Age: 8 yrs
Weight: 35 lbs
Kids: Yes 5+, dog-savvy only
Fenced yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $350
Shiner is allergic to storage mites and must remain on his current raw diet, Nature's Farmacy supplements, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 pet supplements and have regular medicated baths. He is allergic to human epithelia, feathers and wool so he must not sleep in the human bed, and must avoid feather pillows, down and wool blankets, and wool rugs.
Shiner is a resource guarder and must never be around small children. He must be monitored during feedings and when toys are present. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home. If you have experience working with and training resource guarders, be sure to mention it in your application.
Shiner has impaired hearing. He has a history of urinary tract infections that must be monitored for recurrence. He had a skin tag removed during a dental with extractions on 05.11.2018.
Shiner had a break in his left paw that has healed incorrectly and must be monitored.
Shiner is great at going outside to do his business. He will let you know with a low pitched whine, even if it means waking you up in the morning if it's that time. Shiner originally disliked his crate when he was first introduced by his foster parents. He would yodel up a storm somethin' fierce. Since he has been getting fed in his crate, he seems to not mind going in there for short periods, and doesn't protest when the lock goes down as long as there is a treat reward waiting for him. He still doesn't prefer his crate, but has been great about tolerating his time in there for up to several hours, especially if one of his beloved toys can keep him company. He will insist on sleeping on the people bed, and his foster family have accommodated him and his allergies by providing him with his own blanket to sleep on atop their covers.
Shiner would do best in a home that has no other dogs or with a very submissive dog that can be separated during feeding times. If you have another dog, we'll give preference to a family well-versed in managing or training resource guarders around other dogs, so be sure to tell us about your experience.
Dog-savvy children 5+ who are accustomed to closing the door and fence (remember he is hard of hearing, so can't hear you call him back) and who will not take his stuff would be fine for him, as he loves when they dote on him. No small children that might take his toys or might lie on him or tug on him because he won't hesitate to let people know when they have disturbed his peace. He also tends to jump when excited, which could result in unintentionally knocking over a small child. Shiner tolerates his foster families outdoor cats and could co-exist with indoor, dog-savvy felines. He would make a great addition to someone who was around the house quite often or worked from home, as he does experience some separation anxiety if left alone constantly. First time Frenchie people would be fine as long as they stay on top of his baths and people time, and they have some experience with providing solid leadership in the form of structure, boundaries, and clear expectations. Once that's established, he's easy peasy.
He also requires a fenced yard. Much like an older human, Shiner's hearing isn't all it used to be. He has a hard time hearing if you were calling him back and he wasn't on a leash. His foster family has implemented hand signals, along with all his new commands, to ease the frustration with his selective hearing, and he has responded to them beautifully. Shared walls with a neighbor might be hard, as he will take some time to adjust to his new routine. His low pitched cry could startle or frighten the neighbors, so an apartment would not be ideal. As mentioned with the considerations info, Shiner will need a submissive dog if there are other dogs living in the home. He did show toy aggression towards his foster family's submissive dog, but now they live in harmony. That harmony wasn't without a nip that broke the skin, so keep this in mind--you will have to be vigilant about putting his toys away if the dogs are out together. This dog sure does love his toys!
Shiner's foster mom had this to say about him: "Shiner is such a loving dog soul. He really loves to love on his people and will follow you around all day long. He has such a fun energy about him often dragging out his toys several times a day to put on a show for us. If you are looking for a right hand man this guy is it. He has to be beside you all the time. We have worked very vigilantly on implementing firm commands along with there helpful hand signals and recommend that his permanent family reinforce those exact same worded commands for his success. This poor guy has been passed around so much that he has some separation anxiety but has seemed to settle in very well to his surroundings. He has some allergies including: human skin cells, storage mites, feathers, several proteins and wool. He has done beautifully with his raw diet and a weekly bath. This guy is a gem, a true companion dog and will be such a blessing to the right people. Do not let his age deter you. This fun guy is full of life and has a heart full of love."
If you have a wanted ad out for a right hand man, with a few personality quirks, that wants to make someone the center of his world; then all you need to do is apply for Shiner and be ready to pick him up in the Lone star state if you are selected. At 35 pounds, he's too big to fly in cabin.
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.
In honor of Oliver’s 1 birthday we want to help the sweet Shiner. Martina Milani
Shiner, you sweet little baby boy. I can't imagine how painful it must have been for your family to move without you and how much you must miss them. You will no doubt find your new forever home and be loved up!! Natalie Nimon