in the summer heat for a few short minutes and seems to be getting around better as well. He would greatly benefit from short daily walks and his adoptive family needs to make sure he has plenty of play time throughout the day to burn some calories. Again, Stewie's adoptive family absolutely *must* understand how important it is for his health that he continue to lose weight until he reaches a healthy weight for his stature. Once he reaches an appropriate weight, we feel he will be able to be a bit more active without struggling to catch his breath so quickly, which will make him a much happier and healthier boy in many different aspects, especially as he ages. Obese dogs have a lot more issues with heart problems, arthritis, joint issues, etc, so this is why we just can not stress enough how important it is for his adoptive family to be very diligent with monitoring and maintaining him at a healthy weight (once he reaches a healthy weight, that is!). Stewie also has a bit of dry eye so will need lubrication put into his eyes on a daily basis. Stewie tolerates his eye lube/cleanings very well, so this shouldn't be a difficult or time-consuming task to take on for his forever family! Stewie is neutered, has been HW Tested, has been updated on Vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the go ahead for adoption by our veterinarian!
Stewie would do well in almost any type of home except one that has small children. Due to his suspected Pica a home with children would also not be ideal for him due to small toys laying around, etc. He is used to going out with a fenced yard for potty breaks and does not know how to potty on a leash so a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). He has been doing very well about learning stairs while in his foster home and seems to do quite well with them. We also think he'd love to go work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office as long as he had his own area to hang out in with not a lot of stranger dogs coming and going from his space. He does LOVE to meet new people and get lots of pets from them! If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel with a couple large nylabones 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 Stewie, please submit an adoption application for him 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.