Foster Location: Carthage, MO
Age: 6 years (DOB: unknown)
Kids: Yes, 10 years or older
Adoption fee: $500
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Oddie came into SNAFU Rescue via a private party release. To no fault of his own, his owner wanted him placed in a loving pet home that has the time for a pet.
Oddie is an active, social, playful, loving energetic Boston Terrier. He can be overly enthusiastic at random times of the day and the very next minute settle in for a cuddle session with his humans! Even though Oddie is VERY outgoing he can be extremely anxious around strangers, especially men. He will learn to trust men and has grown close to his foster dad with time. Although Oddie is still discovering toys, when the mood strikes him, he will grab a plush toy and squeak away! You can often find Oddie searching his foster home for his beloved foster sisters in hopes someone will engage him in play. Oddie is a submissive dog and will acquiesce to the type of play his furry foster sisters are interested in. Oddie can entertain himself for hours chewing on a Yak Stick but would love nothing more than another furry friend to play with. When he isn’t burning off some energy indoors, you can find Oddie requesting some nap time. He is the first to jump up on the couch, grab any available lap to cuddle in to settle into a much desired snuggle session or just settle in and watch his favorite TV shows. After his cuddle time with his humans is over (they are generally short lived), you can occupy Oddie’s time with long walks outside (he is still learning leash manners) and just generally being outdoors. He loves rolling around in the cool grass, running zoomies around the fenced-in yard and learning the game of fetch (work in progress!). When Oddie isn’t following his humans around the house, you can locate him quietly exploring every inch of his foster home. He is quite smart, curious and wanting to know where everything is so Oddie must be supervised when wandering the home as he doesn’t know danger or what surfaces he is allowed on and which ones are off limits. He has a bit of a mischievous side when he is left to his own demise and will find things that he should not get into. (trash cans etc.). Oddie does not have formal training and therefore will need firm leadership, consistent correction to help him learn proper dog behavior, learn proper dog manners and to know what is expected in his adoptive home. Due to his anxiety around new people in entering his home Oddie is in need of someone to help overcome his fears and work on his overall confidence to prevent an outburst or a nipping incident. Oddie did nip at a guest that entered his home completely out of fear and the noise level in the home during the Thanksgiving Holiday. He must be offered a safe space and VERY slow introductions to new people. After slow introductions, Oddie absolutely gets along well with every human he meets (big or small)! He has interacted with children as young as 5 years old and did great with all of them but due to his overall nervous disposition, Oddie’s foster family believes he would be best in a home with dog-savvy, gentle, calm/quiet children 10 years or older and a home with a balanced dog to learn the ropes from. 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 he and they are kept safe.
Oddie is doing amazingly well with potty training. He quickly picks up on things and does his business when he is asked. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with him, offering him a consistent schedule and work with him on a signal for potty. Oddie is crate trained, has not had any accidents and is crated when his humans are away from the home and at night. Oddie is the best cuddles in the world and we know he would much rather share a human bed and snuggle in with his adoptive family. For his safety, we recommend a similar crating/sleeping schedule is kept for him as he does not know danger or boundaries. Until Oddie is able to overcome his social anxiety, we also recommend that Oddie is crated/kept safe in a space if and when social events are conducted in his adoptive home.
Medically, Oddie seems to be in great health! He has been neutered, microchipped, updated on vaccinations/dewormings and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian!
Oddie would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard due to his explorative nature, his ability to jump high, his overall energy level and love for the outdoors (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) but because Oddie is a quiet dog, an apartment on the ground level with a tall fenced-in area would be okay too as long as his adoptive family is willing to offer Oddie daily exercise. He begs for exercise and a large yard to run and play would be the best fit for this fun-loving boy! We know Oddie would thrive in a home with lots of calm people to love on him and one with another dog for him to cuddle and play with. We also think don’t think Oddie would be a good office companion. If he did receive some formal obedience training we think Oddie would do okay in an office environment as he truly loves to be with humans at ALL times. Even better, Oddie would love a family that has a stay at home/work from home parent as he really desires to be around his people as much as possible! You don’t have the availability to stay at home - that’s okay! He would happily sleep the day away in his crate with a furry buddy to keep him company, a comfy blanket to lay his head on as long as his people can arrange a mid-day potty break or two for him. Although Oddie is a velcro dog who loves people, he would do best in a quiet home with a limited number of unfamiliar guests/unannounced company. He should always be watched closely around new people as he is a nervous dog who may act out/nip due to his anxiety. Ultimately, Oddie is a typical Boston Terrier with bountiful energy looking for a family that shares his active lifestyle. He has energy for days as well as a lazy side that requires many cuddles with his humans and many kisses!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Oddie, 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.