Age:2 years old
Weight: 23 pounds
Kids: Yes, respectful, dog-savvy kids 12 years old +
Dogs:Yes, females only
Fenced Yard: Required
With some dogs, you can just tell they were bon vivants in a past life. Perhaps an artist, probably liked fine wine, smoked the occasional cigar. Could have dabbled in the stock market. Others were most likely single ladies of a certain age (impolite company might call them “spinsters”) content to garden and knit. Someone we know is convinced that her dog was once an elderly librarian who carried a cane and knew how to use it. Mike? Well, there’s no way to know for sure, but Mike was probably a man’s-man, the type who worked with his hands and knew his way around a hardware store. Drove a truck, helped his friends move furniture when they moved. You know the type.
In this life, Mike’s journey has been similarly non-glamorous and, dare we say it, more than a little rough. He lost an eye in a scuffle with a Rottweiler and spent most of his two years of life in a garage, used as a stud dog. No life for any dog, and certainly not French Bulldogs whose tastes typically tend more toward the bon vivant lifestyle mentioned above.
But Mike’s life took a notable turn for the better when he came to FBRN several months ago. His new life included vet visits to assess and improve his health, a good diet, loving care from his foster mom, gentle guidance and reinforcement to replace naughty behaviors with good ones, and an introduction to the good life that he should have been leading all along.
The result is a greatly improved Mike who is now ready to find his forever home where he will continue to learn how to be a good canine citizen and catch up on all the love and affection he has missed in his young life.
Mike’s rough start has understandably left him with some ongoing health concerns. However, we are pleased to report that at this time, none of these require treatment. His new owners need only monitor his overall condition, check in with their vet periodically, and consult the vet if an issue arises.
As you will notice, Mike is a member of the one-eyed Frenchie contingent. The sight in his remaining eye is extremely diminished, leaving him effectively blind and his eye primarily decorative. Fortunately, this eye does not seem to cause him any pain and does not require treatment or removal at this time, although this could change in the future. As is often the case with blind dogs, Mike gets around pretty darn well once he is accustomed to his surroundings. He doesn’t let his lack of vision worry him, and his adoptive family shouldn't worry, either.
Like the rest of him, Mike’s skin was in less than fantastic condition when he arrived in his foster home, and has required a couple courses of antibiotics for skin infections in that time. This is something that could recur periodically, and will need veterinary treatment to resolve.
The vet also diagnosed Mike with a condition that is less common although something that his forever home should understand and keep an eye on. Mike has a mild case of COMS (caudal occipital malformation syndrome), which similar to a Chiari malformation. Essentially, Mike’s brain is crowded in the back of his skull. Like his other medical issues, this also appears to be a non-issue at this time, but does mean his family should keep an eye out for signs of neck pain or difficulty walking. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be looking for a home for Mike on one level, without stairs that could trigger or worsen this condition.
Mike also has an eye condition called nystagmus. This is an involuntary movement of the eyes (or, in this case, eye) that is noticeable to casual observers, but not at all painful. Like his blindness, Mike appears untroubled by this condition, although it does give him a great opener to chat up the ladies at cocktail parties.
And speaking of the ladies, Mike is a classic ladies’ man. Before his recent, um, “procedure,” Mike was quite a romancer of the lady-dog-folk. Now that his “excess baggage” has been “claimed” by the vet, this should no doubt improve his manners. His foster mom reports that he still marks occasionally in the house, but anticipates that this, too, should resolve soon. Mike is otherwise crate- and house-trained and will probably get with the program once he adjusts to his new home.
As for the gents? Mike is not such an ardent admirer. He has lived with male dogs in the past, but has had occasional disagreements, sometimes for mysterious reasons. Because of this, any other dogs in Mike’s adoptive home must be female, to avoid misunderstandings. Mike could also live quite happily as an only dog; his foster mom reports that he doesn't interact much with his foster dog siblings.
Where Mike does bond quite strongly is with his humans. Make that his human. While he doesn't show a preference for men or women, he is a one-human dog kind of guy. Mike connects strongly with one person in his family and pays little attention to anyone else. If you are Mike’s human, prepare to be followed around by this little Velcro canine. He loves to keep an eye on what his person is doing, sit with them on the couch, and generally make himself indispensable. However, one person’s “loving and engaged” is another person’s “clingy,” so if you are looking for an independent dog who loves lots of people and finds them interchangeable, Mike is not your guy.
