Age: 9 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 22 lbs
Dogs: Possibly one submissive dog
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $250
***BARBRA HAS A BITE HISTORY***
Her name is Barbra, and she’s back on the FBRN Available Page! Our favorite funny girl is on the hunt for a forever home, where she can finally find someone who won’t rain on her parade and will bring her flowers (or biscuits) every day. And she knows the perfect match is out there, somewhere!
Just as her namesake suffered from stage fright, our Babs suffers from severe anxiety. Her original owners, who had small children (and thus a good deal of noise and chaos) surrendered Barbra in the hopes that she could find a calm, quiet home that was better suited for her nervous disposition. Barbra was adopted in 2015, but when her new owner had to relocate to rural Alaska, she returned to FBRN for another crack at a perfect forever home.
The two things Barbra needs most are calmness and consistency. She requires an adult-only home with few visitors and no children, as she is extremely nervous around strangers and cannot be trusted with kids. Barbra has never bitten a child or behaved aggressively around little ones, but she has twice bitten an adult that was reaching down to pick up a child. Plus, children can be unpredictable in their movements, and if there’s one thing Barbra doesn’t like, it’s unpredictability. She needs a consistent schedule, clear expectations, and firm leadership to help her feel secure. If you have experience handling anxious dogs, please be sure to tell us about in in your application.
The ideal home for Barbra is one where people are home for most of the day, although she can stay alone in her crate for a few hours without any problems. A midday break from a dog walker isn’t a possibility with Barbra, due to her intense fear of outsiders coming into her house. Although she does well on a leash and even enjoys the occasional trip to the pet supply store, a fenced yard is the best way to ensure that Barbra gets her exercise without having to deal with the stress of encountering strange people or dogs. And her home can have neither owls nor pussycats—Barbra is allergic to cats, and in any event, she doesn’t much care for them. Toward dogs, Barbra is extremely submissive and will immediately roll onto her back she feels attacked or cornered. For this reason, Barbra would probably do best as an only dog, but could possibly learn to peacefully coexist with another submissive pooch.
Barbra is housebroken, but one of her fear responses is to piddle. The best way to avoid this is to let her out on a regular basis, and she will potty on demand. Even then, the occasional puddle in the house is to be expected. Barbra is good at keeping her crate clean and will enter her crate on command (with the knowledge that a treat comes at the end!) She also takes her meals inside her crate, and is comfortable doing so. Speaking of meals, Barbra’s allergies are controlled through both medication (a daily dose of Apoquel) and a raw turkey diet, which should be continued in her new forever home.
What Barbra wants most of all is to just have her human by her side—the less activity, the better. Unless, of course, that activity is petting, in which case Barbra asks that you do it now and you do it often. She has been known to be mouthy with people who aren’t giving her the attention she wants (a behavior that should be gently discouraged), although she is less demanding in that respect with her foster mom and people she trusts. Barbra occasionally chews on a Nylabone and likes a short romp in the yard, but for the most part she enjoys simply being in the same room as her people, watching their every move. Bedtime cuddles and Netflix marathons (while sitting on her person’s lap, of course) are other favorite pastimes.
Health-wise, Barbra is doing well for a lady of a certain age. She has a bit of arthritis in her back legs, so it’s important that she not gain any extra weight that would put pressure on her joints. Along with the Apoquel for her allergies, Barbra takes a twice daily dose of Prozac to help with her anxiety. Her new owners will need to continue these medications to ensure that Barbra maintains optimum health and comfort.
Barbra’s foster mom is a woman in love, and says, “This girl can be so amazing and is so enjoyable in the right environment. Barbra is a puzzle that few have been able to understand; she is not your typical pet. She deserves a home, now as a senior, that is filled with calm and focused on her and her owner enjoying quiet time on the couch watching TV.”
They say people who need Frenchies are the luckiest people (or something like that), so if you are the lucky person who can provide the perfect home for Barbra, please fill out an application by clicking on the link above. Just be prepared to travel—Barbra is humming showtunes in the great state of Nebraska and will not be shipped.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.
FBRN dogs are in foster care in people's private homes. For the foster families' safety, we do not disclose specific locations, and we don't set up meet and greets prior to applications. For detailed information about the dogs in our care, please read the extensive bios on each dog.
We love you Barbra! Edmund Hirschfeld
Babs forever in our hearts. "A Friend is what the heart needs all of the time"...Henry Van Dyke