Age: 2 years
Weight: 19 lb
Kids: Yes, aged 8 and up
Dogs: Yes, see bio
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $600
Though she had no way of knowing it at the time, Tessa's cautious steps into a stranger's back yard were the first in her journey toward a better life. The Good Samaritan into whose yard she wandered saw right away that she needed help, and contacted FBRN.
We have no way of knowing what happened to Tessa before she came to us, but her body and behavior point toward neglect, even abuse. She was painfully thin when she arrived in her foster home, and her paws are scarred from trying to escape some sort of enclosure. She can't bear being crated. She cowers and flees when a person moves toward her. Her urge to be with people is so great, however, that she will approach when all is calm, snuggle with them on the couch, and shower them with little kisses.
Tessa is young dog, and should be in a home that is quiet and calm, but also offers her plenty of opportunities to exercise -- a brisk walk, a game of fetch -- this will help build trust and allow her to expend any extra energy. Her favorite thing in the world is squeaky toys, so play is a good way to engage her and help her become more comfortable. It is very important that she be leashed or securely fenced in when she is outside, since she could startle and bolt. Her new family should also be patient, and help her learn not to fear walking through doorways, riding in cars, and other things that are new to her.
Taking home Tessa will be a bit like taking home a new puppy, since potty training is a work in progress. First time Frenchie owners would be fine, but they should have dog experience, and shy dog experience would be a plus--let us know if you have lived with a shy dog. A regular feeding and potty schedule is a must. Tessa will not be able to go more than a few hours without an opportunity to powder her nose, and separation anxiety could make her more likely to have accidents. For these reasons, it would be best if she has someone home with her most of the time. In time, when she learns to trust people more, she may be a candidate for accompanying her person to work in a low-key office environment.
Other dogs are not a requirement. Indeed, Tessa might prefer to be an only dog, but would probably tolerate a calm canine companion her own size. If there is another dog in the home, a slow introduction will help ease the transition. She can get a bit growly when other dogs jump up onto the bed or the sofa, and when she is approached by larger dogs. This little girl does have a prey-drive, so no kitties or other small furries should be in the home.
Tessa's foster mom says, "Tessa is such a sweet, timid girl. With lots of love and attention she will make someone very happy. Tessa needs a special someone who will help her regain her confidence. We don't know what happened to her in her prior life but we do know she needs a whole bunch of love and a whole bunch of squeaky toys. She isn't the perfect dog but she will fit perfectly into the right person's heart. And we absolutely adore her."
Do you think that you could help Tessa learn that she is loved, and that she doesn't need to be afraid any more? Do you have potty training experience? Separation anxiety experience? If so, you may well be the person for Tessa. Fill in an application and start planning a road trip to Florida's Gulf Coast area. We hear it's lovely this time of year. Due to Tessa's fear of crates, airplane travel is probably not possible.
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.
Videos of Tessa:
For sweet Tessa. xoxo Alicia Cervini
Just a little something for Tess wish we could bring her home ... Jennifer Soules
This gift is for sweet Tessa to help with her overall care. Mitchell Scholar
For Tessa until she is adopted. Johnnie Keating
Stay strong sweet girl! Laurie Woodroffe
This is for some cuddly, squeaky toys for little Tess, who probably never had a toy before being found... Thank you for all the good work you guys do! Ellen Dempsey