Foster Location: Glenwood, IA
Age: 3.5 yrs (DOB: 12/13/14)
Weight: 18.5 lbs
Kids: Yes! (8+ and dog savvy)
Adoption Fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Tucker is a former breeder dog and came into SNAFU Rescue via a private party.
Tucker is a handsome deaf boy who was diagnosed with heartworms when he came into SNAFU Rescue. He recently completed his heartworm treatment and his foster family reports that you would never be able tell that he was ever sick, if you didn't know his history! Tucker has been a wonderful little foster dog, his foster family reports! He seems to be really settling in and adjusting more and more as time passes. Tucker is slowly learning how to live the life of a pampered pet. While Tucker is thrilled with his new life, it’s important to remember that he is dealing with a big transition. He is learning how to be a family pet and has done a great job picking up on cues from his foster fur brothers. Training a deaf dog is just like training any other dog---with just a few caveats: Getting a deaf dog’s attention is visual rather than verbal and deaf dogs learn hand cues rather than verbal cues. Deaf dogs also typically learn to use other dogs around them as visual queues, too. Tucker loves human attention and to snuggle on the couch. He plays great with his foster brothers but will occasionally get a little “tough” about a toy if another dog has it. He has never hurt anyone or gotten into a fight but would do best with an adopter who can provide firm and consistent pack leadership within their home. He hasn’t been around many children and he is usually gentle but he is still learning all appropriate social aspects of a pet home. Tucker should always supervised when he is around children to make sure both he and they are kept safe. He has been around cats while being dogsat while his foster family was out of town and he did just fine with them.
Tucker is currently still working on potty training but has been doing well, aside from the occasional marking. He has been going to the door but you have to watch him and let him out right away, otherwise he will have an accident inside. He was neutered and the marking seems to be subsiding with 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. He is learning to not whine/bark while in his crate and quickly settles in while crated. 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 does not know danger and must be protected when his humans are not able to supervise him.
Medically, Tucker is in good health. Being deaf, he will need a family who will be patient and is willing to work with him on learning hand cues. He is already picking up on some hand signals while in his foster home. He has been neutered, heart worm tested, updated on vaccinations/de-worming’s, micro-chipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Tucker would do well in almost any type of home but since he is still working on potty training a house will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling). He seems to do fine with stairs and we do not feel they would be an issue for him to manage. Tucker needs someone who is willing to spend the extra time to help understand his surroundings and what he should and shouldn’t be doing since he is deaf. We feel he would do best with a fenced yard because he doesn’t come when called (he can't hear you calling him) and is still learning how to walk on a leash. Tucker could go to work with his foster family or be completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel 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.