Foster Location: Fremont, NE
Age: 2 years old (DOB: 05-02-17)
Weight: 21 lbs.
Kids: Dog Savvy, 6 years or older
Cats: Yes, dog savvy
Adoption fee: $350.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Forest came into SNAFU Rescue after being purchased at a commercial breeder dog auction. Thanks to the help of generous donors we were able to secure 19 other dogs, now nicknamed the #ValentineOne9
Forest had a rough start when first coming into the rescue. He was skinny and regurgitating almost everything he tried to eat or drink. Behind his small frame was this amazing quirky boy with such a sweet little personality. He definitely marches to the beat of his own drum. Forest is your velco frenchie - where his people are, he must be as well! He will most certainly act as your shadow, so watch under your feet as you will most likely find him under them! Forest loves to cuddle on the couch with his foster family! He gets along famously with the other animals in his foster home and loves to play and wrestle with the other dogs in his foster home. He also tries to engage the cats in play as well. If potential adopters have a cat, it needs to be dog savvy - if the cat runs he *will* chase. Don’t be too fooled by this rambunctious, playful behavior though! Immediately following playtime he is demanding all the attention for himself and, despite his bursts of energy, Forest makes sure to live up to his Frenchie nature and take lots of naps. Forest can often be found lounging around searching for any comfy spot in sight for a quick snooze. Forest seems to get along well with every human (even though he may get a little jealous when all the pets and scratches are not just for him!) and dog he meets and loves attention from anyone and everyone! Forest also does well with gentle children under supervision but he does tend to get a bit jumpy and rough from time to time so we feel he would likely do best in a home with dog savvy kids that are 6 years of age or older. As with all dogs, he should always supervised when he is around kids, to make sure both he and they are kept safe.
Forest is still working on potty training and his foster happily reports he is doing amazingly well! Carpet seems to be his nemesis. He has a doggy door at his foster home he knows how to use but if there is a rug in sight he would rather dart in that direction. A regular, consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training in his new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with him. He has also done great with crate training when his foster family leaves the home. For his safety, we recommend that he keep a similar crating schedule when his humans are away from the home and/or he is left unsupervised so he is safe and secure. He does not know danger and must be protected when his humans are not able to supervise him. Forest is still learning manners, social graces and general house order. He will continue to need guidance and positive reinforcement to become the perfect family member!
Medically, Forest has been diagnosed with Megaesophagus. He has an enlarged pocket in his esophagus where food and water tend to get hung up/stuck. Some food/water may go down but most will come right back up, if not managed properly. Forest's condition is managed by using a special feeding chair (called a Bailey Chair) and a high quality, healthy diet. His feeding routine consists of eating 3 times a day. This may eventually may be able to be reduced to 2 feedings a day, depending on his weight management. Forest eats in his special chair and has to remain there (in an upright position) for 20-30 minutes after he is finished eating so that his food can get down to his stomach properly and digest. He is still working on staying in his chair and prefers you sit with him the whole time or hold him. That gives Forest great comfort as this needy boy just loves to be close to his people. Currently, he is fed a mix of water and high quality dog food. Two supplements are added to his food, as well (Dyne and Pedialyte). He has successfully gained almost 4 pounds since February 14th and is now well adjusted to being a pet and living much a healthier life. Forest endured an eye injury earlier on in his life that was likely left untreated. Due to this injury he has dry eye in his right eye and will need lubrication ointment applied 1-2 times a daily for the rest of his life to keep his eye lubricated and healthy. Forest has been neutered, heartworm tested, microchipped and is UTD on all of his vaccinations/wormings. We will be very strict with vetting any potential adopters for him, as we want to make sure he is very loved and has the best life and care (both in home care and vet care) that he possibly can during his lifetime.
Please see the below links for information on Megaesophagus:
Forest needs a special home with a family that maintains a slower lifestyle that enjoys spending a lot of time at home. His adopters must be willing and able to dedicate a lot of time to him. Forest needs a calm and patience family with a flexible schedule to provide the proper care for him. Don’t you worry! He is such an appreciative boy and will quickly bond and provide his new family with reciprocal love and attention. He just absolutely loves to lounge around with his people and request a few snuggles throughout the day. While he has mastered stairs and they are no issue for him, a house with a fenced yard/large yard will be preferred for him (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) as he is a young boy with a decent amount of energy and is still working hard on that potty training! He does enjoy sunbathing on a nice day and if the yard is not fenced he would enjoy a secure patio to relax on. For walks, his future family will need to keep in mind that he will always need to use a harness for walks and care must be taken to not pull on his throat. Again, he MUST wear a harness for walks vs. a collar. We think Forest would also love to go to the office with you! If not, that is ok too! He would be just as happy snoozing the day away in his crate with a good nylabone or two to keep him busy as long as his new family can arrange a mid-day potty break or two for him.
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Forest please fill out the application link below!
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.