Age: 3 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 lbs.
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $600
Scrumptious Orzo is available for adoption! If you’re looking for an energetic playmate, a loyal friend, and a champion snuggler, then this teenage cow dog might be just the one for you.
Orzo was sadly surrendered to FBRN because his owners were unable to juggle two children under age 3 and a dog who couldn’t get the hang of peeing outside. Indeed, Orzo has been a tough nut to crack (er, a tough noodle to boil?) when it comes to potty manners—he’s smart as all get-out and understands that he should go outside to do his business, but he’d really just rather not. Fortunately, Orzo landed with a particularly awesome foster mom, who was patient and consistent (and bought stock in mops and carpet cleaner) and got Orzo to the point where he is 95% housebroken. He still has the occasional marking incident, but those are few and far between. Good job, foster mom, and good boy, Orzo! (Applicants should expect some backsliding when he changes households; it's common in foster dogs, and especially in those who have had trouble with housebreaking. However, strict observance of the rules and structure Orzo knows should bring him back around before too long. Applicants should be aware that Orzo may always be less than 100% on housebreaking and applicants should be ok with that.)
Orzo is an energetic, inquisitive boy who would thrive in an active household where he can get plenty of exercise and plenty of pets. Play hard and cuddle hard, that’s Orzo’s motto! He loves playing fetch, chewing bones, and engaging in wild rumpuses with the resident kids, ages 6 and 12. Orzo is also joined at the hip with his canine foster brother—if he isn’t trying to engage him in play, Orzo is lying down on top of him and taking a snooze. Orzo is even a fan of the cows who live next door! Well, he likes barking at them, at least. (They do have the same markings…perhaps they speak the same language?) Leashed walks, hide and seek, and car rides are some more of Orzo’s favorite things, although he usually falls asleep within minutes of hitting the road. He also has the strangely endearing habit of nibbling his foster mom’s toes, which he gets away with on the strength of his sweet personality and cute squashy face.
Orzo is looking for a home where he can get plenty of attention and opportunities to play. He is not the type of dog who is content to curl up in a warm sunbeam and nap the day away—he craves stimulation and exercise and attention from his people. Orzo would love a canine companion to romp around with, and if there are some kids who want in on the fun, all the better! Even a kitty would suit Orzo just fine. The most important thing is that Orzo not be left alone for long periods of time, as he can only tolerate about 4 hours in his crate before he starts chewing things up and/or has a potty accident. Apartment dwellers or people with shared walls should also be aware that Orzo is a barker, and he can be loud. “I get so excited,” says Orzo, “that I just can’t help it!” A household with Frenchie experience is also a plus, as Orzo is smart and obedient but has that trademark bully stubborn streak, and will need lots of patience and positive reinforcement as he adjusts to his forever home.
Health-wise, Orzo is doing well, although he does have some issues with regurgitation. He takes medicine to help keep his food down, and his water intake must be limited—he needs several small servings of water throughout the day, rather than continuous access to a full water bowl. On that subject, Orzo can also be a bit of a bully when it comes to food, and is more than willing to steal bites out of his foster brother’s bowl. In foster care, he eats inside his crate, and his new family may wish to continue this practice to avoid any food-related squabbles.
Orzo’s foster mom is understandably enamored with her little guy, and says, “Orzo hands down has one of the best personalities of any dog. He is funny, sassy, and loving all at the same time. He is also a darn good snuggler; he wants to be in your arms at least three times a day. He won’t snuggle for hours but definitely needs his hugs and kisses! He is so inquisitive, and it’s fun to watch him navigate new experiences. Every day he finds all of his toys and bones and relocates them to a central spot, then lays down and naps with them. It’s so funny and cute to watch. He also snores so loud, but it has become music to our ears.”
Do you have the energy to keep up with Orzo? Do your carbo-loading with an extra helping of pasta, then apply for this little noodle by clicking on the link above. Just be prepared to travel—Orzo is rearranging toys and nibbling toes in Iowa, 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.
Here's a little help for Orzo. Lee Ruplinger
Orzo, I will PAWrty in your honor! xo, JBD&LEB
Orzo we hope you feel sooo much better! Melissa Giamberardino
Hi Orzo I hope you feel better soon. Xoxo Anne
Orzo, you are so adorable. I hope you get rid of the itchies and thirsties. Byers Ellen
Here you go Orzo! Best wishes Margo and Mila the Frenchies. XoXo
A little something for Orzo. Gregory Stock
A little love from Jes, Jason & our Frenchie Karl
Here's a little something to help him out. The Shumakers
For Orzo.. on behalf of Alex, Zashary, Alexandra & our frenchie Hannah. Get well soon! Edwin Ramos
Otto & Katie hope you feel better SOON! xo
Feel better, Orzo. Susan Brownlee
For Beautiful Orzo. Love Deb and Grad Max.
For Orzo! I hope you are feeling better buddy. Janel Velky
Feel better soon, Orzo! xoxo Alicia Cervini
Hope to see you happy and healthy soon!! Dana Roberts
Orzo I want you to get better - Jody, Carl
Hope you will feel better little budy. Laura Cote
Sweet little Orzo - we hope you find your forever home! Love, Colin and Max