Age: 9 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 lbs.
Kids: Yes, 12 and older, dog savvy
Dogs: Yes, if friendly and about his size (see bio)
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $250
He teaches old dogs new tricks. Fleas refuse to bite him, purely out of respect. Mailmen fight to deliver packages to his door. He is . . . The Most Interesting Dog in the World . . . and he is available for adoption!
Zydeco's tale is better suited for the pages of a novel than the website of a rescue group. A few years back, a person traveling in the Philippines spied a filthy, skinny French bulldog crammed into a crate at an outdoor market. That dog was Zydeco, and we can only guess how he managed to end up in such dire circumstances. Zydeco's new friend brought him back to the United States, fattened him up, and had every intention of making Zydeco a permanent member of the household. However, he soon realized that his job--which required frequent travel--was keeping Zydeco from getting the attention he deserved. He made the selfless decision to surrender Zydeco to FBRN, but not before Zydeco saved the lives of five people by barking and waking them when a fire broke out in the middle of the night. The blaze destroyed the house and everything inside of it, but thanks to Zydeco, all of the human occupants escaped safely. Zydeco nearly didn't make it out himself, but his friend ran back inside the burning house to save Zydeco's life and repay the favor. So if you want to see the face of a hero, look no further than the handsome smooshy face at the top of this page!
After a brief stint in foster care, it seemed Zydeco's journey had come to an end. He was adopted by a wonderful new guardian, who had him for two happy years. But then tragedy struck, as Zydeco's adopter suffered a sudden and debilitating illness that left her unable to care for her beloved little dog. So at nine years old, Zydeco, International Dog of Mystery, returned to FBRN for another go at the perfect forever home.
Like many superheroes of myth and legend, it turns out that Zydeco's body harbors a deep dark secret. During Round 2 of foster care, he was diagnosed with Cushing's disease, a disorder of the endocrine system that causes overproduction of certain hormones. Cushing's disease is treatable, but it requires ongoing medication and careful monitoring. Zydeco is currently stable taking 30 mg/day of the prescription drug Vetoryl ($50-80/month). Every 90 days, he must also undergo a special hormone test (ACTH stimulation) and an in-home electrolyte test ($375 and $65, respectively). Potential adopters must understand that these tests and medication are essential for Zydeco's health and happiness, and must have the financial means to provide these treatments for the rest of his life.
Zydeco also has a history of urinary tract issues. To keep him from suffering painful infections (and, by extension, to prevent unwanted puddles inside the house), Zydeco needs frequent potty breaks (every 3-4 hours), a special wet food diet (shaken, not stirred), and a dietary supplement called L-methionine. His urine pH should be tested every few days (test strips are available online or at the drug store), and if the pH is too low, he can simply discontinue the L-methionine for a couple of days. Easy peasy.
Zydeco's perpetual wink is the result of an injury, which caused an ulcer and necessitated removal of the eye. We're not sure how he got the injury in the first place (fighting crime and the forces of evil, no doubt) but Zydeco doesn't seem to mind--it just adds to his swashbuckling, debonair charm. The missing eye does cause him some problems with depth perception, however, so care must be taken when he goes up and down stairs. Zydeco's new family should also be aware that when he is deeply relaxed or asleep, he sometimes drops a little nugget of poop. "I saved five people's lives," says Zydeco, "cut me some slack!"
Now that he's had enough adventures for twelve lifetimes, Zydeco is looking for a calm, quiet home where he can reminisce about times past and get lots of snuggles with his people. He doesn't like loud noises or sudden movement, so young children and other small animals (including cats) are out of the question. As for other dogs, well, it's complicated. Before his Cushing's diagnosis, Zydeco was known to bully his canine sister during stressful situations, such as a trip to the vet or the boarding kennel. His odd behavior may have been caused by his yet-undiagnosed hormonal imbalance (which is now under control), but it's hard to say, since even now he is snarky toward larger dogs when he sees them at the vet. At his foster home, however, Zydeco has been cuddly and affectionate with his Frenchie foster sisters, as well as the resident bullmastiff. In general, he tends to be wary of (and attempt to discipline) dogs who are hyper and silly, but with dogs who are forceful and confident he is much more submissive. We think that with sloooo-oooow introductions, Zydeco could coexist just fine with a laid-back, friendly dog of about his size. Just make sure that they're fed separately, because Zydeco does not care for other dogs sniffing around his dinner plate, please and thank you.
