Age: 7 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 41 pounds
Kids: Yes, older and dog-savvy
Dogs: Yes, laid-back
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
Oh! Oh! Oh! O’Malley has made it to the Available page!!
This super-sized French ball of love and contentment arrived on FBRN’s doorstep when his previous family realized they couldn’t afford his future medical expenses. O’Malley has a history of spinal surgery for intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), interdigital (between-the-toes) cysts and he is allergic to storage mites (found in dry food), cat dander, and goose down. He has also had a couple eye procedures (diamond burr keratotomy and third eyelid repair) prior to joining us.
The good news is that the vet gave him a clean bill of health and feels that with vigilance to check for emerging cysts, occasional follow-up visits to an ophthalmologist and a firm “no” on jumping, roughhousing, and climbing more than a few stairs, O'Malley will continue to do well and live his best life.
The even better news is that O’Malley is one of the sweetest, bestest boys you could ever hope to meet. He is laid back and doesn't let much of anything bother him.
O’Malley loves loves loves people, and especially loves draping his 41 (!) pounds across a human lap and giving kisses. Foster mom says he is laid back and doesn’t let anything bother him – nail trims, other dogs, bad television – O’Malley takes it all in stride. Well, maybe not all things. He doesn’t seem to like large (70+ pound) dogs, and especially doesn't like being crated or separated from his humans. O’Malley shows signs of separation anxiety and will cry when he's not with his humans. O’Malley would be thrilled with a stay at home human, or someone who will take him to the office. He would love it! (As long as there are no large canine coworkers.)
Fortunately, he isn't destructive during these episodes, or any other time, for that matter. O’Malley’s foster family has given him free rein of the house and even unsupervised, he hasn’t bitten, nibbled, ruffled, shredded, peeled, chewed or peed on anything. Oh, did we mention? He’s also got fantastic house manners. Knows to do his canine business outside like a good boy. Despite his history of back problems, he is currently 100% mobile and continent, and will hopefully remain so with basic precautions to keep him safe.
While some Frenchies are fine with having their own bed at night separate from their humans, O’Malley is not one of those Frenchies. Foster mom says he will cry all night if he is asked to sleep elsewhere. We certainly understand that co-sleeping with dogs is not everyone’s idea of a good night. If you're one who prefers not to share your bed with a canine companion or you can't imagine sleeping without your goose down pillows and comforters (he's allergic), O’Malley is likely not the dog for you. But if you have a big bed and enough room in it for 41 pounds of canine magnificence, this is your guy!
O’Malley even knows basic obedience commands – “sit,” “shake” and (sometimes) “stay.” He’s not a big walker and tires easily. He loves playing with stuffed toys, Nylabones, balls and other dogs. However, to prevent injury to his back, he shouldn't be allowed to roughhouse. While a home with another laid back dog would be great, his humans will need to monitor all inter-canine activity and keep things from getting too rambunctious. While O’Malley would love a fenced yard, it isn't required. As we mentioned, O’Malley loves humans, young and old. However, because of his large size, he might knock down smaller people in his rush to love on them, so we feel older, dog-savvy kids who understand that he can’t play too rough will be best.
O’Malley takes an inexpensive twice-daily medication (gabapentin) to manage inflammation and pain in his back and will need to continue this for the rest of his life. He has also been prescribed trazadone for separation anxiety and takes it as needed. Because he cannot eat kibble, O’Malley is currently on a raw diet and does well.
O’Malley’s foster mom just loves this magnificent boy. She tells us, “O’Malley is a complete love bug. He wants nothing more than to be kissing you, lying on your lap, following you around, and snuggling with you at night. He is truly a wonderfully behaved, sweet boy. His soulful eyes and sweet disposition will melt your heart.”
So that’s O’Malley in a (super-gigantic) nutshell. Sounds like a lot of moving parts, but his time in foster care has enabled his foster mom to find a routine that works well for him. We are confident that the right human(s) can pick up where she left off and keep this boy ticking right along. If you think you are that human, consider applying for this hunk o’ love. And if you are lucky enough to be selected as O’Malley’s person, set your course for an adventure to upstate NY. That's where O’Malley is currently biding his time, and the starting point for your road trip home. (It goes without saying that this boy is too big to fly.)
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, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
O’Malley has several allergies including storage mites, and he must remain on a raw diet and supplements. He is allergic to cats so he must never be around them. O’Malley is allergic to feathers and must avoid feather pillows and down blankets.
O’Malley has a history of interdigital cysts and your vet can tell you what to look for in case it should recur.
O’Malley has IVDD and had a C3-4 ventral slot with fenestrations at C4-5 and C5-6 procedure performed prior to surrender. He'll take daily gabapentin for the rest of his life. Check with your vet about the cost.
Also prior to surrender, O’Malley had a diamond burr keratotomy and third eyelid repair in in his right eye. He should be seen by an ophthalmologist as needed.
O’Malley has shown signs of separation anxiety which can be treated by trazodone as needed.
Get well soon nug!! Jennifer Meehan