Age:2 years old
Weight: 23 pounds
Kids: Yes, 12 years old +
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Our Eliza bears more than a little resemblance to the Eliza Doolittle of “My Fair Lady” fame. Like the human Eliza, Frenchie Eliza came from the streets as well, and was more than a little rough (ruff?) around the edges when she arrived on FBRN’s doorstep. Eliza’s foster mom tells us that in addition to many skin issues and missing fur, this sweet frog was also heartworm positive. (We doubt that human Eliza had this to deal with.)
It has taken some time, but we are thrilled (and not at all surprised) to report that today, eight (!) months after coming to FBRN, Eliza has completely transformed into a healthy, heartworm-free, well-furred Frenchie who is ready to find her forever home.
One thing that hasn't changed at all in this time is Eliza’s spirit. The volunteer who picked her up from the person who found her roaming on the streets of Dallas said that Eliza’s personality even on that first day was “happy and friendly.” We know from Eliza’s foster mom that this little lady is just as happy and friendly today, and maybe even more so, now that she looks and feels like a new frog!
Eliza is (we think) the ideal combination of energy and relaxation. She is definitely not a “go-go-go” Frenchie; more like a “go a little, stop for a while” girl. (We can definitely relate.) She likes to go for walks and play with the resident Collie in her foster home, but is equally (if not more) pleased to stretch out in the sunny back yard or on the comfy couch, take a snooze, and wait for belly rubs.
Ah, yes, the belly rubs. We must discuss the belly rubs. Most Frenchies like them, but for Eliza, belly rubs are an integral part of living her best life. She often follows her humans around, sitting beside them, and loves to be held, all in the pursuit of more belly rubs. If she were an employee, she would no doubt negotiate to be paid in belly rubs. This makes it imperative that any adopter be prepared to meet Eliza’s daily belly rub quota, which is certainly in the high ‘teens, if not more.
Eliza is, as we mentioned, a pretty healthy girl. Her only health concern at this time is allergies. She is currently doing very well on a raw diet, and her future human(s) must commit to keeping her on this diet to ensure that her serious skin issues do not return. Unfortunately, Eliza is also allergic to members of the feline persuasion, so her future home will need to be indoor and outdoor-cat-free.
One thing Eliza is not allergic to (besides belly rubs) is other dogs. As mentioned, she loves the Collie dog sidekick in her foster home, and foster mom thinks she would love to share a forever home with another playful-but-respectful dog. Because Eliza is not high-energy, other dogs in the home should be friendly and willing to pal around and “rumble” but also able to appreciate the appeal of side-by-side synchronized lounging and napping, which is also an important part of Eliza’s day.
Eliza has played with and enjoyed kids, so homes with children 12+ would be encouraged to apply. Again, though, Eliza is not a dog for roughhousing and nonstop play, so kids younger than 12 will likely have more energy than Eliza and would be more suited to a different dog.
When she’s not seeking belly rubs, romping with her Collie pal, getting her belly rubbed, snoozing or sitting next to her human waiting on belly rubs, Eliza likes to play with toys – especially those she can fit in her mouth. However, she seems to have a personal missing to de-stuff stuffies, so stuffing-free toys are probably best for this gal just to be safe.
Foster mom says Eliza appears to have no issues with sharing food or toys. She has noticed a few growls when Eliza is approached by bigger men, but a simple redirect has addressed this, and it is likely something that can be further resolved with gentle direction and positive reinforcement by her forever humans and their kindly, dog-loving, large-ish male friends, if necessary.
Because of her medium-level exercise needs, Eliza could probably do equally well in a house or apartment, as long as she gets several walks a day. She would love homebody humans who would be there during the day, though a midday visit from a dog walker or pet sitter would provide the exercise and interaction she needs while she waits for her humans to return home. Eliza is house-trained and well-behaved in her crate, although she prefers to have free run of the house.
Her fantastic personality would undoubtedly make her a great office dog, provided coworkers and visitors also understand and adhere to Eliza’s belly rub policy. (Perhaps an explanatory sign for the office wall would be advisable.) We are also advised that Eliza “already has several outfits” (why are we not surprised to hear this?) which certainly strengthens the argument for bringing her with you to work, if you can.
FBRN really does have some of the best foster homes; our volunteers grow to love their foster dogs as much as their own. Eliza’s foster mom would certainly say that “I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” and letting her move on to her forever home will be bittersweet. You can see in foster mom’s own words that this girl has touched her heart: “Eliza has had a very rough start to her young little life. When she came into rescue, her skin was a mess. She had open wounds, oozing sores, no hair, so many infections, and was heartworm-positive to boot. Even through all of this, Eliza just wanted to be close to humans, to be held and loved and told everything would be okay. Eliza would go to the vet and never make a peep through all the poking, blood pulls, surgeries, and painful treatments to get rid of the heartworms. She has an amazing personality. She will give you her belly and it instantly puts a smile on your face. She looks at me with those beautiful eyes and I melt every time.”
If you’re melting too, and would like to give Eliza a home “On the Street Where You Live,” click on the link above to submit an application. “With a Little Bit of Luck,” you might be the one who is chosen to adopt this “Fair Lady.” “Wouldn't It Be Loverly”? If you are the one chosen, pack your bags for a trip to Southern Texas, where Eliza has been honing her lady skills and learning about the good life. We suspect that you will road trip your way home, as 23-pound Eliza is likely too big to fly in an airplane cabin.
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.
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.
Eliza you're beautiful! I love your ears. You'll be good as new in no time :) Jennifer Morrison
To a sweet little girl that deserves nothing but the best. Here is a little for some treats.- Ariana, Raquel, Arran
Sweet Eliza, we hope you feel better in no time and find your perfect forever home. In the meantime, hope you can use this for some treats and toys! -Chris, Chante, & Henry
Heal well you beautiful girl. Eliza, I see a bright future for you ~Luce R.
Good luck Eliza! Richard, Flavia, Milo & Ghost
Mallette Law Office
This donation for Eliza is being made in honor of newlyweds, Mr & Mrs Drew Burt (Katie and Drew) to help a Frenchie until they can formally adopt one into their new family! Christi Richter Henson
Sweet Texas girl Eliza, we want you to heal quickly so that you can enjoy your future and have a fantastic life! Holly Caplan
Heal quickly sweet girl! Katie McElhannon
From CeeCee. Gregory Sorbello
Hope you get well soon! fr Dumping
I hope you are feeling better Miss Eliza! Extra treats are on me! -Niki & Eidie
For sweet Eliza!! You are so precious!! Elizabeth Kittay
For all those Texas fosters! Get healthy and find your forever homes! Shana L Horton
Darth Vader the Frenchie