Because of his blindness, Mike does startle easily. This, and his retiring, selective nature would probably make him more appealing for homes with a solo dog owner or perhaps a couple. Mike would not enjoy a home with a lot of kids, activity, noise and pastimes requiring canine participation, so those homes are encouraged to take a gander at our other fine canines.
As mentioned, Mike is crate- and house-trained. While he knows humans often need to leave the house for things like groceries, work, social engagements and other necessities of modern life, he would be thrilled with a person who is home throughout the day. He might even consider becoming your office dog, as long as the environment was quiet and calm, and allowed him time with his person without the need to greet strangers and submit to petting, attention, and other tiresome social interactions. (To understand Mike’s demeanor, think more “reclusive author” and less “rock star who revels in being mobbed by adoring fans.”)
Mike’s foster mom had her work cut out for her when he arrived, and she certainly has risen to the occasion. This boy has transformed in her care, and she wants to find a family for Mike who will continue his progress from here on (as do the rest of us)! This is what she wrote about this special guy: “Mike came to us in bad shape, with scars, scabs, infection and bite wounds. He now knows what it feels like to be loved, clean and have a full belly. I'm not sure how many homes he has had in his two years of life, but he needs one more, forever. He deserves nothing less. He's a special little guy in many ways. He gives nothing but love after all that he's been through, and he wants that in return. He will pick his one person and become attached. He wants to be with you, touching you at all times.”
We know it’s a tall order. Mike is a unique guy with a rocky past, but he has the potential to have a fantastic future in the right home. Could that right home be your home? If Mike has tugged at your heart like he has ours and you think you can be his forever home, please consider applying for this guy. Just click on the link for the application.
If you are the special humans chosen to be Mike’s humans, ready yourselves for a trip to Northern Texas. That’s where Mike has been learning about the finer things in life. Mike is likely too big to fly, but don’t let that stop you from setting your sights on this boy. Who can resist the opportunity that the time-honored American road trip offers for human-dog bonding?
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.
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.
Oh you poor boy Mike. Thank goodness you are now in the hands of FBRN. Deb, Max and Gigi
To: Sweet Mike from Texas, with Love, Marianne
Hope you get to feeling better soon Mike. Love keeping up with you. Shea Gros
Louisa Stephens Vry
Mike, you touched my heart the very first time I saw you! Can't wait to see you flourish in the hands of FBRN! -Tammy Wilsford
For Mike! May your future days be filled with nothing but love and kindness! Shaunelle Eckman
Mike you deserve a good home !!! Frenchie kisses coming your way. Kristy Quinn
I am sponsoring Mike because I am so moved by his story- no dog should go through what he has been through. I pray that he is able to find a home where he is spoiled with unconditional love and all the treats and belly rubs he could ever want. Katherine Kersten
Mike in Texas big hugs and love from fellow frenchie, Pinot. Xoxo Melissa Giamberardino
Sending love your way, Mike! Lauren McCord
For Mike, just because. Sallie & Bug
To Mike our FBRN Valentine recipient! Hoping you feel better quickly and find the loving forever home that you so deserve! Love, Chewy and Daya
For sweet Mike, whose story breaks my heart. Thank goodness you've found your way to FBRN, you're in good, safe hands now honey! With lots of love from the Phillips family.
Hey Mike, hopefully you will be feeling much love. Michael Tillger
For Mike..I hope you guys can help turn this dog around!!!Scott Hatland
This gift probably doesn't make a difference, but it's a little something from me that = a bug hug. Dennis Wolfe
MICHELLE M KENNEY
My heart broke when I saw your photo, Mike. Jemellee Santos
We hope you start feeling better real soon, Mike! Your friends Clovis and Byron and their mom and dad.
