Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 13 pounds
Kids: 8 and up, dog savvy
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
Poppy suffers from bilateral grade 4/4 medial patella luxations and bilateral distal femoral varus abnormalities. She has IVDD and must continue cold laser therapy treatments. She must always be carried up and down stairs and must not be allowed to jump on or off the furniture. Poppy had palate and nares resection, repair of a sliding hiatal hernia and spay on 02.12.2018. She also has a hypoplastic trachea and a partial laryngeal collapse.
Poppy is on Proin for urinary incontinence and Nature's Farmacy Dogzymes Complete and Cran Tri C for urinary health.
In the language of flowers, the poppy is a symbol of hope and resurrection. So it is a fitting name for our own bright flower, who was once on death’s doorstep with little hope of surviving. Fast forward two years and beautiful Poppy is on the FBRN Available Page, ready to leap into the arms of her very own forever family!
Teeny tiny Poppy (just 13 pounds!) was born to an unscrupulous, so-called “breeder,” who was more interested in profiting from fad color puppies than the health and well-being of her animals. So while Poppy has a pretty blue sable coat, she suffers from a number of congenital ailments that we believe are the direct result of irresponsible breeding. As a puppy, Poppy also contracted what we suspect was Parvovirus, but this didn’t stop her “breeder” from selling her and shipping her from Georgia to New York, where her new owner was greeted by a tiny, barely breathing Frenchie covered in feces and vomit. But Poppy was a fighter, and thanks to immediate emergency veterinary care, she was able to pull through and tell that reaper to take a hike! Over the next two years, Poppy’s owner did everything she could to get Poppy healthy, but after exhausting what seemed like every resource and possibility, she made the tearful and loving decision to surrender her dog to FBRN.
We can confirm that Poppy’s list of ailments could pretty much fill a phone book (kids, ask your parents). She has a congenital spinal deformity (hemivertebrae), bowed legs, and is urinary incontinent. She also has a hypoplastic trachea and a partial laryngeal collapse (this may be the most worrying thing, since it is easy to go from having fun to overheated in a very short time. Keep her cool, don't allow too much exercise, and read up on Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome). Since arriving at FBRN, Poppy has had three surgeries—spay, hernia repair, and nares/palate surgery (to help her breathe better)—and has also received laser therapy for her spine. She made it through all of her surgeries like a champion, and was a model patient throughout the lengthy recovery periods. The end result is that while Poppy will always be medically fragile, she is currently healthy, mobile, and absolutely loving life and all the people (and dogs!) in it.
Indeed, everyone who meets Poppy is impressed by her upbeat personality and zest for life, including Poppy’s foster mom, who describes her as a “little ball of energy.” Bad back? Bowed legs? Pshaw. Poppy isn’t going to let any of that hold her back. Poppy loves to play, and is obsessed with balls or any toy made out of rubber. She gets along wonderfully with other dogs and reads their signals well. And when playtime is done, Poppy is more than happy to join her people for a good snuggle (with a belly rub too, please and thank you).
Perhaps the most challenging thing about Poppy is making sure that she doesn’t overdo things. Her bad back has to be protected from aggressive play and too much exercise (that means no stairs or jumping on furniture, not now, not ever!) and her exuberance for toys can be a little . . . much. Poppy doesn’t aggressively guard her toys, but her love of play veers into the obsessive. If you want or need her attention for anything, all toys will need to be removed from her line of sight. For this reason, Poppy can’t be placed with families who have young children, since she is liable to snatch toys right out of their hands. Older, dog-savvy kids who can understand Poppy’s behaviors are fine, as are other dogs of all shapes and sizes, so long as they aren’t the type to engage in overly-aggressive play. Poppy is untested with cats, so for everyone’s safety, we unfortunately have to say no to kitties.
The ideal home for Poppy is one where she can get lots and lots of attention, in terms of medical care, training, and companionship. Poppy’s new family must be dedicated to her continuing health, which means providing her with supplements to promote muscle tone and urinary health, careful attention to her back (did we mention no stairs?) and her amount of exercise (i.e. not too much), and veterinary care that may include physical and laser therapy. Since Poppy cannot control her urine, she needs to wear diapers in the house, and can’t go for more than four hours without a change. Soggy diapers = urinary tract infections, and we don’t want any of those! For that reason, Poppy would prefer a household where someone is at home for all or most of the day, or who could take her to work (where she would doubtlessly be the envy of every cubicle). Poppy is fantastic in a crate or X-pen, but could use a little tune-up with her obedience training, especially when it comes to walking on a leash. Fortunately, she is a smart girl who learns quickly—just make sure there aren’t any toys around to distract her!
Poppy’s foster mom is as obsessed with Poppy as Poppy is with toys, and says: “Poppy is a sweet, energetic, young Frenchie. With what this little girl has endured in her short life (taken away from her mom too soon, flying on a plane and almost not surviving, being special needs, and finding herself searching for a home), she still loves everyone and everything. Poppy is the epitome of how to make the absolute best out of life. In return, she deserves someone to show her that same kind of love.”
If you can provide the perfect garden for Poppy to bloom, don’t hesitate to fill out and application and tell us why. Just be prepared for a road trip—Poppy is chasing her ball in Western New York, and she cannot be shipped or travel by plane.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
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.
For sweet Poppy!! Brigitta Giulianelli
What a precious little Poppy! You have landed in the right place with your FBRN Foster Family! We know from our terrific experience! Ollie & Bessie!
Poppy, with love from Pork and Beans.
for lovely Poppy! Irina Weintraub
Hi Poppy, with love from Clover in Carolina
Sara Speaker McBee
Poppy, what a fighter you are. You are a sweetie. Monica Tang
For precious Poppy from Rin & Crew
For Poppy, may she get the best care, from CeeCee
We thought we would send a donation to Poppy since she was dealt some pretty bad cards in life! We wish Poppy, Charlize and all the little frenchie's good health, love and lots of kisses! Shelly & Patrick
Be well and be happy, Little Poppy. Channon Lucas
To precious Poppy with love. Briana Sidari