Age: 3 years
Adoption Fee: $500
Foster Location: Des Moines, IA
Kids: Yes, preferably Yes older
Other Dogs: yes!
House Trained: Almost
Demeanor:Sweet, playful w/other dogs,
Energy Level: Outside her kennel - on the go & curious! Inside kennel - calm
Health Issues: No Known Issues
Behavioral Issues: No Known Issues
Abigail came to Lucky Bulldogs Rescue as a breeder release from the commercial dog breeding industry. She is slowly getting accustomed to her new life as a pet. Abigail will need a family who will be patient with her as she continues to learn about being a pet. She takes time to warm up and trust even a loving, outreached hand. She prefers that her hoomans make slow movements and let her approach them as well as giving her space when moving in and out of her kennel and doorways.
Abigail loves to play with her fur-sisters and brother. She is most relaxed when outside with them. She will run fast and engage in play with them. She has a cute bark (gruff for her petite size) and will *talk* to faraway dogs that she hears or in response to other noise makers. She loves to run all over the backyard and is beginning to show interest in toys. Chasing a ball is her favorite thing to do. The fetching part is a work in progress, but at least she points to where it landed.
Abigail weighs just under 19 pounds. Her almost constant nervous state in the beginning posed a challenge in getting her to eat, but recently she has been consuming almost all of her meals (dry kibble) on a regular basis and is expected to gain a few pounds as time goes on. Patience and consistency have been key.
Abigail is crate trained. She is happy in her kennel and will snooze the day away while hoomans are away as well as through the night. She may release the occasional bark to something dropped on the floor above or some other loud noise, but quickly settles back down. Her foster family happily reports that she is mostly potty trained, just has the occasional accident in her kennel. She also handles stairs and even the pet stairs like a pro. Just recently she discovered the big bed on her own and felt pretty okay about that!
Healthwise, Abigail has no issues. She did have a couple teeth pulled and a hematoma (caught early) on her earflap that was drained and treated with antibiotics, but neither of these things will affect her going forward. She has been spayed, had a dental, is up to date on all vaccinations, and is microchipped.
Abigail's ideal family and home would be fairly calm with a fenced backyard. Abigail says "and at least one fur-sibling". Having a cohort is essential to helping her feel at ease as well as a buddy to frolic with, in and outside the home. Cats are probably okay too, as long as they are dog savvy.
Abigail has a very sweet personality; however, she is still affected by her previous life in regard to noises and sudden movements. She needs a family who understand this and will give her patience and love so she can deepen her trust and fully enjoy her new life as a cherished pet. Does she sound like the right fit for your family? Please apply! She already has an extra squeaky ball packed!
While in foster care, all our dogs are thoroughly vetted. Any discovered medical issues will be disclosed above. Our Lucky Bulldogs (and their smushie-faced buddies) are cleared by their vet for adoption prior to us accepting applications. All our dogs will be up to date on Rabies & DHPP vaccinations, up to date on Heartworm preventative after a negative Heartworm test, and spayed or neutered prior to being adopted out to their forever homes. Often times, our dogs are given dentals and sometimes nare-widening surgery if needed while under anesthesia. All surgical and medical history we have will be shared with adopters. Further details can be discussed with the foster volunteer during the phone interview for the applications that are chosen to proceed to the phone interview part of the adoption process.
All our dogs are crate trained unless otherwise noted on their "All About" pages.
We typically will accept applications for our available dogs for 1-2 weeks except in cases of overwhelming popularity where we may stop accepting new applicants sooner. Once we have stopped accepting applications, we will review them and proceed with a phone call with our top applications to chat about the dog being applied for, go over the adoption process, and answer any questions the potential adopter has. After phone calls take place, we will decide on our top applicant choice and proceed to contact them to schedule a home visit (in person or via video chat), and check vet and personal references before the adoption is ready to be completed. This process can take up to 6 weeks, but we do notify all applicants of the outcome.