We at PDR believe in the benefits of post-adoption training for our dogs and their families. This allows for continued socialization, learning and helps to create a well-mannered and balanced dog. Post-adoption training is a requirement in our adoption process. For more information on our process and requirements, visit our adoption information page.
All Pound Dog Rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm/lyme tested, dewormed, and microchipped prior to adoption. The standard adoption donation is $450, and puppies under 5 months of age are $500. The adoption donation is applied to assist in the costs of veterinary care and the overall care of the dog.
***Please note, Melody has very specific criteria for her adoptive family or person. Please ensure that you read this bio in detail and meet those criteria before applying. Thank you!***
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Meet Melody, a beautiful female French Bulldog (Frenchie) that is about 25lbs and almost 2 years old. She has the most gorgeous grey/blue/green eyes, a white coat with black ticking throughout it and freckled skin. She is unique looking and eye catching everywhere she goes. Frenchies are very popular right now and she stands out among them, but please read her bio thoroughly before you consider applying for her as Melody is a special needs dog.
Melody was surrendered into rescue by her previous owner who loved her dearly. See, when Melody was just over three months old, she jumped off a deck and broke her front leg. This required a very, very expensive surgery and treatment plan to pin and repair it. All was going well until just shortly after Melody’s first birthday when a growth started to form near the elbow of that repaired leg. This would require further diagnostics and another expensive surgery to determine what was going on and how it could be addressed. It was at this point that Melody was given over to rescue to ensure she received all the treatment necessary to continue to live her best life. We had this growth removed, it was benign and her leg is strong and healed up. You would never know she had ever injured it.
One thing to know about Melody right off the bat is that she is deaf. This is not an uncommon trait in white dogs. Although she doesn’t know life any differently, it does mean that there are things you have to be aware of when living with a deaf dog. First, she can startle easily if she doesn’t see you coming, so you have to be aware of either visually getting her attention or creating a vibration on the ground so she feels you there before approaching her. If she does get startled, she responds just fine to people she knows and it takes her a nanosecond to realize it is you. She is less forgiving of animals or strangers that startle her. Her deafness also makes her very visually sensitive and she can react or become over excited about fast moving things or things that come into her peripheral vision that she wasn’t expecting. She has come a long, long way in terms of not overreacting when she sees them, but it is for these reasons she will be best suited as an only animal in the home and a home that is adult only, or one with children in their late teens.
Melody is also not the best at meeting new people. When she gets over excited she can be very barky and it can look intimidating. Of course people try to talk to her to reassure and calm her, but she can’t hear a thing so it actually doesn’t help at all. She is making great strides in this area but still has work to do here and trying to introduce her to more people during COVID is very challenging given the circumstances. This is something that will require her future family to continue to work on and because of this, and her deafness, we are looking for a home that is very experienced in training and socialization and will commit to helping her get past this hurdle. She is fully capable of it and has come so far, we need someone who knows what they are doing to continue the work we have done.
Now that we got the more challenging parts of her out of the way, let’s talk about what an absolute joy she is to have around. Melody is a huge, huge suck once she feels comfortable with you. She is her foster Mom’s constant shadow and snuggle buddy. She will give you an abundance of kisses, boops with her mouth, and she loves to lay her head on your shoulder. She will take every form of attention and affection you offer her, she cannot get enough of it!
Melody also never has a bad day. She is so resilient and full of what seems to be an endless love for life. She greets each day by bounding out of her crate and doing a lap of the living room before heading right to the back door to go outside. Of course this involves multiple crashes into walls, and sliding across the floor into the couch because another thing you need to know about her is, she doesn’t have one graceful bone in her body. Melody is a bulldog through and through…she isn’t destructive when doing this, but she isn’t afraid to body slam herself into furniture all in the name of fun. It is easy to redirect her and keep this in check, but truth be told I think she thinks walls, closed doors and furniture are merely guidelines and open to negotiation. Melody is also housebroken and will pace quickly to let you know she needs to go outside.
When out on walks she is so ready for an adventure and she can do a 5km walk with you at a good pace easy as can be. Melody is athletic and has stamina, so a slow paced walk around the block just won’t do. She has places to go you know, so be prepared to keep up with her! In the last kilometer or so, she will slow her pace a bit, but she could still keep going no problem. Melody won’t be suited to a family or person that isn’t physically active as she has an adventurous spirit and energy to spare. She typically ignores other dogs and people on walks, but we make sure we give her plenty of space between us and them so she can scope out the situation in a comfortable way. She will be laser focused on them and sniffing the air around her with purpose trying to fill in the gaps from not being able to hear what is going on. Melody currently walks on either a harness or a martingale collar and does well, once in a while needing to be reminded to walk at your side and not under your feet.
In the car Melody gets so excited to go for a ride! She will require a seatbelt harness or to travel in a crate, because if not, she will be running back and forth from window to window trying to catch the world as it passes by. She has not had car sickness once while in her foster home.
In the home Melody is typically quiet except for when she wants to carry on a conversation with you. Melody will tell you an entire story in grunts, snorts and yodels…yes, when she really gets going, she can have quite the vocabulary. It is so charming and rarely very loud, but she has stories and opinions and she wants to make sure you hear them. The only time Melody is loud at a level that would be bothersome is when you are leaving the house or coming home. She does have some separation anxiety and although this has drastically improved, it is still present sometimes. She is crated when home alone and she has an opinion about that too…not the crate, but the fact that you aren’t there. It is for this reason she will need a detached home so as to not bother her neighbours.
This dog LOVES to play…fetch, tug, hide and seek, tag…whatever game you have in mind, she is up for. She is an absolute clown and she makes you laugh multiple times a day, every single day. You can’t possibly feel down with her around, she won’t allow it. Once she gets that energy out, she is ready to curl up beside you (she must be touching you) to binge the latest Netflix show.
From a health perspective, Melody does appear to have some slight seasonal allergies that showed up in the fall, and might potentially in the spring. Again, this is very common for white dogs and Frenchies as well. These can be managed well with some guidance from your vet and regular baths. There doesn’t seem to be a food component to her allergies that we have come across. Other than that, Melody is very healthy.
If you have read all this and think you might be the perfect match to help Melody to live up to her potential, send us an application and be sure to tell us about the experience you have with dogs like her that you think will help her live her best life. We want to hear about your experience with training dogs to help us ascertain if she would be a great fit. Melody is worth every ounce of investment in her, you will have a constant sidekick that just wants to do life with you…and maybe some nighttime serenades as she snores you both to sleep.