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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Slumber Party With Frankie

First and foremost, thank you all so much for the overwhelming response to yesterday’s post about Frankie’s situation.  I know many of you are involved in animal rescue and get bombarded with requests to help pets in need every single day, so the fact that you took the time and energy to share Frankie’s story truly means the world to me.

I also want to make something else clear: I am not asking you to put your efforts into a dog with “issues.” Frankie is not the problem child of the shelter that we’ve all fallen in love with because he’s been here the longest and we can’t help but hope he has a happy ending – this isn’t that at all. Frankie is truly one of the best and easiest dogs I have ever met, he just continues to get dealt the worst hand. His odds are changing now though, thanks to you! So, back to our weekend together. . .

As you could gather from yesterday’s post, Mr. Frankie’s brain is in need of a break from the shelter. While I can’t give him this permanently, I am able to give him short vacations here and there. I retrieved him from the shelter Saturday afternoon and brought him home to spend the night with me and then head to a group training walk on Sunday morning. We spend a pretty decent amount of time together in the office, but I was really excited to get him out into the world and learn more about him and his charming personality.

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Normally when I bring a new foster home from the shelter I give them a couple days to chill out and adjust. Such a big change can be a real shock to a shelter dog. I know Frankie’s history though and I know he is resilient to change and new environments – not to mention he does get a decent amount of fun, novel experiences at the shelter, so I know he handles them well. Frankie did not seem stressed in the slightest when we got to my house, so I felt comfortable setting off on some adventures with him.

First stop was the backyard. This was an enjoyable experience for the both of us. Frankie, of course, loved the extra space to run around. The nice thing, though, was that he did not display any of the over-excited behaviors that he sometimes does in the shelter. He reminds me a lot of Johnnie in that you can tell he thinks hard about his decisions when he is excited. Thanks to the hard work of the trainers at AWLA, it is clear he has learned impulse control, which leads him to be a pleasure to work with in both training and play.

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After bouncing around the yard together, Frankie was hot and tired. I knew just what he needed: a trip to the creek! I was unsure of whether or not he’d been in/near water before, but he actually walked right in! He didn’t swim and he chose not to stay in too long, but he seemed to enjoy cooling off and investigating the bank. I loved watching him soak up the new sites and sniffs. He seemed to love it, too.

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We returned home for dinner where I got the absolute performance of a lifetime with Frankie and his dinner in the Kong Wobbler. Oh my gosh, it was hilarious! He was trying so hard to get those kibbles out – he would alternate between smacking it around the room and staring at it intently like he was trying to wish the food out of the hole. Funny as it was, he sure was using up energy in the process – check out those concentration wrinkles!

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After an hour or so of adventuring at this point, it was time to settle in for the night, which happens to be Frankie’s favorite thing to do. I gave him an antler which he happily gnawed on for a bit until he curled up on his bed and went right to sleep. Getting a dog out of the shelter and letting them run and play is nice, but I almost find the peaceful moments more rewarding. Shelter dogs don’t get to know what it’s like to comfortably snooze at their best friend’s feet during a movie, or how nice it is to share space while the humans work. These are things all dogs deserve in life, including Frankie.

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The relaxation and just ‘being’ continued into the night when we turned in for bed. I don’t normally let my fosters sleep on the bed, but I absolutely could not resist letting Frankie up there for just one night. And I am so happy I did – he is an unbelievable cuddler! He snuggled right up next to me like it was his absolute favorite spot. He didn’t stir all night until we woke up early the next morning for the pit crew walk (which his snuggles almost made us late for!). I think sleeping together was my favorite part of the whole visit.

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phone02 phone05phone04I’ll leave the update and cute pictures from the pit crew walk for another post. For now, I just hope I was able to get across how truly awesome this pup is. It is not every day you find a dog that you can take out of a shelter and fit almost seamlessly into home life, but that is Frankie. Thanks for taking the time to hear his story and learn more about what’s behind those blue and brown eyes. He and I are both so grateful.

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If you’re in the DC area and are interested in fostering or adopting Frankie, please email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com!