Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 31 lbs
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $350
Phineas has multiple allergies and must remain on Cytopoint and current Farmina diet. He is allergic to cats so he must never be around them. He is also allergic to human epithelia and feathers so he must not sleep in the human bed. He should also avoid wool blankets and rugs.
Phineas is deaf and must be leashed or supervised outside. He is a resource guarder, is very dominant and has a bite history so must never be around small children and remain an only dog. He must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present. Phineas suffers from anxiety and must remain on daily Prozac and CBD oil. He will require continued training to address his behavioral issues.
Phineas has a history of ear infections that must be monitored for recurrence. He had a dental with extractions on 01.10.2018 and a nares resection on 01.31.2018.
Phineas is ready for the available page! And, boy, has it been a journey for this guy. He was surrendered when his food aggression became too much for a family with small children. At seven years old, Phin is a bit set in his ways and determined to do things his way. For all his quirks, he’s just as determined to find his new only-dog home where he can be king of the castle--within reason.
Phineas came to us a bit on the chunky side, but has adapted well to a healthy diet and dropped several pounds during foster care. Because of his propensity to put on weight, he’ll do best continuing the current diet he is consuming. Phin is deaf, which causes elevated anxiety and he is easily startled. To help with this, he is on anxiety medication and learning to curb his anxiety-driven behavior. He also copes with the typical allergies that our beloved Frenchies usually do and has responded well to medication.
Phin is unique in personality. He is very alert and constantly watches everything going on around him. His three favorite things are food, bones, and humans; it depends on the day which is the most important. He loves getting all the booty scratches he feels he deserves, followed up with a good long nap. He seeks out sunspots and loves soaking up sun while his foster family works from home. To Phin, exercise is for the birds. He prefers lazily exploring the back yard versus walks. But, he does do well on leash when convinced to go on a walk and has no issues with leash aggression. No fetch or hikes for this Frenchie, home is where he prefers.
He is house-broken and even goes to the door when he needs to go out. But, did we mention set in his ways? We’ve all known the stubborn Frenchie (most of them) and Phin really takes this trait seriously. He will show his displeasure when told what do if it’s something he doesn’t want to and will snap at anyone who gets between him and food. To combat this, his owner must develop a schedule and routine that keeps everyone safe. Phin is fed separate and away from his crate. He also must sit, wait, and be released before he can eat. Once, he is eating, it is best he left alone until finished. He will continue to guard his empty dish, so he must be removed before it can be picked up. Once Phin knows the routine, it is easy to maintain.
The ideal home for Phin is an adult only home with minimum young visitors. While he doesn’t mind children, his food aggression makes it tough to have them around and we are asking for kid-free adopters to apply. He also needs to go to a home where he’s the only dog to keep his anxiety low and cannot have any cat siblings due to allergies. Strong-willed dog experience is a must. Phil needs strong leadership who understands the importance of routine to help with his food aggression. A quiet house with a routine will set him up for success. He will need an owner who will continue to work with Phin to show him he doesn’t get to make all the decisions.
Phin will do fine in a home or apartment, but a fenced yard is preferred due to his deafness. He does his best napping mid-day. He would love to show you his napping skills if you worked from home, but will happily go out for a mid-day break if his new family works out of the home. Given his resource guarding, he won’t make a great office mascot, so best to keep him in his comfort zone.
There’s a lot to be said about Phineas and here’s what his foster mom has to say: “Phineas has been my toughest foster. He has his issues, but it makes all of his successes that much sweeter. We’ve worked hard to find a routine and structure that works for him to ensure minimum issues. Even with all of his naughtiness, he can be the most loving, goofy dog who just loves naps, bones and getting all the best scratches. He has ‘downward dog’ down pat! He has the biggest brown eyes and he’s not afraid to use them to get all the belly rubs and snuggles, and really, who can blame him?”
Phin’s forever home is out there and he knows he’ll make the perfect companion to just the right someone. Do you think you are Phineas’s perfect someone? Please click on the link and tell us why! Be sure to include your experience with a special needs boy such as Phin. And, be prepared to travel to the beautiful state of Michigan as he will not be shipped.
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.
Hello Phineas! Look forward to seeing you all spiffed up on the available page. -Jeff & Torrey
Hi Phinster! It's not much, but I really hope this helps a little bit! I know how tempting that Mackinac Fudge is! (: Miranda Perrymore
Hi Phin! You're adorable and I'd be happy to help teach you some sign language! -Katie, Scott, Edgar and Mabel