Age: 16 months
Weight: 18 lbs.
Kids: 10+, dog savvy
Fenced yard: Preferred
Adoption fee: $350
Darby suffers from incontinence and rear end paralysis and has a cart for supervised use. He must always be carried up and down stairs and must not be allowed to jump off furniture. Darby takes Gabapentin and Novox for pain management. He must continue acupuncture and laser therapy.
Darby is a resource guarder so must never be around small children. He must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present. He is allergic to cats, so must never be around them. Darby is allergic to storage mites and must remain on a raw diet and Nature's Farmacy supplements.
Did you make any resolutions for 2018? Maybe to join a gym, or learn a new language, or stop eating pints of ice cream for breakfast? How about to save a life and make a new best friend? Darby the Amazing Cart Frenchie can help you with those last two, as he’s rolled onto the Available Page in search of his forever home.
Darby was surrendered to FBRN after he went down in the back, and his owners could not afford the cost of his care and treatment. And let’s not mince words—caring for a dog with special needs can be expensive, in terms of both time and money. For Darby, that care consists of physical therapy (including acupuncture and laser therapy) along with pain management medication (Gapapentin and Novox). Due to his severe allergies, particularly to cats and storage mites, Darby also requires a raw diet and probiotic supplements. Finally, because Darby is paralyzed in in his hindquarters and thus incontinent, he has to wear diapers around the house, and care must be taken to protect his back (i.e., no stairs or jumping onto the couch).
So it’s true that Darby is a dog who requires a little something extra. But you know what else is true? Darby is AWESOME, and well worth the extra effort! This sweet boy doesn’t know he has any limitations, and we’re sure not going to tell him. We’d rather watch him do zoomies in the backyard in his cart, or play with his canine foster sibling, or bask in the warmth of a sunbeam. Darby isn’t even a year-and-a-half old, so he still has puppy energy to spare and loves tearing around on his wheels, whether in the yard or on a leashed walk. Once he’s tired himself out, he enjoys settling down with a chew toy (he’s an impressive chewer!) or snuggling up on the La-Z-Boy for some Netflix and cuddles.
The ideal home for Darby is one where someone is home more often than not, since he both craves attention and needs to have his diaper changed on a regular basis. Darby does not need to have his bladder or bowels manually expressed, but he definitely can’t go for more than 5-6 hours without a diaper change. If left at home for any extended period of time, Darby would do best in a gated area, where he can scoot about to his heart's content and not have to worry about hazards like stairs or that tempting people bed. He’d also be thrilled to accompany you to the office, so long as he has plenty of opportunity for exercise and a soft bed for snoozing.
Darby’s relationship with other dogs is, as the kids like to say, “complicated.” He adores his foster siblings, but can get a little snippy with strange dogs (although he responds well to verbal correction). This is likely because Darby is a resource guarder, meaning that he is very protective of his food (although not of his toys, interestingly enough). He must be fed either in his crate or in a gated area or a different room separate from any other dogs, and he absolutely cannot be left alone with young children—we know through experience that little ones don’t always listen to the “leave doggie alone while he’s eating!” admonition, and we don’t want any little fingers to be nipped. Darby adores kids and finds them to be excellent playmates, but any resident and visiting children must be old enough (and responsible enough) to understand that Darby can’t be touched while he’s eating, nor carried around like a doll. Due to his severe allergies, we also have to say no to any resident kitties.
Darby’s foster mom has selflessly dedicated herself to this sweet boy’s rehabilitation, and has this to say about the dog who has stolen her heart: “Darby may be in a cart and he may not use his back legs much, but that does not stop this boy. He is always on the go and has no clue that he is different. No feeling sorry for Darby—he has an agenda to have fun and do everything the other dogs do. He loves to cuddle when he is tired. He can be stubborn (which is a French bulldog trait) but has the sweetest temperament. Darby has a disability but he is really not a burden at all; he is a fun, on-the-go guy who loves life and lives it to the fullest.”
So what do you say? Is 2018 going to be your Year of the Darby Dog? If you’d like to make this little man a permanent part of your home and heart, please fill out an application and tell us why you’d make the perfect match. Just be prepared to travel—Darby is lounging in the Nevada mountains, far from the snowpocalypse of the East Coast, and will not be shipped.
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.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
Get better handsome Darby. Debra Nash
Get well little one! Irina Weintraub
Sending all of my love to your healing, Darby! Alexandria Meers
Feel better soon sweet Darby! Xo Tawny Clark
Get well soon, sweet baby! Corgi George Michael and fellow frenchie Pablo Honey are pulling for you and hoping for the best!
Keep on keeping on Darby! Pork&Beans
Sweet Darby.. wishing you the best! XO Cara Rodriguez
Sending you and your foster family all my love. Roland Deschain
Hi Darby! I saw your wheels and I really want to help! I hope this donation changes something for the better. From: Emma ( ps ur so cute! )