Age: 15 months
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 pounds
Kids: 15 and older
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
While Frenchies-as-speed-bumps are quite common, the energetic variant is less common but no less delightful. This handsome boy loves running and playing in his foster home’s fenced yard and also loves his walks. Foster mom also tells us that if Usher is left to his own devices for too long, he gets into mischief, so his adopters must be prepared to provide him with regular exercise – ideally supervised playtime in his own fenced yard -- and engagement in order to manage his energy and curiosity.
Along with his energetic and curious nature comes – unfortunately – a dose of anxiety as well. Usher takes trazadone as needed, but really needs frequent exercise to help keep his anxiety under control. He also has allergies to a number of things: storage mites (found in dry dog food), wool, feathers and down, and cats. He is currently managed on a daily dose of Apoquel (@70$/mo.--check with your vet) and is transitioning to a raw diet. His adopters must understand that he needs to be maintained on a special (non-kibble/dry food) diet for the rest of his life, and must also avoid contact with cats, feather and down pillows and wool blankets. He also needs regular medicated baths to keep his itchies under control. This is not a set-it and forget-it frogdog. Applicants should have at least a couple of hundred dollars in disposable income per month for Usher's basic needs, not counting vet care.
Usher recently had a bite incident involving one of the kids in his foster home. Skin was broken, but no medical attention was needed and there was no puncture. He will not be placed in a home with kids or where kids visit.
Unfortunately, Usher didn't learn too many manners in his previous home, so his humans will need to provide firm, consistent leadership and guidance to make sure he matures into a well-mannered French gentleman. He does know a few commands – incentivized with treats – and we strongly recommend that he undergo formal obedience training to help channel his smarts and energy.
Because of his energy and need to run and play, Usher is not a dog who can be crated for more than a couple hours. Since he is still learning house manners, he needs frequent breaks and lots of positive reinforcement and praise as he learns where it is – and isn't – appropriate to conduct his dog business. Humans who are at home for most of the day would be ideal to ensure this boy gets the exercise, attention and breaks he needs. If he needs to be left at home while his humans work, he will need someone to make sure he gets exercise and potty breaks every 3-4 hours. His need for exercise would make him a poor candidate for apartment living, so we are looking for a home where he can run and play and not disturb close (e.g., downstairs) neighbors.
Usher’s foster mom thinks his love of people and desire to please could make him a good office dog, with a little patience and training.
His foster mom has clearly fallen in love with this noodle during his time with her. Here’s what she has to say: “Usher is a sweet little cuddle bug. He has kept us laughing since coming to live with us. He had the best little personality and is such a sweet little guy. He really deserves a loving home where he can thrive. I am certainly going to miss him, but am excited for his search for a fur-ever home.”
So whaddya say? Could you keep this boy’s dance card full of activities and exercise? Provide him with guidance, training and lots of bones and stuffies to chew on? And generally love the stuffing out of this sweet, energetic, anxious boy? If so, please consider applying for Usher. If you are chosen to adopt him, pack a bag and head to northern Louisiana! At 25 pounds, Usher is too big to fly, but we think he would make an excellent shotgun rider on a car trip home.
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.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
--Usher has allergies. They are: storage mites, cats, feathers, wool. To control his allergic responses, he eats a raw diet and his foster mom will tell you about the dietary supplements he's on. His family should help him avoid contact wool blankets/rugs or down/feathers pillows or duvets. And cats.
--Usher takes trazedone to help with his anxiety. To address his allergies, Usher takes a daily dose of Apoquel and he eats a raw diet. He also gets medicated baths.
--Usher would do best in a family that has experience with a rowdy dog and can continue to train him. We'd like to hear about your experience with high-energy dogs in your application.
--Usher is not housebroken. Think about whether accidents in the house are a deal-breaker for you.
Good luck with the Vet Usher -Dark Nyte Studios
Have some treats on me, honey :) Alex Perkins
Usher we hope this goes towards something fun and yummy! Xoxo @pippathechug
Oh gosh!! I am in LA and would love to give this boy a wonderful home!! Cannot wait to see him available!!! Alicia LaSalle