Age: 5 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 31 lbs.
Fenced Yard: No preference
Adoption Fee: $500
MARTY HAS A BITE HISTORY
Marty is available for adoption! This handsome, honey-pied hunk is looking for a forever family that can provide leadership, snuggles, and tennis balls…lots and lots of tennis balls. Read on and see if this beautiful boy is the lid to your pot.
Marty was surrendered to FBRN after he nipped a toddler. The exact circumstances of the incident are unclear, but we do know the bite was not serious and no skin was broken. We thought at first that Marty just didn’t care for small people, but it turns out that he gets along with kids just fine—loves them, even. A more likely explanation is that Marty didn’t have a lot of boundaries in his previous living situation, and he never learned that nipping is unacceptable behavior. Indeed, during his first few days in foster care, Marty got snappy when foster mom tried to administer eye drops, and again when foster dad examined his paws. But after Marty’s foster parents established themselves as pack leaders (using positive reinforcement as a training tool, natch), Marty’s behavior significantly improved. Now, Marty lets foster mom bathe him, clip his nails, and check between his toes without complaint. Marty’s forever family must have similarly strong leaders, and have the patience to establish rules and boundaries with a breed of dog well-known for being stubborn. (There’s a reason we call them bullies!) If you have experience with bully breeds—and their particular brand of hard-headedness—please be sure to tell us about it in your application.
So yes, Marty does have a stubborn streak. But he also has a playful streak, and a cuddly streak, and a mischievous streak, and a clownish streak, and every other quality that makes Frenchies such a fantastic breed of dog. Most of the time, he’s a snuggly, smoosh-faced couch potato, but when he gets those bursts of energy, look out—at over 30 pounds, he’s like the proverbial bull in a china shop. Marty enjoys a set of daily sprints in the backyard (although he’s less enthused about walking on a leash) and gets super excited when it’s time for a car ride (his preference is the driver’s seat). But nothing gets Marty more amped than his beloved tennis balls. And when we say amped, we mean that Marty goes absolutely nutso, with an excitement that borders on obsession. Again, boundaries and firm (but gentle!) leadership is what will keep Marty from going full gonzo.
Marty is in excellent health, although he does suffer from numerous allergies. Certain foods, grass, mold, and insects give him terrible itchies between his toes. And if left to his own devices, he will lick his feet incessantly, which in turn causes even itchier yeast infections. Marty should have his paws wiped when he comes in from the outdoors, and the occasional povidone iodine soak certainly wouldn’t hurt. If his paws do become inflamed, a quick trip to the vet for an antifungal should do the trick.
Marty is an amiable fellow who gets along with people and dogs alike. Despite his history, he really does love children, although because of his bite history, he can't live in a home with children under 15. He’s never lived with a cat, so we have to say no kitties, but we do know that he does just fine with birds and fish.
Marty is 100% housebroken and is technically crate-trained, but given the choice, he’d prefer not to be in there. He would definitely benefit from obedience training, which has the added bonus of providing an excellent bonding opportunity with his new owner. Plus, he’s smart as a whip—if you’ve ever wanted to train a dog to do more than just the standard sit and stay, this is the dog for you! Marty would be thrilled to have his people at home during the day, but he’s also happy to hold down the fort while they’re at work (with a midday walk, of course). Taking him to work is another option—his sweet, mellow nature makes him the perfect candidate for office dog…unless, of course, you work in a tennis ball factory!
Marty’s foster mom adores her little man, and says, “It seems to me that Marty was left to his own devices much of his early years, as he is his own dog and knows very few commands. However, he is very smart and very capable of learning, with consistent training and patience. He is a lovable hunk and quite comical once he feels comfortable.”
Marty might not be an easy dog, but he sure is a great one, and he is going to make the right family very, very happy. If you think that family might be yours, click on the application link above and tell us why! Just be prepared to travel—Marty is doing his best Andy Murray impression in the Garden State of New Jersey, and will not be shipped.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.
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.
Good luck Marty! Can't wait to see you on the adoptable page! Monica Davilli
Best of luck Marty! Be well- June, George & EB
Tennis ball money for Marty! - Abby
Best wishes from Margaux, Ian, and Stella in Virginia