Age: 4 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 23 lbs
Kids: Older dog savvy children only
Dogs: Calm, small dogs only
Fenced Yard: Not Required
Adoption Fee: $400
Sweetie pie Ira is ready to find the perfect forever home! Ira is looking for a new family that will include him in their activities but also understands his special needs and will set healthy boundaries for him.
Ira has IVDD and has recovered from several surgeries to assist him in using his hind legs. He has regained partial function of his hind legs and is able to move around easily on appropriate surfaces. He should never be allowed to jump, rough house with other dogs, or run up and down stairs. His new owner must understand the risk of another back surgery and do what is necessary to prevent any further injury to Ira’s back.
Ira is what we call a Velcro Frenchie; he loves to be near his people and always wants to know what everyone is up to! While Ira loves children, he tends to get over-excited. Given his back issues and limited mobility; older children with an understanding of Ira’s limited mobility and fragility would be the best fit. When it comes to other dogs, Ira is again, a huge fan! But alas, for his safety, we do not recommend highly active or larger canine companions. Lucky for Ira, he would do just fine as an only pet as long as his person is available to dole out his daily doses of affection.
Ira is quite playful and absolutely adores squishy toys. He is often found toting his stuffed toy around his foster home! While Ira enjoys being active, he needs to monitored by his new owners so that he does not injure or overexert himself. Ira is a very smart little guy who is crate trained and sleeps well through the night. He would love a forever person who would incorporate him into their daily routine!
Due to Ira's previous injuries, the best home for him is one that has someone available to take him out for frequent potty breaks. Ira has limited bladder control and his new family needs to be okay with some urinary accidents, although Ira does well wearing belly bands while indoors. Ira can urinate on his own without needing someone to express his bladder as long as he is let out regularly (at least every 4 hours during the day). Ira can live in an apartment or a single story house, but he should not be allowed to go up and down stairs. He does not need to have a yard, but would certainly enjoy one if available to him. Ira goes to the office with his foster mom and makes a fabulous co-worker. For those who are lucky enough to have a job allowing dogs, Ira could be perfect for you!
Ira's foster mom has this to share about him, "Ira is a complete sweetheart with a huge personality. He has been through two back surgeries and overcome huge odds to make it to where he is today. He craves affection and has a wonderful personality. Although his mobility is limited he really is well behaved and would settle in well, being the center of a family."
If you would like to adopt Ira, be prepared to travel. Ira is being fostered in Central Texas and will not be shipped. Ira does not have any issues traveling so his new owners can fly with him or take him on a nice road trip. 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.
Before coming into FBRN’s care, Ira had a history of IVDD and had a hemilaminectomy at L1-2 which occurred in December of 2019. He subsequently reinjured his back and shortly after surrender had a right hemilaminectomy at L4-5 performed on 10.22.2020. He has limited hind-end mobility and must always be carried up and down stairs and must not be allowed to jump on or off the furniture. Ira can urinate on his own but does have limited bladder control resulting in accidents in the house. He is currently receiving acupuncture to his back right leg.
Ira has dental disease, with gum recession at two molars, which may require dental surgery/extraction.
We hope you recover quickly, Ira! With love from Tashi, Boo & Theo
Hang in there little guy! You’ll make it! Joseph Navarro
For Ira, you’re in a great place buddy! Annette Thornburgh
Ira, you'll be back to your normal active self in no time! Oh, and listen to the vet :) Fred & Sarah
In honor of my 10. 5 year old Frenchie, Lemiwinks, whom we lost in August. Ira, praying you get better with each passing day and that you will find your forever home soon. The Lindbergs
Ira! You are a twin of my Leon, also 4 years old and a survivor of back surgeries and problems! Feel better soon -- Leon and I are rooting for you! Mary H. Hoffman