Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Age: 3 years (DOB: 05-24-18)
Kids: Yes,16 years or older
Adoption Fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Watson came into SNAFU Rescue via a private party surrender. To no fault of his own, his family could no longer provide for his specific needs and wanted him to be placed in a loving home to be spoiled and loved!
Watson is a playful, energetic, active, snuggle bug Frenchie boy! You can often find him begging for a walk outside, looking for his beloved squeaky ball for a good game of fetch or searching for a soft place to take a nap. Watson struts like a perfect gentleman on a leash and gazes around making sure no uncertainties are ahead. He can get uneasy in an unfamiliar situation and he will seek reassurance from his leader, feeling more confident with a “it’s ok!”. Watson looks to his human for comfort as at times his insecurities get the best of him. After a bulldog suited walk, you can find Watson spending his last ounces of energy running zoomies around the house with endless excitement! Although Watson has a lot of spirit, he also has a very chill side. He very much enjoys quiet time especially if he is snuggled on the couch right next to his beloved human. After a much desired nap, Watson will look for his humans to follow them all around the house in hopes they offer him a lick-i-mat covered with his favorite foods. Watson begs for activities that offer him enrichment (walks, fetch, lick-i-mat etc), it helps his temperament when his body and mind are fulfilled. Watson’s insecurities can get the best of him especially when it comes to sharing high valued items; he can be a bit protective of his surroundings when in the company of other dogs. He currently lives with two furry foster siblings, though at times he may settle, when he is feeling insecure he will resource guard attention offered to the other dogs. Watson can feel slighted when all the attention isn’t on him and will have reactive outbursts towards the other dogs in the home that are offered what he is seeking. This unwanted behavior is immediately corrected often resulting in Watson having some time by himself. Watson is experiencing a big transition and will need firm leadership, consistent correction to help him learn proper dog behavior, learn to trust, learn proper dog manners and to know what is expected of him in his adoptive home. He is extremely smart, food motivated and after proper slow introductions Watson is willing to let his guard down around other dogs-but as of now that behavior isn’t consistent. His foster family believes he would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, children 16 years or older AND in a home where he can be the only dog. We do feel without the presence of other dogs that Watson's insecurities around the need to compete for attention will calm and he will be the very best version of himself! 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 everyone is kept safe.
Watson is 100% potty trained! 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 is 100% crate trained and has not had any accidents in his crate. He is offered a small safe space of his own and can be trusted! He does sleep quietly in his room when the foster family happens to leave the home, and as well at night. We do think Watson would love to share a bed with his adoptive family! He loves the softer things in life and adores the plush nature of soft items and blankets but a human bed would be ideal for this adorable little snuggler! For his safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping 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 a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Watson does have some GI issues and suffers from allergies (both seasonal and food) and these are BOTH successfully managed through a special diet. Watson did previously have surgery to repair a cherry eye; his eyes must be monitored to prevent future issues.
Watson would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard due to his curious nature, his need to be active and his desire for unlimited games of fetch (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). 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 secure. We do think that eventually Watson would love to go to the office with his new family since this love bug loves to be around his people and can be extremely happy with his squeaky ball all snuggled up in a soft bed. You can’t take him to the office- that’s okay! He will happily sleep the day away in his appointed room/crate with a comfy blanket 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 (2 walks are a bonus), 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 and fulfilled boy. Be ready to be loved unconditionally as Watson has so much to offer his special family/person.
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.