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Donatello
Location: East Texas
Age: 3.5
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 23 pounds
Kids: 8 and up, dog savvy
Cats: No
Dogs: Possibly one other mellow dog
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $500
“Donatello is the sweetest little guy and so much fun. He has such a great personality that you just can’t help but smile when you are with him. He is such a clown! He loves his humans so much and has become my shadow everywhere I go. He is so smart and has learned so much already in the short time we have had him. We have enjoyed every minute of him being with us. I look forward to seeing him blossom in his forever home!”

About Donatello:
Donatello has multiple allergies and must remain on omeprazole (Prilosec), Cytopoint and his current Farmina diet. He is allergic to cats and must never be around them. He is also allergic to human epithelia and feather so he must not sleep in the human bed.
Donatello was treated for hookworms in March 2018. He had palate and nares resection, along with a neuter, on March 29, 2018.


Ah, like a finely sculpted statue in a Florentine church, ‘tis Donatello! Oh…wait. He was named after the ninja turtle? Okay, let’s try this again. Ahem. TOTALLY BODACIOUS, MAN. IT’S DONATELLO!

Donatello’s journey to FBRN has had more twists and turns than the New York City sewers. He was reportedly purchased from a breeder, but then passed around to a bunch of different owners over the course of his three-year life. Finally, a lovely person involved in Golden Retriever rescue took ownership of Donatello and surrendered him to FBRN, so that we could get to the bottom of his health issues and find him the perfect forever home.

Turns out that Donatello just needed some proper veterinary care, food, and TLC. His intestinal parasites (eww) were taken care of with a course of deworming medication; his labored breathing was addressed with nares and palate surgery; his acid reflux has been kept in check with an every-other-day dose of omeprazole, and his allergies and terrible itchy skin have been conquered with prescription Cytopoint and a limited ingredient diet (Farmina N&D Venison). Of course, Donatello’s new owner will need to keep him on this diet and medication regimen, and also ensure that he avoids contact with three of his most severe allergens—cats, feathers, and human epithelia. 

Wait, does that mean Donatello is allergic to humans? Well, yes. Technically, he’s allergic to the dry skin we shed. But no worries—Donatello doesn’t have to be The Dog in the Bubble. Rather, he needs to have his blankets and bedding regularly laundered, and he can’t sleep in the people bed. 

As far as personality goes, Donatello can fairly be characterized as “rambunctious.” His surrendering owner reported resource aggression, and while we haven’t seen any of that while in our care, Donatello is definitely a rough-and-tumble guy who needs to work on his manners. He can get mouthy and overexcited during play, and for that reason cannot be placed with young children. He also refuses to do his business on a leash, so a fenced yard is necessary to give him 1) a place to go potty; and 2) a safe place where he can get his ya-yas out. This boy has energy to spare, and tends to have selective hearing when foster mom calls him inside. An experienced Frenchie owner who is familiar with bully breeds (and their legendary hardheadedness) would be Donatello’s best bet, as he is a little, shall we say, rough around the edges, and would thrive with continued training and positive reinforcement. Fortunately, he is just as smart as his namesake, and is eager to please his beloved people.

Donatello is crate trained and housebroken, although a few accidents should be expected as he transitions into his new home. He also doesn’t mind relaxing around the house while his owner goes to work, so long as he gets a potty break and some attention at lunchtime. Due to his rambunctiousness, he would not be a good office companion (unless you’re employed by the local demolition yard). As for other dogs, well, it’s complicated. Donatello’s lack of manners doesn’t sit well with most other dogs, and he can be pushy and loud with them. With slooooooow introductions, he could do well with a relaxed, mellow dog about his size, who doesn’t mind a gregarious Frenchie getting into his space. Otherwise, Donatello would be perfectly happy as an only dog, content to play ball with his humans and get lots and lots (and lots) of snuggles.

Ball? Did you say ball? Just the thought of a ball gets Donatello leaping and dancing on his little Frenchie feet. This boy is ball crazy, and can’t get enough of his favorite round toys. Plushies and other, lesser toys tend to be destroyed in seconds flat, but Donatello will play with his ball for as long as his human can keep throwing. Even after that, he will keep at it by batting the ball around on his own. 

Donatello’s smitten foster mom says, “Donatello is the sweetest little guy and so much fun. He has such a great personality that you just can’t help but smile when you are with him. He is such a clown! He loves his humans so much and has become my shadow everywhere I go. He is so smart and has learned so much already in the short time we have had him. We have enjoyed every minute of him being with us. I look forward to seeing him blossom in his forever home!”

To apply for Donatello, fill out our adoption application and tell us why the two of you would be a perfect match. Just be prepared to travel—Donatello is chasing balls and melting hearts in eastern Texas and will not be shipped. 

FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their 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.

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Allison Foster

You are so precious, Donatello! Here is a little something for you for toys or treats or whatever you need! I lost my Hugo, an FBRN adoptee, and am really missing having a Frenchie to love & spoil! Diana Chase