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Hercules
Location: SW FL
Age: 5
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 pounds
Kids: 12+, dog savvy
Cats: No
Dogs: Possibly one other Frenchie or Frenchie-sized dog
Fenced Yard: No preference
Adoption Fee: $500
"Hercules has had a rough life. He came to us broken, his little body was frail and you could feel every bone in his body. He had bald spots, open lesions and wounds all over his little body. His eyes were the saddest eyes I have ever seen; he had no hope and he just wanted to be loved. He was thirsty, starving and desperate. I was scared he wasn't going to make it. As the days went by he grew stronger and his personality started to flourish. I am not going to lie—bringing him back to health was a lot of work.
My husband and I worked with him daily and poured our souls into taking care of him. Our wish for Hercules is to find a home that loves him as much as we love him. He has gone through so much but has never stopped loving humans. Hercules deserves a family where he is loved, taken care of, where he will never be denied food or water. He is a sweet boy who will love you more than anything and our hope is that someone will love him back just as much."

Slaying hydras, capturing bulls, wrestling giants—that kind of stuff is child’s play compared to what our very own Hercules has been through. This heroic boy has overcome one obstacle after another during his time in foster care, and now he’s ready for a prize even better than any ol’ nectar of the gods—a forever home of his very own!

When he first arrived in foster care, Hercules was a disaster of a dog—ribs protruding from his skinny frame, he had wounds on his neck, his skin was infected, and he was full of worms. It was clear that he had spent most of his life outside. Hercules was never given a reason to trust people, yet he adores them, and no amount of neglect could break this sweet boy’s spirit. We are looking for a home where he can be the center of his family’s world, and finally get all the love, attention, and cuddles that he deserves.

Hercules is definitely a lover. He adores snuggles on the couch with his people and scritches on his cow-dog head. But Hercules is also still learning how to be a pet, and will need continued gentle guidance and training to help him be the best dog he can be. Fortunately, he’s a smart boy who takes correction well and wants nothing more than to please his people, so we know that with a little more time, he’ll have this whole “family pet” thing all figured out! He might even be an agility candidate, with his high intelligence and remarkable jumping ability!

Hercules is crate-trained—in fact, he feels very secure in his little den and will go there when he feels overwhelmed or nervous. He’s mostly conquered potty training, but needs to go out every 4 hours to avoid accidents. In his adoptive home, it’s likely that his accidents will increase at first as he gets used to his new surroundings, but he’ll come with a couple of belly bands to help ease the transition. Hercules doesn’t care if you have a fenced yard—he prefers leashed walks—but he really wants a home where someone is around most of the time. He needs to be let out on a consistent basis, and he can get vocal when left alone (heads up for apartment dwellers or people with fussy neighbors). Most of all, he craves human attention and wants to be by his person’s side at all times. Of course, Hercules understands that someone’s gotta bring home the proverbial (and literal) bacon, so if you have a dog-friendly workplace, he’d be happy to join you there as the cutest personal assistant anyone’s ever seen.

As for his fellow canines, Hercules generally isn’t a fan. Because he was starved, Hercules is very possessive of his food dish (only with dogs, not with his people) and will pick fights if not fed separately. He is scared of large dogs and tries to dominate small dogs. In his foster home, he learned to co-exist peacefully—and even snuggle with!—his Frenchie foster siblings, but that was only after slow introductions and a lot of patient training from his foster family. On top of that, Hercules craves human attention and would prefer not to share it with others. So a home with one or fewer Frenchies or Frenchie-sized dogs would suit him best. Hercules does not like cats, so we have to say no kitties. As for kids, Hercules is definitely a fan—he loves all people, regardless of their size! That said, since Hercules is still learning to be a pet, he doesn’t understand how to play gently with children (or that it’s not appropriate to snatch food from their hands). So in the interest of keeping everyone safe, any youngsters in Hercules’s adoptive home should be 12 and over and dog savvy.

Finally, as far as health goes, Hercules is doing approximately 1,120,398,210 times better than he was upon arrival. He does have allergies (particularly to wool) and must remain on a limited ingredient kibble with fish oil supplements and Zyrtec, plus pumpkin to keep his GI tract happy. Hercules also needs weekly baths and ear cleanings, not to mention daily tooth brushings (so his kisses are extra sweet). While in foster care, he had a Frenchie nose job (nares/palate resection) to help him breathe easier, but his airways are still narrower than most, so it’s important that he be walked on a harness only, and that he be monitored for labored breathing while on walks or at play or during hot weather (hot weather=over 70 degrees).

Hercules’s foster mom put her heart and soul into caring for this darling boy, and here’s what she has to say about him:
"Hercules has had a rough life. He came to us broken, his little body was frail and you could feel every bone in his body. He had bald spots, open lesions and wounds all over his little body. His eyes were the saddest eyes I have ever seen; he had no hope and he just wanted to be loved. He was thirsty, starving and desperate. I was scared he wasn't going to make it. As the days went by he grew stronger and his personality started to flourish. I am not going to lie—bringing him back to health was a lot of work. My husband and I worked with him daily and poured our souls into taking care of him. Our wish for Hercules is to find a home that loves him as much as we love him. He has gone through so much but has never stopped loving humans. Hercules deserves a family where he is loved, taken care of, where he will never be denied food or water. He is a sweet boy who will love you more than anything and our hope is that someone will love him back just as much."

Hercules has completed every labor before him except one—finding the perfect forever home! If you think yours fit the bill, then fill out an application and tell us why. Just be prepared to travel—Hercules is soaking up the warm gulf coast Florida sun 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.

ABOUT HERCULES:
Hercules has several allergies and must remain on his current diet and supplements and have regular medicated baths to keep his skin healthy. Specifically, Hercules has seasonal allergies, and he is allergic to cats and wool.He takes Zyrtec as needed for seasonal allergies. 

Your vet can tell you what to watch out for to prevent recurrences of Herc's skin infections.

Very importantly, Hercules has brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) We recommend that applicants look up the potential dangers of BAS and talk to your vet about it. He must wear a harness when going for walks, never a collar or choke chain. 

Hercules had a nares and palate resection, dental and neuter in April.

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Good Luck Hercules.. From myself and FBRN grad Willy. Feel better little man. Darren Forzese

Give Hercules (Rocco) some kisses from me, my Rocco and Rolla. Love Denise

Shelly Caputo

I hope this helps. Wish you a beautiful life! Gladys Sanchez Norat

Hercules-We think your name is perfect. We'll think of you when we hear Go The Distance. Hang in there little man, we’re rooting for you! Jenea and Hemingway

Give Hercules my heart. Stephanie Sullivan

For sweet and handsome Hercules, sending you love and good health wishes from FBRN Grad Rosie Best. Nancy Best

Hi Hercules! I hope you feel better soon beautiful boy! 

Hope you are feeling better soon, sweet boy! Elizabeth Fincannon

Debra Bell

Emily Holleran

“I know every mile will be worth my while” Here’s to the road behind and the one ahead, you go Hercules! With Love, Jen & Roxy