Weight: 22 lbs.
Fenced Yard? Preferred
Wilson has a bite history.
Oh, Wilson, you beautiful beast! Wilson has been adopted and returned. Though his trainer/foster parent went over things with his adopters, they chose to ignore the structure and stability rules she had taught them and there was a dog fight and in breaking it up, someone was bitten. In his first adoptive home, he also bit. Applicants should apply only if they are truly willing and able to follow directions and maintain the important boundaries and rules for living that Wilson's trainer has instituted. Please don't apply for Wilson if you do not intend to learn from and take direction from his trainer. We know Wilson is a good looking animal. It would be a feather in anyone's cap to be seen in his company. And we know when Wilson's eyes turn and look at you, we would be tempted to just give in, too. But he's not a status symbol or a sweet baby. He's an insecure, deaf dog who needs structure and routine. If you can and will provide those things, read on!
Wilson is a deaf Frenchie with a certain amount of bossy attitude and some simple needs, yet he only requires a few equally simple rules to live a happy and contented life with his people. He does not enjoy the company of other dogs and tends to see them as threatening and competing for his resources, so being an only dog in the home is essential for his well-being and to limit the occasions for him to act out. In the past, without guidance, Wilson has been very possessive of toys, food, and other objects just to demonstrate that he can control the situation. In his current foster home he has been learning that there is no need to live such a stressful life and that obeying the house rules is a far more relaxing way to live and gets him more snuggle time. Five minutes on a lap or a head rub has this boy.
He can be cautious and mistrusting of new people, not wanting them to touch his head or pick him up. His bite history means we won't place him in a home with children or where children are frequent visitors. Wilson is crate trained and knows basic hand signals. Wilson is housetrained, but he will occasionally mark a dog bed. When he has to go out he will go to the door and wait. If he is in his crate, he barks to go outside.
He would not be a good go-to-work candidate because strangers cause him some distress. He has enjoyed living in a natural setting, without a lot of fast-moving cars or city stimulation, so someone with a house on some property would be a good match.
Because he is deaf, he must be on a lead or in a fenced yard at all times. He can't hear you calling if he gets loose. In your application, tell us about your experience with deaf and/or willful dogs.
From his foster mom: "Wilson needs to live with calm confident people who can set boundaries for a dog and know that they are for the dog's own good. When he lives in this kind of environment, Wilson is a fun little character with a sweet and loving personality and is a great companion."
Wilson's trainer lives near New Haven and would like to meet with applicants in person at least once before handing off Wilson. Therefore, applicants for Wilson should live within a 3 hours' trip from New Haven, CT.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. 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.
Thank you for taking in our Wilson. Although we miss him so much, we know he is in good hands in his new foster home in Maine. Please use this donation for Wilson and give him a hug from us. Love, Samantha, Brad, & Ashley Tenem
Wilson, A little something for your college fund. Enjoy your education. Mr. Man, Moose and the rest.
Wilson, My little sister and I are both deaf, but we are smarter than the dogs that can hear and that 's what makes us so special. We are both rescues and Miss Vivienne is from FBRN. Mr. Otto
Wilson, Deaf Dogs Rock!! Kim Spencer
You are in our thoughts and our hearts! You are so much like our little stubborn Gatsby, who was available for adoption with you! If only Gatsby and Wilson weren't so similar, we could adopt you both! Gatsby has a spinal cord injury and you're a little deaf monkey. We are praying for your forever home. We love you! Claire and Miguel Gatsby, adopted 4/14
Wilson - From Poe (2011 Grad) and Good Good Pins <3
This is to help Wilson in Wilton CT We wish we could take him in but we have another French. Our hearts break for this little guy. Richard Stout