Sex: Neutered Male
Weight: 28 lbs
Kids: 8+, dog savvy
Dogs: Yes, smaller
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $400
Mr. Figgie has made his grand debut on the available page! Figgie was surrendered when his former owner fell on hard times and felt the best decision was to give Figgie a chance at a new life. Figgie’s bound and determined to do just that and we know his forever family is waiting with a Figgie-shaped hole in their hearts.
There are a number of health considerations where sweet Figgie is concerned. His previous medical records indicated IVDD (intervertebral disk disease) and he did tweak his back while in foster care. He’s on the mend after strict six weeks of crate rest, but future physical activity must be limited for this guy to help avoid injury. Figgie also had a mast cell tumor removed during his time with us and tests indicated there is a high risk of returning. Figgie will need to remain on daily medications to help with this diagnosis and will need a vigilant eye to report any funny lumps or bumps. With all that going on, you’d think Figgie would be moping around the house, but he’s a happy-go-lucky boy who thinks he’s just a special guy!
Figgie needs a calm environment to help ward off any issues with his back. His favorite thing to do is snuggle up with his human on the couch, but he should not be allowed to jump up or down from any furniture. He has been a very good boy with his crate rest and prides himself in the housebroken and zero potty accidents categories. He does enjoy a good walk now and then and displays great leash skills. Figgie is a senior gentleman who is looking for a good, calm place to call his own.
While Figgie has been a good boy when encountering children, he needs to be with only older children (12+) with a history of dog-ownership if they are present in the house so he does not get too rowdy and cause back injuries. If your family has a history of caring for special needs dogs, by all means tell us about it in your application.
Figgie is not a fan of cats and only does well with dogs smaller than he. Figgie is a resource guarder when it comes time for meals, so should other, smaller dogs be present, it will be important to keep meals separated to prevent stress. Feeding him in his crate or in a separate room is all that's needed.
Figgie will do well in most households, even first time Frenchie owners, but it will be imperative to address what measures will be put in place to keep Figgie comfortable and injury free. He’ll do best with a family who is home most of the time and can give him all the companionship he craves. A house or ground floor apartment will suit him just fine, as long as steps or stairs are not necessary to access his areas. He’d even make an adorable office mascot who just snoozes away under the desk most of the day!
Here is what Figgie’s foster mom has to say: “Figgie is the most handsome and loveable guy. He is very anxious to please and would do anything to make his humans happy. He loves car rides and belly rubs and just about anything as long as he is with his people. He has had a rough couple of months with losing his home, being boarded for weeks and weeks, having a mass and toe removed and hurting his back requiring six weeks of crate rest...but through it all he remained a sweet and loyal companion!”
Has Figgie captured your heart? Click on the link to apply and make sure to tell us all about your plans to address Figgie’s health considerations. Get ready to travel to pick up Figgie in sunny SoCA, as he will not be shipped and he's too big to fly in 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, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
Discuss these health issues with your vet. Figgie had a Grade II Mast Cell Tumor removed in March this year. Histopathology revealed that that the tumor has a high risk of returning. He must remain on daily Prilosec and Benadryl and any lumps should be investigated immediately by a veterinarian.
Figgie has IVDD, so must always be carried up and down stairs and must not be allowed to jump on or off the furniture. Can everyone in the family lift 30 pounds or so?
Figgie is a resource guarder so must never be around small children. He must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present if there are other dogs around. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home to increase the chances of a successful, happy adoption for everyone.
Carol A Saunders
Figgie you’re in a good place. Annette Thornburgh