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Near Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Age: 2 years (9-18-2014)
Kids: 10 yrs and older
Cats: Maybe, dog savvy cats
Dogs: Calm, submissive dogs only
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Required
Bandit came into French Bulldog Second Chance Rescue after being found as a stray on the streets in New York. The family that found him had him neutered and brought up to date on vetting but with two young children, one being special needs, they did not have the time to care for a special needs dog as well. They reached out to rescue for helping place Bandit and ended up with us in FBSCR!
Bandit is a typical young Frenchie and has a lot of get up and go! He absolutely loves to run and play! He is a love bug and loves human affection and hanging out with his people. He likes his chew toys/bones, and while he is not picky, he will play with anything you give him. He LOVES his elk antler! Bandit usually gets along well with everyone he meets but seems to do best with other submissive dogs, as he does play a little rough from time to time and seems to have a dominant personality. He also gets a little protective of his food, and does some resource guarding during feeding times, so he will need to always be fed separately from any other dogs in his home to avoid issues during dinnertime. He is young and needs a family that can provide him with rules, boundaries, continued training and, above all, consistency in his daily routine. Bandit currently lives with children, ages 11, 12 & 14 and seems do well with them. We think he would be fine with older respectful, gentle children in his new home, ages 10yrs and up.
Medically, Bandit does have a deformed spine that he was born with. During his time with us at FBSCR he saw a specialist, had an MRI, and was diagnosed with Spina Bifida. He also had corrective surgery for his Spina Bifida in hopes of stopping the disease’s progression as he ages. Due to his spinal deformities, he has some weakness in his hind end, but does still get around surprisingly well. Bandit is incontinent and so his foster mom just diapers his to help avoid any mess, which means he must be kept clean and free of urine and fecal matter when he goes so that he does not get skin infections or skin irritation. Bandit will need regular urine checks at the vet to ensure no UTI (due to incontinence) and typically goes through 4 diapers daily (size 4 pull-up style.) He is on a daily medication to help with urine dribbling. Bandit’s new family will need to be willing and able to provide the level of care he requires, including continuing his daily medication for life. His foster mom is happy to go over his routine with any potential adopters to make sure they will be the best match possible for little Bandit. As Bandit ages, he will need a family that is truly committed to seeing to his medical needs, including facing the possibility that he may end up needing a cart when he is older. Although not in pain now, he will need to be monitored so that his condition doesn’t become painful. While in foster care, Bandit has started rehab with physical & laser therapy along with acupuncture, which his new family will need to be willing to maintain for him. After his surgery, Bandit seems to be a bit more tender on his right side, under his rib cage area, (he has never bitten, but he will warn of pain with a snap) so care will need to be taken when picking him up to ensure that he is held gently and not dropped or roughly handled. Despite all of this, he is determined that his disability will not hinder him! He runs and plays with the best of them. Bandit does not do stairs well and a home with few to no stairs will be preferred for him. Other than his back issues, Bandit seems to be in great health! He has no other known health issues, and has been neutered and is UTD on all of his vaccinations/dewormings.
Bandit should not be allowed up on furniture without very strict supervision. If he fell or jumped down, he would be at risk for injuring his back further. Bandit’s foster family reports that he is crate trained and does well in his kennel. As with all of our foster dogs, and especially for Bandit, who is still a puppy, we recommend that they keep a similar crating schedule when their humans are away from the home and/or they are left unsupervised so they are safe and secure while no one is home.
A home with a fenced yard will be required for him. A home with stairs will be considered, if the adoptive family is willing and able to carry his up and down stairs, everytime he would need to go up or down them, AND have baby gates in place so that he cannot access stairs at all on his own. A family where someone works from home would be preferred but is not necessary. He would do fine with a family who works away from the home as long as someone could come home and check on his midday. He’d love to go work with his new family if they wanted to take his with them to the office (he loves car rides!) as long as the office was pet friendly. He currently goes to work with his current foster mom quite frequently! If not, he’s completely happy sleeping the day away in his kennel!
Here is a note from Bandit’s foster family:
“This little guy has so much life and spunk in him, you cannot help but fall in love … He is a good example of how a disability shouldn’t define who you are…without his diaper on he looks & acts like a normal 14 month old puppy!”
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Bandit please fill out an adoption application today!
French Bulldog Second Chance Rescue does not ship dogs as cargo. Adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from the foster family. Please be prepared to pick up Bandit in person if you are interested in adopting his!
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