Age: 7 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 29 lbs.
Dogs: Probably not, but see bio
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $550
For his next trick, Houdini needs a volunteer from the audience. How about you over there? Perfect. Now come up here on stage, and prepare to be amazed. With a hocus pocus and an abracadabra, Houdini is going to transform your boring, Frenchie-free house into a forever home of his very own!
Truth be told, Houdini could use a little bit of magic. He has been passed around multiple times over the past 7 years, and his most recent living situation was stressful and unstable. As a result, Houdini arrived in foster care as a little brindle bundle of nerves and anxiety. Loud noises and sudden movement made him pancake in fear, and he was visibly uncomfortable with hands near his head or face. Fortunately, Houdini landed in the world’s most perfect foster home—a quiet home in a quiet neighborhood, without many comings and goings, and a very patient foster mom who gave him all the time he needed to settle down and come out of his shell. Now, Houdini has progressed to the point where it is time for him to put down roots for the very last time, with a true forever family.
Now that he’s feeling more secure, Houdini has revealed himself to be an absolute sweetheart with definite couch potato tendencies. His favorite thing to do is lounge in the sun and snooze at his person’s feet (or in their arms, or next to them on the couch…you get the picture). He enjoys gnawing on antlers and appreciates a daily stroll or two to get some exercise, but for the most part he just wants to lounge in the presence of his human family.
The emphasis there is on “human” family, because Houdini is fussy about his canine companions. He will romp and play and carry on with friendly, smaller dogs, but does not do well with dogs that are larger than him or who have dominant personalities. If he feels threatened by a larger dog, he will jump up and try to nip—not good! Houdini has also shown signs of guarding his person, meaning that he gets grumpy if other dogs try to compete for foster mom’s attention. For these reasons, Houdini would do best as an only dog, unless the other resident canines are smaller than him and very, very easy going. Cats are a no for Houdini, as are kids, since he needs a calm, predictable environment to be his best self. “I’m a creature of comfort,” says Houdini, as he dozes off in a sunbeam.
Health-wise, Houdini is doing pretty well for a pooch of his age. He has extremely dry skin, which is best addressed through regular medicated baths and a fish/grain-free diet. His nose is also very dry, and may require a course of medicated ointment at some point. At his last vet visit, the doctor detected a Grade 1 heart murmur, which is the lowest grade possible and barely detectable with a stethoscope. Houdini is completely asymptomatic, but his new vet should be informed of the murmur so it can be monitored as he gets older.
The perfect home for Houdini is a quiet one, where his person is around for most of the day and there isn’t a lot of noise or ruckus. While his anxiety has improved by leaps and bounds since his arrival in foster care, loud noises and unexpected activity still make him nervous, so the mellower the house, the better! A fenced yard is definitely preferred, particularly since Houdini doesn’t signal when nature calls and needs to be let out on a regular basis to prevent potty accidents in the house. Houdini is leash-trained, crate-trained, and knows all of his basic commands, but he also has a tendency to jump on people, particularly when food is involved. Some consistent training (using positive reinforcement, of course) should help in that respect. More than anything, Houdini needs a family who is dedicated to making him their forever dog. After so much upheaval, he deserves some stability and tranquility—not to mention lots of love and belly rubs!
Houdini’s foster mom has taken great joy in watching him bloom, and says, “Houdini is a true gem, extremely sweet and loving. He had an uncertain start in life and the upheaval over the last few months left him distraught. He has decompressed a great deal, but I believe that over time--maybe this time next year--he will have blossomed even more. He’s not interested in traveling, adventures, or being put in new situations. He is a comfort creature. He loves to sunbathe and, with a cot outside in the sunshine, he is in heaven!”
If you think that you’ve got the perfect home for this magical little Frenchie, fill out an application to adopt and tell us all about it! Just be prepared to travel—Houdini is soaking up the rays in sunny Southern California and will not be shipped. A home near southern CA that wouldn't require more than 30 minutes of travel from the Oceanside, CA, area would probably be best, let's say somewhere inside the triangle formed by San Clemente and Encenitas and to the east, San Marcos. He tends to get worked up after 20 or 30 minutes, and no one wants to see him go into a brachycephalic episode where he can't breathe.
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.
KNOWN HEALTH PROBLEMS / CONSIDERATIONS:
Potty training is a work in progress. Please keep in mind that the change to adopter's house and routine may cause some backsliding. Adopters should be prepared to continue potty training.
Houdini has very dry skin and should remain on his current diet and have regular medicated baths. Houdini was diagnosed with a possible Grade 1 heart murmur on exam and is asymptomatic. His heart must be routinely monitored.
Houdini is a resource guarder so must never be around small children. He must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present. Houdini is not comfortable with dogs that are bigger/taller and may try to nip. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home.
Hope you settle into your furever home soon. Kimberly Snyder