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Foster Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Age: 9 years (06/01/2009)
Cats: Maybe - Adult, Dog Savvy Cats Only
Adoption fee: $350.00
Fenced Yard: Preferred, but not required
Francine was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue due to no fault of her own. Her previously family was going through a divorce and were no longer able to keep her due to changes in living arrangements. Previous to that, Francine was a commercial breeder momma.
Francine is a sweet, happy, outgoing little Frenchie. She is friendly towards all people and pets. She is pretty easy going girl and nothing much phases her. She is spunky for her age and her favorite past times are hanging out with her people (she is a little shadow dog and loves to follow her people around everywhere to see what they're up to!), being held, napping and playing with her Nylabones and chew toys and fetching balls. She spends a lot of the day relaxing on her bed - She absolutely LOVES any dog bed that is out, but will be happy snuggling with her people on the couch if they'd like as well. At nights she enjoys snuggling with her foster parents and kids on the couch to watch some TV. Francine likes being outdoors and she seems to prefer the sidewalks over the grass. Her foster family calls her Prancine because when she walks she sort of "prances"/bounces around. Though Franny loves to go on walks, her little legs don’t go that fast, so the foster family takes her in a cart for longer walks. She is also a great traveler and loves to go on car rides! She does great with the other dogs in her foster home and gets along with them very well. She has also lived with an adult, dog savvy cat and they got along wonderfully! It should be noted that the cat she previously lived with does *not* and will not run from her. If she is in the presence of a cat who runs from her, she WILL chase it. She has also been reported to be aggressive toward a kitten in the past (again, likely ran from her), so we will not adopt her to any homes with tiny kittens in it, just to be on the safe side of things. Any potential adopter families with cats will need to ensure their cats are VERY dog savvy and are not scared of dogs who want to chase them...b/c she does indeed *want* to chase them if they will run from her. Again, if they do not run, she loses interest quickly and then has no real interest in them from that point on. Fran also seems to get along well with every human she meets! She has been around children in her foster home and does great with them! We suspect any dog savvy, respectful children would be just fine for her! She loves gentle pets, hugs and kisses! As with all of our dogs, we always recommend slow introductions when introducing a new dog to the household and supervising any dog when they are around children to ensure they are both kept safe.
Francine is not fully potty trained, but she is working on it! Her foster family is working with her currently and trying to create a schedule that works for them both. During the day when the family is home she does wear a doggy diaper for her "just in case" situations. Francine also can take a long time to go to the bathroom outside. It is helpful if there is another dog in the house to show her the ropes and she tends to follow their lead. She must be kept on a regular and consistent schedule to help with her continued potty training in her new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with her and she must be given patience in this area. As for crate training, Francine can be kenneled but is not a big fan of the kennel. She likes to be with others and he has been known to chew the metal bars and try to unlatch the kennel door to get out. She is used to being kenneled when her family leaves during the daytime and during the night. They have started putting a blanket over the face of the kennel to keep her relaxed, which seems to work well. While she is sometimes upset when initially kenneled, she will settle down and sleep quietly in her kennel during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. For her safety, we recommend that she keep a similar crating schedule (or placing her in a secured dog safe area such as being baby gated in the kitchen or bathroom) when her humans are away from the home and/or she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure while no one is home.
Medically, Francine seems to be in good health overall for her age. Fran does have some lung issues that have symptoms that present like COPD. When she first came to us, she had a persistent wet hacky sounding cough. After weeks and weeks of closely working with our vet and Fran being on and off antibiotics, lasix and steroids, her last check up at the vet showed her lungs are currently looking good and her cough has currently subsided. She is now done with antibiotics and the lasix and is currently taking 2.5mg of prednisone every other day to see how she does with that routine. She will need to continue to be monitored by a vet for this and also monitored at home for any signs of COPD - coughing, etc. Although it does not affect her in any way, it should be noted that Francine has very shallow hip joints and should be kept on a joint supplement for the remainder of her lifetime. We highly recommend Dogzymes Phytoflex which can be found onwww.chewy.com. Francine also had her left eye removed due to a previous injury that occurred before coming to SNAFU Rescue. The eye appeared to have ruptured and scarred over, but we opted to remove it (at the urging of our veterinarian(s)) to avoid any pain and to avoid her having any issues with it in the future. As is so common with Bulldogs, Francine also has an elongated palate and is quite the shorter/snarfler/snorer. We have discussed this with our veterinarian(s) and they felt that due to her age and high risk of complications, it would not be worth risking her life to conduct palate surgery on her. She is active and happy despite her palate/possible COPD but she will *absolutely* need to remain at a healthy weight to ensure that her breathing is not compromised by carrying excessive weight. Francine's adoptive family absolutely *must* understand how important it is for her health and quality of life to remain at a healthy weight. For walks and trips outside of the home, we highly recommend she use a harness to ensure that her throat is not being pressed on/pulled on by her collar/leash. She does wear a collar to hold her dog ID tags, and that is all that the collar is used for. She is spayed, and has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, has had a HW test, has had a dental, and she has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian!
Francine would do well in almost any type of home. She is currently used to pottying inside of a fenced yard for potty breaks and is not used to pottying on a leash at all, so a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard). Another reason a multi-floor apartment style dwelling would not be ideal for her is that stairs have also been an issue for her due to her only having one eye (her depth perception is not as good as a normal dogs) and due to her short stubby legs. She can do stairs and does seem to take caution when doing them, but she must be given time to do them slowly and must be monitored when going down them to ensure she does not stumble and fall, especially for steeper stairs with more than just 2-3 steps to manage. She goes up stairs very well, but going down is where it gets harder for her. IF an adoptive family has a multi level home, they must be willing and able to carry her down the stairs, if needed. Francine would love to go to work with her mom/dad as long as they watch her for potty breaks and she has a comfy doggie bed to nap on throughout the day! If not, she is content sleeping the day away in her kennel, as long as her family can arrange a mid-day potty break for her with a couple nylabones to keep her busy between naps! Francine is looking for a home that will care for her and give her the attention and love that she deserves for the remainder of her lifetime. She truly just loves being a part of the family and she is a quiet, easy going girl that just loves to hang out and nap!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Francine, please submit an adoption application for her today!!
Francine's applications are currently under review.
We are no longer accepting applications for her at this time.
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be a 2-3 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically give a week for a "grace period" for new applications to come in on any newly available dog in order to give everyone a fair chance to submit an application. 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, for any reason, and 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.