Age: 2 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 16 lbs.
Kids: Over 8, dog savvy
Dogs: Her size or smaller, mellow/submissive
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $250
Nola is ready to rocknrolla’ onto the FBRN Available Page! This brindle sweetheart has some special needs that require a special home, but we think you’ll agree that she’s well worth the extra effort.
Only two years old, Nola began her life as a breeder, giving birth to at least one litter of puppies before she was surrendered to rescue. It’s fortunate that those breeding days are behind her, since Nola has a number of conditions that are better off not being passed down to future generations of French bulldogs. The first is irritable bowel syndrome, which, when it flares up, gives Nola terrible diarrhea and leaves her unable to absorb nutrients from her food. When she first arrived at FBRN, Nola was painfully thin—her ribs and hipbones jutted out, and she weighed a scant 14 pounds. With special prescription food, a daily probiotic, and a metronidazole prescription to treat flare-ups, Nola has put some much-needed weight on those bones and is currently tipping the scales at 15.8 pounds (and moving up, thank goodness!) Her new family will have to continue this special diet and understand that Nola’s GI issues will not go away as she gets older. On the contrary, they may get worse, and her guardians must be prepared (both emotionally and financially) to provide Nola with a full panoply of veterinary treatment, which may include biopsies, colonoscopies, and additional medication.
Then we have Nola’s back, which is, as the kids say, a hot mess. Nola suffers from both hemivertebrae and scoliosis, two congenital spine deformities that cause the vertebrae of the spinal cord to grow at an angle. As a result, Nola’s spine is curved, rather than straight, and she runs much higher risk of disc compression and paralyzing injury than the average French bulldog. She also has severe right hip dysplasia, meaning that the ball of her hip joint does not move smoothly in the socket. What does all of this mean for Nola? Well, first, the good news—she is not in any pain, and has no idea that anything is wrong with her. To keep her this way, it is essential that Nola’s activity be very carefully monitored. Even though she is just a young thing and would love nothing more than to tear around the backyard like a bat-eared tornado, her exercise must be strictly limited to avoid injury to her back and hip. Care must also be taken not to let Nola jump on or off of furniture, or to leave her unattended on a couch or bed where she could fall off and hurt herself. She should also be carefully carried up and down stairs, which shouldn’t be a problem thanks to her diminutive size. (“I prefer ‘petite,’” says Nola.) Finally, much like her tummy troubles, these skeletal issues will likely worsen as Nola gets older. Physical therapy, MRIs, and even spinal surgery may be in Nola’s future, and her new family must have the financial means to provide for this care should the need for it arise.
Now that we’ve gone over Nola’s long list of ailments, it’s time to go over the even longer list of her merits. Nola is one smart cookie (er, dog biscuit?) who is housebroken, crate trained, walks beautifully on a leash, and knows how to sit on command. She is a playful, happy-go-lucky girl who loves scratches behind the ears and playing fetch in the yard with her favorite ball. And personality-wise, you couldn’t ask for a sweeter disposition or more loyal companion. Nola’s favorite place is at her person’s side, and her new guardian should expect to have a little brindle shadow at their feet 24-7.
Nola is a fan of people big and small, but she seems to have a special preference for women. She likes kids and thinks they’re tons of fun, but due to her back issues, she can’t be placed in a home with young children who might accidentally lean on her back when giving her a hug (or even worse, try to pick her up or pick her up and accidentally drop her). As for her canine preferences, Nola isn’t particularly fond of large dogs, but she thinks her fellow Frenchies and other similarly sized dogs are just great. The most important thing about any potential canine companions is that they be mellow and submissive, and not engage Nola in the type of rollicking, rough play that could cause injury to her back. Nola has never been exposed to cats, so for the sake of everyone’s safety, we have to say no to kitties.
Nola’s ideal home is one where somebody is home for most of the day, as she suffers from separation anxiety and does not want to leave her person’s side. She’d also be happy to accompany you to work, so long as your workplace is quiet and mellow (loud, stressful situations cause her IBD to flare up). A fenced yard is a must, so that Nola can play fetch (not to her heart’s content, unfortunately, but for at least a little while each day!) Most of all, Nola’s new family must be dedicated to her care and willing to do what is necessary to keep this little girl happy and healthy for years to come.
Nola’s foster mom has done amazing work with this little nugget, and has this to say: “Nola is a very special girl. I have fostered many dogs and this by far will be the most difficult to see go. Nola immediately steals you heart. This small, ("OK, Nola, petite!") little girl will make someone VERY happy. Nola would love someone that is okay with her being attached to their side 24/7 and can play a good game of fetch!”
Do you have room in your home and your heart for a Frenchie who needs a little extra? If you think you’ve got what Nola needs, please apply to adopt her by clicking on the link below. Just be prepared to travel—Nola is chasing her ball (for short periods of time) in north-central Texas 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.
Beautiful Nola, we wish you the best of health and happiness! xoxo Juli Pember & Coco the Frenchie
-Darth Vader the Frenchie
From Elvis.. feel better soon, beautiful. I'd love to meet you!
Nola - I'm a brindle Frenchie with tummy and spine troubles, too! It took me years of TLC from Mom and vets, but now I'm pleasantly-plump and glossy-coated and go #2 like it's my job. (It is basically my only job.) You'll get there, too! Love, Nugget