Fall is just around the corner and our little Harvest has cropped up onto the available page! Having had a couple different owners in the past and making a somewhat circuitous route to the FBRN family, she was eventually surrendered after sustaining a back injury. Now, she’s ready to plant some permanent roots with a new family she can call her own.
Harvest had surgery on her back before coming into the care of FBRN and has made a tremendous recovery. Like many Frenchies, she has IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) and her new family must watch for any signs of recurrence of back issues. She must be carefully carried up and down any stairs and not be allowed to jump on or off furniture in order to prevent future injury.
She also has allergies which require a little extra management, but this sweet girl is totally worth a little extra work! She is on a raw diet due to an allergy to storage mites found in packaged food and treats. She is also allergic to many types of grasses and trees so a pawdicure (paw wipe down) is necessary when she comes in from being outside. Occasional betadine paw soaks or chlorhexidine spray to her paws help to maintain paw health and reduce itchiness as well. She also gets the occasional medicated bath, and her facial folds are wiped and her nose buttered daily. If you are picturing the Emerald City beauty parlor scene in the Wizard of Oz, then we’re on the same page!
Harvest appears to get along with most dogs in the home when she is greeted and treated respectfully. She will definitely stand her ground if another dog is challenging or too dominant. And she has shown some mild resource guarding of treats and bones from other dogs while in foster care. She loves, loves, loves her bully sticks and Himalayan chews almost to the extent of exhaustion so sometimes she needs to be forced to take a break. She has had no issues with her foster family taking treats away when it is time for a respite from all the chewing. Harvest does not get along with cats or other small animals and has a pretty strong prey drive so she should not be off leash in any area where she could run off after critters.
Aside from chew toys, some of Harvest’s favorite things include sunbathing on the patio or one of the many dog beds next to the windows and snuggling with her humans. She can be quite the Velcro pup and will follow you around the house. Who wouldn’t like a Frenchie-size shadow traipsing close behind you? A family who is home most of the time is ideal since she loves human attention. She is not always reliable with her potty training skills and needs a family who is willing to continue working on this with her. She has shown improvement while in foster care, and she does best with a fenced yard where she can have privacy to do her business.
Foster mom wants potential adopters to know that “Harvest is very quiet and polite. She may have her health and behavioral challenges but the love she has to give is nothing short of exceptional. Within the first couple days of having her, she gave me the most adorable and heart-melting greeting in the morning acting like I’m the greatest person in the universe. Harvest deserves an owner that is just as accepting of her flaws and challenges as she will be of theirs.”
If you’re not one to back down from a little challenge, are perhaps a budding groomer and you want to experience the epitome of unconditional love, apply for Harvest. Due to her allergies, history of IVDD and potty training needs, an experienced adopter will have priority. Whether by car or by plane (in cabin, under the seat), Harvest has experience with both so get ready for a trip to Texas if you are the lucky family to be chosen.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
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.