Dear Mike, I hope you find the love and care you deserve. Speedy recovery to you, sweet boy! Pelageya A Kostenko
Get well soon, Mike. Tammy Clemens
Hope you get better soon Mike! Love, Tallulah and Tabitha (FBRN grad)
This donation is for frenchie Mike in Texas. Sending him all the love in the world. Olivia Hope
Get better sweet boy- the Pancoes
Good luck, happy recovery. Here's to a better life. Hope you guys find him a good home. Bill Colantuoni
This is for you "Magic" Mike! My Frenchie Hazel and I are so glad you found yourself in the hands of the French Bulldog Rescue Network and we're wishing you all the happiness, treats, puppy cuddles, toys and love in the world once you find your new forever home! No sweet innocent animal should ever have to endure what you've been through, but it's through the work of wonderful organizations like this that you can be brought back to life, treated the way you should be treated, and loved. Kyle Schmitz
Saw Mike on IG..wish it was more. Jennifer Preston
I love Mike! Russell Pickering
Please use this for Mike in TX- so happy he is finally getting some love. Mechell Smith
Feel better soon, Mike! Here's to a speedy recovery. Jackie Garcia
Fight like a Frenchie, Mike!!! Love, Cherie the Surf Dog & Ace the Amazing Bat-Hound
I know Mike will transform before our eyes. I hope this helps. Michele Rawas
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Mike, I'm giving yew my Valentimez munny tew help yew git bedder an have a good life. Hang in there, buddy, it'z gunna be OK. xoxoxo Bizzy & Momma in Buffalo
You're in the best hands, Maggie, Dobby, Bessie
As a young pup, I hope you feel safe, nurtured and loved, from this day forward. Jennifer Gariepy
a little something for Mike :) Erika Ospina
Hope you make a quick turnaround, Mike! Sorry that there are humans out there who would treat you the way that you were treated. :( George Probst
Get better little dude. You have a great life ahead of you. Xoxo. Tamera Haney
Hugs to this little guy from NJ! Christie Nelson
Mike, you've had a hard life for a young puppy and you deserve better! You are adorable and I hope you get well soon! Laura Price
Mike we are praying for you to find a loving forever home. We hope you feel better soon. Natalie, Jazzie and Mya
Get well soon lil buddy. catherine wells
Mike, I'm a Frenchie rescue with one eye named Napoleon. (It hasn't cramped my style with the ladies, don't worry.) I'm also deaf. I know how you feel so I'm sending you a few bucks to cheer you up while your new family finds you. Love, Napoleon
Please put this donation towards care of Mike and his medical needs. Thank you, Shirin
Hope your "new" life is filled with the love and attention you so deserve! Jackie and Jerry
We want to send Mike same Love and Hugs from us in Sweden. Elaine and the gang of Frenchies
It breaks my heart to see dogs like Mike. I don't make much, but Mike deserves a chunk of it. He needs it more than I do today. Brittany Petty
We can't wait to see your happy face Mike! Get Better bud! Love Lola Bean and Frankie Dean
With love from Tracey & Doug (and FBRN angel, Jake). xoxo
Dear Mike, You have truly touched our hearts. You are in good hands now and can expect a life of peace, love, confidence, snuggles, treats and warmth. I am sending my allowance money because I luv you. ~Josie (Josepha) Straume Schaeffer, FBRN Grad
get better Mike!! Brittney Jakubiak
Bobbie Sue Brown
Hi Mike. Be strong little guy. Life is going to get so much better! Love, kisses and snuggles, me and my dogs Cinder and Diamond. Katherine Smith
Precious Mike. We hope this helps to get you healthy and in to your forever soon ! Our prayers are that you'll be loved, spoiled and happy for the rest of your days ! Keep FLAF'n sweet boy !! Love your friends at Fiesty Frenchies.
Can't wait to see you better, sending you lots of kisses little man xx. Brittany Roe
Welcome Mike. Katherine Brockman
Sweet Mike, My prayer for you is that you have unconditional love. Victoria Straub
Please use this donation for Mike in Tx. I'm thankful for the FBRN and it's benevolent foster volunteers. Mike is now in loving hands. Amie Park
Mike- here's a little help to get you back on your feet. Your picture melts my heart-you deserve loads of love and I know FBRN will help you find your forever person to love and protect you! Sally Snead
Donation for Mike - You are in good hands! I hope you feel better soon! Thinking of you in VA! Mary Hendrickson
Mike, FBRN will take good care of you, we should know we are FBRN Grads! Lucy and Rosie Best
For sweet Mike. Get better soon! Sally and family
Kisses sweet Mike! Niki and Eidie
Please use this to help Mike! Dana Williams
Sending good thoughts your way Mike- feel better- June, George & EB
For Mike, with love. Andrew Court
Rin & Crew
Mike, we hope you get strong and healthy soon so you can go to your forever loving home! Luv, Milva, Chris and Madison
One of the strongest frenchies we've seen! #FrenchieStrong! -From your frenchie brother Lou The Frenchie Pig
Please apply to care for sweet Mike. From Harper and Remy, Frenchies in Illinois.
