My friend, L, has a purebred 4 year old female cream Frenchie named Piper. She's a really sweet dog, but my friend is totally
overwhelmed. This is the family with the son who had his heart stop last summer. Her husband is a baseball player and will be leaving for spring training in a few weeks hopefully. He's a minor leaguer (translation: he makes no money, but travels a lot).
Their son, C, has daily therapies and cannot walk up or down stairs. He's 2 years old now. They live in a 3rd floor apartment. And L was in a car accident which tore her rotator cuff and she had surgery in December. She has one working arm at the moment. Put together, that means she's home alone with a 2 year old who can't walk the stairs and no extra hand to carry him and hold Piper's leash. Which means that Piper isn't being walked and sometimes has to pee on a pee pad because she can't take her downstairs. This dog is L's heart, but her son's needs are so great, she can't take care of Piper the way she wants to. Her parents have offered to keep Piper, but her dad is harsh with the dogs and they don't have a fenced yard. Piper will leave to go see people and won't come when called by her parents.
All this to say, she called me in tears because she doesn't know what to do. Rehoming Piper seems like the best choice, but if their lives as a baseball family ends (which it could at any time) she's thinking with her husband home more she'd be able to keep the dog and if she rehomes her now, she'll regret it. But she has no way of predicting their future. She's also trying to finish her masters degree which she was working on before C's accident so that she can be the primary bread winner and provide consistent health insurance for them. It's even more important now as C's needs require a good plan. It's just too much for her to bear and definitely not your typical, "I had a kid and don't want the dog"scenario.
I told her I would network with people I know to see if we could find a foster for Piper that will treat her well, feed her a high quality diet (she may be able to help with that financially as well), and just ease some of the burden for a while until she can reassess her situation and find out if Piper can fit into their family dynamic again. They are in Georgia, north of Atlanta.
Robin, Katie, Paula, Qbert, Laura, Amy, Alissa, Emily? Anyone in the Southeast have any ideas or contacts for a long term foster/possible forever home for her? I wish I were closer to help her out more, but this is the best I can do.
Piper lived with us when she was a puppy. She's a good dog and great with kids. I'll see if I can dig up some pictures.