Age: Going on 6
Weight: 32 lbs.
Kids: Older, gentle, dog-savvy. 10+? Must be old enough to know not to carry him around.
Fenced Yard: Not required
Adoption Fee: $400
Gettysburg leaks urine sometimes, and his prior owners worried that urine leakage and a new baby were not an ideal combination--caring for him on top of getting the hang of parenting was too much.
Here's some good news! Unlike something like 70% of the dogs in our care, Gettysburg does not have allergies! He does have an old spinal injury that causes him back end mobility problems and some occasional urinary incontinence, mostly early in the morning after waking up. Foster mom puts a belly band on him until he gets to the door and all is well. She even takes him to work with a belly band in case there are any drips or dribbles between outings, and she gets no complaints from her colleagues. Every rare once in a while when he first came to foster care he had some fecal incontinence, though that resolved and is not a problem at this point. Adopters note: Changes in a dog's surroundings can cause stress that makes backsliding in even a well-house trained dog possible. You should expect a period of time where he's getting acquainted with you and the new schedule.
Gettysburg likes cats! More good news! And he likes dogs his size or smaller. He does not seem to like the Boxer dog in his foster home, and though he is generally a very laid back dog, he seems to be trying to turn the Boxer away from his family when he gets too close. Tell us about your 30 lbs. or smaller dog(s) in your application.
Gettysburg's favorite things: rope toys, destroying stuffies and snoozing on a comfy bed--with or without his foster siblings--and chasing the water his foster mom sprays in the back yard. Dead stop or full out, it seems. He doesn't really like the crate and he is showing mild to moderate signs of separation anxiety. Training with Gettysburg to try to desensitize him to the crate might be a fun and easy way to get to know and trust each other.
A home with a work from home person, or the option of taking him to work would be best, considering his anxiety. For exercise, Gettysburg does love running after the water in the yard, but he would do well on leash walks if you don't have a fenced yard. If you are new to Frenchies, you should know it's not safe to keep them outdoors in your yard--they are getting stolen at a very quick clip--or even in locked dog runs. Gettysburg's foster parent works in a vet clinic, and the ungrateful beast does not like it when she has to put him in a run for a few minutes so she can earn some money to buy his kibble. He will pant and drool, and that is no good; too much panting in hot weather can irritate the airways and before you can say "silly frogdog" the poor guy can have swollen throat tissues and difficulty breathing (She and her colleagues keep a close eye on him on the times he goes into the run). Let us know your plans for exercising him in your application. A fenced yard is not required.
Here's what his foster mom says about Gettysburg: "Gettysburg is one of the sweetest Frenchies! He always wants to check in on me to make sure I'm fine, then goes off exploring. He loves riding in the car now, and he gets excited when I pick up my car keys if I'm dressed in my scrubs. He will be walking next to me and then suddenly drop to the ground to roll around on his back; this startled me the first time but I'm now used to it, I call it his drop and roll. He really enjoys scratching his back. Gettysburg is very loving, especially now that he's acclimated to his surroundings"
Gettysburg is too big to fly, so applicants should consider how they would get to NE OH to fetch this enormous animal. Enormous for a Frenchie, anyway.
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.
Gettysburg has limited mobility due to IVDD and must always be carried up and down stairs and can never be allowed to jump on or off the furniture. We can't stress this enough. Protect his spine like it's your own and it's made of glass! He is urinary incontinent, but learning how to express a bladder is not difficult in the least, and your vet or vet tech can show you how in 5 minutes. I've done it. I swear it's easy. You can see how on youtube, too.
Gettysburg has shown signs of separation anxiety, and he really does not enjoy the crate. Training might be helpful in tamping down the edges of his mental health.