Location: Southern CA

Just look at the twinkle in that eye! If you are thinking that this little guy has a story to tell, you are absolutely right, and it's a doozy.

It starts with him stuffed, filthy and skinny, into the bottom of a stack of dog vendor's cages in the Philippines. A good Samaritan spied him there, and whisked him back to the United States for a better life. Zydeco's new friend planned to keep him, but his job required frequent travel. He surrendered the little dog to FBRN, but not before Zydeco… get this… saved the lives of five people by barking and waking them when a fire broke out during the night. The house and its contents were destroyed by the swiftly spreading blaze, but all of the human occupants got out thanks to Zydeco. That's right… Zydeco is an honest-to-goodness hero! He very nearly didn't make it out of the burning house himself, but his friend ran back in to rescue him. Again.

While in FBRN foster care, Zydeco injured his right eye and developed a melting ulcer. We were unable, despite our best efforts, to save the eye, and Zydeco underwent denucleation surgery. He didn't miss a beat, however, and soon found himself a new family. Zydeco lived the good life in his new home for two years, but then tragedy struck. His adopter suffered a sudden, debilitating illness, and was no longer able to care for him. At the age of 9, Zydeco found himself back in foster care.

The first thing his foster mom noticed when Zydeco was welcomed back into the fold was that he appeared to have been hitting the beignets pretty hard. Hey, who could blame him? He'd had to deal with a lot of disappointments in life. He was also drinking and piddling excessively, so off to the vet he went for a thorough check-up.  The vet discovered that Zydeco's waterworks were full of irritating struvite crystals, but that wasn't all.  He was also suffering from Cushing's disease, a metabolic disorder characterized by overproduction of cortisol.  Zydeco's Cushing's treatment has proven to be very complicated and expensive.

UPDATE: After coming close to having an Addison's crisis a few months ago, Zydeco had to stop taking his Cushing's medication.  In August, his Cushing's symptoms re-appeared.  His belly was distended, he was drinking and urinating excessively, he was losing muscle, and, while he was still happy to dribble his basketball around the yard, it was clear that he was losing strength and energy.  An ACTH stimulation test revealed that his cortisol levels were nearing the Cushing's zone.  Because he was not quite there yet, we waited and retested one month later.  The results of that test are now in, and we will be starting treatment.

Also in August, Zydeco's vet performed abdominal and chest ultrasounds.  His heart looked fine, but, as is often the case in Cushing's disease, his adrenal glands were enlarged.  When his tummy was shaved for the ultrasound, we made another discovery.  A small red dot was revealed, and started to grow rapidly into what looked like a blood blister.  We had it removed and biopsied immediately, and it turned out to be a grade 1 dermal hemangiosarcoma.  This is a type of cancer typically found on the bellies of white dogs, and is caused by sun exposure. No more nude sunbathing for Zydeco.  The good news is that we caught it while it was still stage I, it was completely excised, and no further treatment is warranted.  Obviously we will keep an eye on him and make sure no new tumors appear, but the prognosis is good.

We need to get Zydeco re-stabilized on the correct dose of Cushing's medication before he resumes his search for a forever home.  This process will require frequent (and expensive) ACTH Stimulation testing, which is the only reliable way to monitor his cortisol levels throughout the process.  For this reason, he has moved back to the Foster Dogs page.

This funny, charismatic little man has faced so many obstacles with courage and tenacity.  If you would like to help support him through this one, please consider making a sponsorship donation to help pay his medical bills.  Thank you!"

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Teresa Caudle

Stephanie Trcka

Kim Stevens

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Gerald Boothe

For sweet Zydeco. Natalie Esposito

Fernando Robles

So sorry you have had such a hard lifeZydeco. You are such a beautiful boy. The right family will come along and give you all the love you will ever need. Kathy Williams

Zydeco your a hero and I hope you get a furever home real soon!!! Best wishes from Arizona. Tiffany Gray

Wishing you health and happiness! Celimarie Fandino

Jennifer Wade

greg stanley

Susan Marfise

 Hang in there, Zydeco! Thinking of you in MD and sending positive vibes! Happy Halloween! Mary Hopkins

 Zydeco-you are a hero in our eyes! Hope you find a forever family deserving of your greatness! The Mastrodonato-Zygadlo Family

 We would love to sponsor Zydeco! From Bella B. The Pet Supply

 Zydeco seems like such a sweet and wonderful dog! I hope he can find his forever home soon. Please take good care of him! Alice Xiang

Zydeco! My little rescue baby is named Zyda. Any relation? Hope you feel better soon and get all the love in the world. -M and Zyda

You're a wonderful handsome boy, I wish I could do more for you. Ashley Merritt

Sending so many belly rubs and love your way Zydeco xoxox Emily Kuhn

 For Zydeco, Fabulous Frenchie Wonder-dog, with 9.5 lives and counting! You're one amazing pup.. In memory of my Boston, Bartleby, who was a 9.5+ lifer kinda guy, too. Hang in there, cutie! XOXO

Merry Christmas Zydeco! Hope you are feeling 100% real soon. xoxo, Trish, Ian & Mozy (FBRN alumni)

Merry Christmas, Zydeco! Hope you find your forever home soon! Myriah Bash

greg stanley

christian bracco

rachel harper

Zydeco. you're an amazing frenchie and we're so proud to sponsor you. All the best to you! With Love, the DOGA crew.

Catherine West 

Meghan Read

John Keegan

Honoring a Hero! Hugs to Zydeco from Vivian the Frenchie.

Hope you feel better soon! With love Thorin (grad 14) and sisters Bella & Abby

Megan Chan

To: Zydeco. From: Remy in Naples FL. Wishing you a loving forever home soon. You are our favorite super hero!!! 

Scooter Moose sends his love and healing vibes. Feel better, you little rascal, we've been watching you since the day you came to FBRN and we can't wait to see someone say that you'll have a furever home.

Be well little hero man! Greg Stanley

Wishing you all the best, Zydeco! You're a real hero! Scott Nye

Christopher Hansen

Dear Zydeco, here is a little help for your extra needs. My special needs fur baby recently crossed the rainbow bridge so I know meds and test can get expensive so consider this a helping paw from me and my Saydi girl. Keep on trucking! Elizabeth Perez

Karen Tran

Good luck sweet Zydeco. Megan Black