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Melvin
Location: Arkansas
Age: 3 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 30 pounds
Kids: Quiet, dog-savvy, older kids, 14yrs+
Cats: No
Dogs: Yes
Fenced yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $250
“Melvin is a real love-bug. He is happiest around his humans, being loved and petted.
He has ‘resting worried face,’ so it's hard to tell when he is relaxed and happy…that is, until he lets you pick him up like a baby and rub his belly. As he starts to nod off and fall limp in your arms like a noodle in the most awkward and surely uncomfortable positions, you realize he IS happy. As he has worked up confidence in himself, we have seen him meet new dogs and humans and learn the joys of both of these things. As his health improves, his happiness and overall mood also improves. He has a true need to please and be loved. Combined with his energy and intelligence, he has the makings to be a great and loyal dog.”

Adorable Melvin of the long snout and stub tail is ready for his forever home! If you’re a firm, consistent leader who is willing to work with a dog who needs a little bit “extra,” then Melvin may be the dog for you. He promises that your efforts will be repaid with a lifetime of sniffs, snorts, and snuggles on the couch.

Melvin came to FBRN from a small shelter, where he was surrendered after he nipped a child’s leg and foot. The child had been teasing Melvin, and no skin was broken, but it was clear that he would be happiest in a home without small people. As such, Melvin cannot placed in a family with kids, or one where kids are frequent visitors. While he’s at it, Melvin would also like to mention that he doesn’t much care for large dogs, although he gets along with smaller, submissive dogs (particularly the laaaaadies). Melvin has never met a kitty, so we have to say no to those of the feline persuasion.

Melvin’s biggest challenge right now is his reactivity toward strangers. He is fearful of people he does not know, and his anxiety causes him to act out when new people come into his space. Melvin’s foster family has been working hard to help him overcome these insecurities, but he is still a work in progress. His new family will have to continue this work to build the confidence Melvin needs to live a happy life. The keywords to Melvin’s success are stability and routine—when he knows what is expected of him, he doesn’t feel nearly so anxious, and his loving, people-pleasing personality shines through. Applicants who live in Arkansas and surrounding states will be given preference for this adoption, as that will make it easier for Melvin’s current foster family and trainer to offer guidance, even after he’s flown the FBRN coop.

Melvin is not a resource guarder and has no food aggression issues, but all bets are off when it comes to his rawhide chews. For some reason, Melvin just doesn’t want to give those up! We’ll have to take his word for it that they taste better than they smell. In any event, his new family will want to ixnay on the awhideray.  (It's just as well.  Rawhide leads to many choking incidents--it's not safe.)

Finally, Melvin suffers from both severe allergies and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The IBS is currently well-managed with a steroid (Budesonide), over-the-counter Pepcid, and a raw, limited-ingredient diet with supplements—no table scraps for this boy! While the steroid may be able to be tapered down or even eliminated completely in the future, his adopters should assume that he will be on this regimen indefinitely. Melvin’s allergies—which include an allergy to human skin cells, poor boo!—are kept at bay with Apoquel and a once-a-week medicated bath. (This doesn’t mean that he can’t cuddle with his people, just that he can’t share a bed with them and needs a soft sleeping space of his very own!) Potential adopters must have both the time and resources to continue this regimen.

Melvin knows that he’s a little more needy than the average dog, but he promises that he’s worth it! Despite his mistrust of strangers, he is generally a happy camper who is very smart. He occasionally has bursts of energy and adores his daily walks, but for the most part he is content to relax with his people. He loves to chew on stuffies and Nylabones, but must be observed with his toys, since he is a crazy hard chewer and we don’t want any little pieces coming off and making their way into his sensitive tummy. And did we mention that he’s one clever doggie biscuit? Not only is he housebroken and quickly learning the ins and outs of his crate, Melvin passed his first round of obedience school classes with flying colors.

Owners who are home during the day would be the most ideal for Melvin, however, if he finds a family who works away from the home, he is reliable with a mid-day potty break. If his family plans on using the services of a dog walker, there must be a slow introductory period so that Melvin can become comfortable. It is imperative that he have consistency in this respect, as he will not react well to being cared for by someone he does not know. Home-wise, Melvin would prefer a house with a fenced, private yard, allowing for plenty of romping and sniffing, as well as easy yard access. An office environment would definitely not work, given his anxiety and reactivity with strangers. Same goes for a busy apartment building or a loud city environment. “I prefer to do my snuggling when it’s peaceful,” says Melvin.

Melvin’s foster mom gave us this description: “Melvin is a real love-bug. He is happiest around his humans, being loved and petted. He has ‘resting worried face,’ so it's hard to tell when he is relaxed and happy…that is, until he lets you pick him up like a baby and rub his belly. As he starts to nod off and fall limp in your arms like a noodle in the most awkward and surely uncomfortable positions, you realize he IS happy. As he has worked up confidence in himself, we have seen him meet new dogs and humans and learn the joys of both of these things. As his health improves, his happiness and overall mood also improves. He has a true need to please and be loved. Combined with his energy and intelligence, he has the makings to be a great and loyal dog.”

If you are the special person (or family) who is up to the task of caring and providing for Melvin, we encourage you to apply. Melvin will make sure you get plenty of love and loyalty in return! Melvin's family should be prepared to make a trip to Arkansas, where Melvin is currently hanging out. At 30 solid pounds, he is too big to fly.

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.

 Videos of Melvin:

Melvin Learns New Tricks!


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