Age: 22 months
Weight: 22 lbs
Kids: No small children (see bio)
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $400
Breaking news! While this pup may have seemed stuck on the foster page like a barnacle to a whale, Barnacle is finally making the jump! After more than a year in foster care, he is making his grand debut on the available page. Coming into FBRN at just 8 months old after being surrendered for recurrent rectal prolapse and multiple intestinal parasites, Barnacle is now in tip top shape and ready to find his special forever family.
Barnacle is not only devastatingly adorable but he also has the personality to match. He has never met a stranger and loves his four-legged canine foster siblings, two-legged foster parents and their two-legged grandchildren (ages 5-15). While he has done very well with visiting children as young as 5 years old in his foster home, any children in his adoptive home must be old enough to understand Barnacle cannot be touched while sleeping. He has shown aggression when being handled before being fully awakened. As the saying goes, let sleeping dogs lie (or try waking them up carefully with a hands-free, gentle-wake alarm app).
After much trial and error with his diet, with the "errors" resulting in very messy diarrhea, Barnacle MUST stick to his current canned prescription diet of Hill’s Z/D Original Skin/Food Sensitivities (you know, like a barnacle sticks to the bottom of a boat). In addition, Barnacle has a little thing experts like to call "coprophagia" (seemingly to hide the meaning behind a fancy word). With a name like his, maybe he takes "filter feeding" too literally. Therefore, all of his feces must be picked up before he has the chance to partake in the self-proclaimed delicacy. While a fenced yard is ideal for an energetic pup like Barnacle, you must stick to him very closely, like a barnacle to a turtle, until you have picked up any poop. Barnacle would love to accompany you to the office (as long as your coworkers can refrain from squishing his adorable face while he's sleeping). If he is left at home while the humans go to work, he must be let out for a potty break every 4 hours or he will find his own snacks (see "coprophagia") which creates messy diarrhea.
Despite Barnacle's extensive medical history and surgeries, he could do very well with just about any highly responsible, committed family willing to follow the rules. He is a happy camper who loves to do zoomies, play with toys and pester the resident dogs until they play with him. When he plays, he plays hard and when he sleeps, he sleeps hard. He's a cuddler and he sleeps in the human bed, usually cuddling with a human or another dog.
Barnacle's long-term foster gushes about this cutie: "Barney is really just a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. My hope for him is to find a forever home that has the time for him. I would love to see him go to a family with other dogs and/or [responsible] kids. He has a lot of love to give. He does REQUIRE a special food and his family needs to understand the monthly cost of that food and what they are committing to. He's really a fine specimen of the French bulldog both in appearance and personality."
If you have been following Barnacle since he was first introduced or are a new-found fan, fill out an adoption application and tell us why you might be the best match (and don't forget the barnacle jokes). He'll surely stick with you through thick and thin - barnacles have a very strong bond - if you stick with him and his requirements. Start planning your route to Tennessee and maybe even download "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" to your playlist for the trip. Barnacle will be waiting for you - he's not going anywhere until he finds the right fit!
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. 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.
Barnacle is housebroken, but has occasional accidents in the house.
He has several allergies, including storage mites, and must remain on his current canned prescription diet of Hill’s Z/D Original Skin/Food Sensitivities.
Barnacle came into FBRN’s care with bloody diarrhea and a history of rectal prolapses. He was neutered and had upper and lower endoscopy with biopsies on 10.31.2019 and was diagnosed with lymphoplasmacytic and eosinophilic IBD. Barnacle MUST remain on his current canned prescription diet of Hill’s Z/D Original Skin/Food Sensitivities. On 08.11.2020 Barnacle also had a coloplexy procedure, a surgery to attach the colon to the abdominal wall.
Barnacle has brachycephalic airway syndrome. He had nares and soft palate resection on 08.11.2020. Barnacle must wear a harness when going for walks, never a collar or choke chain.
Barnacle has shown aggression when being touched while sleeping so must never be around small children.
Love you, Barnacle. jean suber-smith
Get well soon - you’re so cute!!!! Luiza Grimberg
We're sending happy thoughts to you Barnacle! Zuzu and Tammy Allison
Dear Barnacle, I wish you speedy recovery. Much love. Elena.
For sweet little Barnacle. Elena.
Here’s to you, sweet Barnacle! suzette graben
For Barney Walter and Donna Glenn
I'm rooting for you, sweet Barnacle! Kelsey Wood
Best of luck from Beanie and her humans!
Get well soon! Anderson Evans
A little something to brighten your day in celebration of Suki's 4th Birthday. Gail White
I <3 Barnacle! Luiza Grimberg
Barnacle, you’re a handsome dude and possibly another reason we were meant to have moved recently to TN! Here’s to your health. Vickie Snow
Good luck Barnacle! Rebecca Byrd
Hello, Barnacle! You are adorable. Hope this will help with your vet expenses. Kathy H Aycock