When he's not fast asleep on the nearest soft object, Zydeco enjoys car rides, short walks outside and a nice Himalayan chew or antler. (Stuffed animals are unfortunately off limits, as Zydeco disembowels them at a truly disturbing speed and then tries to eat the stuffing.) And while he's generally a relaxed, mellow boy, all bets are off when he sees his very most favorite toy of all--a basketball. Zydeco dribbles and chases his b-ball like a bat-eared Steph Curry, until he's ready to fall over from exhaustion. For that reason, a fenced yard is a must--Zyedeco needs a safe, enclosed spot to play basketball, especially since he's not the most obedient boy in the world and doesn't always come when he's called. Indeed, when he hears a command, Zydeco thinks about it for a bit before deciding whether or not he wants to obey. He is very food motivated, so if you're not above bribery, there's a chance that he could be trained to obey commands more often than not. Of course, no command is needed when you want Zydeco to come over for a cuddle--he's a loverboy through and through and always wants to be near his people.
Zydeco would love someone who stays home during the day (what dog wouldn't?) but he'd also be fine with a dog walker or going to work with his person (so long as the office is calm and quiet and he's the only dog there). The most important thing is that Zydeco needs to be let out every 3-4 hours to use the bathroom, so a single visit from the dog walker over the course of a 9-10 hour day just won't work for him. Zydeco has also requested that his adopter have a demonstrable talent in belly rubbing, ear scratching, and back petting. We don't think that will be a problem!
No one knows Zydeco better than his two-times-over foster mom, and she says, "I genuinely envy whoever adopts this quirky, cuddly, clever boy. Whether he is dribbling his basketball in the yard, or expressing through interpretive dance how he feels about dinner, he makes me smile every day. He might not be young. He might not be pretty. But he is a character."
Can you give our hero dog a place to call his own? If you think you're qualified to be Zydeco's sidekick, fill out an application by clicking on the link below and tell us why. Just be prepared to travel—Zydeco is sinking clutch three-pointers in Southern California, 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.
Videos of Zydeco:
For sweet Zydeco. Natalie Esposito
So sorry you have had such a hard lifeZydeco. You are such a beautiful boy. The right family will come along and give you all the love you will ever need. Kathy Williams
Zydeco your a hero and I hope you get a furever home real soon!!! Best wishes from Arizona. Tiffany Gray
Wishing you health and happiness! Celimarie Fandino
Hang in there, Zydeco! Thinking of you in MD and sending positive vibes! Happy Halloween! Mary Hopkins
Zydeco-you are a hero in our eyes! Hope you find a forever family deserving of your greatness! The Mastrodonato-Zygadlo Family
We would love to sponsor Zydeco! From Bella B. The Pet Supply
Zydeco seems like such a sweet and wonderful dog! I hope he can find his forever home soon. Please take good care of him! Alice Xiang
Merry Christmas Zydeco! Hope you are feeling 100% real soon. xoxo, Trish, Ian & Mozy (FBRN alumni)
Merry Christmas, Zydeco! Hope you find your forever home soon! Myriah Bash
Zydeco. you're an amazing frenchie and we're so proud to sponsor you. All the best to you! With Love, the DOGA crew.
Honoring a Hero! Hugs to Zydeco from Vivian the Frenchie.
Hope you feel better soon! With love Thorin (grad 14) and sisters Bella & Abby