Age: 5 years old
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 23 pounds
Kids: Yes, 10+ and dog savvy
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $500
Jordi is a resource guarder and should not be around small children. He must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present.
KNOWN HEALTH PROBLEMS:
Jordi has no known health problems. However, when he came to FBRN he was significantly underweight and had a staph skin infection. He is currently on a raw diet and receives daily dietary supplements. He must remain on a raw diet, Nature's Farmacy supplements, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet supplement, and receive regular medicated baths. He had a benign skin tag removed during his neuter on 12/4/2017.
As Frenchie fans know, proper weight management can be a tricky thing. Frenchies are notoriously “food-driven” (not unlike this writer, to be honest) and this often leads to dogs that are far more…substantial than they should be. However, FBRN’s Jordi was a very different story. He came into rescue thanks to a Good Samaritan who intervened after Jordi’s previous owner passed away. When he arrived on FBRN’s doorstep, poor Jordi was seriously underweight. The vet couldn’t identify any underlying reason for his condition, so Jordi’s foster home had a pretty straightforward goal: get some groceries into this boy and plump him up.
Fast forward to today, a mere three months later. Jordi has happily put on ten (!) pounds (almost half of his current weight) eating a raw diet with daily supplements. He has completely transformed into a brand new, totally improved version of his former self. No longer all hips and elbows, Jordi has regained his luster, muscle mass (which was also severely depleted) and joie de vivre. And what’s a French Bulldog without joie de vivre?
Jordi did have a recurring staph skin infection but that has cleared up with medication and good diet. Aside from those issues, he is a pretty darn healthy guy with no additional health issues at this time.
Jordi’s questionable food history has made him something of a resource guarder. His foster dad reports that Jordi and his Frenchie foster sister are well-behaved during dinnertime and eat together without conflict. However, Jordi does seem to covet high-value treats and bones, and has occasionally growled at his foster dad when attempts are made to separate him from these goodies. For this reason, we feel Jordi would do best in a home with older (10+), dog-savvy kids who understand that he needs space during dinner, snack, and bone-chewing time. Applicants with a resident dog should be willing to feed Jordi in another room if his resource guarding ramps up at some point.
As mentioned above, Jordi currently lives with a Frenchie foster sibling. While they get along quite well, Jordi’s foster dad says it's apparent that Jordi wasn’t well-socialized in the art of playing in his previous life. He doesn’t quite know how to respond to play overtures from his foster sister, and his idea of play is just to run around. (But hey, it's a start, right?)
Similarly, Jordi is friendly toward other dogs and shows no signs of aggression. As far as cats, Jordi hasn’t been tested with felines so we will have to request no cats in his adoptive home to ensure the safety of everyone (and everycat) in the home.
Food isn’t the only thing Jordi is soaking up now. He loves loves loves his humans and loves spending time with them. It doesn't matter where they are: the kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom are all fair game to Jordi. If his human is in a room, Jordi wants to be there too. As his foster dad says, “Jordi doesn't know the meaning of personal space, and we love him for it.”
It seems almost unnecessary to mention this but we will mention it anyway: Jordi is also a world-class snuggler. He currently sleeps with his foster mom and dad and provides a vital service in the home by snuggling them awake in the mornings. (A vast improvement over some impersonal alarm clock, if you ask us.)
Now that he is full of nutrients and vitality, Jordi’s foster dad says he is more energetic than typical Frenchies, and will need regular stimulation to prevent him from getting bored. However, rest assured. This doesn't mean daily 10Ks and Jazzercise classes (gads, no!) A half-hour stroll around the neighborhood is more Jordi’s speed, and perfectly adequate to meet his needs.
Jordi came from a home where he was his elderly owner’s constant companion. This, in addition to his love of humans, would make a stay-at-home human ideal for Jordi. However, foster dad says that he can be left alone for periods of time without being destructive or forgetting his house manners. If his adopters do work outside the home, a midday break will be necessary to allow him to stretch his legs, attend to his dog business and enjoy some interaction.
Jordi’s foster dad says that while Jordi does love humans, he probably wouldn't make an ideal office dog. Jordi’s curiosity, energy and newly-found lust for life would make it difficult for him to sit still, read quietly to himself and refrain from shouting occasional comments (or “barking,” as it is also known) at the goings-on around him.
Jordi does have very good house manners and is crate-trained (although, like many Frenchies, not a huge fan of his crate). While his adoptive family should be prepared for a little backsliding on his housetraining while he makes the transition into his new home, Jordi is a smart little noodle and should be back on track in no time. Speaking of smart, foster dad says Jordi understands some basic commands like “sit” and “high five.”
In the three months Jordi has been with his foster family, they have watched him literally transform from a skinny little guy into a bright, healthy, energetic French Bulldog. Foster dad had this to say about Jordi’s fantastic spirit: “He's resilient, amazing, and a love. …The condition he was in when he was picked up was heartbreaking. His ribs and spine were there for all to see and his hind legs were atrophied. But he didn't let his diminutive size stop his big personality. People in our neighborhood…often stop and comment on how he "looks like a different dog." And he is different, and not just physically. …He's more confident; he got his swagger back.”
It is often said that dogs are resilient -- something we feel goes double for French Bulldogs. Jordi is certainly a testament to that. We are thrilled to see how far he has come and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for this sweet, loving and lovable boy. If you think you can offer a home where Jordi can continue to blossom and pursue his advanced degree in snuggling (he informed us he is currently working toward his PhD), please click on the link above and apply for Jordi. If you are selected to be Jordi’s new humans, be prepared for a jaunt to central Connecticut and gas up the jalopy for the ride home. At 23 pounds, Jordi is a little too big to fly, but will gladly be your copilot on the road trip home.
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.
A small donation for adorable Jordi's care. Eat up little one! In memory of Frances Elizabeth Lerner. DEBORAH LERNER
Little something from Margaux, Ian, and Stella in Virginia
Best wishes little man! Greg Stanley
Hope this helps you buy some treats and boneys sweet Jordi!! Love and kisses, Query, Ari and Diego
A little something for Jordi. Get lots of delicious treats and keep putting on some healthy weight little Jordi! Marie, Cachou & Clementine.
Hi Jordi, We love following you and your beautiful foster sister. Hope this helps with some yummy treats. Love, Oeuf (@monsieur_egg).
In memory of your Momma Jordi Hugs & Kisses- Jennifer
Hi Jordi, here is some coin for bacons! XO Jennifer I
Get well little Jordi! Hugs, Melissa
Hi Jordi, here is some spending money for some treats or a new jacket. Your Friends Yoda & Benny
Jordi, you are so cute! Eat up little buddy and hope you find your forever home soon! ~The Feits
Hope this little bit helps to buy Jordi some well-deserved treats! Hugs! The Gaynors
Get healthy! @frenchbulldogtoast
A little something for your cheeseburger fund! Love from Ham (FBRN grad '13) and his humans.
Good luck finding your forever home Jordi!! Rosemarie Dimondo
You are in great hands, Jordi! You will end up happy and healthy with a new family to love.Janice D Hussey
Get some weights on those hips Jordi! Hope to see you soon! Love Kevin, Ahmed and Rupert
Jordi, you are adorable :) Kathy and John M.
Happy holidays Jordi! Hoping your days are filled with warm snuggles, belly rubs, and love! xoxo, Alana & Sam
In loving memory of Finn and Leroy, and for the welfare of pups Jordi, Sukhi and any other smushfaces that need help. Oso and I love them all. Happy Holidays from Oso & Matt.
Jordi we wish you a happy and healthy holiday little fur baby! Xo Paul and Jodie
Merry Christmas precious baby:) Stacee's Place