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Please note that all available information regarding this dog is listed here. If you are interested you MUST submit an application prior to contacting us. Inquiries from people who have not previously submitted an application will be discarded. All adoption information such as fees and adoption procedures are listed on our web page, and all information relating to this specific dog is listed below. The volume of inquiries we receive necessitates that we have a completed application before contacting you regarding this dog.
March 7 update from Seamus's foster-family:
Seamus has been with us for several weeks now. So far there have been NO INSTANCES of aggression whatsoever. We have had our newborn granddaughter over, and Seamus basically ignored her. He also has had no instances of marking. We're not sure he was marking and acting somewhat aggressively in his other home, but it has NOT been a problem in the several weeks he has been at our house! We definitely DON'T put ourselves into the position of having to take coveted items away from him, but this has not been a problem.
Seamus has been in his new foster home for a little more than a week now and has just fit right into his foster family of humans and doggie siblings as well. Seamus is a sweet, spunky little guy who probably weighs about 15 pounds. He loves, loves, loves to be with his human friends and greets everyone that comes in with tail wagging and looking for a new lap to sit in. While he gets along just fine with the 2 male and 2 female bichons who live here, he would be fine as an only dog as long as members of his new family would be around alot of the time. He definitely likes company, human and dog alike. Another dog of his size would be fine, and he did live with a Golden Retriever for a short time and did very well. We're not sure about cats since we don't know that he's had any experience with them.
Seamus is neutered, up to date on all his shots, and has been microchipped. As you can see from his photos, Seamus is a little camera shy - just doesn't like the flash. But he's a real cutie! There was some concern on the part of his former family that he was a 'marker', however, here in foster care we have used a belly band on him to try to evaluate that problem, and 99% of the time the belly band is dry when taken off for him to go outside. It would be a great benefit in helping with this 'problem' if Seamus went to a home with a doggy door or at the very least a fenced in yard where he would have the ability to come in and out at will or be let out to roam as needed. We believe that Seamus is 100% housebroken, which is a completely different issue than 'marking.' Of course, we would send a belly band with him to his new home to prevent any problems in this area.
Seamus will be a perfect companion to most any type of family. He has had limited exposure to younger children and doesn't appear threatened by them, but we wouldn't recommend a family with really young children to avoid any situations that would be bad for the family and Seamus alike. Older children who know how to properly care for a young, small dog would be fine. Seamus would be a great companion for anyone looking for a loyal, loving friend. Seamus's former family turned him over to us due to some episodes of biting that surrounded him being reprimanded for accidents in the house, as well as some episodes of family members trying to take things away from him. We have not seen any evidence of aggression, but his new family should be aware of this just in case. Seamus is currently being fostered in Levittown, PA.
DO NOT call the rescue regarding this dog. We do not have the manpower to return the large volume of inquiries we receive anytime a new dog is posted. Our preferred method of communication is email. We check email & return inquiries on a daily basis. We do not return phone calls. All available information pertaining to this dog is already listed here. NO ONE will be considered as a potential family until they have submitted an application. This is the FIRST step in the adoption process! Pls. note that your application must include a VALID, LEGIBLE e-mail address, otherwise it will be discarded! This would seem like common sense, but the number of invalid email addresses we receive are surprising! Click here to submit our ONLINE application! No mailing or faxing is necessary!
After an application has been submitted, we will contact your current or previous vet to get a reference. We will also contact you (assuming we believe your home is a good match for one of our dogs) to schedule a home visit. NO ADOPTION IS EVER FINALIZED WITHOUT A HOME VISIT FIRST. This is a required part of the screening process. Our adoption fees are listed at the top of our online application. These fees help to offset the tremendous expenses involved in getting our dogs ready for adoption. Pls. read the top of our application for further info. about our fees.
An important note about tie-outs!
More & more lately we've noticed a trend toward using tie-outs. Many people believe that tie-outs are a cheap alternative to fencing their yards when they are considering adding a dog to their family. These people also don't have the time to WALK their dogs the four or five times a day they would need to in order to avoid housetraining accidents. We believe that tie-outs are a dangerous method of providing your dog with outdoor time. Bichons and similar breeds are small and would be 'sitting ducks' for other, more aggressive animals. They also would have no defense against unkind PEOPLE who might pass by... so tie outs are out of the question for these little guys! They need the security of a fenced yard or an owner at the opposite end of their leashes to protect them from the dangers of the outdoors! We hope you will understand that we are only looking out for the safety of our dogs when we say that we have a policy against placing dogs in homes where tie-outs will be utilized.