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Sunshine
Location: NJ
Age: 7 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 25 lbs.
Kids: No
Cats: No
Dogs: No
Fenced Yard: No preference
Adoption Fee: $250
“Sunshine is a very special little lady. She is very sweet and loving. I hope she finds a home with someone who sees past her waddle and swing and can see what a great little companion she would be.”

UPDATE:

Keen-eyed observers may have noticed that Sunshine hopped back to the foster page for a wee while.  She underwent a little testing.  Here is what the medicos had to say:

She was diagnosed with a small splenic mass as an incidental finding on an ultrasound. We rescanned her after 2 months and found no change in mass. Cytology showed it was just lymphocitc changes or nothing to worry about. Vets recommend follow up scan in 1 year.

If you are interested in adopting Sunshine, we recommend that you ask your vet about what the above means for your peace of mind.  You should also ask how much a follow-up scan costs at your vet.  Once you know those things, apply away!

Could you use some sunshine on a cloudy day? Or on your shoulder? How about in your pocket (so you can dance, dance, dance)? If so, you’ll want to say good day to our newest available Frenchie—Sunshine!

Sadly, this ain’t Sunshine’s first rodeo. She was originally adopted in 2010, but came back to FBRN because the addition of a new baby wasn’t sitting well with her. Turns out that Little Miss Sunshine doesn’t want to share the spotlight with anyone else, be it baby or dog—she wants to be the center of her person’s universe. What else would you expect from a dog named after the sun? 

Sunshine has some congenital ailments that affect her mobility. She suffers from both hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), a condition where the cushioning discs between vertebrae bulge and press against the spinal nerve. As a result, Sunshine drags her hind feet behind her when she walks. But in true canine fashion, she has no idea that anything is wrong with her, and is happy as happy can be! The conditions do not cause her any pain, and she joyfully waddles down the block, wearing little rubber booties to protect her toes and nails when she slides her feet along the sidewalk.  Sunshine also suffers from allergies, but a high quality raw diet keeps her itchies at bay.

Sunshine might not like sharing her space (or food, or toys) with other dogs, but she absolutely adores her people and is eager for attention from everyone she meets! Luckily, when you have a face that sweet, admiration and head scratches come in spades.  Sunshine has a generally low activity level (you’re more likely to find her napping in a sunbeam than tearing through the house) but all bets are off when she hears the jingling of her leash—this girl loves her walks, in no small part because it gives her the chance to meet new friends and admirers! Care must be taken to ensure that she doesn’t overexert herself, but Sunshine’s new family will still want to invest in a new pair (or ten) of comfortable walking shoes.  

Of course, there’s more to this precious girl than just another pretty (smooshed) face. Like the fine French lady that she is, Sunshine’s manners are impeccable. She walks beautifully on a leash and is friendly to every person who crosses her path. She has shown zero food aggression or resource guarding with her people (other dogs are a different story), and she is perfectly housebroken. Sunshine’s surrendering family reported that she was crate trained, but since she’s been in foster care, she hasn’t shown any interest in her crate. She’d much rather sleep on the couch, nestled in a soft blanket, or in the bedroom with her people. (Or on her people, if given the opportunity.) And the only time she’s ever been destructive is when she’s chewing the holy sweet bejeezus out of her favorite bone!

Since she lives for human attention, Sunshine would prefer to have someone home for most of the day, so she can be properly loved and doted upon. But she understands if you have to work outside the home, and will happily snooze the day away by herself (so long as she gets a midday break). Accompanying her person to the office would also suit her just fine, so long as she doesn’t have to share space with any other dogs. Most importantly, Sunshine’s forever family must recognize her physical limitations and ensure that she does not suffer further damage to her hips and back. This means carrying her up and down stairs (and gating off any accessible stairways) and keeping her walks down to a reasonable length, no matter how much she tells you she wants to keep going. Since she needs a pet-free, child-free home, this next bit is less of an issue, but it’s still important to know that Sunshine must not be permitted to roughhouse with other dogs, and small children must not be allowed to pick her up (even the most well-meaning of our young people are not immune to accidentally dropping a pet).  Sunshine is also not very fond of car rides—she pants incessantly, from nerves it would appear—so applicants who want someone to be shotgun in their sweet ride should probably apply for a different dog. Finally, it is vital that Sunshine continue her raw diet, as she will otherwise suffer from terrible allergies.

It’s not hard to see why this darling, cuddly girl has become the sunshine of her foster mom’s life. She says, “Sunshine is a very special little lady. She is very sweet and loving. I hope she finds a home with someone who sees past her waddle and swing and can see what a great little companion she would be.”

Are you ready to let the Sunshine in? If so, why not fill out an application by clicking on the link below? Just be prepared to travel—Sunshine is making people happy (when skies are gray) in the Garden State of New Jersey, 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.

 

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Good luck precious girl! Lay Jacobson

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Keep your sunny disposition Sunshine :) ~ stacee & clive