Age: 1.5 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 24 lbs.
Kids: Yes, over age 12
Dogs: playful dogs of similar age
Fenced yard: Preferred
Adoption fee: $350
Zoom, zoom, zoom...puppy princess Estelle is ready to run right into the arms of her new forever home! Estelle is an energetic young pup looking for a family who can keep up with her! Estelle loves to play for hours each day, including wrestling with her canine companions and getting her zoomies out in the the yard. If you are looking for a sweet and silly Frenchie you can take to training and agility classes, Estelle could be the one for you!
Estelle was surrendered after her previous family could not potty train her, try as they might. Turns out that Estelle was having recurring urinary tract infections, which made it difficult for her to hold her bladder. She underwent a vulvoplasty just before Hallowe'en this year, and while the surgery seems to have resolved the constant infections, she will need to be monitored closely for recurrence and given daily cranberry supplements. In addition, while Estelle has gotten much better about leaving puddles in the house, she is not quite reliably housebroken, and will need some additional gentle guidance and training in this regard.
Estelle also has some hearing impairments. She isn’t completely deaf—she definitely reacts to loud claps and the sound of dogs barking—but people must be careful not to startle her by approaching her from behind, and should let her come to them rather than vice versa. Estelle is a smart girl who responds very well to signs, and her foster mom is happy to teach those signs to her adoptive family.
As mentioned above, Estelle is very, very, VERY active for a French bulldog. She enjoys long romps with the dogs in her foster home and has become best buddies with a boxer who visits her frequently. She zooms a million miles an hour through the house all day but she also loves to chill in the evenings on the couch. She loves chewies, nylabones, antlers, and is highly food motivated. She loves most toys--especially ones she can de-stuff--and engaging in tug with other dogs. Estelle will require a home that exercises her body and her mind to keep her happy. She must be crated when unsupervised or her puppy antics will get her into trouble (aka "dumpster diving") when no one is looking.
That said, Estelle is not a big fan of her crate, owing largely to the amount of time she spent inside it while recovering from her UTIs and subsequent surgery. She is content to hang out there so long as she can see her foster mom, but cries when left alone and occasionally does a “protest potty.” Foster Mom has been working hard with Estelle to overcome this separation anxiety, and her adopters will need to continue this training. Patience is key with anxious dogs, and it may be several months before Estelle can be left alone for significant periods of time. In the meantime, Estelle will do best with someone who can be with her for most of the day. Fortunately, we know from experience that spending your days with Estelle by your side is pretty much the best thing ever.
Although she has no issues sharing toys and treats outside of her crate, Estelle does not like to be approached when she is eating in her crate and will snap. She has also started nibbling and play-biting at the children's ankles--no skin punctures, at this point it is really play-biting but we can't have that--and though she is being trained to knock that off, we don't want any kidlets to develop a fear of dogs or to get a little nip, so we are putting the age at no less than 12 for kids--and the kids in the house should be dog-savvy and able to nip that nipping in the bud. In other words, they should have dog training experience. Tell us about your children's experience with active, energetic, willful dogs in your application.
Estelle loves other dogs but comes on strong with her puppy antics, so any resident canines will need to be patient as she struggles with hints that they are done or don’t want to play. Since she has a high play drive, senior or snarky dogs would not be a good fit. Estelle is severely allergic to cats, so we have to say no kitties. She is also allergic to human epithelia, which means that as tempting as it might be, Estelle can’t sleep on the people bed and must have her bedding and blankies frequently laundered to keep the itchies at bay.
Estelle would thrive in a home with a fenced yard, townhouse, or an apartment (ground floor so as to limit the exasperation of the neighbors--she really likes to zoom around the house!) as long as she gets lots of regular exercise. She is very busy so an active home would be ideal. Since she is so smart, her new family would do well to pursue obedience classes and potentially agility training. This little girl needs loads of physical and mental exercise—3 hours of yard zooming/wrestling still doesn’t seem to wear her out—so it’s essential that her new family have lots of time to devote to exercise and play. Estelle also needs a patient home that understands her housetraining and anxiety issues and is willing help her improve. As for her new family’s employment sitch, Estelle doesn’t care whether you work inside or outside the home, so long as she has someone to play with. She would LOVE to attend doggie daycare, as there are few things she enjoys more than playing and wrestling with other dogs. She can also go to the office with her new owner, as she currently goes to the office with Foster Mom and stays put in her dog bed most of the time.
Estelle's foster family has this to share about her: "Stella has been an absolute joy to foster. She is bright, funny, and oh so smart. I’ve enjoyed learning from her and watching the wheels spin. She surprises me every day with how intelligent she is. She is equally sweet. She’s blended into our pack beautifully. She keeps us on our toes with her puppy antics, and we will miss her immensely. I think her ideal home will be active and patient. A good sense of humor is also a must. She is such a good pup and I hope someone can help her reach her full potential. I highly recommend, because of her age and intelligence, she goes to training. It increases the bond and she loves to learn. I also feel strongly that she would excel in agility and I’m hopeful her future owner will pursue that. She is so athletic and fearless, even doing jumps on the teeter at my friends’ house!"
Estelle is not going to be flying home with you, but she loves road trips! If you are interested in adopting her, pack your bags and get ready to take a trip to central Texas.
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.
Estelle is allergic to cats so should be adopted to a cat-free home. She also has a sensitivity to human epithelia, so she should not sleep in the bed with her humans. She should also avoid wool bedding/rugs, etc. and feather/down items.
Estelle is also allergic to storage mites, which are found in all kibble. To keep her healthy, please keep her on her current Canine Caviar diet, and her supplements.
Estelle has impaired hearing and must be leashed or supervised outside. Small children increase the chance a door or gate will be left open and she will escape and be run over; she has also taken to play-nipping at children's ankles, so Estelle won't be placed in a home where kids under 12 live or are frequent visitors. She is a resource guarder so feeding her in her crate and giving her toys in her crate is best. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home.
Hope this helps to get sweet Estelle feeling better and potty training. Brieann Berg
What a sweet girl! Fingers crossed for her potty issue to be fixed. Alex Perkins
Lesli Le Photography
For Estella - word on the street is you like treats.. I hope your application becomes available soon. Gretchen Rowley
Hi Estelle, We hope this can help get you a new toy & some yummy treats. We really hope to rescue you and shower you with love. Sending you lots of hugs & healthy vibes. Alex, Marianne, Phoenix & Joanie Worlow
This is for Estelle, get her some toys and treats from me. Myrna Pickering
For sweet Estelle! Jessica Sheppard
Estelle, beautiful name for a beautiful puppy. Enjoy your treats! leticia Corces
To beautiful Estelle. Wishing you an awesome life with lots of love. Cyndi and Hal