Foster Location: Lawrence, KS
Age: 7 Years (DOB: 02-02-2012)
Weight: 25 lbs
Children: Yes - 8 years or older
Cats: Yes - Dog savvy
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Toph was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled and live out her life as a cherished pet!
Toph is blind, however, she is a happy, outgoing girl who doesn't let her blindness get her down! She has been blind since birth so she is quite adept at getting around and doesn’t know she is any different from a sighted dog. She enjoys digging through the toy box and exploring her foster home. Sometimes "exploring" also means exploring with her mouth (similar to a toddler who likes to chew on things or put things in their mouth to understand them and experience new things). She's very quick to correct if she manages to get something she is not supposed to have and she doesn't mean any harm as she is just learning about her environment. Due to this though, she will need to be supervised closely when out and about in the home! Toph's true passion is hanging with her people! She wants to be included in everything her people do and it doesn't matter if they're in the kitchen cooking or curled up with a book, she just wants to be near her people or on a lap! She would love a family who are ‘homebodies’ just like her. New places can be a bit overwhelming for her at first, but as long as she has lots of verbal ques letting her know she is okay, she will venture out and explore. Toph does well with other dogs and does like to play with the other dogs in her foster home but, due to her being blind, she can be a bit "socially awkward" and needs to be monitored closely when it comes to meeting new dogs that don't know her. She must be given verbal queues to assist her and she does easily correct if she accidentally "oversteps" her boundaries with stranger dogs. As typical with a blind dog, she will go face first into most situations and some dogs may misinterpret or read her body language as "pushy" or invasive. It will be important for her adoptive family to conduct slow introductions in the home if other dogs are present in her adoptive home. Her new family will also need to be patient and undestanding with her during her transition to a new home. Again, Toph loves hanging out with her doggy foster brother and sister and she tries to initiate play with them in her own way. She would greatly benefit from being in a home with another easy going dog who would be patient with her ‘face first’ attempts at making friends. Toph seems to get along well with every human she meets, including calm and easy going dog-savvy children. We feel a home with older, dog savvy childern 8 years or older would be best for her. As with all dogs, she should always supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe. She has been tested with cats while with her foster family and dog savvy cats don't seem to phase her one bit.
As for potty training, Toph is still learning. When kept on a routine, she seldom has an accident and she does well at "doing her business" (after a little bit of exploring of course) every time she goes outside,. This routine is greatly helped by her foster brother and sister going outside with her at the same time. We really do think she needs the encouragement and doggy queues that comes with being a part of a pack. She is not always the best at signaling when she needs to potty, but her foster family believes that she could potentially be trained to use a bell. She has also done great with crate training. She will sometimes fuss for the first few minutes but will settle down quickly and sleeps quietly in her kennel during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. 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 she is safe and secure while no one is home, or unsupervised. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home.
Medically, Toph seems to be in good health. She has seen an eye specialist and she is completely blind in both eyes and will require daily eye drops for lubrication to keep her eyes healthy. Toph also came into rescue with some skin infections and hot spots. She was been given a grain-free diet and medicated baths and her skin/fur has recovered nicely. Her adoptive family must be able and willing to monitor her skin closely for any future issues and treat as needed. She has been spayed, microchipped, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Toph would do best in a home without any shared walls as she can be “talkative”. She tends to discover new rooms via echolocation (barking) first and that would likely result in less than happy neighbors in a home with shared walls. Toph would also need a home with little or no stairs to manage due to the risk of her falling. If stairs were present in her adoptive home, some sort of barrier or baby gate is needed to keep her safe. Toph does fine meeting new people and would be happy to go to work with her family if they wanted to take her with them to the office as long as it was an easy going, dog-friendly work environment! If not, no problem at all - she will be happy to sleep away the day in her kennel with a soft blankie and a good chew toy as long as her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break or two for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Toph, please submit an adoption application for her 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.
Applications Under Review. We are no longer accepting applications for Toph.