Age: 11 yrs
Weight: 23 lbs
Kids: Yes, 10+ and dog-savvy
Fenced yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
Giggles has several allergies including storage mites, so she must remain on a raw diet, and she takes several supplements her foster mom will tell you about. She must have regular medicated baths. She is allergic to cats and must never be around them. Giggles is allergic to human skin cells and wool so she must not sleep in the human bed, and she must avoid wool blankets and rugs.
Giggles was diagnosed with a heart murmur, but at this point she has no symptoms. In April, an echocardiogram revealed that she has sinus arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat rhythm) and should follow up with a cardiologist for a treatment plan. An irregular rhythm is often seen in dogs with upper respiratory problems, so it's important that if you can get her to go for a walk, she must wear a harness, never a collar or choke or martingale collar, which can damage a possibly already damaged airway. Your cardiologist can tell you more. She should be ok under sedation for surgery or a tooth cleaning at some point in the future--that is good news.
Giggles has a history of urinary tract infections and ear infections that must be monitored for recurrence. She is housebroken, but she has occasional accidents in the house.
Giggles has impaired hearing. She has arthritis and hip dysplasia and should remain on regular Adequan injections for joint pain related to arthritis. Check with your local vet about the cost of weekly Adequan injections. Her foster mom pays about $140 every 6 weeks for the Adequan in her area. Cost varies widely for veterinary meds.
Even with all of those conditions, Giggles still manages to make people smile. This girl has also had a horrible spate of luck throughout her life. She spent much of her life in a breeding facility. An angel rescued Giggles from that situation, but now Giggles needs a permanent home, so she was surrendered to FBRN.
Giggles likes cats, but unfortunately, she is allergic to them. She loves kids but will scare easily, so for this reason she will need to go to a home with children that are about 10 years old and are dog-savvy and respectful. She also likes dogs of any kind. One thing that her potential forever family should know is that Giggles hates walks. With hip dysplasia and arthritis, it's not surprising that she would prefer to avoid them. It would be easier to take a 20lb sack of potatoes around a couple of blocks than for Giggles to go out to accompany you. If you wanted to, you could try carrying Giggles on a walk in a baby Bjorn-type carrier. Or let her ride in a wagon or a running stroller! Many of our adopters like to take their elderly or mobility-impaired dogs for outings in a conveyance most often used for toddlers. You will get lots of smiles if you go that route!
She is timid and a lollygagging loafer. She doesn't bark much and would prefer to follow you around. Giggles loves physical touch rather than playing with bones or toys. Her second favorite thing is to lie outside in the grass and roll around in the sun--she's making up for lost time. Her house training skills could use some work. This is a girl that doesn't mind going outside, but she also isn't opposed to peeing on the rug, so you might consider a diaper for her. A regular schedule of outings should help to control her accidents, but adopters should expect some "backsliding" as Giggles becomes accustomed to her new home. All her issues can be addressed with a little ingenuity. She is crate trained. Giggles needs a forever home that would have someone that is able to work from home, stop home for mid day breaks, or she could travel with you to the office.
Giggles can't sleep in the bed with you, because she's allergic to the skin cells people shed (though some adopters report that if they put a blanket or sheet on top of their covers, they can prevent any allergic response). No wool blankets or carpets, though.
Giggle's foster mom had this to say about her: "Giggles is a love. Everyone she meets comments on how sweet she is. She loves affection and to be where you are. She does not react to the other dogs that come and go in the current foster home. I think she gets a certain sense of security from the other dogs. I would like her placed in a home that has other dogs. She is a very quiet dog but values human affection. She is the slowest foster dog we have ever had. We have seen her run a time or two but she prefers to go at her own pace, close to backwards. LOL. She is not that fond of baths but tolerates them very well. She does not seem to mind her ears cleaned and nails trimmed"
If you have love to give to a little old lady who just wants to follow you around and make you smile, then you should consider adopting Giggles. She'd be happy to be your travel companion for walks, provided you push her in a stroller or find a bag big enough to tote her around in. All that's left to do is fill out an application and be ready to pick her up in SE PA if you are selected.
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.
Hey Giggles, Bessie totally understands how you felt with a bad breeder resulting in anxiety issues. You'll be just fine with your foster family and even better with your forever family. Here's a little help until you get settled. We love you ! Ollie & Bessie
Hope the coming years will be the best ever! Love, Dustin and Starbuck
For Giggles, from CeeCee
She reminds me of my sweet Lilly who we adopted through you. Good luck to giggles!!! Jan Potter-Sturgeon
Chin up baby girl, enjoy your cuddles!! Aubrie DeSylva
Giggles, you deserve so much. Keep your spirits up. Gordie & Colleen
Hi Giggles! This is to help you get some treats. Garret Myers
Sponsoring one wonderful lady, Giggles, in honor of another wonderful lady, Patty, for her birthday and her Frenchie, Poppy. Giggles, have a wonderful life! Lisa Notzen