Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 4 years (DOB: 11-18-2015)
Kids: Yes - dog savvy 12yrs or older
Dogs: Yes - submissive/easy going dogs
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Winnie was surrendered to the SNAFU rescue via a breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled, loved and cherished for the rest of her life.
Winnie is painfully shy but sweet, quiet, timid and reserved little girl. She has yet to truly discover toys instead would rather nibble on a Himalayan chew. She takes a quieter approach to life requiring ample time to warm up to the people around her before she is even comfortable sharing the same space with them. Winnie enjoys a good snooze in any quiet, comfortable space she can find. She is truly afraid of every movement made around her and every human she meets. Winnie is still learning the ways of pet life and will need a family who is willing to spend time with her, provide the much desired space she requires, offer her extreme patience and introduce her to very slowly to new things to build her confidence. She is unfortunately just existing and not living life as a normal pet should because of the boundless fear she has. Her foster family reports that Winnie is making small improvements daily and is hopeful, with the right family offering her a calm and quiet surrounding, that her frenchie personality soon shines through! Winnie currently lives with several foster furry siblings. She coexists well with them however she requires respectful boundaries while she acclimates. Winnie would do well in a house with a passive fur buddy and most likely better as an only dog as she is still learning how to be a beloved pet. She has not been around cats but given her skittish nature we think she would do best in a home without cats. Winnie’s sweet but cautious personality would fit best with gentle, respectful, calm, dog savvy children over the age of 12. As with all of our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and she should always be supervised to make sure she and they are kept safe.
Winnie is not at all potty trained. Unfortunately, even with access to a doggy door in her foster home, she does everything she can to avoid being near her humans and pees and poops while she runs to escape them. Her adoptive family will need endless patience and be willing and able to keep her on a regular and consistent schedule in effort to have any success potty training her. Winnie’s foster family reports she is crate trained and often willingly chooses her crate when running inside after she is coaxed/herded in from the outdoors. She fears the sound of unlatching the crate and will often pee herself just from the sound. Winne prefers to sleep at night in her crate and is accident free overnight. For her safety, a similar arrangement should be kept when her humans are away from the home and/or when she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure.
Medically, Winnie is in great health! She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Due to Winnie’s limitless fear, she is given Prozac 2x daily and offered calming chews to help with her uneasiness. This medication should be continued to help her and she could be weaned off if/when her personality develops.
Winnie would do best in a house with a fenced in yard due to her constant reaction to run away while with her humans and her nervous reactions to loud unfamiliar noises. She requires a quiet house with a family that will patiently help her overcome her shy nature by offering slow introductions to everything new to her, a family that will understand it WILL take time for her to come out of her shell and a family that will help her build confidence in a positive rewarding environment. We don’t think Winnie would be a great dog to take to the office due to her uneasiness around new people instead she is completely happy sleeping the day away as long as he has a comfy bed to lay her head on and her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Winnie, 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.