Age: 8 months old
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 17 pounds
Kids: Yes, 12+ and dog savvy
Dogs: Yes, same size, submissive and laid-back
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $700
Charlize is an active puppy and potty training is a work in progress. She is currently on a raw diet, Nature's Farmacy supplements, and Omega-3.
Puppy, puppy, who's got the puppy? Well, FBRN does, but not for long! That's right, Frenchie fans and followers, Charlize, the glorious black-masked fawn puppy, is now available!
As you may recall, Charlize's early life has had some ups and downs. Originally a pet store Frenchie, we estimate she spent about four months in a cage in a pet store before being purchased. She was actually purchased once, returned, and then purchased again by a second family. Unfortunately, not long after the second family took her home, one of her human family members was diagnosed with serious health issues. As much as they loved Charlize - and they did - they realized that these health concerns would leave little time to provide the structure, care and attention that this active puppy needs to mature into a responsible canine citizen. Instead of returning her to the pet store once again, they made the difficult decision to surrender Charlize to FBRN with the hope that we could find her a home where she can thrive.
All those early ups and downs - Living in a pet store! Living in a home! Back to the pet store! Off to another home! - certainly left our girl Charlize unable to remember her proper home address. More importantly, though, it also put her behind on learning many of the things puppies need to learn, including house manners. Her foster dad described the challenge in this way: "Charli is not house- or crate-trained. Despite our best efforts, she still has multiple accidents in the house and crate. Part of the difficulty in getting her trained is that for the first few months of her life, she lived in a crate where she evacuated at will. Housebreaking will be a long-term project requiring a lot of patience."
Make no mistake, Charlize is all puppy, with everything that entails. She needs house training - firm, consistent and ongoing guidance so she learns the rules. Her adoptive family should also expect that whatever progress she has made in her foster home may disappear, at least initially, as she adjusts to yet another new home. Charlize also needs an active home that will provide the exercise (physical AND mental) she needs to expend her considerable energy. She would do well with another dog in the house, although her tendency to be active and dominant suggests that another dog her size who tends to be laid back and submissive will work best.
She also needs obedience training. Holy cow, does this girl need training. Charlize will need a home that provides firm, consistent guidance, boundaries, and constant supervision. Currently, she chews many things she shouldn't (furniture, shoes, rugs), doesn't share well (she tends to guard "high value" resources like tasty bones and toys and needs to learn that growling and running away with these items is not an appropriate response), and still nips at hands and feet like many puppies do. Because of these challenges, we are looking for a home for Charlize where her family is not only dog-experienced but has experience with Frenchies as well. Like many of her Frenchie cohort, she is stubborn. She is also adorable. The right adopter will be able to see past her Frenchie wiles and give her what she needs - structure, training, consistency and patience.
Charlize could do alright in an apartment, as long as her family is able to give her multiple breaks throughout the day to get outside, run and walk, and expend her puppy energy. A home with a fenced yard would be ideal for Charlize to work off her post-meal zoomies. Some Frenchies - the older, retiring types who resemble speed bumps as much as dogs - might be fine being crated during the day while their people work, but not Charlize. Besides needing to walk, stretch, run around and learn to take care of dog business on a schedule of very frequent outings, we really feel that her new home should focus on undoing the effects of her four (or more) months of crate living. Charlize's foster dad has noticed signs of separation anxiety in this young girl, which is another serious issue that her future home must be ready to address and remedy, possibly with a behavior modification program.
At this time, Charlize doesn't have any known health issues. She did catch a nasty case of giardia at the pet store, but time, medication and a good diet has set her right again. She is currently maintained on a raw diet with daily supplements. However, this is not due to any medical reason, and her adoptive family can transition her to another high-quality diet if they wish.
Because she is so young, we don't know how Charlize feels about cats, or how she might do around young children in the home. To keep everyone safe, we are looking for a home in which any kids are older (12 years old+) and respectful. In the future, once she has learned the ropes, Charlize might make a good office dog. For now, however, her lack of manners (in all departments) suggest that she needs some finishing school before getting a desk job with her human.
