Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 11 Months (DOB: 09-15-2017)
Dogs: Yes! Easy going, playful dogs
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Sullivan was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue from our vet's office. His breeder had taken him in to be euthanized due to having a broken right hip, severe untreated skin infection and untreated demodectic mange. The vet knew these conditions were treatable/fixable so reached out to SNAFU Rescue to see if we could help Sully get better and find him the perfect forever home! Now that his other obvious medical issues have been treated, you wouldn't know anything was wrong with him until a vet listened to his heart during a physical examination. Sully was diagnosed with a grade 4 heart murmur, so his heart will need some extra monitoring by a cardiologist throughout his lifetime (please read below for more information!).
Sullivan (Sully) is a typical happy go lucky, playful, silly, derpy, goofy young dog who still has a lot of puppy characteristics/qualities. Sully seems to love *everyone* he meets including dog savvy cats/kitties, kids, and he especially loves to play with the other dogs in his foster home but seems to do a little better with slightly bigger dogs. He will play with smaller dogs as well but doesn't really realize his size compared to Pugs or Frenchies so they don't tend to play with him as much as he'd prefer! We are not sure what mix he is exactly, but due to his size and short stature we suspect American Bulldog/English Bulldog/French Bulldog mix. He is great with gentle children but does tend to still "puppy nip" a bit from time to time when he gets very excited or worked up. He doesn't mean to be mean or hurt anyone in any way but he still needs to be worked with on puppy do's and don'ts as he continues to age. He is doing better with his puppy training as time passes, but he will still need to be monitored closely around children and his family will need to make sure he always be supervised around any kiddos (he acts very much like a puppy, so as with any dog should always supervised when he is around kids, to make sure both he and they are kept safe).
Sully 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 95% 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 what is okay and not okay to chew on at this point!
Medically, Sully is in good health other than a grade 4 heart murmur. He has had an echocardiogram (ultrasound) done on his heart, and he has been diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis secondary to Aortic Hypoplasia which means he has a Heart (Aortic) Valve narrowing. Aortic Stenosis refers to the narrowing of the aortic valve, which controls the blood flow from the left ventricle (one of the dog's four heart chambers) to the aorta ventricular outflow tract. This obstruction puts undue pressure on the heart and has the potential to cause heart muscle cells to increase in size to maintain forward blood flow and also has the potential to cause subsequent thickening of the heart wall. The good news for Sully is that he does *not* have any thickening or abnormalities of the walls in his heart and his heart appears to be in great shape, however, the Aortic Stenosis still causes his heart to beat with an irregularity. We will be happy to provide his echocardiogram report to his potential adopters for review. He does not need/require any type of heart medication nor limitation of activity at this time and shows no symptoms (coughing, fatigue, fainting, shortness of breath, etc) of having any issues with his heart at this time. If any of these symptoms did happen to be noticed, his cardiologist should be contact immediately. He is currently a happy, active young dog, but his heart *must* be monitored by a veterinarian and cardiologist as he continues to grow. His next echocardiogram is recommended to take place when he is approx 2 years old. It was recommended that he be monitored with a Holter in 6 months time (when he is approx 1.5 years old with the possibility of another echogradiogram recheck in 6 months as well, depending on his Holter results). The defect listed above could possibly cause ventricular thickening (thickening of the heart wall), heart englargement, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure and, as with many heart defects, there is also the possibility of sudden death as he continues to age. During the course of monitoring his heart, if he develops any ventricular thickening, an arrhythmia(s), or congestive heart failure, heart medication(s) may benefit him at at later date IF any of those issues were to occur. Alternatively, he may never have additional issues with it. Sullivan must also be monitored VERY strictly with his weight per the cardiologist as weight gain and obesity can negatively impact the quality of his life and possibly affect his heart condition as well. He was reported to be at a perfect weight by the cardiologist and he strongly recommended against him gaining anymore weight. Since his lifespan could possibly be shorter than a "regular" dog, we want him to have the best life he could possibly 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.
Please see the links below for more information on Aortic Stenosis:
Sully has no other known health issues. As mentioned previously he came to us with a broken right hip and has since had FHO surgery on his right hip to save/salvage his leg from the damage his hip suffered before coming to SNAFU Rescue. His hip has been healing very nicely; he can run and play on it just like a normal dog would and it currently causes no limitations for him. He has been neutered, microchipped and is UTD on all of is vaccinations/heartworm prevention/dewormings.
Sully would do well in almost any type of home. He is used to going out with a fenced yard for potty breaks but will pee on a leash if he is taken out on a leash. A house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling), as he does not do well with stairs at this time. He previously had to be lifted up and down stairs while his leg was healing and while he goes down stairs like a champ, he is still unsure of himself when going up them. We will clarify that he CAN indeed do stairs and will go up them with a little support from his humans (or even a treat or two!), he just needs more practice at them to gain more confidence with going up them. We also think he'd do fine 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. If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel with a large nylabone or two to keep him busy as long as his family can arrange for a mid-day potty break for him!!
Sully is a very active, energetic young dog that still has many puppy characteristics, so please be ready for the needs and care requirements of a puppy if you think he will make a good addition to your family! If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Sully 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 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.