Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 28 lbs
Kids: 10 and up, dog savvy
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
Gizmo suffers from rear end paralysis and is incontinent. She has a cart for supervised use. She must always be carried up and down stairs and must not be allowed to jump off furniture. She has a history of urinary tract and skin infections that must be monitored for recurrence. Gizmo had a dental with extractions while in our care.
Gizmo is allergic to storage mites and must remain on a raw diet, Nature’s Farmacy supplements, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet supplements, medicated baths and regular Cytopoint injections.
We’re not going to beat around the bush here (or sniff at it, or pee on it, as Frenchies are wont to do). Little Miss Gizmo here is a dog who requires a little extra, a rescue in the truest sense of the word. But if you can open your heart and home to this darling girl, that extra effort will be rewarded a million times over, with loyalty and companionship and gentle Frenchie kisses.
Gizmo was surrendered to FBRN after she injured her back, leaving her hind end partially paralyzed. But Gizmo doesn’t let a little ol’ thing like paralysis get her down. After all, dogs don’t stew and pout and lament their misfortune—they adapt and face every day with the joy of a creature who lives in the moment. (We’re pretty sure there’s a life lesson there somewhere.) Gizmo gets around the best she can, wiggling and dragging her hind end behind her, and enjoys toys and bones and belly rubs just like any other dog. And when she straps on her wheelie cart, look out! This sweet, unassuming little girl can play tag and keep away with the best of them. Gizmo also loves going on walks, whether with her cart or riding in her little red wagon. Just don’t expect any solitude when you take her out—people have been known to spontaneously appear from six blocks away just to get a look at that darling smooshy face.
Gizmo’s paralysis caused her to lose control of her bladder and bowels, so she wears a diaper around the house. If you’ve ever changed a toddler’s diaper, when said toddler is wiggling and squirming and screaming and trying to put his hands into his own poop, then you’ll be relieved to know that changing a dog’s diaper is much less dramatic. Plus, Gizmo is very smart about her diapers—she knows when she needs to be changed or if her diaper is coming loose, and will come over and show you. Gizmo is also crate trained, and will go right into her crate for a nap if foster mom needs to leave the house for a few hours. Of course, she can’t be left alone for long periods of time—sitting for too long in a soiled diaper causes painful urinary tract infections—but Gizmo understands that you need to leave occasionally, to buy more dog food or dog treats or dog toys.
As is all-too-common with the French bulldog breed, Gizmo suffers from severe atopic dermatitis, a.k.a. the dreaded itchies, primarily caused by food and environmental allergies. To keep her skin calm and her coat soft, she eats a raw diet with probiotic and omega-3 supplements. She also receives regular medicated baths (spa day!) and regular injections of Cytopoint, which must be administered by a veterinarian. It is essential that Gizmo’s adoptive family have the finances to maintain this specific dietary and veterinary regime, as it came about after a great deal of trial and error and has significantly improved Gizmo’s quality of life.
The ideal home for Gizmo is one where someone is around for most of the day, to ensure that her diapers stay fresh and her belly stays rubbed. She would also be a wonderful take-to-work dog, due to her relaxed and friendly nature. Gizmo thinks other dogs are swell, and she would love to have a canine companion, so long as he or she is of similar size and won’t play too rough. And kids? Gizmo says yes please! The only caveat is that any resident children must be old enough to understand that Gizmo can’t roughhouse or be carried around. Cats and other small furry pets are an unfortunate no-no, due to Gizmo’s allergies.
Gizmo’s favorite things in the world include cuddles with her people, rolling around in a blanket on the grass, and chase games with her canine foster siblings. Her least favorite things include any type of handled cleaning tool (mops, vacuum cleaners, brooms) along with hair dryers and leaf blowers, which she hates with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. When it’s house cleaning or yard work time, it’s best to have Gizmo off on a walk or secure in her crate, where she can’t see those evil devices at work. Gizmo is also not fond of car rides, and often becomes nervous to the point of shaking. For that reason, preference will be given to adoptive families that are closer to her foster home in Northeastern Florida.
Gizmo’s foster mom is understandably smitten with her charge, and has this to say: “Gizmo lovingly goes by ‘Piggy’ in our home because of her cute little piggy snorts. She is honestly the most loving dog I have ever met, and everyone instantly falls in love with her sweet, gentle personality. She loves to snuggle and sleep right next to someone. She is the true definition of ‘man’s best friend.’ She is loyal, she is silly, she will make you laugh; she is just so genuinely happy and full of love.”
Can you give Gizmo the forever home she’s always dreamed of? If so, fill out an application and tell us why you’re the perfect match. Just be prepared to travel—Gizmo is stealing hearts and blowing kisses in Northeastern Florida, and will not be shipped.
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.
For Gizmo in memory of Demi Chu Chu. Send all good vibes and hoping for good reports! Love, the Marquina family
A little something for some birthday treats and the vet visits. Snorts and kisses from Chloe in Hartford
Such a sweet girl, sending love and hugs from us and our two Frenchie boys! Abigail Brandt
To Gizmo. Best wishes for getting your legs back. Nicholas P Banegas
Please divide this donation among Alfalfa, Iverson, Gizmo and Romply. We hope this helps these adorable little frogs with medical needs or some new toys. Sending lots of love to you cuties! J&K
Sponsorship donation for Gizmo on behalf of Mike Lutkus - Merry Christmas Gizmo! Mary McCullen
Gizmo - sending big big hugs from Texas sweetie pie! Hope you are feeling better soon! Allison Vidalin
Sending love to Gizmo from @bean_thefrenchbulldog
Hi! How is Gizmo! I hope this helps. judeann smith
A little something for adorable Gizmo in memory of my sweet frenchie girl Mia Fernandez xoxo Milagros Fernandez
For Gizmo, dedicated to my best friend Jessica! Dani McClimont
For the Great Gizmo in honor of Mike Lutkus and his Frenchie, Bailey !