We imagine that Charlize has been quite a handful in her foster home. Fortunately for Charlize (and us), she was in very good hands, with humans who knew how to start the important work to help Charlize learn manners, limits and how to be a good girl. Her foster dad said this about the kind of home that she needs: "Our wish for Charlize is that she go to a home with another playmate and someone home all day to continue to work with her on housebreaking and other behavioral issues (chewing, anxiety, etc). Her leash-walking skills have improved but need more improvement. What makes her special -- besides her little snaggletooth and adorable eyes -- is her resilience. In her young life, she spent so much time in a crate and was tearfully surrendered by a heartbroken couple after only a month. After so much turmoil, she deserves stability, belly rubs, and treats."
So what about it? Do you think you can provide the "stability, belly rubs and treats" - and consistency and training and patience and rules and structure - that this little fawn nugget needs most? If you think you're up to the task - and we certainly understand that not everyone is - click on the link above and apply for Charlize. If you are chosen to adopt this young biscuit, be prepared to make a trip to the chilly northeast (CT). While Charlize is the right size to fly, her house-training status makes her a poor candidate to be crated for very long. Instead, plan a road trip! Charlize apparently loves car rides and will snooze all the way home.
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 the foster family.
we love you Charlize! xoxo marni burstein
Oh Lord, that's a cute dog. Michael Floyd
Donating for Charlize. She's absolutely adorable. Custom Software Developers
Welcome Charlize!! pamela schreiber
A little something for such a beautiful little girl. -Jes, Jason & Frenchie Karl
Welcome Charlize! Too cute!! Ashley & Dale
Sending puppy kisses to Charlize from Kona, a 1 year old Frenchie in DC. Xoxo!
Char you are a cutie! Heather Shy
I love her sweet face!!! <3 Laura Morales
Donating for Charlize!! She is so cute and has stolen our hearts!! Jacklyn Bruce
For Charlize, wishing you the best furever family. April Graves
Sending love! - Helena, Emilie, Teddy, & Jack G.
Such a cutie <3 Amanda Fagundes
Beautiful girl!! -jenny k in CT
For Charlize. Maryanne Sorensen
Hey Charlize, This gift is from The Kaminsky's.
Hugs & Kisses to Charlize! We love you! Jaimie Gossett
Sweet Charlize!! My Toretto would love you!! Jennifer Fernandes
Charlize, you’re just a doll! CreatiVix Media
Good luck, Charlize! We are hoping you find an amazing forever home! Alana Flores
Hello Sweet Girl!! Charlize here is some coin to go shopping for cookies. Love Benny & Yoda
You are in such good hands Charlize! We plan on sending in an application for you once you are all set. A bully big brother could be waiting for you in NY! Sending much love <3 The Woods family
For Charlize- Jackson would love to have you as a baby sister :) -The Ratners
Just a little something to help you on your way. t dahlin
Welcome sweet little baby! Alexandra Giraldo
Just a baby! With that face you will find a forever home in no time! Mona Lipson
Charlize: a wee something for a wee beauty! From the Cino family.
Spoil baby, love you, would love to have you as part of my little family in Costa Rica. Ben White
A little something for Charlize. shannon bertino
You are the sweetest Charlize! XO Danika
For Charlize - we hope this is one of many gifts we can spoil you with! - The Keeshans
Cutest face ever! Hoping she gets to come home with me. :) Angelina Chavez
Charlize: A little something for such a precious little angel. What a hubba-hubba! G&B Benson.
Charlize, you are just too cute! Sending our love. Xoxo, The DePinto’s
Love from New York! Jen + Scott Augustine
Dear Charlize - It sounds like you’ve had a stressful first few months of life. Glad to know you became a member of the FBRN family! They are good people! We just wanted to send you a little something for your pawllowance so you could get some extra treats! - (dictated to Nicole and Mychal from Gatsby The Frenchie).
For the health and wellness of Charlize who looks so much like our Bailey. From The Brown Family.
Charlize - you are the cutest! - Julianne Richard
We are already in love with you little Char! Kellie Fitzgerald
Sending Charlize some love! Roxie Alsruhe
I love you even though we've never met! Hugs and kisses, AuBrianna and Bentley(Frenchie) Swan- Apex, NC
I just adore your little face! Would love to just have you and cuddle with you! We just love you Charlize!!! Carlos and Amanda
Love you Charlize! Alexandra Comstock