Age: 4 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 30 lbs
Kids: Yes, 10 and over
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
McNaulty is a 4-year-old brindle boy who was surrendered to FBRN by his loving family when they could no longer take care of him. He is a big, happy, sweetie-pie who loves everyone he meets and has quickly stolen the hearts of his foster family. McNaulty’s only naughty behavior is de-stuffing a stuffie!
While in foster care, McNaulty has been allergy tested. A change in diet has drastically improved his allergy symptoms and he must remain on that diet and receive regular medicated baths.
Applicants should know that McNaulty has epilepsy and requires daily Phenobarbital, Zonisamide and Keppra. Phenobarbital levels must be checked regularly. Due to this medication, his weight must be monitored and he should be getting daily exercise. Idiopathic Epilepsy requires some extra monitoring, as well as consistency with medication and dedication when a seizure occurs. McNaulty is well worth the extra effort! Tell us about any experience you have with epilepsy or with administering medications on a schedule when you write your application.
McNaulty’s favorite thing is spending time with his people! He enjoys playing, but will also settle in with a nice chew toy. He lived with children previously and has done well with children while in foster care. McNaulty gets along with his foster fur-siblings and everyone else he’s met while in foster care…including cats, bunnies, and even a bearded dragon! He doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body! McNaulty is house broken and knows basics commands. He doesn’t enjoy being crated. McNaulty requires more frequent potty breaks due to the medications, but he does a very good job of letting his person know when he needs to potty.
McNaulty may not be the best fit for a first time dog owner, but a first time Frenchie owner is a-okay, particularly someone with experience giving scheduled medications, either to a person or to a pet. Someone who can spend most of their time with him is ideal, but someone who works short hours or from home would be fine. McNaulty currently goes to work with his foster father and on the rare instance that he is left home alone, his foster family has a camera set up to monitor for seizures.
It is important that McNaulty’s forever family have a more laid back lifestyle and be caring and patient. Children should be older, dog-savvy, calm, and understand his seizures. Cats and other pets would be fine. McNaulty seems to enjoy the company of other dogs. He does not engage in a whole lot of play, but he likes cuddling with his foster fur-brothers.
McNaulty doesn’t require a lot of run-around yard exercise and he’s not much of a barker, so an apartment would be just fine with him, especially if the complex has a dog area where he can take his time to find an ideal place to "go". He will take his time to find the perfect spot to do his business, so a fenced yard is handy, but a yard is not necessary if his forever family is patient and doesn’t mind leisurely strolls. McNaulty has great leash manners!
A few words from his loving foster family, “McNaulty is an extremely special dog. We have had several fosters and never one quite like him. He depends on his people so much, and when he realizes you are his, he loves you with every ounce of his body. He looks for a sense of safety with his family. He comes out of a seizure so confused and scared, he looks for you to comfort him. It's honestly a feeling you can't really explain. The unconditional love he has for you is unreal. You can tell the seizures have taken a toll on his mind a bit, we laugh about him not being the sharpest tool in the box, but he is so goofy and lovable. He deserves a family that will give him unconditional love back. He deserves a family that will find the humor and adorableness in his quirky personality! Please don't let his seizures deter you from adding McNaulty to your family. They happen every 4-12 weeks, and he's worth it! He will undoubtedly be an amazing dog for the right home.”
If you would like to open your home and your heart to McNaulty, then please fill out an application and start planning a trip to southern Pennsylvania. FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
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.
McNaulty has several allergies and eats a special diet. His foster mom will tell you about it. He also takes regular medicated baths to prevent allergic reactions like skin infections.
McNaulty has epilepsy and requires daily phenobarbital, Zonisamide and Keppra. Phenobarbital levels must be checked regularly, so consider the costs of testing, meds, and vet visits as you consider applying for McNaulty. His medications make him pee frequently, so he should have frequent opportunities to go out for brief excursions to his favorite shrub or telephone pole. Finally, the medications cause him to gain weight, so owners should keep an eye on the scale and where the needle is landing.
Donating in honor of our Frenchie, Henry, who passed away in April. Sending healthy vibes! Emily Urbik