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Blackbeard
Location: Eastern Nebraska
Age: 9 years
Sex: Neutered Male
Weight: 26 pounds
Kids: 14 and up
Cats: Yes
Dogs: Maybe (See Bio)
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $250
“Blackbeard, for all his lack of sight, is such a loving and easy foster dog.
Potty trained, crated trained, accepts cats, and other dogs that can ignore his bumping into them. You won’t find a more sweet special needs dog!”

Swashbuckler Blackbeard weighed anchor and set sail onto the available page! This buccaneer was surrendered for picking fights with a resident Boxer. After sailing a good way with his foster Cap’n, this grizzled pirate is ready to find his forever captain and be a perfect first mate!

Blackbeard has behavioral issues with other dogs and unfamiliar humans. Part of the reason for this reactivity is due to his blindness. One of his eyes was removed following a fight with his former Boxer sibling. The other eye was removed following unsuccessful cataract surgery. 

Otherwise, Blackbeard is very hale and hearty, especially for an old salt like him! He was allergy tested, found to be allergic to the tiny mites found in dry dog food, and was placed on a raw diet as a result.   As long as he avoids his allergy triggers, he can avoid the itchies.

Because of Blackbeard’s blindness and reactivity he should not be placed in a home with children. Teenagers 14 and up may be considered, as long as they educate themselves about his limitations. Right now, Blackbeard shares his foster home with another FBRN foster, and he is very comfortable with her. Many dogs cannot handle being around a blind dog as these dogs cannot give or pick up on other dogs' physical signals and may bump or run into others unexpectedly. Ultimately, Blackbeard would be best as an only dog, but if there is another submissive, NON-REACTIVE, resident dog, consideration may be given. Good news, though – Blackbeard happily lives with a cat! It’s even rumored that he used to snuggle with a cat in his prior home!

Outside the ship, err, house, Blackbeard can be leery about other dogs and people when he's on a leash, especially toward strangers. He is reactive at the vet (growling and snapping), and is muzzled when he visits now. It seems like Blackbeard begins to get worked up and anxious when he is harnessed and leashed up, so this likely contributes to a high state of reactivity. Someone who is very familiar with reactive dogs, and is a calm confident leader should be able to help Blackbeard address some of his insecurities.

Blackbeard (or BB as he is sometimes called), LOVES his people and attention, and will listen intently for people moving around the house so he can faithfully follow. If you are stationary for a bit, he wanders off to the nearest blanket – or if he can manage – recliner, and settles in for a nap. Quick bursts of energy followed by thorough naps are his ideal routine. He loves chewing on Nylabones, and likes chasing some rubber toys (by sound and smell!). But Blackbeard’s ultimate treasure is lap time! And to sneak a couple licks in if he can.

Like a good first mate, Blackbeard is housebroken and crate trained and has no issues if he’s kept to a schedule. He is currently crated while his foster mom goes to work, and is gated in a room overnight. Settles down quietly without a complaint (as long as he knows no one else is having fun nearby without him).

A consistent home is best – consistent in the residents and consistent in the lay-out, as it takes much longer and is more stressful for a blind dog to adjust to changes. Once Blackbeard gets the layout of a home, he can easily navigate by smell and feel (we hear that blind dogs rely on the way something feels on their feet to know if they’re in the right place!)

While Blackbeard could possibly live in a home without a fenced yard, it is preferred. While his foster mom is working on his leash skills, he’s still at the point where it increases his reactivity once his harness and leash are on. A yard where he can map out what exactly to expect by smells, sounds, and feel would help him settle in much more quickly and give him a secure place outside to relax and enjoy.

Blackbeard realizes that pirate booty doesn’t magically appear. You need to work for treasure! Therefore if you work away from home, as long as he gets a mid-day break, he’ll be just fine. He could adjust to a pet sitter or dog walker as long as they are well-versed in his limitations. Depending on the office situation, Blackbeard may or may not be able to become an office dog. If there are other dogs present and the environment is constantly changing, then likely no. If it’s a quiet, consistent office, then with the right guidance and repetition – yes!

Unfortunately Blackbeard’s “booty” is too big to fly, but as long as you live within a 12 hour one-way drive from Eastern Nebraska, he’s all ready to pack his bags!

Here’s what his foster mom has to say: “Blackbeard, for all his lack of sight, is such a loving and easy foster dog. Potty trained, crated trained, accepts cats, and other dogs that can ignore his bumping into them. You won’t find a more sweet special needs dog!”

Are you a calm captain looking for a first mate you can train up to ship-shape shape? If so, click on the link and apply for Blackbeard today! Be prepared to make a trip to the open seas of Eastern Nebraska as Blackbeard will not be shipped!

FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.

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.

 

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