Age: 7 years
Weight: 34 lbs.
Dogs: Probably not
Fenced yard: Preferred
Adoption fee: $250
****Veteran has a bite history****
We don't know how long Veteran was a stray before he was captured by Animal Control, but when we hear about a Frenchie living on the streets, we wonder how on earth he survived. Well, in Veteran's case, he survived by being a tough-as-nails, ornery curmudgeon, that's how.
By the time we got hold of him, Veteran was missing a great deal of his hair thanks to severe allergies. Both of his ears were painfully infected, and his vision was impaired due to untreated dry eye. Did he admit defeat? Nah. In fact, we pity the fool who would make fun of Veteran's bald booty.
After months in foster care, Veteran is house broken, crate trained, knows "sit", loves plush toys, and is an excellent napper. He is not, however, the dog for a novice. He is a delight to walk -- as long as he doesn't see any strange dogs or other animals. If he does happen to spy a potential foe, all bets are off. It took several weeks for him to be in the same room with his foster siblings without launching an all-out offensive. Veteran was large and in charge. Eventually, he learned to tolerate their presence, even sleeping and playing with them, but he would probably do best as an only dog unless his new owner has the patience and experience to conduct very slow introductions
Veteran has strong opinions, and does not hesitate to share them, especially regarding his dignity and independence. He has resorted to using his teeth to prevent people from picking him up, putting on his harness, or generally attempting to force him to do something he doesn't want to do. Please be ready to describe your experience with dominant dogs, and please do not apply if you have children in the home. Veteran should also not live with cats or other small creatures. Not only would he chase them, he is actually allergic to kitties.
In fact, Veteran is allergic to a lot of things, a full list of which will be provided to his adopter. He needs to be fed a high quality food, and is currently taking prescription medication to control the itching from skin allergies (atopic dermatitis). Veteran will also need to have eye drops administered twice daily for the rest of his life.
Because he is not a particularly active dog, Veteran is well suited for apartment life. He does, however, enjoy the outdoors, so a fenced yard is preferred. He does not need to have someone home with him all day, as long as he gets a mid-day potty break, and does very well going to the office with Foster Mom.
Foster Mom says, "Poor Veteran was not dealt the best hand in life. His allergies and eye issues have left him looking a little rough, but his sweet face makes up for that hairless hiney and blurred vision. He is super cuddly, and like most Frenchies he just wants to be near you 24/7, but he will need an owner who is willing to lay down the law and set boundaries for him. He's done great with house training and seems to catch on to basic commands pretty quickly. Little man is pretty low energy but it's not hard to get him doing zoomies for a toy! Besides the little extra TLC he requires, he is a pretty low maintenance guy. We have really enjoyed having him around!"
If you are interested in a challenging but, let's face it, downright interesting dog, we encourage you to consider Veteran. He is ready and waiting in Southeastern Virginia. Please keep in mind that 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 Veteran:
From one veteran in Va to another Veteran in Va.....hope you get lots of belly rubs soon! Leila Gardner
Veteran's condition got me all choked up! Wish I could send more but hopefully this will pay for a cream or shampoo. I know those little expenses add up. Get better soon V! Catina Lesavoy
Feel better soon Veteran! love from daisy xx
Just wanted to send Veteran Some love!! This is the beginning of your new life! Bridgette Smith
For the love-bug, Veteran. I hope this helps beat those nasty infections! Emily Light
This is for Veteran, hope you feel better soon. from Murphy and Sofia
A little something for sweet Veteran :) Margaux Garcia