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Lulabelle
Location: NM
Age: 2 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 19 lbs.
Kids: Age 6+
Cats: Yes
Dogs: Calm, tolerant dogs might be ok, but Lulabelle is a resource-guarder (see bio)
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $550
“Lulabelle is a happy and cheerful little kid. She is always ready for whatever may come - visitors, walks, snuggles, or training sessions. She is truly a pleasure to have around.
Even though she has had a hard time with all of her allergies, she is still happy to go to the vet and has been a real trouper. She enjoys our young resident cat and has fun playing with him. She has been very respectful of our 2 senior cats. She has even tried to help out around the house by cleaning the cat boxes. It'll be really hard to say goodbye to her, but we will do it knowing that she's going to a great home.”

Lulabelle, she of the eye patch and freckles and adorable teef, has asked Santa Paws for only one thing this holiday season—a forever home of her very own. Maybe it’s yours!

This delectable little sugar plum was surrendered to FBRN because her allergies had become unmanageable. Fortunately, we in Frenchie rescue know a thing or two about those dreaded itchies, and with the help of Lulabelle’s vet and amazing foster mom, we’ve got her feeling much better in her skin. Her allergy protocol includes a special diet, daily Apoquel and antiseptic wipes, and the occasional dose of steroids when she suffers from a flare-up.She also needs a medicated bath on a regular schedule. Lulabelle’s new family must commit to this routine and have the means to pay for her daily medications (as well as access to a veterinary dermatologist if she has a regression). Lulabelle’s other medical issue is a slightly wonky (we believe that’s the technical term) hind leg, which was broken when she was a puppy but now healed. It’s not an problem now, but as she ages, her family will want to be on the lookout for signs of arthritis or other joint issues, like a luxating patella. (Those of us of a certain age can relate!)

Now that she’s feeling healthy and happy, Lulabelle has proven herself to be an absolute delight. Her favorite thing in the world is cuddling with her people (Hallmark holiday movie night, perhaps?) but a close second is tearing about in the yard with her beloved toys. Car rides, walks, trips to the local café? Lulabelle’s up for all of it. And if you need some gardening work, she’s more than happy to oblige—Lulabelle loves picking up sticks, and more recently has been helpfully gobbling down the pears that fall from the backyard tree.

Lulabelle’s manners and training still need some work, but fortunately she’s a smart girl who loves training exercises and is motivated to please her person (although a tasty treat doesn’t hurt, either). She’s crate- and leash-trained, has mastered “sit” and shake.” “Down” and “play dead” seem like they’re not far behind. Her potty training is also going well, though she may need a refresher course once she arrives in the unfamiliar environs of her new home. Finally, Lulabelle is working on being a little less, shall we say, exuberant around people and other dogs. She just gets so excited to make new friends that she CAN’T CONTAIN HERSELF. Some dogs are okay with this sort of behavior but others not so much, so any resident canines must be mellow, non-reactive, and unconcerned by a bouncing blur of Lulabelle getting in their faces. For the same reason, Lulabelle is not a good match for families with young children, as she’s liable to lovingly bowl down a toddler in an attempt to show affection. Cats suit Lulabelle just fine, so she’d be more than happy to share her space with some dog-savvy felines. Just make sure she doesn’t get into the litter box. (We’ll leave it at that.)

The ideal home for Lulabelle is one where she can continue her allergy regimen, work on her manners, and get equal doses of playtime and cuddles. She requires an extremely secure yard, as she can flatten herself like a little French pancake (a crepe, we suppose?) and squeeze through small spaces. And since she likes to give running commentary on the world around her with sharp little barks, a free-standing house (rather than an apartment or townhouse) would suit her best, unless your neighbors are exceedingly tolerant of noise. Finally, while Lulabelle would love to have her person by her side 24-7, she’s fine staying at home during the day so long as she gets a midday walk. Taking her to work may also be an option, but given her energy, there might be expense reports flying and coffee mugs spilling during those first few days.

Lulabelle’s foster mom is understandably smitten, and tells us, “Lulabelle is a happy and cheerful little kid. She is always ready for whatever may come - visitors, walks, snuggles, or training sessions. She is truly a pleasure to have around. Even though she has had a hard time with all of her allergies, she is still happy to go to the vet and has been a real trouper. She enjoys our young resident cat and has fun playing with him. She has been very respectful of our 2 senior cats. She has even tried to help out around the house by cleaning the cat boxes. It'll be really hard to say goodbye to her, but we will do it knowing that she's going to a great home.”

Does Lulabelle sound like the holly to your ivy? The cookie to your milk? The Max to your Grinch? Then fill out an application to adopt and tell us why you’d be a perfect match. Just be prepared to travel, by sleigh or otherwise, because Lulabelle is taking a long winter's nap in the great state of New Mexico, 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 LULABELLE


Lulabelle has several allergies and must remain on daily Apoquel (check with your vet about cost; costs differ in different regions), her current diet, and have regular medicated baths.

Lulabelle is a resource guarder so must never be around small children who might drop a cookie or reach for her toy. She must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present if there are other dogs in the house. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home.

Lulabelle has a luxating patella that is asymptomatic at this time and her check-ups should include a look-see.

Sponsors


This is to sponsor Lulabelle, Tiara, Marlow & Letty With Love from Tashi, Boo & Theo

Get well beautiful! Love Mookie

Here's a little something to help the adorable Lulabelle get the help she needs for her allergy issues. William Van der Busch

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Lulabelle. . . . you are the sweetest lil girl! Marnie Havenor

Lulabelle! Your sweet head tilt! Your leetle teefs! I hope your itchies go away, sweet girl. Alicia Cervini