Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 28 pounds
Kids: Yes, 12+, dog-savvy
Dogs: Submissive; see bio
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
Frenchius Rex, monarch of all he surveys, is on the hunt for a new castle. But there will be no sword fights or pillaging on this quest; nay, King Rex employs the ancient Bulldogge arts of snuggling and snorting. If you’ve got a roost that’s ready to be ruled by FBRN’s elder statesman, read on!
Rex was sadly surrendered to FBRN when a change in his family’s circumstances left them unable to care for him. At age 9, he might be a little gray in the muzzle (we call them “wisdom hairs”), but he has the energy of a much younger dog. His hobbies include gardening (read: puttering about the yard and sniffing the flowers), television (read: snuggling on his person’s lap during Netflix binges), and gastronomy (read: he’s a picky eater). Rex can be a rambunctious boy, but he also adores children and is very patient with them. He’s a people dog through and through, and wants to be by his special person’s side at all hours of the day and night! (“You might need a bigger bed,” says Rex.)
Rex’s relationship with his canine subjects is a bit more complicated. He enjoys the company of other dogs so long as they aren’t too pushy or noisy, but all bets are off when it’s time for dinner. Rex is food aggressive with other dogs and will pick fights if any four-legged critter gets near his dish. For that reason, he cannot be placed in a home with cats, and needs to be fed separately from any resident canines (with dishes picked up and put away as soon as supper is over). And while we’re on the topic of fine dining, potential adopters should know that Rex’s palate leans toward the exotic—particularly bison and lamb—and he’s definitely got a taste for human food. It’s hard to say no when a face that cute begs for table scraps, but for the sake of his continued health, it’s better that Rex stick with dog-specific cuisine.
Health-wise, Rex has a few issues that aren’t terribly unexpected in a dog of his age. He suffers from dry eye (the doctors call it keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or KCS), which requires daily drops and cleaning/compresses several times a day. This condition has left Rex with slightly impaired vision, so it’s important to keep a close eye on him when he’s playing in the yard or near any potential hazards. Rex also underwent spinal surgery a couple of years back, so his new family will need to monitor him for back issues and make sure he doesn’t participate in activities that could cause damage to his discs (running up and down stairs, jumping on furniture, etc.). Though Rex loves children, kids are more likely to share their foods (willingly or not) and may have a hard time figuring out how to consistently close doors and gates. Little dogs are very hard to resist, and smaller kids have a hard time not picking them up--and getting dropped would be likely to re-injure Rex's back. For these reasons, we are looking for a family with older, dog-savvy kids who've been brought up with dogs and already understand about doors and gates and not sharing food.
Rex’s foster family will miss him terribly, but are excited for him to reign supreme in a true forever home. They tell us, “We hope Rex would go to a home with someone who is home frequently. He seems to like children and other dogs. He is an older boy who loves to nap but also has bursts of energy. He can play rough so he needs people who can deal with barking, playful biting, etc. (he was clearly taught to play a little rough and old habits die hard).”
Are you ready to make Rex the king of your heart? Fill out an adoption application and tell us why you would be his perfect subject. Just be prepared to travel—Rex is sunning himself and dreaming of prime rib dinners in eastern Pennsylvania, 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.
Get some toys and treats, Rex! From Meaghan, Ernie and Olive
Rex it is so cute! I know it is not too much but it is with all my heart!! I love frenchies!!! Yajaira Vargas
Have fun little buddy! I can’t wait until you are on the available dogs list! Love, Lauren
Good Luck Rex!! Chris Zimmer