Breed: French Bulldog
Weight: 30 pounds
Adoption Fee: $200
Foster Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Kids: Dog-savvy teens and up.
Other Dogs: Pretty good
House Trained: Yes except when it is raining...
Demeanor: He’s an independent dog who needs direction from his pawrents.
Energy Level: Medium
Health Issues: Allergies are maintained with special food and injections. Approximately $100/month. A mild case of IVDD which was resolved with crate rest and medication. He should be kept from jumping on and off furniture to prevent a future flare-up.
Behavioral Issues: He firmly believes he is the king of the world. He will require firm leadership from an experienced owner to set and maintain boundaries.
Isaac is a sweet, independent, and playful Frenchie. He is a big boy with a deep voice, but don't let that fool you…he is a sweetheart! He likes to play with toys and will occasionally get the zoomies. He loves to go outside and LOVES going on walks. He's got the cutest waggle when he trots. Isaac is mostly potty trained and asks to go outside (except for when it's raining). With time and consistency, he will learn the routine at his new home.
Isaac knows basic commands, but he is an independent (some may say stubborn) dog. He may take a few moments to decide on his own that he wants to do what you ask. Sometimes he needs firm insistence from his owner to get him moving in the right direction. He's not an in your face snuggle dog, but he will eventually snuggle up to you when he is ready. He is crate trained and will sometimes go in the crate just to hang out.
Isaac came to us with some behavior issues that have been corrected. He may have been under the mistaken impression that he was the boss in his previous life and had his former owners under his paw, but we reminded him he is not in fact in charge of us and he does what we say. He did bite his previous owners, but we have worked diligently to correct this behavior. He has not attempted to bite in his foster home as he understands the hierarchy of the house and he's not on top. His future owners will need to set and maintain firm boundaries and not be afraid to correct undesirable behavior. Isaac responds really well to positive reinforcement - just some pets, scratches, and an enthusiastic "good boy" work better than treats which makes enforcing good behavior easy. He really does enjoy being a good boy and with time and patience he will not need gentle reminders to be one
His ideal owner will be experienced with dogs who need firm consistent leadership and patience. He has taken well to the dogs in his foster home so a home with other dogs shouldn't be a problem. However, a home with young children will not be ideal. Isaac has allergies and ear issues. He was under the care of an allergist when he came to his foster home, with a detailed regimen of weekly shots, baths and regular wipes. However, we have simplified his regimen and switched to a premium food with some good results. He will need ongoing care for ear issues and allergies, so his ideal owner will be prepared to invest in his continued care and well-being.
While in foster care, all our dogs are thoroughly vetted. Any discovered medical issues will be disclosed above. Our Lucky Bulldogs (and their smushie-faced buddies) are cleared by their vet for adoption prior to us accepting applications. All our dogs will be up to date on Rabies & DHPP vaccinations, up to date on Heartworm preventative after a negative Heartworm test, and spayed or neutered prior to being adopted out to their forever homes. Often times, our dogs are given dentals and sometimes nare-widening surgery if needed while under anesthesia. All surgical and medical history we have will be shared with adopters. Further details can be discussed with the foster volunteer during the phone interview for the applications that are chosen to proceed to the phone interview part of the adoption process.
All our dogs are crate trained unless otherwise noted on their "All About" pages.
We typically will accept applications for our available dogs for 1-2 weeks except in cases of overwhelming popularity where we may stop accepting new applicants sooner. Once we have stopped accepting applications, we will review them and proceed with a phone call with our top applications to chat about the dog being applied for, go over the adoption process, and answer any questions the potential adopter has. After phone calls take place, we will decide on our top applicant choice and proceed to contact them to schedule a home visit (in person or via video chat), and check vet and personal references before the adoption is ready to be completed. This process can take up to 6 weeks, but we do notify all applicants of the outcome.