Age: 6 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 31 lbs.
Kids: 12 years and up; dog savvy
Dogs: Mellow, laid-back dogs
Fenced Yard: Not required
Adoption Fee: $250
Who is your favorite silver fox? George Clooney? Daniel Craig? Anderson Cooper? Our favorite is equally handsome, but has a slightly more squashed face and pointier ears. It’s FBRN’s very own Silver Fox, and he’s back on the Available Page!
Silver Fox first came to FBRN because his owners could not afford his veterinary care. He was adopted by a wonderful new family, but sadly, their circumstances changed (a family member became critically ill) and they were unable to give Silver Fox the time and attention he needed. We’re thinking that the third time is a charm, and that this time around, Silver Fox will land in his really, truly, forever-and-ever home!
Like many Frenchies, Silver Fox suffers from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spine bulge or burst into the spinal cord space, causing pressure on the nerves. He has had two surgeries to repair his discs (one in 2012 and one in 2014), but the damage caused to his nerves is irreversible, and as a result his back legs are a bit weak and wobbly. Potential adopters must be aware that Silver Fox could need another (very expensive) surgery at some point in the future, and have the financial means to provide him with such.
Silver Fox also has laryngeal collapse, a condition that develops when loss of rigidity in the laryngeal cartilage causes the larynx (a.k.a. voicebox) to fold and collapse. This creates an obstruction that prevents normal movement of air into the trachea, which in turn causes noisy breathing, occasional regurgitation and coughing, and exercise/heat intolerance. As a result, Silver Fox is not only the world’s noisiest breather, but he also suffers from the occasional bout of regurgitation, usually after he drinks water too quickly. He is currently on a prescription medication (Metoclopramide) for acid reflux, and this has been a big help in keeping his food and water where it belongs—in his tummy.
What do these diagnoses mean for Silver Fox? The good news is that he isn’t in any pain, and he gets along just fine with his wibbly-wobbly back legs. To keep him this way, Silver Fox’s new family must take care to ensure that he does not engage in rough play, jump on the furniture, or use stairs. In addition, his exercise must be limited and monitored to make certain that he does not overheat or injure his back. This can be a challenge, as Silver Fox loves to tussle with his canine foster siblings and tries to jump on new people when they enter the room. Calm, positive reinforcement—and maybe even some obedience classes—will go a long way toward ensuring that Silver Fox stays healthy and happy.
We normally associate silver hair with some degree of age and poise, but at six years young, Silver Fox has the energy and demeanor of a puppy! He is always on the go, whether it’s playing with his favorite ball, going on (short) walks through the neighborhood, or following his foster mom from room to room. We wouldn’t call him a cuddlebug, but he’s always down for some head scritches and belly rubs, and when he’s winding down at the end of the day, he will definitely come snuggle with his beloved people.
Silver Fox would be happy in any sort of home, but he’d especially love one where there is another dog (or two!) to keep him company. Since his IVDD means that roughhousing must be kept to a minimum, any resident canines should be of the mellow, easy-going variety. He is not a good match for families with young children, as he can play too rough with the little ones—he doesn’t seem to realize that at 31 pounds, he’s pretty darn big for a Frenchie! However, he’d be more than happy to share his home with dog savvy children over age 12, who can be trusted not to pick Silver Fox up or do anything else that could injure his delicate spine. Any resident kiddos—and adults as well—should also take care to feed Silver Fox separately from other dogs and only put his toys out one at a time, since he does exhibit some resource guarding behaviors and will growl at dogs who try to take something that he believes to be rightfully his. (“They can get their own,” says Silver Fox.) Silver Fox has never met a cat, but his boisterous behavior leads us to believe that kitties and other small animals would not be a good idea.
Silver Fox doesn’t need a yard (he uses his foster mom’s garden for bathroom purposes only) but he will need at least one brief daily walk to keep him fit and fabulous. Apartment dwellers should take note that he barks for some time when his people leave the house, so you’d need to have some well-insulated walls (or some very understanding neighbors). Silver Fox adores his people and would love to live with someone who is at home for most of the day, but he’s crate trained and has no problem hanging out there while his people are at work, so long as he gets his midday potty break. Speaking of potty breaks, Silver Fox is housebroken, but had some indoor dribble accidents until his foster mom learned his signals. Like so many other things, patience and consistency are key, and Silver Fox promises that he is worth the effort!
Silver Fox’s foster mom is smitten with her “Snort Monkey,” and has this to say: “Silver Fox has been my first foster and a joy! He is my shadow in the kitchen, just hoping for cheese or anything to fall. When he was introduced to my dogs it was instant friendship and they jumped into playing. He is a great family dog, and just wants to be around a human who can scratch his belly and rub his butt.”
Are you skilled in belly scratching and butt rubbing? Think that Silver Fox is just the dog for you? Click on the link below to fill out an application and tell us why the two of you are a match made in Frenchie heaven. Just be prepared to travel—Silver Fox and his handsome mug are making people swoon in southcentral Texas, and he will not be shipped.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.
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 little silver fox. Lisa Chase
Please take this and at least get Silver Fox a ball from me. Sorry it cannot be more right now- just trying to spread a little around to everybody! Katrina Rushford