Age: 5 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 23 pounds
Kids: Yes, 13+ and dog savvy
Fenced Yard: Suggested
Adoption Fee: $350
Brigitta has limited hind end mobility and must always be carried up and down stairs and must not be allowed to jump on or off the furniture. She had palate and nares resection, on 01.19.2018. Brigitta sometimes has submissive/excitement urination.
Preference will be given to applicants who would like to adopt both Brigitta and Marta, because they are a truly bonded pair.
Sweet Brigitta was surrendered to the local Humane Society along with her sister, Marta. As is sometimes the case with our rescues, we don’t know much about this little nugget’s life before she ended up in FBRN. During the time she has been in foster care, her foster mom has done a great job getting her vetted and learning more about this sweet pup’s personality.
Brigitta has what might be described as a “wonky” gait that suggests that she might have some mild hind-end mobility issues. At this time, she is not exhibiting signs of more serious paralysis, and she is able to play with her foster siblings and chase bubbles (more on that later) without hesitation. Foster mom says she likes going to the dog park as well and jumps in to play with the big dogs too, so it's obvious this girl’s got spunk. (We like spunk!)
Brigitta doesn't currently have any issues with bladder or bowel control at this time, although she does occasionally pee when she is excited or nervous – often upon meeting new people. However, once she gets to know the people around her, she does just fine. Foster mom says she hates going outside in the winter to take care of business, and will forget her house manners on these occasions. Her adopter should be aware of this issue, be patient as she adjusts to a new home and provide firm, consistent reinforcement of the rules to ensure that Brigitta conducts herself appropriately. Perhaps train her to use pee pads when the snow is deep or the temperature is low.
Brigitta also has some of the typical breathing issues that are common with brachycephalic (short-snouted) dogs. While in FBRN’s care, she had surgery to trim her soft palate and widen her nares (nostrils), but she's still a noisy breather. While her breathing doesn't seem to slow her down, her adopter should be aware of the potential for overheating and make sure Brigitta doesn't become overexerted or overly hot, either from exercise or weather.
Brigitta’s nervous urination and need for more frequent “pit stops” to take care of her dog business would make her a poor candidate to be an office dog, and she would probably not do well if her owners left her alone for prolonged periods of time. As a result, we are hoping to find a home where one or more of her humans are home for most of the day and can take her out periodically.
We would also like to find a home for Brigitta with minimal (or -- ideally -- no) stairs. Again, while her mobility's not currently limited, potential adopters must be aware that her back issues could worsen as she ages. Her back concerns also mean that any kids in the home should be 13 years or older, dog-savvy and able to understand that she needs to be treated even more delicately than other dogs.
With those details out of the way, let’s talk about this girl’s personality! Brigitta is a sweet little ham who loves chewing on Nylabones, sunning herself and chasing bubbles. Foster mom has discovered that she is a nut for bubble chasing. She takes this task *very* seriously and tries to pop each one before it hits the ground. She also loves car rides and walks. Her foster mom says she’s not a huge cuddler, but she will cuddle occasionally. Mostly she likes relaxing, unless she is at the dog park or chasing the aforementioned bubbles, in which case she has quite a bit of energy.
It’s obvious that Brigitta has won over her foster family with her charm. Her foster mom had this to say about her: “We just love this little space cadet! She's such a ham and a really sweet girl. She turns heads wherever she goes. We will miss her, but she deserves a home that will give her all the love and care that she deserves.”
As we mentioned, Brigitta was surrendered to the Humane Society along with her sister, Marta. While it is possible to just adopt one of these two ladies, preference will be given to adopters who are willing to add both girls to their family. If you think you might be the ideal home for this set of Frenchie bookends, hop on over to Marta’s bio to find out more about her.
If you're ready to apply, just click on the link above and submit an application. If you are chosen to adopt Brigitta and/or Marta, be prepared to road trip your way home from SE Ontario, Canada. Brigitta’s size and breathing issues make her ineligible to fly.
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.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
Best wishes for you and Marta! Hope both of you could stay together in your furever home! Get well soon! Jie Han
With love from Gus and Hank in CA
Brigitte, with love from Pork & Beans.
Every Frenchie deserves some love. In loving memory of our 2.5yr old frenchie, Oliver. -Heather CA
For sweet Brigitta. Denise B.
Hey ladies! Hope all is well up there in wintery Ontario, Marta & Brigitta. Lots of love and sunshine from Las Vegas! Angela Holland