Are you an experienced pet parent looking for a spunky, silly buddy? I might be your man. Two and half year-old, 24-pound Bunker here. My friends call me Bunk, and my foster parents call me Bunky Monkey the Hunky Chunky or some other ridiculous rhyme because, well, they’re silly…
I’m handsome, and I know it, but don’t go falling in love with me from looks alone because I have some special medical needs that my parents will need to monitor.
I came to SBRET via the talented staff at UTVMC where I was an owner surrender due to the extensive surgery I required. SBRET took responsibility for me and the UTVMC got to work. Due to the location of the bladder stones I had, UT had to reroute my urethra. They constructed a new opening that I’ll urinate from for the rest of my life. This surgery was successful, the recovery was long, and I require a family that will understand and follow the vet’s guidelines to keep me healthy long term. While I was with UT they also widened my nostril openings and did surgery on my soft palate all to help me breathe better!
What are the guidelines?
I will require a vet visit every six months to check for urinary tract infections. The new opening doesn’t have the ability to close up so I’m at a greater risk of getting germs that can give infections.
I will require a special prescription dog food made especially for dogs prone to stones to help prevent me from developing stones again in the future. The food is about $100 for a 27 pound bag that should last me a couple months. Now that I’ve been neutered that helps decrease the chances of stone formation as well.
Despite what my heart and eyes will tell you, I should not be submerged in water. This means no lakes, pools, oceans, etc. for the rest of my life. Remember, my rerouted urethra doesn’t need an infection! That means bath time needs to be in shallow water as well - no full bubble baths for this dude.
I’ve healed up really well from my surgery, though. So just keep me on the healthy track and I’ve got brighter days ahead! If you think you’ve got the experience and ability that Funky Bunky requires, read on!
I am a young French Bulldog with maybe a bit of Boston Terrier thrown in for extra pizzazz. When I first recovered from surgery, I had no concept of personal space and was basically an unstoppable bowling ball. I hadn’t felt healthy in so long I had to celebrate! But, my foster family and foster dog siblings, combined with the lower hormones from being neutered, have helped me calm down. I love cuddles, relaxing on the couch, and chewing my nylabones. I sleep well in my bed in the sunroom each night, and I enjoy hanging out in there with my toys and bones while my foster my works from home. They call it my room now, and I happily bounce in there when I’m asked to go to my room so she can work.
I was really underweight due to my health issues, but now I’m at a healthy weight. I’m very trainable, very smart, and I’m a good listener. I listen when told “no” and I don’t like getting in trouble. So, I like to make you proud. I still have all that Frenchie liveliness when we play. We’ll have good fun if we wrestle, fetch, or play around together. I’m a good guy just looking for a family to shower me with love and attention.
A few other needs and facts for me:
No cats, they are too fun to chase
Children over 12
I need to be in a home with dogs that are smaller than me or I would be fine as an only dog.
I am ok with some, but not all, dogs that are bigger than me. My foster parents thing it’s an energy thing. Meaning I play to win so another high-energy dog gets me too keyed up and I like to bark at them. So, I’ll do best in a home that doesn’t have dogs larger than me.
No elderly, infirm dogs need to be in my home. I’m just 2.5 years old and, as a Frenchie, am very muscular. So, I could bump into them and knock them down.
I need some exerise each day because I am a young, healthy guy. That might mean we take a daily walk together, that you have a fenced yard where we can play for a bit when the weather is good, or that we play and wrestle with toys indoors for a little each day. That said, my foster dog siblings are Shih Tzus and they’re really teaching me the fine art of relaxing.
I do fine in a crate or hanging out in a room on my own and like to sit in the sun and look out the window if possible while I wait for you to return.
I’m good in the car.
I’m doing really well with my house training with my foster family.
I know my needs list is pretty specific, but you’re going to get a loving, sweet, fun guy if you’ve got the right home for me! I am neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on all vaccines, flea and heartworm prevention. My adoption fee is $175.