Sweeter than a candy bar and doubly cute, it’s Twix! This rocking, rolling, rollicking ball of energy came to FBRN after a change in circumstances meant his former family could no longer give him the attention he needed. And boy howdy, does he need attention! Those seeking a couch potato, foot-warmer Frenchie should look elsewhere, but if you’ve got an active household and energy to spare, Twix might be your perfect match.
At only 15 months old, Twix is pure puppy and then some. He enjoys playing, napping, playing, tearing around the house, playing, cuddles, playing, playing, and then possibly some more playing after that. This means that he’s tons of fun, but also needs to be carefully supervised, as the combination of high energy and puppy curiosity can cause some collateral damage around the house. Left to his own devices, Twix can get into a bit of mischief. He’s particularly fond of taking laundry out of the hamper, then gleefully leading his foster mom on a chase around the house (followed by a high-spirited, strong-willed game of tug-o-war once she catches him). It’s therefore essential that Twix have constructive outlets for his energy, meaning playtime, training sessions, walks, and frequent opportunities to do zoomies in a securely fenced yard. Twix is a smart boy who loves Kongs and puzzle toys, and he’s highly food motivated. This makes him an excellent candidate for obedience training and even agility, as he’s got one of the highest vertical leaps we’ve ever seen from a Frenchie. In fact, one of Twix’s favorite activities is bouncing on foster mom’s mini-trampoline like a bat-eared bunny!
Of course, even the most rambunctious of pups needs some down time, and Twix is no different. He loves to play, but he also loves to snuggle. Twix is a very affectionate boy who craves physical contact—he doesn’t want to just sit next to you, he wants to be pressed as close as humanly (canine-ly?) possible! He’s particularly fond of belly rubs and chest scratches, so his new family should be well-schooled in both of these arts.
Training-wise, Twix has improved in leaps and bounds (in his case, literally). He likes walking on a leash, rarely has accidents inside, and is happy to jump into his crate for a snooze. That said, he’s not the type of dog who can be crated for long periods of time—he’s just got too much energy for that, not to mention he will protest his confinement rather loudly. Twix’s foster family has taught him how to sit on command (and he’s working on “paw”), but he would benefit greatly from additional obedience training. Not only will it help him feel more secure in his skin, but it will be a wonderful opportunity to bond with his new family.
Twix came into foster care with a staph infection, but that cleared right up with a couple weeks of antibiotics. He’s prone to the dreaded itchies, though, so he gets regular medicated baths along with fish oil to keep his skin healthy.
Twix is a friendly guy who enjoys the company of people and other dogs, but his lack of early training and socialization means that he doesn’t always know how to behave. With humans, Twix can get snappy if something is taken away from him. He has never actually bitten anyone and his foster family has worked hard to curb this behavior, but for safety’s sake, Twix will not be placed in a home with children. As for other dogs, Twix adores romping about and wrestling with his much bigger canine foster siblings, but he can sometimes be a bit…much. He doesn’t recognize that other dogs don’t like it when he gets in their faces (or humps them), and this has the potential to cause a scuffle. Any resident canines in Twix’s forever home must be laid back and tolerant of his less-than-great manners, and trips to the dog park are definitely out. Twix has never met a cat, but due to his intense play style (and lack of concern for personal space), we have to say no to kitties.
The ideal home for Twix is one that is full of toys, puppy-proofed, and has a fenced backyard. Since Twix can get a little barky, a detached home is probably best, unless you have the world’s most understanding neighbors. As for Twix’s people, they should be experienced dog owners who can gently but firmly create boundaries for our resident Tasmanian devil, as well as continue his training so he can become the best dog he can be. They should be active—like him!—and have plenty of time and attention for this sweet boy.
Twix’s foster mom thinks he’s pretty much the best thing ever, and she’s not wrong! She tells us, “Twix is an absolute joy. We have loved fostering him so much. He has brought tons of smiles, laughter, lightness, energy, and joy to our home. Every day he bursts out of his crate with such joy and silliness, it’s impossible not to smile and join in. We love his silliness, wild energy, creativity, and how funny he is. When he’s not getting his energy out, his cuddles and desire for affection are equally as sweet.”
If you think you’d be the perfect match for our sweet treat Twix, fill out an application and tell us why! Just be prepared to travel—Twix is jumping around in the great state of Maryland, and will not be shipped. 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.