Age: 4 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 19 lbs.
Kids: Yes, 12 and older, dog savvy
Dogs: One other submissive dog (see bio)
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $250
Sweet Dinah was found abandoned on a Texas county road, starving and scared. Untreated allergies had left her black coat tattered, and she was sick from hookworms and malnutrition. Dinah has come a long way since then, but there’s still one more stop on her journey—the loving arms of her forever person.
Dinah shows all the characteristics of a puppy mill breeder: a dog who sleeps in a wire mesh cage, not a bed, and is nothing more than an incubator for valuable Frenchie puppies. She has a long C-section scar across her belly, and her anxiety and fear of new situations—along with her desperate need for attention—is emblematic of a dog who spent most of her life in a cage. Before you apply for Dinah, please read our section about puppy mill survivors to better understand what Dinah has been through, and the special care and attention she will need as she makes the transition from moneymaker to beloved pet.
Dinah’s primary challenge is her anxiety. Now that she knows how wonderful it is to have a loving person around, she doesn’t want to be alone! Dinah needs an experienced owner who can provide her with structure and a consistent routine, which will help boost her confidence and make her feel more secure. At this point in her rehabilitation, Dinah also needs a family where someone is home for most of the day. Once she has settled into her new surroundings, her family can take more concrete steps to address her separation anxiety (though training and positive reinforcement) but for now she can’t be left alone for long periods of time.
A house with a securely fenced yard is ideal for Dinah, as she has become accustomed to being let out 5-6 times a day and enjoys a brief romp outside before she returns to her beloved bed and bone. Because she cries loudly when anxious, apartment living isn’t such a great idea (unless you have the most understanding neighbors on the face of the planet). Dinah also needs an environment that is peaceful and calm, which is why she wouldn’t be a good match for families with small children or energetic dogs. However, she would love a mellow, submissive canine companion to show her the ropes and keep her company (after a slow introduction, of course!)
Health-wise, Dinah has made a complete 180 from where she used to be. She is spayed, blessedly free of intestinal parasites, and her once patchy coat is growing back soft and shiny. She continues to suffer from allergies, but a daily dose of Apoquel (a drug that costs between $60-$100/month, depending on the source you choose) and a raw diet have kept her free from those dreaded itchies.
Dinah is undoubtedly a dog who requires a little “extra,” but she promises to pay you back a million times over with loyalty and love. After all she’s been through, Dinah has no reason to trust human beings, yet she loves every person she meets. Her favorite thing in the world (along with eating!) is getting pets and belly rubs! She gives sweet little kisses to friend and stranger alike, and soaks up attention like a bat-eared sponge.
Dinah’s foster mom has done wonders with this beautiful girl, and has this to say: “Dinah is getting a second chance to get the care and attention she deserves. We don’t know exactly what has happened to her in her short life, but it’s clear it wasn’t good. Thankfully she still has a great spirit. Dinah is a very sweet, loving girl. She loves people and would love to be patted all day. With the right calm environment that provides consistency and patience, I know she will be a great dog.”
Are you the final stop in Dinah’s journey? If you think you can provide the perfect home for our puppy mill mama, fill out an application by clicking on the link below and tell us why. Just be prepared to travel—Dinah is melting hearts with those big brown eyes in the great state of Texas, and will not be shipped.
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.
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.
Cannot wait to see you happy! Lots of love! From Dumpling!
Best of luck from Rin & Crew
For Fitzgerald and Dinah. Hope you both find your forever homes soon. Megan Fitzgerald
You're in good hands Dinah. Annette Thornburgh
A gift for you Dinah! I hope you get to feeling better soon and have a Merry Christmas. You are in safe hands now sweet girl! Love Kellie
Feel better soon, sweet girl! Meghan Read
For all those Texas fosters! Get healthy and find your forever homes! Shana L Horton