Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 1 year old (5/15/2018)
Weight: 13 lbs
Kids: 10 years or older
Adoption Fee: $700
Fenced Yard: Not required
Tulip came to SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction. Thanks to the help of generous donors we were able to secure her to ensure she finds a home as a cherished pet.
Tulip is a very happy, energetic, playful princess, err puppy. She is a very active girl who loves to explore and play. Tulip also loves to snuggle, she will seek out her human for holdies once play time wraps up. Tulip absolutely loves everyone she meets, especially if they are doting on her! She requires a greeting from everyone who enters her foster home, and if she’s not getting the attention she is seeking she is not afraid to let you know. This girl is a talker and isn’t afraid to share her opinion! She will also happily tell you that feeding time is her most favorite time of the day! In her foster home Tulip lives with several other dogs and 2 cats. She loves to instigate play with all the resident pets. Tulip has been great with children, under supervision, but she should still always be supervised when she is around kids, to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Tulip is currently working on potty training. She will keep her crate dry, however she does still have accidents while out and about around the house. A regular and consistent schedule will help with her continued potty training in her new home. As with all our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her, she is still very much a puppy. She has also done great with crate training 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. She does not know danger and is still learning what is expected of her inside the home. She WILL get into things/chew things she is not supposed to if she is left unsupervised. She absolutely cannot be left out while unsupervised!
Tulip does have a 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. After coming into our care, Tulip did have to have surgery to remove foreign objects (rocks, mulch, fabric, etc) in her stomach that she had eaten. She *will* swallow or eat small things that are accessible to her. Outdoor nature items seem to be her primary “craving”. In her foster home she is only let outside on a leash or VERY closely monitored. She will seek out rocks, mulch, leaves, or anything she can find and devour. Due to her history, she MUST be supervised very closely when out and about both in the house and in the yard. Think of it as a baby putting random things in their mouth and swallowing them. That is exactly what Tulip does if she's able. Her adoptive home will have to make sure that things are picked up off the floors and all areas that she has access to are dog proofed. IF she were to eat something and it were to cause a rupture or impaction, she would have to have surgery to remove any foreign items that were obstructing her stomach/intestines and a rupture could ultimately lead to her death. (Again, she has already had surgery once for this issue). Monitoring and diligence is extremely important for her safety. Again, she *absolutely* cannot be left out while unsupervised and will need to be monitored very closely when her people are home and she is out and about!
Tulip arrived in rescue with grade 4 luxating patellas (floating/loose kneecaps) in both of her back legs. Her legs would frequently lock up when she was running and playing. She has had surgery to correct this in both affected legs and has recovered wonderfully. She has been spayed, microchipped, and is up-to-date on all her vaccinations/dewormings.
Tulip would do best in a home without small children as, due to her Pica, the presence of small toys would pose a danger to her. Her ideal home would likely be a single-family home, as opposed to an apartment or townhome with shared walls. She can be quite noisy and talkative when she is demanding attention. Given the issues with her patellas and the surgery healing periods, she has not yet attempted stairs. However, she is perfectly content being carried up and down them and she could likely learn to maneuver a few steps, if she had to. Tulip is comfortable walking and pottying on a leash, so she would not require a fenced in yard. We also think Tulip would love to go to work with her new family if they wanted to take her with them to the office! She does wonderfully on car rides and loves to meet new people. If her people are not able to take her to her to work with them, no problem – she’s happy to sleep the day away at home with a couple Nylabones to keep her occupied in her kennel.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Tulip, please fill out 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.