Age:6 years old
Kids: Yes, 10+ and dog savvy
Dogs: Yes, if submissive
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $350
Cosmo is a resource guarder so should not be around small children. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home. He must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present.
Cosmo was treated for aspiration pneumonia on 04/13/2017. Cosmo had a soft palate and nares resection and saccules removed on 06/22/2017. He has a history of heat stroke, so should be monitored when outside. Cosmo has several protein allergies and must remain on his current diet, daily Apoquel, Nature's Farmacy supplements, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet supplement, and have regular medicated baths. His tail pocket requires routine maintenance.
Please send up a rousing FBRN “huzzah!” for the newest addition to the Available page -- handsome brindle gent Cosmo!
Alert FBRN followers will recall that this guy was surrendered into rescue by his former owner whose job was requiring more time spent out of the house, which meant more time spent in the crate for poor Cosmo. Fortunately, his owners realized this was not the ideal life for Cosmo and made the loving choice to ask FBRN to find him an ideal home and situation.
Like his “Seinfeld” namesake Cosmo Kramer, FBRN’s Cosmo is a quirky guy. He has been described as a classic “Velcro Frenchie” (TM) and that’s certainly an apt description. Cosmo isn't content unless he is in the same room with his humans, at minimum. He would much prefer to be pressed up against one or more of his people getting all the snuggles. As you might imagine, this tireless dedication to the snuggling arts has paid off big time. Foster mom reports that he is a champion snuggler. In fact, it sounds like the only thing that can possibly break his concentration is the sound of the someone opening the cheese drawer in the kitchen. (Read on.)
Which brings us to another aspect of Cosmo’s multifaceted personality. To call him “curious” and “engaged” would be understating things by about a mile. Let’s be honest: Cosmo is a snoopervisor extraordinaire. He loves parking himself in the front window of his foster home to keep a close eye on the neighborhood goings-on. Not much escapes his notice and he can be quite vocal as he reports back to his humans about passing people, passing cars, dogs, gardeners, nesting birds, stray paper airplanes…you get the picture. This guy doesn’t miss a trick.
However, as much as Cosmo loves humans, he really isn't a fan of other dogs. He currently lives with a very submissive Frenchie in his foster home, and his foster mom has made it work with very slow introductions and making sure to keep a watchful eye on the canine interactions in the home to avoid potential trouble. Cosmo is extremely dominant. He insists on being the first dog through the doorway (whether he's going in or out). He will also block other dogs from accessing his people, removes toys from their mouths, and is not a fan of sharing his bone with any other dog so please don't even ask, thankyouverymuch.
Out and about on a leash, Cosmo has proven to be quite leash-reactive and will bark and lunge at any dog that passes by. As you might imagine, this makes dog parks a no-go for Cosmo; he is simply too aggressive toward other dogs and can’t be trusted to conduct himself like a gentleman should.
Obviously, we would love if every one of our fosters landed in a home in which humans were around all day to attend to the whims of the canine family members. (We can dream, right?) Cosmo’s foster mom says that while he would certainly prefer to have his humans around all the time, he can adapt to spending time on his own as long as he has a midday break and a chance to stretch his legs. She does feel that his barking could be problematic in the close quarters of an apartment, so a house with a yard is preferred. A secure fence with an automatic closure is also a must-have as Cosmo’s dog aggression could cause him to escape a poorly secured yard in an effort to give outside dogs a piece of his mind.
Cosmo’s love of humans and snoopervising could make him a fantastic office dog, as long as he is the only office dog. Foster mom has determined that inside his ham-sized head resides quite a sharp little brain. Cosmo knows basic obedience commands and would probably enjoy additional training to occupy his active mind and help him learn how to use his powers for good.
As mentioned above, Cosmo had surgery in early summer to help correct his narrow nares (nostrils) and trim his elongated soft palate. He is breathing better now, but a history of heat stroke means his humans should keep close watch on him when he’s out and about and make sure he avoids overexertion even in air conditioned areas and overheating any time. His tail pocket is prone to infections, so his new humans will need to conduct routine tail maintenance to ensure that his caboose remains ship-shape. Foster mom will tell you more about tail maintenance, and your vet can show you how.
Cosmo has been in foster care since spring, and his foster mom has worked tirelessly over several months to address his medical issues. She has nursed him through palate surgery, worked to find foods that won't trigger his allergies, and learned what a tail pocket is and how to keep Cosmo’s clean and infection-free. Cosmo has been allergy tested and is now on a strict raw-based, limited protein diet with daily supplements to keep his allergies under control and ensure digestive harmony (in other words, to prevent diarrhea). His new home will need to commit to keeping him on this special diet to ensure he continues to do well and remain healthy and itch-free.
Cosmo has required a lot of effort by his foster mom to reach to the Available page, but it’s clear that the time she has spent with him has forged a strong bond between these two which is evident in the way she describes him: “Cosmo was a challenge at first because he was so different from my other Frenchie. Figuring out what he could eat took some time, and he had a couple of setbacks during his time with me: aspiration pneumonia, a pulled groin muscle, elongated palate surgery, and a bee sting. …But he is a resilient puppy! For a tough little Frenchie, he gives the cutest butterfly kisses. It's as if he saves them for only when you deserve them! He really does enjoy spending every minute with his human whether it's in the house, outside, or in the bathroom. …He's also very smart and watches EVERYTHING. He has learned the sound of the cheese drawer opening up, so there's no sneaking a treat just for yourself.”
So how about it? Have you fallen for this handsome French face just like we have? Are you willing to share your cheese with this quirky dog who will love you back and keep you supplied with butterfly kisses? If so, click on the link above and submit an application for sweet Cosmo. If you are selected as his forever human, pack a bag and set off for Virginia. And be prepared: Cosmo calls shotgun on the drive home. There are petite, snack-sized Frenchies who can wing their way home in the cabin of an airplane, but this boy is more of a six-course meal. In other words, too big 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. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.
Cosmo- you are adorable! I love that you are a "velcro" pup! Eileen Whyte
Dear Cosmo - Best wishes for good health and future adventures! Love, Juli Pember & Coco the Frenchie
Such a handsome boy! Shannon and Ava Grayson Williams
Hi Cosmo. Hope you can get those itchies under control. The Joneses
Towards Cosmos care.Thank you for everything you do. martha tobo
Cosmo reminds me of my little man I had for 11 years! You take care little one... Doreen Palmer
Hi Cosmo its David and Jazmine we hope to see you soon little buddy.
You are one handsome devil-dog, Cosmo! Hope you will be available soon! Jubal '06 grad
Hope your itchies get better Cosmo! Don't worry about getting "tutored" it's just one class and you're done! Howell Young kids
We hope Cosmos allergies are better soon! Our pup has allergies too. You're the cutest Cosmo! Andrea Voulo