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Karen
Location: CO
Age: 1.5 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 20 lbs.
Kids: No
Cats: No
Dogs: Required – see bio
Fenced Yard: Not required
Adoption Fee: $400
“Karen is a true sweetheart, a dog that desperately wants to be loved and give love, but due to her past life she is terrified to let humans into her little world. Earning Karen’s trust takes a lot of time and effort, but is without a doubt a worthwhile endeavor. She is an incredible companion – a little Velcro dog who (once she feels safe with you) will always be right next to you to give and receive cuddles. Watching Karen play with other dogs fills my heart as when she is consumed with dog play all her anxieties seem to disappear and you can see pure joy and happiness in her little Frenchie face.”

All of our dogs are technically “rescues,” but some meet that definition more than others, and darling Karen is one of them. We’re not sure what happened to her before she joined the FBRN ranks, but whatever it was, it left her terrified of people, particularly men. Gaining her trust takes time, understanding, and the patience of a thousand saints, but once you’ve earned it, Karen will reward you with all of her love and devotion. It will take a special home for this special girl, but as we like to say, there’s a lid for every pot, and we know Karen’s happily-ever-after is out there waiting for her.

So let’s talk more about Karen’s anxiety. It is chronic and extreme. It took nearly five months for her to warm up to her foster dad, and not hide under the bed every time he came home. Foster mom was able to establish rapport a bit more quickly, likely due to Karen’s heightened fear of men. Karen is particularly frightened by children and people moving at fast rates of speed, and she cannot be left alone for long periods of time. Her vet recently began her on a course of Prozac, but it will take some time before we know whether it is having any effect. In the meantime, we must assume that Karen’s anxiety is a lifelong affliction, and her new family must be prepared to accommodate her fears for the long term.

But while Karen might not want anything to do with human strangers, she wants everything to do with other dogs! The dog park is her happy place, and she would play there for hours on end if given the chance. In fact, a canine companion (or two!) is a must for Karen’s new home. The resident dog(s) should be calm, confident, and able to show Karen the ropes so she can feel more secure in her new digs. A fenced yard where Karen could romp about with her doggy pals would be great, but if she has regular access to a safe, enclosed dog park, that would be fine as well.

The ideal home for Karen is one that is both stable and calm. She cannot tolerate loud city noises or frequent visitors (in fact, she thinks this shelter-in-place business should go on forever!). Her people must either be at home during the day or able to bring her to a quiet, private office that doesn’t have clients or coworkers coming in regularly. More than anything, her new family should be Frenchie-experienced and prepared to patiently work with a dog that might not show much love at first…or for some time after that. But we promise the reward is well worth it, as Karen is an absolute love with the few people she has come to trust. Her new family will soon find themselves with a Velcro dog that never wants to leave their side—a true friend for life!

Karen’s physical health is generally pretty great, although she does have a history of skin infections and some food allergies. On that note, we hope you have your chef hat and apron ready, because one of Karen’s other quirks is her extremely picky eating. She tolerates a small amount of kibble, but it’s got to have some freshly cooked meat in there as well. Karen’s foster mom will provide her new family with an extensive menu of Karen’s preferred dishes, including but not limited to steak, lamb, and bluefin tuna!

Speaking of foster mom, both she and Karen’s foster dad have fallen head over heels for this sweet girl. They tell us, “Karen is a true sweetheart, a dog that desperately wants to be loved and give love, but due to her past life she is terrified to let humans into her little world. Earning Karen’s trust takes a lot of time and effort, but is without a doubt a worthwhile endeavor. She is an incredible companion – a little Velcro dog who (once she feels safe with you) will always be right next to you to give and receive cuddles. Watching Karen play with other dogs fills my heart as when she is consumed with dog play all her anxieties seem to disappear and you can see pure joy and happiness in her little Frenchie face.”

If you think you’ve got the perfect landing spot for Karen, no need to speak to a manager—just fill out an application and tell us why. And be prepared to travel, as Karen is currently sunbathing in the Colorado 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.

ABOUT KAREN:
Potty training is a work in progress.
Karen has several allergies and must remain on her current home-cooked diet and have regular medicated baths. She has a history of skin infections that must be monitored for recurrence.
Karen suffers from severe chronic anxiety, including fear of humans and separation anxiety, and must remain on daily Prozac. She will require continued training to address her triggers.

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For Karen-You look so sweet and adorable. As soon as you're available I will put in an application for you. I have a piece of empty velcro on my hip for you to attach to. Fur Kidz

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