Age: 10 months
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 27 pounds
Kids: Yes, 13+ and dog-savvy
Cats: Yes, quick-footed, dog-savvy cats okay
Dogs: Depends, but probably not. See bio.
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $350
KNOWN HEALTH PROBLEMS / CONSIDERATIONS:
Pendleton has several allergies and must remain on regular Cytopoint injections (70$ ea), his current diet, supplements, and receive regular medicated baths. He is allergic to human epithelia and feathers/down, so he must not sleep in the humans’ bed and must avoid feather pillows and down blankets.
Pendleton is an active puppy and potty and obedience training are a work in progress. Adopters should be prepared to start from scratch with house-training and be resigned to the possibility he will never be completely house-trained.
Brace yourselves: another FBRN bad boy has roared onto the available page. This particular French croissant is Pendleton, a 10-month-old boy who was surrendered to rescue by an older couple after they realized that his seemingly limitless puppy energy, naughty behavior, and bossy demeanor was more than they could handle.
When one of our foster dogs moves to the available page, our foster parents fill out a questionnaire that gives us all the information we need to write the dog’s bio. These questionnaires are quite comprehensive; we use the information to help us describe the dog, as well as the kind of home they need. In Pendleton’s case, we aren’t going to sugarcoat it: his available questionnaire read like a rap sheet. Here’s an example:
“High energy, curious but fearful, talkative. Crosses the line and gets put into his crate to settle. Runs with things he isn't supposed to have. Lots of late-night zoomies. Loves the shower.”
But wait, there’s more:
“Very nippy and jumpy. Doesn't like being told ‘no’ and will nip back. Goes belly-up when I pick him up to put him in his crate. Bites the leash, broom, vacuum, etc. He is a SWEET boy, but he's a handful.”
Whew. A handful, indeed. (Did anyone else have flashbacks to their third-grade report card? No? Just us?) We rarely quote so extensively from the available questionnaire in these bios, but in Pendleton’s case, we feel it’s important to be completely honest and transparent about this handsome and oh-so-headstrong boy. Pendleton’s high energy and hi-jinks are precisely what landed him in rescue. Now, he needs to land in the right home with the right humans who are experienced with canine delinquency and can impose rules and keep the upper hand. This is critical, because left unchecked, Pendleton will run the house, to the frustration and detriment of everyone who lives there (as well as himself).
After spending time with Pendleton, his foster mom feels he is a challenging combination of high-energy, stubbornness, and anxiety. To thrive, Pendleton will need strong and consistent rules and an owner who understands the critical importance of not letting Pen run the home. His owner must also commit to providing Pen with the mental and physical workouts he needs to help him manage his energy and insecure feelings. Obedience training can be beneficial for any dog and owner; in Pendleton’s case, it would be highly recommended.
Although it probably doesn't need to be said, Pendleton is not built to be anyone’s first dog.
We will only consider dog-experienced homes for this boy; those with French Bulldog experience will be given extra consideration. If you have successfully managed a similarly challenging dog in the past, be sure to tell us about that in your application.
As mentioned, Pendleton is high-energy. He currently lives with a foster sibling, a long-suffering and patient dog who Pen likes to pull around by the collar (!) While this particular playmate is too kind to put Pendleton in his place when he pushes the boundaries of good behavior, other dogs might not be so understanding. If there is another dog in the home, Pen’s foster mom feels they need to be patient as well lest he “get his butt handed to him.” Having another dog in the home would certainly be a great way to help Pendleton expend energy, although his foster mom thinks he could also be happy as an only dog, as long as he gets plenty of exercise and interaction to release his pent-up energy.
If his humans work outside the home, Pendleton will absolutely need breaks during the day to allow him to conduct his dog business and burn off energy. He will not do well crated for long hours. His mischievous nature and propensity to view everything not nailed down as a potential chew toy also means he should not be given unsupervised run of the house when his humans are away.
When asked if he might make a good office dog, Pen’s foster mom gave a wholehearted “Definitely!” and went on to say, “He’s a hoot.” If your office environment is dog-friendly and in need of canine levity, Pen may be just the ticket.
On the health front, Pendleton is subject to the dreaded itchies that plague many of his brethren. In Pen’s case, he is allergic to human epithelia (in other words, skin cells) and goose down and feathers. To manage his allergies, Pendleton is on a special diet, and receives regular Cytopoint injections (monthly, 70$ ea. Price may vary, check with your vet), daily dietary supplements and regular medicated baths. It may sound like a lot, but his foster mom has settled him into a regular routine that runs like a well-oiled machine and his itchies are well controlled now. All his adoptive family needs to do is commit to keeping him on this established regimen to ensure he keeps humming along.
Pendleton’s allergies mean he isn't able to partake of the time-honored French Bulldog tradition widely known as “sleeping in the big bed” with his humans. His family also needs to keep him away from bedding (down or feather) that would exacerbate his itchies. But we know there’s a home out there where the humans like their sleep undisturbed by a French Bulldog snoring in their ear and stealing their pillow, so we’re sure this won’t keep Pen from finding the perfect family.
Here’s one more quote from his foster mom, who has certainly had her hands full with this young boy: “I definitely wouldn't want him going to a first dog family. He pushes back on discipline and I'm pretty sure he ruled the roost at his last house. I could see him as a happy only child, or a partner in crime. He really is a good boy. He just needs to go through a couple months of boot camp.”
So what do you think? Do you have the chops needed to take the reins and help Pendleton channel his puppy energy and mischief into good manners and refinement? Are you the one who can help him mature into a model canine citizen?
If you think you've got what it takes, click on the link above and apply. If you are chosen to adopt this pied gentleman, be prepared for a midwestern road trip home from Oklahoma. Pendleton is too big to fly, but would make the perfect car partner all the way 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 the foster family.
Hello Pendleton! Learn all your lessons little buddy..DOREEN PALMER
My wife Ann and I could not resist Pendleton's smile and it so reminded us of Napoleon, our Frenchie we adopted from Hong Kong Dog Rescue when we lived there. Christopher J Pennington