Age: 3 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 26 lbs.
Kids: 10 and up, dog savvy
Dogs: Maybe, but he’d prefer to be an only
Fenced Yard: No preference; but he does need a relatively stair-free home
Adoption Fee: $350
Are you ready for the thrill ride of the summer? Fasten your seatbelts for The Fast and the Furious 8.5: The Frenchie Connection, starring FBRN’s very own Maceo! Our bat-eared Dom Toretto is ready to race into a forever home, and we know the perfect adopter is out there waiting for him.
Maceo came to FBRN because his former family wasn't able to manage his intervertebral disc disease. IVDD is an all-too-common condition in Frenchies, where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae bulge into the spinal cord space and press on the spinal nerves. In Maceo’s case, the pressure on the nerves has caused partial paralysis and the loss of his bladder and bowel control, and he requires diaper changes, of course. But in typical Frenchie fashion, Maceo just rolls with it—in both the literal and figurative sense! When he’s indoors, he wiggles and scoots and pulls himself around, and when it’s time for a walk, he slaps on his sweet wheels and tears around the park like he’s behind the wheel of a 1970 Charger RT. A little old thing like paralysis isn’t going to stop this exuberant, joyful boy. The vet says he must continue his therapy and has suggested acupuncture for further improvement.
Around the house, Maceo is a pretty chill guy, with the occasional burst of playful energy. He especially loves balls, Nylabones and playing tug-of-war with his stuffed animals. Stuffed animal tug-o-war, in fact, can make Maceo a little crazy—he gets so excited that he sometimes forgets his manners, and has to be calmly reminded that mouthy games and nipping at fingers are not appropriate playtime behaviors. Continued, consistent training (of the positive reinforcement type) will help Maceo remember that hands are for petting, not nipping!
Maceo gets along well with other dogs, but he is very attached to his people (He especially likes men) and as such would be just as happy not to share their attention with others. An adopter who is at home for most of the day would be ideal, as Maceo is a loyal, loving dog who doesn’t like to be away from his people for longer than absolutely necessary. He would also be thrilled to accompany his person to work, so long as there aren’t any stairs to climb! The most important thing is that Maceo have (1) routine access to belly rubs and ear scratches; and (2) someone to regularly change his diapers. Maceo promises to reward his new owner’s dedication with all the love and loyalty a little dog can muster.
Maceo thinks that kids are a-ok, but due to his mouthiness and fragile back, he can only be placed with dog-savvy children over the age of 10. He’s never met a cat before, so for the sake of everyone’s safety we have to say no to kitties. Finally, potential adopters should be aware that despite his love of wheels and speed (and this entire car-themed bio), Maceo is actually not very fond of car rides. In fact, he thinks they’re downright scary! His foster mom reports that he is getting better with this particular fear, but he’s still got a ways to go before he is comfortable in the passenger seat. “Well duh,” says Maceo, “that’s because I want to be in the driver’s seat!”) For that reason, we are especially seeking adopters who live in Southern California, near his foster home so he doesn't have to travel in the car very far, because less time in the car means a happier Maceo!
Maceo’s devoted foster mama tells us, “Maceo is such a sweetheart who will teach you nothing is impossible. He is disabled but this doesn’t stop him. He gets around great and is a happy guy. He likes to roll around on his back after you change his diaper. My son says it’s Maceo’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for putting a clean one on him. He is a loyal dog and wants to be by your side no matter what it takes.”
Are you ready for a four-legged, two-wheeled companion who would follow you to the ends of the earth? If so, fill out an application for handsome Maceo. Just be prepared to travel—Maceo is breaking land speed records in Los Angeles County and will not be shipped.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.
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.
This is for Maceo's cart! With love, in memory of Jake Holupka. Tracey Holupka
Hey Maceo, I hope this helps to get you some new wheels!! Love, Oliver the Frenchie
little man. greg stanley
Please take this and use it however you can to help that precious sweetheart.Sorryit cannot be more! Katrina Rushford
I hope you find the perfect forever home! Oliver the Frenchie
My family had the honor of knowing this great guy. We're going to miss you but hope you get a great new home. Can't wait to see you on your new wheels!!! Love you!!! Amanda Corey