Age: 8 yrs
Weight: 28 lbs.
Fenced yard: No Preference
Adoption fee: $350
Anja is the newest old darling on the available page. She found her way to FBRN after her previous owners passed away. Anja was then taken in by the next door neighbors and tried to adjust to the country life. She never did quite get used to the goats, however, for a spell she did settle down and not mind the chickens so much. Unfortunately, Anja's allergies were causing her issues and just didn't cooperate with the country life. She was sadly surrendered to FBRN.
Anja is currently on Cytopoint for her allergies and loves consuming her raw diet. This old gal is a sucker for children, and loves them to pieces. She's never been around cats, so those are a no. Anja is particular about what dogs she does like in her circle. She isn't a fan of smaller dogs, and doesn't put up with a dominant personality when it comes to canines.
Don't let Anja's age fool you. This girl still loves going on walks and playing a game of catch. Don't get us wrong, the walks are more of a brief, bouncy jaunt like you'd see around the ring of a televised dog show. Anja also takes after velcro. She's looking for someone that would be fine with her using them as her human pillow. She'd gladly sit as closely as possible to you, or lay by your feet in her dog bed as you worked. Among her dislikes are the vacuum cleaner. She doesn't mind trying to chase it and bite at the wheels. In fact, she'd be more than happy to chew on the wheels if she were able. She doesn't mind ripping stuffies to pieces. She loves her tennis balls, and has even been known to start ripping the cover off to get to that pesky squeaker that is trapped in some of them. It wants to be free, after all. Anja is also a huge fan of car rides, so don't let distance from her foster home keep you from planning a road trip with her.
When Anja first came to her foster home, she had issues with some incontinence, but that was thought to be due to the UTI that she had. She will now patiently sit and wait at the door when she has to go out. It is quite possible that this little lady could be trained to ring bells when she has to go out. Anja is crate trained. As this girl is continually on a quest to find whatever food her heart desires, she should be crated when her people leave the house. Anja looks lovely in a coat, but if it is cold she will not go for a walk, she will simply sit and not go any further into the frigid air. She also dislikes the pelting rain and prefers to pee on the door mat and not go out further. Sprinkling rain, however, is fine and she'll go out.
She has no temperament issues and does not resource guard. Anja would do best with someone that worked from home or could devote much of their time to her. A family with children would be great for her as well if the kids are old enough to understand that Anja has dietary restrictions and table scraps are not an option for her. First time Frenchie owners would be all right as long as they are aware of her age and any conditions that could come with older age. They should treat her like part of the family be aware of her allergies and commit to her special foods. Any type of house would be great for Anja, as long as she could remain active. A fenced yard would work, but it would also depend on what type of grass was in the lawn, as there are several which her allergies would not support.
Anja's foster mom had this to say about her: "I have fostered many dogs. However, I have never experienced the dog heartbreak of looking at their owner driving away and wondering why. Anja was the first and it truly broke my heart. Anja came from a place of love but unfortunately they could not keep her. We have tried to provide the best transition for Anja in her journey of finding her forever home. Anja has a special place in our family. While Anja enjoys cuddling, she is happiest lying or sitting on top of you. If you move to get something, she hops down to see what is happening. She is Velcro and constantly there wherever you are. If we were to rename her, I would seriously consider Roomba. She is constantly licking the floor in search of miniscule food remnants. There is absolutely nothing that goes without inspection. We try to keep things off the floor but if she picks up something with her tongue that doesn't agree with her, the reaction shows up immediately...she gets itchy, red on the stomach and coughs. Anja is still a very energetic dog that loves to play and wants to be totally immersed in a family (whether that's one person or many people in that family). She deserves to find a forever family that will truly appreciate her and give her the love and attention she deserves!"
If you think that you have the perfect spot, and don't mind being utilized as a human pillow, then look no farther than Anja. All you need to do is fill out an application and be ready to pick her up in NoVA if you are selected.
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.
Anja has several allergies that are treated with her current diet and allergy medication. Adopters should have the income to afford these foods, supplements, and medications.
Anja's allergies include feathers so feather pillows and down blankets can't be around her.
Anja has a history of anal gland infections and owners should ask her vet for signs and symptoms of a recurrence.
To help you, Gremlin, get the help you need to get ready to join your forever family. Cyndi and Hal