Age: 3 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 24 lbs.
Dogs: Yes PLEASE!
Fenced yard: Preferred
Adoption fee: $350
Smart, scintillating, sugar-sweet Samuel wants to start off 2019 with a forever home of his very own! So if you have a have a soft spot for snuggly, scrumptious, smooshy-faced dogs, you’d do well to read on and see if our Sammy is the Frenchie for you.
Samuel came to FBRN after his original family had a baby, and no longer had the time to attend to his (many) needs. Poor Samuel was having unexplained weight loss and GI issues, and his breathing sounded less like a dulcet Frenchie snort and more like trucks downshifting on the interstate. It turns out that Samuel has a number of incurable but manageable health problems, beginning with severe brachycephalic airway syndrome, moving on to a digestive disorder (slow GI mobility), and finishing with a hiatal hernia. We’ve done what we can to fix these issues, including two nares surgeries, an airway surgery, and a gastropexy (stomach tack), but Samuel’s little body can only handle so much, so future surgeries are likely not indicated. Instead, Samuel must remain on a number of medications and supplements to stimulate his gut mobility and help prevent him from regurgitating. This includes twice daily doses of Reglan, erythromycin, cranberry supplements, probiotics, and vitamins, as well as bi-monthly Cytopoint injections to control the dreaded Frenchie itchies.
Phew! That’s a lot of diagnoses and drugs and medical jargon! But here’s the good news—since recovering from his surgeries and starting on this medication regimen, Samuel is doing 1000% better than he was when he first arrived on FBRN’s proverbial doorstep. (Okay, maybe 1000% is mathematically impossible, but we’re just so excited about the progress Sammy has made!) He is a sweet, busy, happy-go-lucky dog who loves playing with his foster siblings (human, canine, and feline alike) and going for rides in the car. He walks well on a leash, does great in public settings, and is always up for a good game of tug. And did we mention his stuffed toys? Plushies are his JAM. When he’s not trying to fit as many of them as he can into his mouth at one time, he’s carrying a stuffed bear or dragon or goodness-knows-what around the house, asking anyone who will listen whether they’d like to play.
Samuel is looking for bulldog-experienced adopters who don’t mind a dog who needs a little “extra,” and have the means to provide him with continuous and excellent veterinary care. Since he loves to play so much, a home with a fenced yard is ideal, but an apartment situation could work so long as he gets daily walks and has plenty of room inside to tear around with his stuffies. He’d love to be with his people 24-7, but he realizes that vet care doesn’t come cheap, so he understands if you need to leave him at home during the day (with a lunchtime potty break, naturally). On that note, we should mention that while Samuel is housetrained, his signals are subtle. If someone isn’t around to see him staring at the door, he might choose to do his business elsewhere. Since he’s so smart, foster mom thinks he would be a great candidate to learn how to use a hanging bell on the doorknob. And while he’s currently too wiggly to go to work with someone, with time and training it’s possible that Samuel could become a wonderful office companion (unless you work in a stuffed animal factory).
What Samuel wants most of all is a household with dogs, kids, and even cats, so he can engage them in play play play! He is happiest in a busy environment with plenty of opportunities to interact with others. So if you have friendly dogs, tolerant cats, and/or dog savvy kids who are steady on their pegs and not easily knocked over, Samuel might be your perfect match.
Foster mom is understandably smitten with her boy, and says, “In spite of his health issues, Samuel is about the most perfect foster I have ever had. His personality is so fun yet he is a gentle little soul - he is just adorable. He has definitely not let any medical issues get him down in the slightest! I would love for him to have fur siblings to play with and a home with young children who would love and play with him as well. A family could not ask for a sweeter dog. We have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with him while he has been here with us.”
If Samuel sounds like your kind of dog, then please fill out an application to adopt! We’d love to hear from you. Just be prepared to travel—Samuel is cramming stuffies into his mouth in southeast Texas, and will not be shipped.
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.
Samuel takes reglan and erythromycin for regurgitation due to mild hiatal hernia and slow GI motility. Cytopoint injections once a month control his allergies. Applicants should be prepared to give Samuel regular medicated baths to prevent allergy outbreaks on his skin. He is on a special diet and some supplements his foster mom will tell you about. Applicants should have an income that can pay for these drugs and additional foods and supplements.
Because he has had several surgeries to address his brachycephalic airway syndrome and still has some symptoms, Samuel's playtime is safest when it is not overly active. If he goes for walks, a harness will protect his trachea--please, no collars for him.
Samuel has a record of urinary tract infections. His owners ought to keep an eye out for reoccurences.
For Sweet Samuel, we wish you love and good luck on your road to health and wellness. From FBRN Grad Rosie Best.
Hope you get well soon and come live with us! Dr Deb and Boss