Petite Perdita came to FBRN in sad circumstances. She was used as a breeder and suffered some kind of traumatizing event which caused hind end paralysis. When she lost her litter of puppies, her previous owners surrendered her to a shelter that was ill-equipped to handle the paralysis. FBRN stepped in to help and got Perdita to the vet for surgery. After getting some much needed attention from the vet, this sweet girl settled into her foster home. She has done an amazing job adjusting to her foster family and is now ready to find her forever family. Read on to learn if Perdita is the right fit for your family!
Despite her history, Perdita is the sweetest little Frenchie. She is smart and attentive; she really enjoys learning new words and tricks from her foster mom. She is very food and toy driven and would take well to additional training. Her favorite activity is playing fetch in the backyard (on cool Texas evenings of course!). She does not let her paralysis slow her down and is quick on her wheels. She is also happy relaxing indoors with her humans for a nap. Perdita LOVES toys and can happily entertain herself with her toys for hours.
After recovering from back surgery, Perdita began twice weekly physical therapy. She has made excellent progress and there could be room for more improvement with additional physical therapy. Perdita gets around great on her own inside the house on hardwood and carpet surfaces. She can also get herself around outside on the grass and loves to dash around the back yard! For walks or hard surfaces she should use her wheels to avoid scraping her skin.
Aside from her back-end paralysis, Perdita is a healthy little girl! She doesn’t require a special diet, she has no skin issues or allergies, and she doesn’t have any airway concerns at this time. Y’all know this is almost unheard of for a Frenchie! Perdita does not need her bladder or bowel expressed and can urinate and poop on her own. However, she is not housebroken and her forever family must be prepared to work on this with her. Perdita knows that she should go outside and she will when she is taken outside. However, she does still have accidents in the house regularly. Foster mom reports that there have been a few accident-free days when Perdita was kept on a very strict outside potty schedule. Perdita’s forever family should be prepared for accidents to continue even with training.
Perdita can’t wait to be home with her forever family. She would prefer to be the only dog in the house but could possibly coexist with another submissive, relaxed dog. If there is another dog in the house, a long introduction period must be followed. As for cats, Perdita would love to have one in the house but don’t let her enthusiasm fool you. Despite her small stature, Perdita has a high prey drive and is too interested in the resident kitties in her foster home. One dog savvy cat may be okay, if the cat has his own space away from Perdita. Small children would not be a good fit for Perdita due to her back injury and frequent indoor accidents. A family with older, dog savvy children who could treat her carefully would be a better fit. Her forever parents should have experience with IVDD or dogs with advanced special needs.
Perdita is really excited to meet her forever family and her foster mom shares: “This bright-eyed, always alert, and too cute sweetie girl will just lift your spirit. Her pure joy when she gets a new toy or enthusiasm when it’s playtime are enough to make your heart melt. Her tenacity in the face of a challenge is evident when she both literally and figuratively just plows on ahead”
If you think Perdita is the perfect fit for your family, please submit an application and tell us why!
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