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Fortunia
Location: IA
Age: 6 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 25 lbs.
Kids: Calm, older kids (14+)
Cats: No
Dogs: Yes, but would prefer not to share HER people
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $400
“Fortunia is so very special to me and despite myself I have become so attached to her cuddles. I have two Frenchies now - a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old service dog and these two are just too playful for Fortunia, (we call her Petunia here). They steal her toys, kick her out of their bed, and she gets so nervous when they rough house. She deserves a home where she is the star of the show and someone who is very well-versed in the way of the French Bulldog can continue her on her road to good health.

Fortunia is a very special girl looking for a very special home. If you believe, as we do, that there is a perfect forever home out there for every adoptable dog, then read on—you might just be the one Fortunia’s been waiting for all these years.

Six-year-old Fortunia was purchased from an unscrupulous “breeder” who advertised her as healthy, housebroken, and socialized. Unfortunately, she was none of the above, and after many months of vet visits and unsuccessful attempts at housetraining, Fortunia’s new owners sadly surrendered her to FBRN, in the hopes that we could set this sweet girl right and find her a happily ever after. Fortunately for Fortunia, she landed in the arms of a fantastic foster mom, who understands her needs and quirks and can’t wait to share all they’ve learned with Fortunia’s future adopters!

When she first arrived at FBRN, Fortunia was anxious, incontinent, and covered in black scabby sores. We’re pleased as punch to report that the last of these issues is no more, and that Fortunia’s coat is soft and shiny now that we’ve removed a number of allergens from her diet. It turns out that Fortunia is allergic to just about everything under the sun, including storage mites and cheese mites (yes, there’s such a thing!)—essentially, everything except raw meat. (“I was into the Paleo diet before it was trendy,” says Fortunia.) To remain healthy and itch-free, she must remain on a raw diet with daily supplements (enzymes, probiotics, and omega 3 oil) and Benadryl three times daily, along with regular medicated baths to soothe her skin. Fortunia also relies on monthly Cytopoint injections to keep her itchies at bay, must continue this cycle so that she doesn’t turn back to a scabby, miserable mess. The total cost of her monthly meals, medications and supplements is about $425 a month, but Fortunia promises that she is worth all that and more!

In addition, Fortunia takes (twice daily) a medication known as Proin, which helps with urinary incontinence. Housetraining an incontinent dog is a Herculean task at best, but Fortunia’s foster mom has kicked some serious butt in this regard. Fortunia is still incontinent and cannot hold her urine through the night (this is what puppy pads are for), but she can now make it through the entire day without having an accident! Confetti throw! Fortunia has also learned that she’s not allowed to steal burgers from the people table (sorry, sweetie, they’re no good for your health) and she walks nicely on a leash (though, between you and me, she’s much more interested in cuddling than athletics).

What Fortunia doesn’t like—not one little bit—is being left alone. She suffers from extreme separation anxiety, loudly protesting the departure of her foster family whenever they leave the house and sticking to her foster mom like a bat-eared bottle of glue. Fortunia has actually shown quite a bit of growth in this area—for example, she lets foster mom have a shower now and again—but her forever home will have to be one where someone is with her the vast majority of the time (did we mention she’d make a fantastic office companion?). For this same reason, Fortunia would not be a good apartment/condo dog, as her protestations can be a little high on the decibel range. And crate training with Fortunia is a hard no. She cannot bear to be locked away from her people, and will immediately do a fear poop when the crate door closes.

But here’s the thing—Fortunia is worth all of this extra care. She is so very sweet and loving, and her person is her world. She perches on foster mom’s shoulder like a parrot, and uses her front legs to give little squeezes (some Frenchie hugs to go along with those Frenchie kisses!) She enjoys snuggles and cuddles and spooning, and is content to nap the day away at her person's feet. Fortunia is bursting at the seams with love for a very special person…and maybe it’s you!

Fortunia’s foster mom says, “Fortunia is so very special to me and despite myself I have become so attached to her cuddles. I have two Frenchies now - a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old service dog and these two are just too playful for Fortunia, (we call her Petunia here). They steal her toys, kick her out of their bed, and she gets so nervous when they rough house. She deserves a home where she is the star of the show and someone who is very well-versed in the way of the French Bulldog can continue her on her road to good health. When we picked her up in February, she had a thick, black scab on her foreleg and sores about her hind quarters. Her coat was dull and thin, her eyes and nose were watery, her feet were red and scaly, and she looked so SAD. She just gave off this vibe like she was miserable. AND ITCHY! When she wasn't sleeping, she was going crazy trying to scratch that itch. So we took her home, got her allergy tested and the terrific vets at FBRN knew exactly what to do. She is basically allergic to everything so she does require a great deal of maintenance - raw diet, medication, and bathing. Plus she has potty issues, but she is learning. All this and I would not trade a single day of fostering her for any other dog. She is so worth every penny and potty pad. The person or family who adopts her must be committed to loving her as much as she loves them because love will see them through the rough spots and her hugs will endure through the glory days.”

So if you have a quiet, preferably dog-free home, and the time and patience for a sweet dog who needs a little “extra,” why not apply for Fortunia? She is waiting patiently for just the right person to come along and be her number one. Just be prepared to travel—Fortunia is snuggling and snoozing and snorting away in Iowa, and will not be shipped.

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.

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For Fortunia, may your transition be a smooth one. We honor our girl, Bear -gone too soon- by helping you. Shannon and Alan and Bear (RIP)

With love, Clive, Stacee, and Hercules