Frankie Finds His FOREVER!

I know there’s been some radio silence over here on the subject of my latest favorite pup Frankie – but there’s good reason for it! There have been so many different plans in the works for him: fosters, fosters to adopt, adoption prospects – and most of them have fallen through. Until now. Frankie has been adopted!

After Frankie’s big blog debut in June, my move made me unable to bring him home for any more sleepovers. He continued to have a tough time in the shelter, and even went through a couple failed matches for adoption (never by any fault of his own!). We began to scratch our heads – what the heck is keeping this amazing dog from getting adopted!? We even made a silly adoption video for him and uploaded it on YouTube where it has been shared over 500 times. We were doing everything we could think of!

Frankie finally landed himself in a really awesome foster home. This foster was able to take him to work with her and, not surprisingly, he settled right into her home and her active lifestyle. We all secretly hoped she would adopt him, but her work schedule wouldn’t allow it. That was okay though, because soon enough an interested adopter popped up. We thought it was a great match, but we certainly didn’t get our hopes up! We’d been to this point so many times, and we didn’t want another heartbreak for Frankie.

Luckily our apprehension was unnecessary because the adopters loved him and they were a great fit. He went home with them last week and so far, so good!

A group of us saw Frankie off as he left for his forever home. Even though he’d been to this point before, we all had a good feeling about these adopters. It was of course a bittersweet goodbye as it always is, but Frankie made sure to give everyone their own special goodbye kiss. Such a gentleman.

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Frankie005Here is a recent email – with photos! – we got from his adopters:

“I wish I could attach captions to all of these… the last one with the open door was particularly sweet. The weather was so nice this morning that we just left the back door open while we had our coffee. All he wanted to do was sit in the sunlight and look at the yard!

The first photo, where he’s just lying on the basement carpet, was taken a moment before he broke out into rolling around again.

Thank you so much for all your help and openness. He fell asleep and started snoring on my lap during a movie last night. He’s such a pleasure to take care of!”

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He looks so relaxed, comfortable and happy in these photos – we really couldn’t have asked for a better update. I sure will miss him, as we all will, but I am so happy he has finally found the perfect home he’s been deserving all along. Hooray, Frankie!

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Three is the New One: Meet Frankie

When I featured some adorable puppies on the blog this past Monday, many of you chimed in about how babies are cute but older dogs are usually much easier and often more rewarding to adopt or foster. Thanks to spending time with Jayla and now this guy Frankie who I am about to share with you, I can re-confirm that I whole-heartedly agree!

Frankie is a long time resident at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (six-ish months). He was adopted out as a puppy and then returned, and he quickly found himself as a staff favorite. At about three years old, Ol’ Blue Eyes is the perfect mix of bouncy energy and total couch potato – in fact, he spends most of his time as the latter. I’ve gotten to know him in the couple of months I’ve been working here part time, and it’s easy to see why everyone loves him so much.

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First of all, he is absolutely stunning. He is a Catahoula mix, so his merle, leopard-looking coat is unique and eye catching. His eyes are each half blue and half brown, and his long, strong legs make him look particularly noble.

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“Look at my beautiful eyes and my pretty furs!”

My absolute favorite thing about Frankie is how well he settles, even in a new environment. Whether you’re visiting with him in his kennel or hanging out with him by your desk (which I do a lot, lucky me!), he is lying quietly on his bed in about three minutes. It gets better – he doesn’t care if you leave! I have had my fair share of “office dogs” and let me tell you – it’s usually all fine and dandy when you’re around, but the second you leave your desk all hell breaks loose. Barking and carrying on and telling the whole office, “SHE LEFT ME!” Not Frankie. You can leave for a meeting and come back 45 minutes later and there he is, snoozing away where you left him. This leads us to believe that he will be awesome in a home and can probably just be left on the couch when you go to work for the day.

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"I love to snuggle... even if it is just with myself."

“I love to snuggle… even if it is just with myself.”

photo 3While Frankie is super chill when around people, he’s a pretty big goofball around other dogs. He’s that kid on the playground who means well but just, er, can’t take a hint that the other kids don’t want him around, ya know? Poor Frankie, all he wants to do is wrestle. . . but other dogs just don’t seem to appreciate his lack of social skills. He enjoys playgroup at the shelter and going on group walks, but he’ll need a dog who’s willing to put up with his dopey play style.

Seeing how laid back Frankie is really makes me, yet again, appreciate dogs three years and older versus the puppies and adolescents. It’s like skipping the teenage years with your kids – which I’m sure my parents wish they could have done, ha!

By the way, Frankie thinks he is the perfect lap dog. . . and I have to agree.

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You’ll certainly see more of Frankie (and Jayla) on here in the coming weeks, including real photos finally, not just iPhone shots – hope you’re as excited as I am!

Interested in adding an awesome 75 lb lap dog to your family? Email peacelovefoster@gmail.com – you won’t regret it!