Age: 8 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 lbs.
Fenced Yard: Not Required
Adoption Fee: $250
Oh, our itchy, sniffy, allergic beast Walfred is up on the available page at last! At 8 years of age, we think we have found the root of most of his allergies--though not the cure. Poor Walfred will never be cured. Naturally, keeping Walfred away from the allergens and things that make him react is the best medicine, and the most effective management of his problems. His vet has advised that he stay in a dry climate with few to no grasses--a desert region like central TX, NM or the areas of AZ which are still grass-free. His foster mom's home has no lawn, only cactus. She has only hardwood and tile--in this environment, Walfred began to improve within 24 hours. In addition to a hypoallergenic environment, Walfred eats a raw diet and takes Apoquel. He is also bathed twice a week. Applicants should be aware of the costs of caring for a seriously allergic dog; if you have experience caring for an allergic or one with a chronic condition (a diabetic or epileptic dog, for example), be sure to let us know in your application!
So Walfred is an itchy boy. But he's so much more. He's totally housebroken--never had an accident, says his foster mom, and he's better than her own dogs. He enjoyed his crate for a time, but now dislikes it, especially if someone is home; he'll howl and bark, and that's something to keep in mind if you share a wall with a neighbor. But usually, he's so laid back he might be a bit of a disappointment to a household with kids looking for a fetch-player or a companion. Foster mom says he hasn't hung with kids under 12, but he's well-mannered. We think he'd be fine with a kid with the maturity of a dog-savvy 8-year-old.
Sadly, Walfred is allergic to kitties, so no cats for Walfred. His foster family has 3 dogs, all his size or smaller, and Walfred gets along with them, but he doesn't seem to be attached to them. They don't play together, for instance, and they don't seem fond of each other. If there's another dog in the house, he should be an older or a laid back dog who won't be bothered by Walfred's couch potato personality. Walfred is ignorant of other dogs' signals. He'll go lick another dog's bowl or show interest in another dog's favorite toy. Since Walfred has arrived, the resident Frenchie has begun to show resource guarding signals and Walfred is oblivious to them. He should absolutely not go to a home where there is a dog with an aggressive history. He'd be perfectly happy as an only dog.
People are where it's at for Walfred. He has attached himself to his person like a newly hatched duck, and though he will happily accept belly rubs and snuggles from other people, he is really a one-person dog. Applicants should know that the person who first feeds, bathes, and loves him will be "his" person. He's not really a family dog, so applicants with kids should keep that in mind. Walfred is not an active critter, but he will enjoy an early morning or late evening stroll (Frenchies don't deal well with exercising in heat) if it makes you happy. Otherwise he'll sniff the perimeter of the property and lie around in the sunshine and enjoy the yard whenever he's given the opportunity--especially if his person is out there. He enjoys an occasional squeaky toy, but he's not much into toys. He adores car trips.
He has some obedience training. He understands sit, no, come and is intermittently obedient for stay and down. His signal to potty is going and standing by the door, so his person must be observant.
He is currently sleeping in his dog bed at night, but he'd be open to sleeping on the people bed, as 40+ percent of American dogs get to do. If his person works outside the home, he would love a noontime visit and he'd need to get full-on attention on the weekends. Someone who is retired or works from home would be ideal, because he truly craves companionship.
"Walfred has crawled into his foster mom's heart. This is what she had to say about him: Walfred is such a loving companion. He is curious, but not mischievous. We would desperately love to keep him in our home but our Frenchie is too selfish to allow that! He is agreeable, quiet, and just an all-round well behaved dog that got a bad run of luck in the allergy department. He loves to look up with his big Frenchie eyes to ensure he has your approval that he's being a good boy and you're happy. Once you smile and reassure him, you'll often be rewarded with classic Frenchie snort or the opportunity to give him a belly rub."
Foster mom says it might be best to drive Walfred home, since he loves the car, but he might be ok in the cabin of the plane. At 25 pounds, he just squeaks under the weight limit. Be prepared to travel to central Texas to pick Walfred up.
If you would like to adopt Lawrence, be prepared to travel. Lawrence is being fostered in Central TX and 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.
Rin & Crew
Here's a little moola from another dapper gentlemen fbrn grad who has found his forever home, Otis. Heather Trainer
Good luck Walfred, hope this helps you a little bit. Robin Watson
For Walfred From North Carolina. Michele Wall