When you see a line wrapping around the outside of a store, it’s usually for the debut of the newest iPhone, but in this case, the applications will likely start flowing in for the newest addition to the FBRN adoptable menu, Hoagie! This just-turned-one adorable meatloaf was surrendered due to progressive hind-end weakness, but after some time in foster care, Hoagie has risen to the available page and is ready to show off his delectable attributes.
This playful, energetic puppy doesn’t let his limitations slow him down. His back feet sometimes drag but prednisone has improved Hoagie’s mobility. His vet team is optimistic but does not know how long he will remain stable and mobile. His new family should be prepared to manage potential progressive hind-end weakness in the future. Currently, he loves going on walks, running zoomies outside in the backyard and playing with his canine foster siblings. Hoagie really hopes his new home will have a like-size playmate with whom he can share his mischievous nature! He has been known to shred a box or two along with papers left within reach so if he has an accomplice, he can claim innocence! As some Frenchies do, he has been pushing a boundary or two and shown a little bit of resource guarding with his snuffle mat and four-legged foster sister. His new family will have to closely monitor for this behavior with any resident pups in the home. If potential adopters have larger canines, they must be very gentle as care must be taken to prevent further back injury. Hoagie might consider older human siblings as long as they respect the rules of not being roughly picked up or engaging in wrestling.
Hoagie has a few “secret ingredients” that need to be considered before applicants fall in love just based on his good looks. Because he is on prednisone, a type of immunosuppressant, he is at an increased risk for infection. He had an eye infection develop which was successfully treated, and adopters must be diligent and monitor for possible recurrence. Hoagie is incontinent and does not have control over his bowels. If your residence has a lot of carpet, an incontinent dog might not be the best match. But if you have little to no carpet or you’re willing to remodel and rip up that shag, Hoagie could be just what you’re craving. If his stool is not cleaned up immediately, he might mistake it for a snack, something his foster family has been working on. Hoagie will sleep in a crate but much prefers to be the little spoon in your bed. He has to be monitored and not allowed to jump off or on any furniture. If you have experience with limited mobility pups, that gives you bonus points. And if you have prior experience with limited mobility pups and work from home, Hoagie’s search for a forever family might have just ended. Due to his incontinence and his love of humans, he would really prefer someone to be home most of the time.
Aside from a few variations, Hoagie is truly a typical, happy puppy. He loves to play in water – either the bathtub or sprinkler, chew on bones or antlers, and nurse his special teddy bear’s nose. If you’ve never seen a Frenchie suckle on a stuffie at bedtime, it is a sight to behold. And foster mom says, “Hoagie has been a light to our family and has reminded us what puppy energy is. He makes us laugh daily with his bunny hops and zoomies around the yard, his obsession with the sprinkler or playing in the tub, and how he nurses on his little bear’s nose. He’s been a wonderful travel companion and adapts quickly to new places and people. He’s a demanding little frog, so if you stop petting him he will paw at you to remind you that you have a job to do. He gets along with all the fur kids in the house, and I know they, along with us, are going to miss him incredibly when he goes to his forever. He doesn’t let his disability stop him one bit, and he has even hiked with us to the tallest point in Georgia (although he did need a break and was carried a bit on the way back). We have quickly fallen in love with this little man and he will take a little piece of our heart with him when he goes.”
Hoagie recently celebrated his 1st birthday while in foster care and he would now love to have a forever home in which to grow up. If you are dedicated to a lifetime of love and commitment to Hoagie, send in your application. He’s definitely ready for a road trip as he is available for pick up only, delivery not applicable, so get your order in soon! 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 do not 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.