Foster Location: Lincoln, NE
Age: 5.5yrs old DOB: 10-29-16
Adoption Fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Willow was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via a private party. Her previous family no longer could care for her and entrusted us to be placed in a loving pet home and to live the rest of her life as a loved and cherished pet.
Willow is an active, outgoing, friendly, very social, attention loving snuggle bug. She can be timid around new people and is sensitive to noises; especially loud abrupt ones. Her favorite pastimes include curling up with a plush soft toy and grabbing a nap on a soft bed or even a rug. You can often find Willow searching for the much needed attention from her humans as she prefers the company of her humans and wants any and all attention she can get from them! When she isn’t getting the scratchies and pets from her humans you can find Willow looking for her favorite toy, jumping on her spot on the couch and snuggling up to watch her favorite TV show. After her show is over, she is back to her attention seeking ways looking for her people to snuggle up next to. She truly is content grabbing a snooze all by herself but she would much rather find her humans to share some snuggle time with. This sweet, gentle girl is quite the cuddler! Willow can be a very active pup as she much prefers her time outdoors running around the fenced in yard. Even while outdoors she follows her humans everywhere they go! Once her time outdoors is over, she is hopeful her favorite human will find their way to the couch (her favorite spot) and settle in for a few moments. Willow is still learning the proper ways of pet life so patience is key. She currently lives with a few furry foster siblings and can be protective of her humans and will resource guard her food and high valued items. She is experiencing a big transition and will need firm leadership, consistent direction to help her learn proper dog behavior, learn proper dog manners and to know what is expected of her in her adoptive home. She seems to get along well with every human she meets (big or small)! Her foster family believes she would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, children who are older and respectful. Because Willow can be a bit of a bully around smaller dogs, protective of her human, jealous if attention is being shared, a home as an only dog is preferred for her as she truly loves the spotlight all on her! As with all of our dogs, we recommend slow introductions between dogs AND supervision around children when introducing a new dog in your home to make sure both she and they are kept safe.
Willow is fully potty trained. She has not had many accidents in her foster home when watched closely and kept on a schedule. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to offer her a consistent schedule to continue her potty training success. Willow is 100% crate trained. She does sleep quietly in her crate when her foster family happens to leave the home. We do think Willow would love to share a bed with her adoptive family! She loves the softer things in life and adores the plush nature of her crate and blanket but a human bed would be ideal for this adorable little snuggler! For her safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for her.
Medically, Willow seems to be in good health! She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Willow came into rescue with a hole in the cornea of her left eye. A graft was successfully surgically placed over the hole. She does have a small stable cataract in the left eye but at this time surgery is not recommended. Willow's eye will have to be monitored for progression of cataract and to keep an eye on the graft. Both of her eyes have good tear production and at this time no medication is required.
Willow would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) as she enjoys the outdoors, exercise in the yard and walks. We think Willow would adjust wonderfully to an office environment and would very much love to go to the office with her new family since she is the happiest around her people (as long as no smaller dogs are present to compete for attention)! If her adoptive family is unable to be at home/work from home or can’t take her to the office- that’s okay! She will happily sleep the day away in her crate with a comfy blanket as long as her people can arrange a mid-day potty break for her. Ideally, Willow is looking for a family that is willing to include her in family adventures. and one that can offer her all the love and attention she deserves. She is an absolute lovebug, super gentle, overly kind, loyal and warm pup. Willow will adorn her trusted people with unlimited kisses and unwavering loyalty.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Willow, please submit 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.