Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 4.5 yrs (DOB: 12/13/14)
Weight: 18.5 lbs
Kids: Yes! (8+ and dog savvy)
Adoption Fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Tucker came into the SNAFU rescues as a breeder release. His breeder want him to live his life as a loved and cherished pet.
Tucker is a handsome deaf boy who heavily relies on other senses since he is unable to hear you. He is a shadow dog and prefers to follow around his human and in most cases prefers to be touching them at all times. He feels most secure around his humans and if he can’t see you, oh he will find you! Tucker is a very intelligent boy who loves nothing more than his people! He will follow shadows on the wall to find members of his foster family. He sadly lost his eye playing with his foster brother. Though his disabilities are minor, Tucker has found a way to push through his set backs and is joyfully living his best life! He craves a fun adventure with his foster family and has become quite the traveler. Tucker is fond of a car ride as he knows he is going to spend time with his humans, which is his favorite part of his day! He seems to be really settling into his foster home and undoubtedly adjusting more and more everyday. Tucker is experiencing a big change and will need a family who is willing to spend time with him, reassure him around new people and experiences and offer patience to help build confidence as he learns hand signals and the way you communicate with him. Tucker currently lives with a few furry foster siblings but isn't all too interested in them. He does tolerate their existence and occasionally will initiate play time with them. Tucker has a strong and bossy personality and this can cause clashes with other dogs in the home. And because of this, if you are considering adopting Tucker and do not live in the Omaha, NE metro area, we fee it is best if he is the only dog. If you are in the Omaha Metro area, we recommend several introductions to other dogs in the home to make sure Tucker and your current resident dog are able to be friends and coexist. He will only be placed in a home with dogs whose temperaments are very laid back, submissive and easy going. As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children in the home is a must! He should always be supervised when he is around children and other dogs to make sure both he and they are kept safe. Tucker needs someone who can provide firm and consistent pack leadership within their home as having a deaf dog comes with different challenges. Tucker is a quick learner and easily picked up on hand signals and has rapidly learned the routine in his foster home. Did someone say cookies? Although Tucker didn't hear you, this boy will smell them or see you reach for the bag and run as fast as he can to chomp on them! You want to get his attention, cookies are the answer!
Tucker is currently still working on potty training, He has been successfully using a doggie door in his foster home when he needs to go outside but there are still a few accidents from time to time. A regular and consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training in his new home. Patience, persistence and consistency MUST be given to him and will be the best tools for helping him succeed in his forever home. He has also done great with crate training and sleeps the day away while foster family is at work. It is recommended when Tucker needs to be woken up from a nap, that he is gently rubbed on the top of his head as this makes him feel safe and secure. 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. He does not know danger and must be protected when his humans are not able to supervise him.
Medically, Tucker is in good health. He does have some arthritis in his back, specifically the thoracic region, therefore he must never jump on or off furniture. He would benefit from minimal chiropractic care. His current vet recommends 2-3 visits a year just to keep things moving freely as well as a joint supplement (Dogzymes Phyto-Flex found on chewy.com or smile.amazon.com) . He has been neutered, heart worm tested, updated on vaccinations/de-worming’s, micro-chipped and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian!
Tucker would do well in almost any type of home but since he is still working on potty training and walking on a leash, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). He does well with stairs but given his short legs, it can take him some time to go up and down. A pair of loving arms to carry him up and down would be wonderful for him! Tucker needs a family who is willing to spend the extra time to help him understand his surroundings and what is expected of him in the home. Tucker would love to go to work with his foster family but if that isn't possible he is completely happy sleeping the day away in his crate as long as his people can arrange a mid-day potty break for him!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Tucker 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.