Age: 2 years
Sex: Neutered male
Weight: 25 pounds
Kids: Yes, see bio
Cats: No, see bio
Dogs: Yes, see bio
Fenced Yard: Required
Adoption Fee: $550
Sweet Bugsy is looking for a forever home! This handsome pied boy came all the way from Turkey and he’s put on some much needed weight while in foster care. He will require a patient and loving forever home willing to be vigilant with his diet and overall care.
Bugsy’s digestive system is sensitive and he is prone to diarrhea if there are changes in his diet. Right now, kangaroo is the only protein source he is not allergic to. Unfortunately, no treats from the postman for this guy! Bugsy can also get red, itchy bumps that are allergy-related. Cytopoint shots are needed as well as supplements for skin and coat to keep his outsides healthy. His foster family is cleaning his ears and face folds frequently and working to find the exact regiment that will work best for Bugsy. Foster family will share all they've learned about Bugsy with the adopters!
Cats may not be in Bugsy’s future even though they are present in his foster home. He barks at and tries to chase cats! Fortunately, the resident cats in his foster home have their own area of the home to retire to. Bugsy does not like big dogs and is very reactive, lunging and growling. However, Bugsy is wonderful with the resident Frenchie. After slow introductions the two became fast friends! Bugsy is still fed separately and this should continue if there are other pets present in his forever home. Foster mom is working on teaching sharing and Bugsy is responding well, but can be unpredictable when food is present. As a former street dog, his anxiety around his food is understandable, but nonetheless his responses should be worked on. Basic desensitization training would help him enjoy life. Because his behavior is currently unpredictable, homes with young children will not be considered. Homes with children 15 and up who are dog-savvy and can be counted on to explain Bugsy's food limitations and behavior to visiting friends will be considered.
Overall, Bugsy is mellow in both personality and energy level. He is a dream on a leash! Doesn't pull and stays right along side you. He loves all squeaky toys and playing tug-o-war with the resident Frenchie. Bugsy absolutely loves lying in the sun and enjoying the freedom of the backyard. And, of course, he LOVES cuddling! Bugsy is magnetized to foster mom’s side whenever she sits on the couch.
Bugsy is slow to learn commands; he would prefer to cuddle! A trainer would be a great way to bond with him! Bugsy responds well to corrections when his behavior is undesirable; such as rough play with his foster brother. Bugsy is also slow to catch on to the concept of holding his bladder until his family gets home. Thus, he can be left alone reliably for only short periods. Bugsy is not crate trained and becomes very anxious and upset if locked in a crate. Adopters should be willing to accept that he may never be fully housebroken or crate-trained, though again, training over time may produce positiive results.
Ideally, Bugsy would find an adults-only home with people who work from home or have flexible schedules. Experience with Frenchies would be a plus! A fenced yard isn’t required since Bugsy is such a dream on leash, but because of his house breaking skills, or lack thereof, an apartment may not work out well. It would be fantastic if Bugsy could go to work with his human. As long as Bugsy could get frequent potty breaks, we think he’d do great at just about any office, given he is the only dog or other dogs are his size or smaller!
A few words from Bugsy’s foster mom, “It has been a joy to experience Bugsy learning about how to be a dog and about the life of a good dog. He is so tender-hearted. Bugsy exhibits the traits of an older dog, an “old soul” as it were, despite his age. He is an absolute sweetheart and is slowly learning doggy skills like smelling other dogs on walks and more ebullience when meeting people.”
If you’re a patient soul and you’d like a companion to loaf around with and snuggle with, please apply for Bugsy today. Until then, handsome Bugsy will snuggle with his foster mom and dream of having a forever family to call his own!
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.
Bugsy has several allergies and to remain at his best, he should stay on his current diet, get regular Cytopoint shots, take his supplements, and have regular medicated baths. He is allergic to wool and must avoid wool blankets and rugs. Like all Frenchies, his ears should be regularly cleaned.
Bugsy is a resource guarder so must never be around small children. He should be fed separately from other animals and when toys are present, adults should keep a close eye on him to prevent any altercations with other dogs. A slow intro is required if there are other dogs in the home. Adopters should manage his anxiety around larger dogs while walking him.
Bugsy has stenotic nares and, like all Frenchies, must be monitored in warm weather.
He would benefit from obedience training.
This story of the Frenchies from Turkey has touched my heart. Bugsy has the sweetest little face. I hope for a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the adoption page soon. Colleen Bruce
A little something for the cute Bugsy. Maybe one day we would be blessed to have you be part of our family. Jasmina Kneselac
Hope you are doing well, Bugsy! Jennifer Allen
Sweet, Bugsy! Here's a special gift to help you get to a healthy weight, You don't need sweaters in NJ at this time, so maybe use some of this gift to buy some fun toys, too! xo The Durkin Family
This donation is for Bugsy! We would to make a donation to ensure that Bugsy has a wonderful and happy life with his furever home. Love, The Goren Family