Age: 1 year
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 lbs.
Dogs: Yes, but see bio
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $400
Buddy has a bite history.
It’s been quite the roller coaster ride for our little Buddy. Over the past six months, he’s been an abandoned stray, a shelter dog, an adoptee, a shelter dog again, and finally an FBRN foster. But enough of that! Buddy is ready to get off this crazy ride once and for all, and find his happily ever after with an experienced Frenchie family who can help him be his best possible self.
Buddy was still a puppy when he was found as a stray in rural Iowa. His owner was found, but declined to take him back, and Buddy was ultimately transferred to a different shelter and adopted out. Unfortunately, Buddy’s problem behaviors were more than his new owners could handle, so back to the shelter he went. Enter FBRN and the hero of our story—Buddy’s foster mom, who drove a whopping 10 hours to spring Buddy from the shelter and schlep him back up to Wisconsin. She and her family gave Buddy the most stability he’d ever had in his short life, and his behavior has improved by leaps and bounds thanks to their tireless care.
That said, Buddy’s behavioral issues remain significant. He has exhibited aggressive behavior toward humans (in the form of snaps and nips) and is a resource guarder. His aggression triggers include having his lips touched (a fear-based behavior that points toward a history of abuse) and being awakened or disturbed while sleeping, particularly when it is dark. Buddy will also lash out if he is overtired and needs a break, in which case his grumpy mood may continue for a half hour or more (this dog knows how to carry a grudge!) His foster family has worked hard both to identify and avoid these triggers, and his new family will need to take similar care, particularly since some behavioral regression should be expected as he adjusts to a new home.
Buddy also tends to get snippy if a toy or other desired object is taken away from him. His foster family has found that trading him for the object (i.e., taking away his ball but giving him a treat in exchange) works well to curb this behavior. His crate can be another source of contention—while he can be crated for a few hours at a time, he doesn’t always love going in there, and occasionally expresses his displeasure with a growl or snap. Desensitization and copious amounts of peanut butter have helped in this respect, and his new family will need to continue this type of training through positive reinforcement.
It would be easy to dismiss Buddy as a “mean” dog, but that’s really not the case at all. He doesn’t hate people—far from it, he adores his foster family and loves snuggles and belly rubs as much as the next Frenchie. But Buddy was not treated kindly in his previous life, and his past traumas and fears manifest themselves as aggression. He’s not a bad dog, but he is a scared one. So while his new caretakers will definitely have their work cut out for them, we truly believe there is a special family out there for this special little guy.
And when we say special, we mean it! While we necessarily have to lay out the laundry list of Buddy’s problem behaviors, those don’t even begin to define this happy, active, mischievous boy. Buddy craves attention from his people and wants to be near them as much as possible. He is a champion cuddler and first class snuggler, and particularly enjoys scritchy-scratches behind his magnificent ears. (“You know the spot,” says Buddy.) He is wonderful on walks and enjoys exploring every nook and cranny of the neighborhood, but nothing compares to the sheer joy of tearing around the backyard with his beloved tennis balls. And if there’s a canine companion or two to join in the fun, all the better! Buddy adores other dogs, and would love to have a friendly, active playmate. The only caveat is that any resident canines cannot have fluffy tails, as Buddy is convinced that such things are simply stuffed toys in disguise and will chase them relentlessly (much to the chagrin of the dogs attached to them). Hey, we all have our quirks!
The ideal home for Buddy is one with experienced dog owners, who are familiar with training techniques and able to provide Buddy with the structure he needs to succeed (including work with a behaviorist or other professionals, if necessary). A detached house with a fenced yard is also a must, as Buddy exercises not only his body, but his vocal cords—loudly. Young, active dogs are a yes; cats and other small animals are a no. And Buddy will only be adopted to a child-free family. While he has never directed his aggression at young people in particular, Buddy needs calmness and predictability—two attributes that kids aren’t exactly known for—and our priority is keeping everybody safe.
Buddy’s foster mom, who deserves her own Netflix superhero mini-series at this point, has this to say: “Buddy was clearly abused before we got him to foster. He has trust issues with humans and has had a great deal of trauma in the short time he's been alive. He's overcome so much in the time he has been here. He really is a lovable, funny, quirky boy who loves belly rubs and being scratched behind his ears. He provides us with hours of entertainment and lots of snuggles. His negative behaviors are very much outweighed by his playfulness, his funny personality and the snuggle time.”
If you think that Buddy is destined to become your buddy, then please fill out an application to adopt. Be sure to tell us about your dog experience, particularly as it relates to aggression and behavioral issues. And be prepared to take a drive, as Buddy is chasing tennis balls and de-stuffing stuffies in beautiful Wisconsin and is too large to fly comfortably.
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.
Buddy has exhibited aggressive behavior toward humans that will require continued training to address his triggers. He is a resource guarder so must never be around small children. Buddy must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home. Buddy would benefit from obedience training and may require evaluation by a behaviorist. He may have some impaired night vision which contributes to his behavior issues.
Buddy is housebroken, but occasionally has an accident in the house.
LOVE from Danielle, Greg, Tabitha, Mason and Axel
Hi Buddy! Have fun learning to be a little gentleman! xoxo Erin Fischer
Hey Buddy. I hope you're feeling better. This isn't much but I hope it helps. You're a really handsome little guy. Richard Hong
For Jessie S. on her birthday, lover of all Frenchies from Devin xoxo
Buddy, you look handsome! I’m from Wisconsin, I would love to adopt you! -Nick
Buddy, use as much of this as you need and if you have any left over, send it to another Frenchie. You be a good boy and learn how to be the best Buddy ever so your forever person can find you and make you their best Buddy for life! Kathy and Pete McMurry
Hi Buddy! I was so glad to see you on the foster page, because finally a Frenchie close to me. I would love to adopt you we just lost our FBRN frenchie Carlton. We need someone to love and you would fit the bill perfectly. Brian Winters
Buddy, you are absolutely adorable! I look forward to watching you become the beautiful boy, I can clearly see that you are, coming to your time for a forever home! Ginger Thatcher
Hi buddy. I sure would love to meet you one day. kofi jones
Happy Holidays, Buddy! - The McCulloch Family