Sex: neutered male
Kids: older, dog-savvy, yes
Fenced Yard: not required
Adoption Fee: $350
Captain’s health hit rough seas as a youngster--he was surrendered to rescue when a disc in his spine ruptured, leaving his hind end paralyzed. With a house full of stairs and two small children, his family knew they weren’t able to rehabilitate him and give him the care he needs.
To keep him ship-shape, his people will have to be prepared to tend to his allergies (various foods, cats, grass, and some plants are triggers). He is on a regimen of anti-allergy medication, supplements, and a raw diet is helping. He could stand to lose just a little weight. He is a big boy at a whopping 40 pounds, so he will need someone sturdy enough to lift him to get him in and out of his cart, or to put him in the bath, and maybe to lift him up a flight of stairs. Because he is incontinent, diaper rash is also a potential issue for him, so keeping his skin clean and as dry as possible will be a regular chore, so be sure to think about your family's availability and willingness to do that. It’s important to note that because of his size, he can’t fly, so it’s ground transportation only.
Captain is definitely a people-loving dog! He invites everyone to his table: adults, kids of all ages, other dogs. No cats though, due to his allergies. He is happiest around lots of people and will give lots of kisses to make sure you know it. He is the king of the sidewalk on wheels and insists on meeting everyone! If he likes the cut of their jib (and he will), it won’t be long before the whole neighborhood is his friend!
Overall, he is laid back and would rather follow than lead. He is crate and obedience-trained and generally well-mannered, although he does not like having his ears cleaned or the nails on his front paws trimmed. You’ll have to work with him and his vet to find a peaceful way to perform those operations. Sizable quantities of cheese-topped hardtack might help.
Although his foster family does go to work during the day, they believe Captain would be happier with a crew--canine or human--to keep him company. A human would also be able to express his bladder, which would help keep his skin clean and prevent UTIs. A house with no or very few stairs is a must, but he loves zooming around in his cart, so a fenced yard would be a plus as long has you wipe his feet when he comes in.
He would be fine going to an office, but be aware that he will want to meet everyone who comes through the door--a potential distraction to the other workers, but he would love it!
“Captain is the happiest and most loving dog I have ever cared for! He loves absolutely every single person and dog out there, and he just wants to be friends with everyone! He is extremely social and wants to be around other people all the time -- he doesn't necessarily need to be petted and coddled all the time, but he wants to lay beside your feet if you are at a desk, or sleep next to your bed when it's bedtime.
"He is either going 100 miles per hour, rushing around to say hi to everyone, or 0 mph and completely passed out on the floor in some silly position, and he brings SO much joy to every person he meets, whether scooting around on the floor or rolling up in his wheels. He goes to church every week, cheerfully greeting familiar parishioners of all ages, especially the children, as well as enthusiastically welcoming first-time visitors. He has been an awesome ambassador for FBRN and for paraplegic dogs as we walk around town in his wheels!”
Captain, O! Captain is waiting for his crew to pick him up by car in Washington state. If you and your family have the willingness and the availability to keep him happy and clean, let us know about it in your application. Tell us about the layout of your home and yard, as well--stairs? Easy access? Ramp? Also be sure to tell us about your ability to heft a 40-pound beast.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from the 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.
--Captain is currently undergoing electroacupuncture treatment to address his hind end paralysis. Check your area to see if it's available, because he is benefiting from it, and a criteria for adoption is that he continue receiving it.
--Keep in mind that Captain is incontinent and someone will have to help him by expressing his bladder. It is not at all hard to do, (I have done it myself), but it should be done every few hours to help prevent UTI's. He is prone to them and should be monitored. Think about whether your household is willing to live with a dog who needs a diaper and some help going to the bathroom.
--Captain needs someone strong enough to lift 40 pounds up and down off furniture, up and down any stairs in the home, and basically in any circumstance where his tender spine might be damaged. He is lifted into the cart he uses and into the bathtub for his baths. He will come with his cart.
--Captain's serious allergies are being addressed by a combination of approaches, though he has a history of skin infections regardless of regular medicated baths. His people should keep an eye out for skin problems. Captain currently gets a monthly Cytopoint shot (check with your vet for the cost), he eats a raw diet and supplements the foster family will explain to you, and he also gets regular medicated baths. His allergies include the usual Frenchie list: Shed human skin cells, wool, cats, feathers and down. Anything made up of those things, including the bed people sleep in, are not healthy for Captain. No wool rugs. No down covers or pillows.
Captain, all the best to you as you gather the positive Frenchie spunk in regaining strength and mobility in your hind quarters! Diane and Daisy (FBRN Grad '17
Captain, We are sending lots of LOVE, HUGS, & HEALING ENERGY your way!!!! Love, Max & Ayla
This is for Captain. Sending you healing thoughts, sweet boy. Anhtri Le
Cher Captain, We wish you all the best and love, support you can get. We live in Paris so far far away from where you are but thinking of you and your amazing foster family. Sois fort! Julie & Churchill
For Captain,my Captain! So that you have a cart and Jake Holupka love can live on through you! xoxo
Captain, we are sending healing thoughts. We hope this donation can give you some special treats. Love, Byrnes Family
My little guy was paralyzed and incontinent the last year of his 11 years with me. This is in his honor for this special little guy. Brandy Craig