UPDATE 2/2/2020

Darla has been discharged from the neurologist after suffering from a middle and inner ear infection that extended into her brainstem and caused encephalitis (brain inflammation). She was one sick little girl, requiring hospitalization and tube feeds. The neurologist is amazed at her progress....she has come such a long way. She now will only require eye follow-up (she is blind in her right eye and requires daily eye meds).

She is almost up to her desired weight (about a pound to go) and back to being Darla but with some new norms...facial droop, head tilt and balance issues. She is back to taking her bladder and joint supplements. Her appetite is okay; although, she requires some hand feeding to finish her meals (more because of her balance issues...she occasionally falls over and has difficulty putting her head up and down while eating). She is weaker in the rear but does still get up on her back legs....she is not strong enough at this time to be in her cart (due to recovering from a UTI) but her foster family will get her back in it as soon as possible.

She is playing and active but is still medically fragile. One insult to her system throws her for a loop. It is difficult providing her nutrition and expressing her bladder fully. She currently requires quite a bit of care. For this reason, she has been moved back to “Our Foster Dogs” page and is on medical hold.

Darla is a sweet 5-year-old (almost 6) gal who was surrendered to FBV by her lifetime owner because of rear end weakness and incontinence. Darla has mobility problems (rear end weakness) due to IVDD vs. hemivertebrae. She requires booties to protect her feet when walking and will require a stroller on longer outings as she tires more easily. She is being fitted for a cart so she can have more independence outside in a contained area (instead of being stuck in a stroller). Around the house, she gets around just fine without assistive devices.

She also suffers from urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence (although she does know when she has to go). Due to her incontinence, Darla needs to wear a diaper in the house. She can go to the bathroom herself but cannot empty her bladder all the way and does leak urine. She requires bladder expression a couple times a day. It is not certain that this will improve with continued physical therapy, but it may.

She takes a daily bladder supplement, as well as joint supplement. She has no real food allergies, but her foster mom has been avoiding chicken. Foster mom also gives her a bath once a week with chlorhexidine as she gets moist and yeasty if not bathed weekly. Her ears need cleaning once a week with Zymox.

Darla is such a clown! She loves to play. She also loves toys and chews (like antlers). She chases balls and will DEMAND the things she is in the mood for by barking at them. She tells her foster mom when she’s ready for bed every night (10-11ish), balls up on the couch with her and sticks her feet in the cushions. She is affectionate and loving…and protective and playful. She is an ‘in your face’ kind of dog so any dogs near her must be nonreactive to that (she has no sense of personal space). She absolutely loves people….and she LIVES to be outside. She tolerates car rides well and enjoys new situations and attention.

She tends to guard food and people if allowed, but she is easily corrected and redirected. She and her foster fur siblings are always fed separately, but she will pick at her food and make sure the other dogs don’t go near it. She has shown no active aggression with people or dogs but will start a squabble for something she wants. She is a lady who likes what she likes and sometimes a really loved toy (antler) will have to be taken away but otherwise toys are shared just fine.

This little lady thinks she is tough! She needs someone who has experience with diva attitudes. Again, she is not aggressive- just strong willed but easily directed. As long as she’s around chill dogs, she does fine. She cannot be around cats…absolutely NO cats! She wants to eat her foster cat sibling and cannot at all understand why such a thing is allowed in the house. She is good with children and has been around kids as young as 4 with no issues at all.

She is always out with all the dogs except when no one is home…then she stays in her pen. She is fine in the pen and her foster family calls it her ‘nook.’ She is also leash trained. She prefers a fenced yard, but it is not required. She knows the command to “sit.” She does not require, but would prefer someone who is home all day or someone who works but can provide her with a midday potty break.

What is not special about Darla? Her face is perfect. She has a permanent smile that can say I’m happy and I love you or side eye you smarmily. Her fur is the softest. Her personality is so spunky and fun but when she’s ready to sleep - boom. She is an amazingly lovable pup!

Darla will roll up on the resident dogs and jump around like a jumping bean until they play with her! Her fur sibling Eva NEVER played before with a foster. Darla demands things and no one can resist. She is truly like a puppy and has the characteristics everyone wants in a Frenchie. She also runs to the door when she hears someone- like a tough diapered bodyguard. Her foster mom laughs every time!!!

Here is what her foster mom wishes for Darla: My wish for Darla is a home that loves her as much as her foster parents do and sees the perfect clown, diva queen that she is. The ideal person would not be gone for too long during the day and has the time, desire and financial resources to give Darla the PT that she needs, especially water therapy. She needs a person that gets her out and about the town on occasion and spoils her in the manner she thinks she should become accustomed to. Her forever family should realize that her care will be a learning curve (I will be there as a guide) but then is easy - it’s a lifelong commitment. They should realize that she may have a condition that will degenerate and be able and willing to deal with that. They need to be prepared for all that comes with a spine dog- bladder issues, etc. It is imperative they realize what they are getting into with Darla, but she is so absolutely WORTH IT!”