Age: 3 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 lbs
Kids: over age 12, dog savvy
Fenced Yard: Not required
Adoption Fee: $600
PATCHES HAS A BITE HISTORY
Pied prince Patches (say THAT three times fast) is making his grand debut on the Available page, so roll out the red carpet and have your tennis balls at the ready!
In case you haven’t noticed, Patches is really cute. Ridiculously so. Unfortunately, that handsome, smooshy mug has been both a blessing and a curse. You see, it’s easy to fall under the spell of the Frenchie face (believe us, we’ve been there), but it’s much more difficult to provide a French bulldog with the care and attention that he or she needs. We think having a dog is best thing in the world, but let’s be real, people—it ain’t all flowers and sunshine. It’s time consuming and costly; it’s barf in your designer heels, three a.m. potty walks in the dead of winter, and vet bills that make you momentarily lose consciousness. But far too often, those adorable puppy faces outweigh any practical considerations, and that’s when you end up with a dog like Patches. Purchased as a puppy from a retail pet store, Patches was passed between no less than three different owners, each of whom had to dispense with him for one reason or another. Most recently, he ended up on Craigslist, being sold by a group of students who had to “get rid of him immediately” because they were going back to school. Luckily for Patches, the ad was seen by friends of FBRN, who—at their own expense, no less—scooped him up, had him neutered and vaccinated, and surrendered him to FBRN, so that we could find him a true forever home.
With all of the upheaval he’s experienced during his three years of life, it’s not surprising that Patches has demonstrated some untoward guarding behavior. He’s used to having things taken away from him, so why wouldn’t he be nervous when he sees a hand come toward his crate? Unfortunately, this resulted in the Good Samaritan who rescued him being nipped on the finger. Since then, Patches has continued to demonstrate some guarding behavior (particularly where his beloved tennis balls are involved), but it has decreased significantly now that he feels comfortable in his foster home. Foster momma can reach her hand into his crate and give him pats and scritches, and Patches has shown, through kisses and requests for belly rubs, that he is capable of both giving and receiving lots of love. Foster mom now describes him as a perky dog who “loves to be petted and loved on,” and is proud of how far her boy has come in such a short time.
Before we go any further, it’s important that we mention something of the utmost importance to Patches: tennis balls. Patches enjoys playing with dogs of all sizes and is happy to gnaw on a bone, but what he really loves are those neon, felt and rubber bouncy balls that people in sun visors hit over nets with rackets. He loves to play fetch, and will bring back his ball again and again and again until he’s tired himself out. Then it’s time to retire to his crate, tennis ball in mouth.
Speaking of crates, Patches is crate-trained and is coming along very well with his housebreaking. He is smart and very food motivated, so he’s an excellent candidate to learn both basic commands and even some fun tricks! However, potential adopters must be aware that Patches’ housetraining and guarding behavior is likely to regress during the first few weeks in his new home. It will take some time for him to trust his new guardian and feel comfortable in yet another set of changed circumstances. But we know he can adjust, and that once he has, he is an amazing little dog. He just needs a family who can be patient with him, who can let him take things at his own pace and not take it personally if he gets growly or scared. Patches will certainly reward this patience with love, loyalty, and lots of licks. (And if you have experience with anxious or undersocialized dogs, please be sure to tell us about it in your application!)
Patches came back from the vet with a clean bill of health, although he did test positive for some allergies, including certain foods and all cats. So even though Patches gets along with both cats and dogs, we have to place him in a kitty-free home. Due to his guarding behaviors and bite history, he cannot be placed with young children, although dog-savvy older kids should be just fine. And while he would prefer to have someone home with him all day, he would be okay by himself so long as his person can come by for a mid-day potty break. Going to the office is not currently an option for Patches, due to his distrust of strangers, but this could certainly change as he becomes more secure and less anxious in his new home.
More than anything, Patches needs a forever home that really is forever. He’s tired of being tossed about like a bat-eared hot potato. He needs stability, love, and the knowledge that his people will come home to him every day, every time.
Patches' foster mom has done wonders with this boy, and offers the following: “Patches is drop-dead gorgeous and a hunk of burning love, very muscular and well-proportioned. From what I have gleaned from reading the report from the FBRN surrendering family, Patches has had at least 4-5 different homes, including mine, and must know that he is not going to be moved from pillar to post in the future. I think that is where his guarding behavior originated and, of course, that didn’t help at all in securing him a forever home because he was termed ‘aggressive.’ I have not been bitten, but I am aware of his nipping and moved quickly. Now my hands are not a threat to him at all.”
If you think you’re the perfect match for a dog named Patch(es), then please send us an application and tell us why! Just be prepared to travel: Patches is melting hearts and hoarding tennis balls in Oklahoma, and will not be shipped.
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.
This is for handsome Patches! From Sally Musallam & family
Good Luck Patches! We know you'll be able to find your happy place! Wendy Smelser
Sending comfort and love to you, Patches. Jason and Christine Kimball In Memory of Sebastian
This donation is for Patches..good luck in your foster home, we hope you find your forever home soon! Titus & Lucius (Frenchie brothers)
For Patches, From CeeCee
Diplomacy is tough! Good luck to u!! Joanne Shepherd
Nikki and William Walker
On behalf of my friend Jenny's Turbo. Wines Apiary
This donation is for Patches! Direen Palmer