Location: Maryland/Near Washington, DC
Age: 4 years
Weight: 29 lbs
Kids: Older (ages 10+), dog savvy children
Other Dogs: Yes, but only small female dogs
Available As Of: 2/25/2019
Adoption Fee: $600
Sonny is a handsome 4-year-old who was surrendered by his family because they no longer had enough time to spend with him. Sonny is a loving boy who suffers from allergies that cause him to get welts on his head. He also will sometimes lick his paws when he has a flair up. He has been put on Apoquel for his allergies and likely will require allergy medication for the rest of his life.
Sonny also suffers from ear infections. He had one when he came into rescue at the end of November and just had another one pop up a couple weeks ago. His ears will need to be monitored for the remainder of his life as he is prone to recurrent ear infections.
His knees have been checked by the vet and although they are not perfect, they are not in terrible shape either. He walks normally but when he picks up his pace a bit, he tends to skip with his left hind leg. His knees will need to be watched, and it would be best for Sonny’s running to be limited and for him to avoid jumping and stairs.
Sonny does have some restrictions when it comes to his new home. He would do best in a home with one or more other dogs, but they MUST be female dogs similar in size to him. He will not tolerate male dogs, neutered or not and will not tolerate large dogs, male or female. He also will NOT be able to live in a house with cats.
He likes to hump other dogs to show his dominance and will require someone to sternly tell him “no.” It has helped that the resident dogs tell him to stop, too. He now only humps in his foster home when his foster mom first comes home, and he gets excited. As soon as told to “stop,” he will stop.
His foster family believes that he does have some slight food aggression and that he has potential to show aggression when it comes to toys. He is fed in a crate in his foster home as he gets upset if the resident dogs get too close to his crate while he is eating (one of his foster siblings has food aggression, too). He hasn’t had any issues when the humans in the house are eating and when given treats in a group of dogs.
Sonny will never be a dog park kind of dog. He is great with people but not with other dogs. If he sees a strange dog, he goes nuts, screaming and crying at the top of his lungs. If it is a female dog similar in size, then he will settle down pretty quickly but if it is a male dog or a large dog, he will not settle. This can make walks, trips to the vet and public activities difficult. He has shown no improvement with large dogs and male dogs in his foster home. Therefore, he will never be able to live in a household with large dogs or male dogs. He also will need close monitoring when out and about to ensure there are no issues with other dogs.
Sonny is a handful at the vet’s office. He is not mean at all, but he gets so worked up that it takes two techs to hold him in place for the doctor to do what is needed. He pants uncontrollably when he gets nervous as well. Be prepared to freeze to death in the car as he gets worked up in the car, and we don’t want him to overheat. Sonny also has a very loud & piercing bark/scream when he gets upset. His foster mom actually had someone tell her that they had never heard a sound like that come out of a Frenchie before.
Please don’t think Sonny is a complete problem child. He loves to be with you and get lots of love, but he is also not a complete Velcro dog. He is happy to stretch out on the couch with you but is also okay allowing you room to breathe. He likes to go on walks but is just as happy to do his business in the backyard and then cuddle inside. He does get hot easily so walks in warmer temperatures will not work for him…and he is leash trained.
He is completely potty trained and has never had an accident in the house. Funny fact about Sonny…he squats 95% of the time when he pees so your plants will be safe. He is crate trained and sleeps in his crate at night. He loves to flip the covers on top of himself when he sleeps…it is absolutely adorable! He surely wouldn’t have any objections to sleeping in bed with his forever family at night if allowed, though.
After the first couple of weeks in foster care, his foster mom stopped putting him in his crate when she left for work. He is happy to be loose with three of the resident dogs who are female and similar in size and has not had any issues. He has not met a person that he doesn’t like. He loves to give real kisses, but he also gives little Eskimo kisses which is a special little habit that only he has. When he wants attention, he comes up behind your arm and shoves his head between your body and your arm. Then he looks at you as if to say, “Here I am, give me some love.” It took him about a week to settle into his foster home and feel comfortable. It should be expected for the same to happen in his forever home but with a little time and patience, you won’t know what you ever did without him in your life!
Sonny does not require a stay at home person, but it would be nice if he could have a midday potty break. He would likely make a great office dog as well, as long as he were the only dog. It is assumed that he has never been left alone without another dog present, and he most likely would not do well with it. He also would do best in a home that does not have small children and while a fenced yard is not required, it is preferred.
He needs someone who can give him lots of love as he loves to be with his people and cuddle! He is very photogenic and does not mind at all having his picture taken. When he is happy and getting his “rubbies” as his foster mom calls them, he puts his ears back and closes his eyes slightly making him look like “a cream-colored ET.” He also likes to sing/howl sometimes putting smiles on everyone’s face.
Sonny is a special guy and will add so much love to someone’s life…he deserves only the very best in return! If you think Sonny is the guy for you, please submit an application.
**WE DO NOT SHIP DOGS.
**APPLICATIONS FROM MARYLAND, 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.
If you are interested in adopting Sonny, please fill out an online application. There is a $10 application fee.