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Koko
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Age: 6 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 32 pounds
Kids: Yes, 12+ and dog-savvy
Cats: Yes, if dog-savvy
Dogs: Yes, if smaller, male and laid back
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
“Koko is a flirt, and everyone who meets her loves her. She is timid at first but once she gets to know you she loves you with her whole heart. I am going to miss her.”
 

Lovely Koko has reached the available page! This brindle pied beauty came to FBRN when her family discovered that their human baby was allergic to her. Turns out, Koko has allergies of her own, including an allergy to human epithelia (skin cells), so back atcha, baby. Fortunately, she is well-managed on a specific diet and takes daily supplements and prescription medication (Apoquel), a regimen that helps keep her itchies at bay.

Koko, for all her charms and bouncy energy, is a fairly anxious girl. Specifically, she suffers from separation anxiety which causes her to pace and drool by the door when her humans leave her alone. She takes CBD oil daily to help with this issue, but her adoptive family should also be committed to working with her to help build her coping skills and lessen her anxious tendencies. In particular, they should make sure she gets plenty of exercise to expend some of her nervous energy, and employ behavioral modification techniques as well. It certainly won’t be a quick fix, but we are confident that in the right home with dedicated humans, she can blossom. Have you used a trainer for a emotionally challenged dog before? Tell us about it in your application.

We also need to mention that Koko is a resource guarder. She has gotten into scuffles with a foster sibling over food and also tries to guard her foster family from the other dogs in the home. Because of this, Koko would not be appropriate for a first-time dog owner or first-time Frenchie owner. Instead, adopters should be dog-savvy, and those with existing dogs in the home must be able to quickly identify and manage guarding behavior to avoid fights and the potential for injury to dogs and humans. Tell us about your experience in this area in your application.

Koko’s foster mom tells us that she is a barker. Koko feels she has a responsibility to bark at the usual things like people at the door, as well as unusual things, like when her foster mom sets her pen down. Because of this, Koko is not built for apartment life and should be in a home where her barking won’t disturb the neighbors. She might be able to adjust to office dog life if the environment is quiet without a lot of comings, goings and activity. If her humans work outside the home, Koko needs to get a midday break and should not be left for long periods.

While Koko likes children, her foster mom thinks a home without kids would be best. Koko has a tendency to get overly excited around kids, which can make her even more anxious, so an adult-only home would provide a calmer environment for her. Koko currently lives with cats and does quite well, but any cats in her new home should be dog savvy and enjoy playing with dogs.

Koko currently lives with other dogs, but she is pretty particular about the dog companions she will and won't tolerate. She doesn't like dogs who are larger than she is and she has also made it quite clear that she doesn't like other female dogs. A home where Koko can be the only dog is ideal, but we know that isn't always possible. Koko’s foster mom thinks she could do alright with a smaller, male dog who is laid back and doesn't mind another dog barking in his face, which Koko seems quite fond of doing.

Lest you think it’s all cautions and caveats with this girl, we want to reassure you: this girl is a lover!! She loves to play and zoom in the yard, and she especially loves her humans! After she is done playingplayingplaying, Koko loves to snuggle with her human and take a snooze. (It’s the best of both worlds.)

Koko’s foster mom had this to say about her: “Koko is a flirt, and everyone who meets her loves her. She is timid at first but once she gets to know you she loves you with her whole heart. I am going to miss her.”

If you think you have the love, dedication, experience and commitment to give Koko the calm, loving home and guidance she needs, please consider submitting an application for this sweet girl. If you are chosen to adopt her, be prepared to pick her up in Pennsylvania. Koko’s substantial 32-pound size makes her too big to fly to her new home, but we think early fall is the perfect time for a road trip.

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, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. 
 
ABOUT KOKO
 
Koko has several allergies and must remain on daily Apoquel (~70$/mo), her current diet and dietary supplements. She is allergic to human epithelia so must not sleep in the human bed.

Koko had surgery to repair a prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (sometimes called cherry eye) on 08.08.2018. This must be monitored for recurrence. She had a dental with extractions on 05.31.2018.

Koko suffers from separation anxiety. She is a resource guarder so must never be around small children. She must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home.

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Love to a Pennsylvanian dog, in memory of Gayle Baetz. Dustin Baetz

Koko, I hope your eye feels better soon. Your sweet face, big smile and imperfect teef remind me of my frenchton Daisy, who I lost last month. This gift is in her memory. Get well soon! Heather Vaughan

Feel better soon, Koko. We are all rooting for you! Lots of love from the staff at Natural Pet Organics.