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Rock
Location: Southern California
Age: 5 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 30 pounds
Kids: Yes (8 yr+)
Cats: Yes
Dogs: Yes
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $550
"Rock is super sweet and it has been amazing watching him develop into a happier, healthier dog these last few months.
His weight is a huge issue and it is imperative that he keeps the weight down. He needs to stay active with play and walks, and he needs to be on quality food. He loves being around people and he wants to be in the middle of things. He is still destructive with his chewing. He is a power chewer and will chew on anything - cardboard boxes, shoes, legos, books - and he will need to always have a selection of very durable chew toys at his disposal. He is just a sweet, lovable little (big) guy who is really enjoying life and the love and attention from his human and dog family."

With a new year comes resolutions. One of Rock's New Year's resolutions is to find a forever family, and he's one step closer with his debut on the available page. Before he came to FBRN foster, he was 36 lbs. and had labored breathing. His surrendering owner also said he has a history of resource guarding but no episodes or behaviors have ever been seen while in foster. Since beginning his journey with FBRN, Rock is down to 30lb (way to go!), has more energy and has shown he tolerates cats and gets along with dogs and kids. Kids should be a little older, dog savvy, and be able to withstand a solid bump from a zooming Rock, since with his weight loss he has learned to enjoy caroming off people and jumping up on them. He's becoming quite the aerielist and enthusiastic athlete since shedding some pounds and sometimes he doesn't realize his own strength and size--his mom says from not being able to get up on the couch when he first arrived, he's now jumping up on dining room chairs and from there to the table. He's part mountain goat, it appears.

Rock's second New Year's resolution is to maintain his weight loss. Like many of us, he gains weight pretty easily and it really affects his breathing. Adopters should be committed to this goal by helping him stay active and continuing to feed quality food. He loves to play with other dogs (he currently attends doggy play dates), go on walks, or chase his favorite light-up ball. His foster mom is hoping he can acquire a little posse of puppy friends in his new home since he seems to really enjoy playing with other dogs. He can be a bit of a door dasher, so a fenced yard is required where he can run around and play or bask in the sun. His family thinks he'll do best in a climate that allows him to get exercise, specifying that a hot, desert home would be less desirable.

His third resolution? He hopes his family will help him commit to his newly found motto: "I will only chew on dog toys and bones." He sometimes finds it difficult to differentiate between human and doggy possessions but if he has a plethora of durable chew toys, he will be less likely to chew up your grandmother's antique Tupperware collection. As with many housebroken dogs, any change in routine can cause them to have a few accidents so please be prepared for some potty-training back-sliding as he settles with his new family. Due to his high potential for breathing issues with any weight gain or hot weather, applicants with previous experience with short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds will be prioritized. Now, if you work or don't work, Rock doesn't mind, but he would need a midday break. He might be able to adapt to an office. He has certainly shown he can adapt to many new things while in foster.

Rock's foster mom nicely summarizes his needs and her hopes, "Rock is super sweet and it has been amazing watching him develop into a happier, healthier dog these last few months. His weight is a huge issue and it is imperative that he keeps the weight down. He needs to stay active with play and walks, and he needs to be on quality food. He loves being around people and he wants to be in the middle of things. He is still destructive with his chewing. He is a power chewer and will chew on anything - cardboard boxes, shoes, legos, books - and he will need to always have a selection of very durable chew toys at his disposal. He is just a sweet, lovable little (big) guy who is really enjoying life and the love and attention from his human and dog family."

If you feel Rock would be a nice addition to your family, fill out an application and help Rock fulfill all of his New Year's resolutions. Rock is still too big to fly on a plane (but don't tell him that) so you'll need to plan a car trip to So Cal if you wish to adopt this handsome fella.

FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. Get ready for a road trip to the DC area for Mr. Fizzgig!

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.

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What a sweet face Rock has. Here's just a little somethin for a few extra chew sticks. Alicia Cervini

For a chew toy. Sanje Ponnudurai