Age: 1.5 years
Sex: neutered male
Weight: 35 lbs.
Kids: Yes, 5 and up, dog savvy
Cats: Probably not (see bio)
Fenced Yard: No preference
Adoption Fee: $600
It’s a transformation worthy of a reality TV show, starring the one and only Elbert! Gone is the sad, itchy boy who landed on FBRN’s doorstep with his skin rubbed raw. Elbert v.2.0 has a skip in his step and a sparkle in his eye, not to mention a beautiful brindle coat that is growing in shiny and healthy. He has just one more transformation to go—from foster dog to family member.
Elbert was surrendered to FBRN because his owners had exhausted their resources trying to manage his allergies. To say he was a hot mess is putting it mildly—poor Elbert was covered in scabs and was almost hairless, his skin cracked and bleeding. Although allergies seemed the most likely culprit, it turned out that Elbert had a severe case of demodectic mange, a condition caused by a sensitivity to—and an overpopulation of—a certain type of mite found in canine hair follicles. After only a few weeks of treatment, Elbert’s skin started to clear and his hair started to grow. He still has a few patches of thin fur, but those aren’t long for this world as his coat is growing in as good as new!
Even when he was itchy and bleeding and terribly uncomfortable in his skin, Elbert was an absolute doll. But now that he’s healthy and feeling fine, he is personality plus! At only a year-and-a-half old, Elbert has all the characteristics of an overgrown (35 pounds!) puppy. He is full of vim and vigor and boundless energy, and wants nothing more than to play, play, play! He loves to run (in a safely enclosed area, natch) and a long walk at least once a day is an absolute necessity, although be warned that Elbert is still learning not to tug on his leash. Fortunately, he is a very smart boy and wants very much to please his people. An obedience class would be right up Elbert’s alley, and would be a wonderful way for him to bond with his new family.
Elbert has never met a person or dog that he doesn’t adore. He would be thrilled to have an equally energetic canine playmate, and kids are a-okay so long as they’re not of the age where a stampeding 35-pound Frenchie could send them flying. Elbert is also enamored with his feline foster brother, but his love manifests itself in chasing kitty through the house at every opportunity. A mellow, very dog-savvy cat might be okay, but a feline-free house is probably in everyone’s best interests.
Elbert’s ideal home is one where he gets lots and lots of attention from his people, along with ample opportunity to expend all that puppy-like energy. Of course he would love a stay-at-home parent, but since he is crate trained and his potty manners are impeccable, he would be fine being left alone for a few hours each day. Accompanying his person to work would be tons of fun, too, as he would love all the attention that a handsome Frenchie pup is sure to receive!
Elbert’s new family should expect to spend a disproportionate amount of their budget on durable toys, since this boy is a prodigious chewer. Anything that isn’t a deer antler, marrow bone, or uber-Kong creation is guaranteed to be destroyed in seconds by Sir Elbert, Eviscerator of Plushies. He does things to tennis balls that would make George R. R. Martin wince, and stuffed animals are an absolute no-no, as Elbert will immediately tear them apart and try to eat their squeakers. Speaking of eating, Elbert’s allergy testing indicated that he is allergic to a number of common foods, including corn, wheat, and soy. In his foster home, he has thrived on a raw diet, and his new owners will be expected to continue this specialty regime.
Elbert’s foster mama can’t be given enough credit for her role in his transformation, and it’s clear that she is absolutely smitten with this sweet boy. She says, “Elbert has come a long way from when I first got him. He had so many sores and would bleed when you touched him. Now that his skin is back to where it should be, he is one of the happiest dogs I have ever met! He really enjoys life and everything it has to offer. He is so kind and sweet to everyone he meets. He just wants love and to be petted. He loves to snuggle and thinks he is a 35-pound lapdog. He is a champion when it comes to snoring! His biggest motivator is food! He also will stop everything if he hears the sound of a squeaker toy. This boy is truly a diamond in the ‘ruff!’”
Do you have room in your home and heart for this year’s winner of Extreme Makeover: Frenchie Edition? If so, click on the link above to apply for the amazing Elbert. Just be prepared to travel—Elbert is celebrating the New Year in the Garden State of New Jersey, 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.
Feel better Elbert! maxwell mincher
Be tough Elbert! gustavo Valenzuela
A little help for Elbert. Hope he gets better. Yamilet Vazquez
For Elbert x Maureen Rice
Feel better soon, Elbert! Hub Wouters
I hope your itchies goes away sweet Elbert! Bettina Ho
From our (formerly) itchy girl to you- feel better! June, George &EB
Get better wittle baby <3 christina maskley
We hope your itchies go away soon, Elbert! Love Minda, Miranda, and Boston (the frenchie).
Elbert, hope your poor itches get better. Here is a little something to help with your vet bills. elaine zubkus
Poor little Elbert! I'm glad he is looking and feeling better for the holidays! Thank you FBRN for taking him in and getting him the care he needed! Jessica P Volpe
Happy holidays Elbert. Hope you feel a little better. Robert Schrepple
Poor baby! We hope you are feeling better. Love, The Holmes Family