Age: 8 yrs
Weight: 35 lbs
Kids: Yes 10+, dog-savvy only
Fenced yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $350
Shiner is allergic to storage mites and must remain on his current raw diet, Nature's Farmacy supplements, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 pet supplements and have regular medicated baths. He is allergic to human epithelia, feathers and wool so he must not sleep in the human bed, and must avoid feather pillows, down and wool blankets, and wool rugs.
Shiner is a resource guarder and must never be around small children. He must be monitored during feedings and when toys are present. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home. If you have experience working with and training resource guarders, be sure to mention it in your application.
Shiner has impaired hearing. He has a history of urinary tract infections that must be monitored for recurrence. He had a skin tag removed during a dental with extractions on 05.11.2018.
Shiner had a break in his left paw that has healed incorrectly and must be monitored.
Now that all of the important stuff is listed above, this older gentleman is an adorable Frenchie. Shiner has a brindle coat with a white blaze on his chest. You'd never know that this guy was eight since he is still full of life. He loves toys, is full of energy, and is a dominant guy. When he got to his foster home he had no clue what commands were, but he has been learning the ropes while in their care. If you are looking for a guy that has a clingy side, then Shiner is your man. He loves to follow his human and is happy to go wherever you go all day long.
Shiner is great at going outside to do his business. He will let you know with a bark by the door or by waking you up in the morning if it's that time. Shiner originally disliked his crate when he was first introduced to his foster parents. He would yodel up a storm somethin' fierce. Since he has been getting fed in his crate, he seems to not mind going in there for other short periods and doesn't protest when the lock goes down. He still doesn't prefer his crate, but with daily work it doesn't seem as though this will be a long term dislike. He will insist on sleeping on the people bed, and his foster family have accommodated him and his allergies by providing him with his own blanket to sleep on atop their covers.
Shiner would do best in a home that has no other dogs or with a very submissive dog that can be separated during feeding times. If you have another dog, we'll give preference to a family well-versed in managing or training resource guarders around other dogs, so be sure to tell us about your experience.
Older, dog-savvy children accustomed to closing the door and fence (remember he is hard of hearing, so can't hear you call him back) and who will not take his stuff would be fine for him, as he loves when they dote on him. No small children that might take his toys or might lie on him or tug on him because he is a dominant old man, and he won't have it. Outdoor cats only. Inside cats that may grab his beloved toys might be a problem for him with his resource guarding. He would make a great addition to someone who was around the house quite often or worked from home. He has lots of life and love to give to someone but he loves attention so he experiences some separation anxiety if left alone constantly. First time Frenchie people would be fine as long as they stay on top of his baths and people time and they have some experience with a dominant or resource guarding dog.
He also requires a fenced yard. Much like an older human, Shiner's hearing isn't all it used to be. He has a hard time hearing if you were calling him back and he wasn't on a leash. He's also a climber and a jumper. Shared walls with a neighbor might be hard, as he will take some time to adjust to his new routine. His low pitched cry could startle or frighten the neighbors, so an apartment would not be ideal. As mentioned with the considerations info, Shiner will need a submissive dog if there are other dogs living in the home. He did show toy aggression towards his foster family's submissive dog, but now they live in harmony. That harmony wasn't without a nip that broke the skin, so keep this in mind--you will have to be vigilant about putting his toys away if the dogs are out together. This dog sure does love his toys!
Shiner's foster mom had this to say about him: "Shiner is such a loving dog soul. He really loves to love on his people and will follow you around all day long. He has such a fun energy about him often dragging out his toys several times a day to put on a show for us. If you are looking for a right hand man this guy is it. He has to be beside you all the time. We are still working on implementing firm commands and recommend that his permanent family reinforce those exact same worded commands for his success. This poor guy has been passed around so much that he has some separation anxiety. He has some a few allergies including: human skin cells, storage mites, feathers, several proteins and wool. He has done beautifully with his raw diet and a weekly bath. This guy is a gem, a true companion dog and will be such a blessing to the right people. Do not let his age deter you. This fun guy is full of life and love."
If you have a wanted ad out for a right hand man, with a few personality quirks, that wants to make someone the center of his world; then all you need to do is apply for Shiner and be ready to pick him up in the Lone star state if you are selected. At 35 pounds, he's too big to fly in cabin.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
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.
In honor of Oliver’s 1 birthday we want to help the sweet Shiner. Martina Milani