Sending so much love your way, you handsome boy! Oxoxoxox Amanda
Good Luck Buddy - Greg
Get better soon Mike! Kate Benbow Hebbert
It's smooth-sailing from here Mike..you made the long and hard journey to FBRN! Congrats and best wishes for a speedy recovery :) May your well-deserved forever home be just around the corner. XOXO J&K
Hope this helps you handsome stud muffin. Sending positive vibes and much love your way from Moose the frenchie
For Mike! Get better little one. Duane Simmons
What a sweet boy! Best of luck to you Mike!! John Pace
Sara Speaker McBee
For dear little Mike. You are in good hands! Byers Ellen
For Mike! Get well soon sweet boy! Allie Vidalin
Mike, you're super special and loved. Maryam Nikroo
Mike I'm praying for you to have full recovery. You are a special boy. Love, The Kern Family
Aja says get better soon Mike. If you are ever in PA, come see me and my mommy! Beth Dodson
Kisses Mike. judeann smith
In loving memory of my dear Frenchies, Uncle Jack and Bahama. Dear Mike, hoping you get all fixed up and find your forever home very quickly. Crystal Bead Bazaar
Better days my little friend. greg stanley
For hospice dogs and those who love them. And love and blessings to Mike on his recovery. Dian Cagle
Mulligan and I are wishing you a speedy recovery, Mike! Katherine Plante
Mike. Hoping the rest of your life is as beautiful as you are. Annie, Tara & Frannie Lou
For little Mike! Connie Hong
Hope you get well soon. Robert Contreras
XOXO Nicole Black
For Mike in Texas. Best wishes! Brian Baxendale
For Mike. We are so glad you are in good hands and getting all of the love and care you deserve. Love, Megan, John and Remy the Frenchie
Feel better soon Mikey! XOXO Reyna Klesh
For Mike, Get better soon, sweetheart! ~ Love, The Hildebrands
Thank you for sharing Mike's story. We had to donate! Luana Concepcion
Please direct these funds toward care for "Mike" in the Foster program . He looks exactly like my little boy, Jack who's gone, Jack was white, had one eye, horrible skin and the sweetest creature I have ever known. Good luck buddy!!! MICHAEL LYNCH
This donation is to sponsor Mike from Texas, and help with his medical bills. Today is my male frenchie's 7th birthday (Bo), and I feel so blessed to have him in my life. I hope that Mike will find a forever home that shows him that same love. Colleen Klages
I wish I could give Mike all of my money :( Such a sad story, but so happy he has landed in a more comfortable place. -Carla
Sara Bethany Masterson
Sending positive thoughts and a little something to help with dear Mike's medical costs. Hang in there buddy. Terry and Regena Whitten
This is to go towards medical expenses for Mike from your Home page. This donation is being made in the name of Louis Vuitton the Frenchie! Diane Respeto
Glad you're in a place that will love and take care of you Mike. Edward Tautkus
Hi Mike I hope this helps! I am so happy that you are in good hands and have a chance to know love! Alicia~Paina~Indie
Hang in there Mike and get better soon. -FBRN Alum Chubby
I'm sorry life has been so hard for you, baby. I hope this helps a little with the vet bills! Donna DeCarlo
To Mike for your vet care! May you be healed and comfortable very soon in a loving home that you deserve! ♥ This donation is made in loving memory of my Frenchie, Dantes. Darice Schlaufman
Little Mike. Paula DiVincenzo
To an amazing long life full of dog treats, walks, and playing fetch. Nicholas Medley
Mike my mama took good care of me for 10 years I am now waiting for her at the rainbow but she wants to make sure you are cared for my wish is you find happiness in the simple things belly rubs wet kisses and the sound of food in a ;bowl. Xoxo. Lulu
To Mike from Louie and Ollie Frenchies..hugs and kisses and wishes for a speedy recovery and landing in the RIGHT home!
Mike I love you already! You're in good hands and I hope this something extra helps your recovery go smooth. xoxo sweet boy! Linda Jenschke
Get Better Mike! Love Lola & Frankie
For Mike- We'll keep donating till you're well, Mike. Keep getting stronger every day. Jerry beat cancer, you can beat a horrible beginning! Bless you Jackie & Jerry