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Franklin

Pug

 
Small  |  Male

Rockville, MD

 

This little Pug fellow is named Franklin. He is a 5 year old, 16 pound(needs to gain a few pounds) sweet guy, who is in rescue after being seized from a dangerous and neglectful home. Franklin was originally placed with another family, but we have since learned that this guy MUST BE THE ONLY PET IN THE HOME. Something in his past makes him dislike other animals inside his home, but he ADORES people. In fact, he is a sweet and snuggly pug with his person or people. Franklin has some triggers that we feel may not be best suited for young children, so we are requiring an all adult home for him, or one with older kids. He is currently being fostered with a very experienced foster who has two elementary age children in the home. He has been fine with her children,but we do not want to risk the well being of Franklin or a child. His current foster is very careful with their interaction.

Franklin is house trained, but he does occasionally mark. His foster home keeps him in a belly band to deter this behavior, and we hope with time, and a settled, relaxed home, his need for this behavior will diminish. It can be easily managed and his foster parent can explain how to use the belly band. Franklin is reactive to loud noises at this time, and we cannot be sure if he will ever not be bothered by them. He will bark at any new sound, or at sirens or loud cars and trucks. He is learning to calm down, but would not be a match for an apartment home. He is also nervous on a leash, and will react with barking and lungeing at any loud noise. For this reason, Franklin must have a fenced yard. He will need a safe place to exercise and use the bathroom when he transitions to his new home. Having the fenced yard will allow him time to bond with the new family, without the stress of leash walking. Franklin DOES like to be walked, but his new family must get to know him well, and understand his triggers, before starting a walking routine. He cannot ever be allowed in a dog park because he is will react poorly to other dogs. If another dog is seen while on the walk, care must be taken to avoid interaction. In fact, Franklin doesn't even care for the pets in the foster home. He will bark and lunge at the cages of the pet turtle and rabbit in the foster home.......they are not anywhere that he could get at them,but he can see them. There are other dogs in his foster home, but he is carefully managed with them. He can be friendly to them one minute, and decide he doesn't want them around later....especially if there is food involved. Franklin currently eats a Royal Canin brand food to keep his urine from forming crystals. Crystals can lead to bladder stones, but as long as he remains of this food, he will be fine. This is a very common issues, especially with Pugs. The food is available through Amazon or at most local chain type put supply stores. It is not much more expensive than any other premium dog food.

Franklin, as mentioned, is a total people dog. He would be fine with a single person, or an all adult family. MMR is seeking a home where someone is home most of the time, or works part time. Franklin needs the company of people, since he doesn't care for his canine counterparts. He is crate trained, and it is advised that he be crated when someone is not home, at least initially. He will need time to settle in and feel safe, and may not need the security of the crate in the future. He is not crated in his current foster home, because someone is always there. He had been gated in the kitchen to assist in "keeping the peace" when an argument among the dogs begins.

While it sounds like Franklin is a very difficult dog, he is truly very easy and lovable. His previous "owners" and a mis match in placement have caused him some issues, but with the right home, calm direction, and an understanding of his triggers, he will be a wonderful companion. If you have an all adult home, a fenced yard, and someone who is around most of the time to help this very deserving Pug find balance in his life, please fill out an application to begin the process. Franklin may not be the perfect dog for everyone, but he is the perfect dog for someone. Could that be you?

My adoption fee is $350, which covers the cost of routine vetting, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing, my microchip, monthly heartworm prevention, monthly flea/tick prevention, and any transport costs if applicable.

If you can't adopt me, consider sponsoring my care and being a rescue angel. Click on the DONATE button below and chip in what you can. Your donation is tax deductible and helps us save more lives!

To fill out an adoption application, go to:
http://muttsmatterrescue.com/adoption_app.html
You can save animals like this one by becoming a foster home for a dog in need! Fosters are like way stations between high kill shelters and forever homes. We need fosters so that we can save dogs before they are euthanized at the shelters. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please check out our information about fostering on our website:
http://www.muttsmatterrescue.com/foster_faq.html
MMR covers the vet care, food, and tools to get started. You supply the love. Fostering saves lives. Sometimes a foster home is the only thing standing between life and death.

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