Location: Ponder, TX
Age: 4.5 years (DOB: 12/31/2014)
Kids: Maybe, respectful kids 12 yrs or older
Dogs: No! No exceptions!
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred, but not required
Please read Olivia's below bio very carefully before submitting an application!!
Olivia was surrendered to rescue by a private owner for behavioral issues with other dogs. Olivia had started some fights with another dog in her previous home on a regular basis when play sessions got a bit too rough and Olivia escalated playing to fighting. She has also shown this same aggressive/possessive behavior several times in her foster families home.
Olivia is in love with all people she meets! She wants to be around humans wherever they go and snuggling with her people is one of her absolute favorite activities. Olivia's foster family reports she is really a sweetheart and always enjoys her people's full one on one attention. While Olivia loves attention, she will still require a home with a family who can provide firm, consistent rules, boundaries, leadership and a very consistent routine for her. She is a “resource guarder” of all types (food, water, human interaction, toys) and she is definitely has the “bully” personality. Her adoptive family must always remind her of her place in the home and that she comes "2nd". Again, she must have a very firm, consistent owner who will set a firm routine with clear rules and boundaries for her in her adoptive home. She would also do best if there were no other dogs in the household in her adoptive home. She is insecure around other dogs and this manifests into dog aggression, especially when energy levels are higher (during play times or any excitement in the home), so a home with no other dogs will absolutely be required for her. Her foster family continues to work with her to correct unwanted behaviors as needed as, again, she does tend to resource guard things like human attention and toys and does not hesitate to try and start a fight with another dog over something she wants or considers hers. She has met children as young as 1 year old and has done well with them, but she does not really have the energy for young, rambunctious/active children. Due to this, a home with older, easy going, respectful, dog saavy children 12 years or older will be preferred for her. Again, she wouldn’t mind older children being around/visiting from time to time, but they’d need to be dog savvy and respectful and be able to understand her needs - treating her VERY gently and not treating her as a roughhouse playmate. As with all dogs, Olivia should always be supervised around children to ensure that both she and they are kept safe. Olivia seems to be a typical loafer Frenchie, but does still like to play for short brisk periods of time. She has very short bursts of energy to bark at a dog on other side of fence or play with a toy in the house for a few times.
Olivia has been working on potty training with her foster family but still needs time to improve her skills in this area. Due to her medication's side effects (increased thirst and urination) it complicates her potty training and inability to hold her bladder. It does help to have her on a very consistent potty break schedule and having frequent potty breaks helps her eliminate accidents - at *least* every 3-4 hours is best for helping avoid accidents. She may never be considered fully “potty trained” because she simply can’t always help it (especially so if her adoptive family is not very consistent in her potty routine) due to her medication's side effects. Olivia needs to have limited access to drinking water (hand offer only multiple times a day) due to limiting accidents and she has an obsession to drink and will forget to potty first. Olivie has done well with crate training when her foster family happens to leave the home and seems comfortable there with a fluffy blanket/bed to sleep on and nylabone or two to keep her busy during the night or daytime when her family is away from the home. If her family works away from the home during the daytime, again, she will need to be let out every 3-4 hours to avoid having accidents in her crate. Again, she does not do as well "holding it" due to the medications she takes for her medical condition. For her safety, we recommend that she keep a similar crating schedule when her humans are away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised so that she is safe and secure while no one is home.
Medically, Olivia has a condition called Immune Mediated Polyarthritis (IMPA). Due to this her activity needs to be somewhat limited so as not to put excess stress on her joints. Her potential adopters will need to understand that her medical condition requires them to be diligent in treating her IMPA: she is on a lifelong Immunosuppressant drugs (approx cost is $26 a month for her meds). Her current daily regimen is Leflunomide and Prednisone and she requires bloodwork every 6 months for maintenance due to her medications. She is also on a daily joint supplement (Dogzymes Phytoflex) and should also remain on that for the remainder of her lifetime. Her current joint flareups are mostly controlled with her medications but she still has good days and bad days. With having an immune disorder, this also predisposes her to other potential illnesses, especially as she ages. Olivia Rose is spayed, microchipped is up to date on vaccinations/dewormings and heartworm preventative and has no other known health issues.
Olivia’s ideal home will be a fenced in yard with no pool and/or near any size body of water, and no full flights of stairs (minimal stairs inside and outside are ok) to keep her from having joint flare ups. If her people did not have a fenced yard, that's okay too, very short leashed harnessed walks (no collars) would be just fine. Her people will also need to prevent her from jumping on and off of furniture as much as possible in order to help prevent joint flare ups/damage that would result from her jumping a lot. Above all, she would prefer a family that likes to spend a LOT of time at home and will shower her with lots attention and cuddles. She does not travel well (due to the stress of her joints), and boarding at a facility is not an option for her due to stress, so she would likely require a dog sitter if her adoptive family were traveling out of town without her. Due to her need for so many potty breaks (every 3-4 hours minimum), she would also be really happy to live with a stay at home dog parent or someone who works from home. She could be a great pup to take to work so long as she was the only pup there (or can be kept separate from other dogs) and if it was a quiet and easy going work environment. If her people are not able to take her to work with them, no problem - she's completely happy sleeping the day away in her kennel with a nylabone to chew on as long as her people can arrange the necessary multiple (every 3-4 hours minimum) mid day potty breaks for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Olivia, please submit an adoption application for her today!!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* a 3-4 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically accept for new applications for a period of 7 days or until 20 applications have been received for any newly available dog. After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc. :-) Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another. We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete. That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-)
IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter. In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)
ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed.
If an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.