LOCATION: Central Arizona
AGE: 17 months
WEIGHT: 15 lbs
KIDS: Yes but older (ages 10+), dog savvy children
OTHER DOGS: Yes
BIRDS & OTHER SMALL ANIMALS: Unknown
AVAILABLE AS OF: 8/10/2020
ADOPTION FEE: $600
Looking for a special Frenchie? Well look no further. Betty Boop is looking for her fur-ever home...could yours be the right fit?
Betty Boop is 1.5 years old, and it has been quite a year and a half for this little pint-sized Frenchie. She is a special needs gal in that she does have hydrocephalus. Betty has been under the care of a neurologist, and her condition is not severe as far as hydrocephalus cases are concerned. She will need care under a neurologist for her lifetime, and her new family should be prepared for potential high cost diagnostics in her future (I.e. MRI, shunt surgery, etc). Betty is currently taking omeprazole twice a day. This is an over-the-counter medicine that isn’t too expensive as she will likely be on it for life. While Betty Boop won’t require that her new home have experience with hydrocephalus dogs, she does want you to read up on the condition and learn as much as you can before you apply for her.
Betty is a sweet girl who loves to snuggle and be near her person(s). She likes to play and wrestle with her foster siblings. She would also love a whole chest of toys just to herself (her foster siblings can’t have toys). Betty does have a few quirks she wants you to know about. She is still struggling with potty training, which can be difficult with hydro dogs. She does a good job of pottying on pee pads, but not as much going outside. She also tends to get urine on her back end (her foster mom is still trying to figure out how), so she will need frequent “back end” cleanings, and she is not a fan of these. 🙂
Betty must have a forever home with dog savvy family members. Betty has exhibited some episodes of aggression, mostly tied to resource guarding behavior, both for food and her person. She has shown improvement with her food guarding but is susceptible to episodes when she is even slightly inconvenienced (like her backside cleanings). In her foster home, she focuses her angst on one of her foster siblings, who is lowest in the pecking order. It is very important that Betty go to a fur-ever home with the right fit for furry siblings. She would be best living in a home without “Velcro” dogs, where she wouldn’t feel like she has to claim her people repeatedly. She has shown that she can respect the authority of alpha or dominant dogs, but those dogs need to be rather neutral or mild about asserting their dominance. Her foster mom has been working with her to curb these behaviors and Betty responds well to corrections with the squirt bottle. She is not very responsive to verbal commands or directives.
The Village consulted with a professional trainer regarding Betty’s behavior. The trainer said she has the potential to be a well-adjusted dog but to be so she will need her behavior managed for her life. She will need to continue the program/behavior modification in her new home. She has made great strides in her foster home and will continue to improve with the right new people. She hasn’t focused any aggression on her human and respects that her person is in charge. Because of her guarding issues, she would not be a fit for a home with small children.
Betty has some other cute quirks. Because of her hydrocephalus condition, she has an unusual gate where she trots and prances with her front legs out in front of her. She sometimes leans sideways but doesn’t ever fall over. She navigates stairs and other terrain just fine (her favorite thing is to sneak upstairs and play in the bedrooms). She also has a mild case of wall eye where one eye appears that it is looking in a separate direction. She does not have any visual impairment, though.
Betty would prefer a home with older children or adults only (her resource guarding would not be a good combination with small children). We don’t know how she would do with cats, but she does well with her doggie foster siblings (all Frenchies).
It does seem that Betty struggles with environment changes and it takes her a while to settle into a new place. She has gone through quite a lot in her short time in this world and truly needs a family that can give her the love and management she needs to have a happy life. Betty says she would be happy to live in any state or city—she loves a new adventure. Her condition does preclude her from flying though, so her new family will need to drive her home from Phoenix, AZ to wherever they live.
Betty is a very special little gal with a huge personality and is as cute as a button. If you think your home would be a great place for Betty to hang her hat, please fill out an application. Betty would love to hear from you!
**WE DO NOT SHIP DOGS.
**APPLICATIONS FROM ARIZONA, OUT-OF-STATE AND CANADA WILL BE CONSIDERED.
**WE REQUIRE THE DOG BE PICKED UP IN PERSON IN THE AREA OF THE STATE SPECIFIED ABOVE.
**ALL ADOPTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A HOME VISIT.
**FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR FOSTER HOMES, WE DO NOT ALLOW MEET AND GREETS PRIOR TO ADOPTION.
**PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT SOME REGRESSION IN BEHAVIOR AND POTTY HABITS IS TO BE EXPECTED WHILE A DOG IS ADJUSTING TO A NEW HOME.