Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 3.5 years (DOB: 05-24-18)
Kids: Yes,16 years or older. NO Exceptions.
Dogs: Yes - easy going, non-confrontational dogs only
Adoption Fee: $700
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Watson initially came into SNAFU Rescue via a private party surrender. To no fault of his own, his family could no longer provide for the needs of him and wanted him to be placed in a loving home. Watson was then adopted and returned to SNAFU for behavioral issues and biting his former adopter. Watson has a bite history and will require diligent, calm, firm and consistent leadership with his adoptive family.
Watson is a playful and active Frenchie boy! You can often find him begging for a walk outside, looking for a good game of fetch with a small squeaky ball or, in true Frenchie fashion, searching for a soft place to take a nap. Watson struts like a perfect gentleman on a leash and gazes ahead making sure no uncertainties lie ahead. He can get uneasy when in an unfamiliar situation and will seek reassurance from his leader. Watson looks to his human for comfort (and correction, if needed) when his insecurities get the best of him. He is very food motivated and is eager to please his person, so typically firm, quick leash and verbal corrections will do the job for him, if corrections are required. Watson is currently taking prozac to help take the edge off of his insecurities and while it has helped him greatly, he still will require a firm and consistent leader in his adoptive home. We would highly recommend that he remain on prozac for the remainder of his lifetime. After a bulldog suited walk, you can find Watson hanging out on his dog bed with a good nylabone chew. While Watson has a lot of spirit, he also has a very chill side. He very much enjoys quiet time and naps, especially if he can be near his people and hang out with them. Watson will look for his humans to follow them all around the house and is very much a “shadow dog”. Watson loves activities that offer him enrichment (walks, fetch, lick-i-mat etc). As they say, a tired dog is a happy dog, and that is very much true in Watson’s case. Watson’s insecurities can also get the best of him especially when it comes to sharing high valued items (chew bones, toys, food, etc.) and he will sometimes resource guard these items when in the company of other dogs. He currently lives with 4 other furry foster dog siblings and does have to be reminded occasionally that he is *not* the boss. When he is fed he is babygated separately from the other dogs in his home and this routine seems to work best for him in order to avoid conflict during feeding times. Typically a verbal correction or squirt bottle correction will be more than sufficient for him in any situation where he may be resource guarding but a timeout in his kennel is sometimes necessary as well. Typically he is okay to share attention as long as he gets a pat or two, too, but Watson enjoys his human’s affections and will need to be watched closely if another dog near him is getting attention and he isn’t. Again, Watson will need a firm, consistent leadership in his adoptive home in order to help him continue to thrive, as he is currently in his foster home. He will need to learn to trust his new family members and proper dog manners would need to continue to be reinforced so that it is clear to him exactly what is expected of him in his adoptive home. He is extremely smart, food motivated and after proper slow introductions and being able to see that they are not a scary threat, Watson is willing to let his guard down around other easy going, laid back dogs. His foster family believes he would be best either as an only dog or in a home with maybe one other calm, easy going, low-key, non-challenging dog. As far as children, due to his bite history, he would require a home with kids who are dog-savvy, gentle, and 16 years or older. As with all of our dogs, we recommend slow introductions AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog in your home to make sure both the dog and the children are kept safe.
Watson is potty trained but will mark in new environments from time to time. His foster family initially used a belly band for him when he was new to the home, but has since been able to scale back on using them. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to offer him a consistent schedule to continue his potty training success. Watson does go to the door to signal when he wants/needs to go outside to potty and if he is not watched, he may pee in the house if he is ignored. Watson is crate trained but will still have pee accidents in his crate from time to time especially if he is not let outside *first* thing in the morning when his people wake up. Want to make a cup of coffee before letting the dog out in the morning? That will not work for Mr. Watson! He wants to go outside before any other activity takes place in the mornings. He also does best if his person goes outside with him into the yard. He sleeps quietly in his crate when his foster family happens to leave the home and at night. For his safety, we recommend a similar crating schedule is kept for him.
Medically, Watson seems to be in great health! He has been neutered, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian! Watson does have some GI issues and suffers from allergies (both seasonal and food). His allergies are successfully managed through regular baths and a special diet. He has been allergy tested and those results will be provided for his adoptive family. His ears will need to be monitored for ear infections due to allergies but, thankfully, he has not had significant issues with this as long as they are closely monitored. His GI issues come in the form of regurgitation(regurge) issues with food. He is currently eating a raw diet and will need to remain on a raw diet due to both food allergies and regurge. We will be happy to discuss food options for him and offer guidance in that area. His foster family has also found that hand feeding him helps significantly with avoiding regurge issues as well as giving him 5-10 minutes or so to relax in his kennel after eating.
Watson would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard due to his anxious nature especially regarding strangers, both humans and dogs (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). A home with privacy fencing would be ideal for him. Even though Watson does great with stairs, we don’t feel an apartment style home would work for him as he is in need of a quiet place to work on his insecurities. Watson is seeking a mature home, a dedicated person/family that is willing to offer him a safe place to learn to trust and feel safe. Unfortunately, we don’t feel Watson would be the best candidate for “take your dog to work day” but that’s okay! He will happily sleep the day away in his crate with a comfy blanket and a nice nylabone chew, as long as his people can arrange a mid-day potty break for him. Ultimately Watson is looking for his ride or die human that loves taking long daily walks, one willing to throw the ball in the yard and offer him the proper structure to flourish! Enrichment for his mind, body and soul is a must resulting in a VERY happy fulfilled boy. Be ready to be loved unconditionally as Watson has so much to offer.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Watson, please submit 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 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.