I'm Franklin, or Frankie to my friends and Handsome Little Prince to my close friends for obvious reasons. I'm a lean and tall 15 lbs. with about 8 years of mature manners. In addition to my good looks, I am well house-trained, crate trained, and a polite companion on walks. I am too humble to claim this myself, but I've been told I'm a doggy genius. I admit I'm a fast study when trained with positive reinforcement. I really want to be petted, but my neck hurts as I'm still recovering from a spinal cord injury there and sometimes I get inflammation down my back, too. I can get scared that hands reaching for me or dogs bumping into me will cause pain, so I may defend myself with a bite. Sometimes I make a screamy sound first, which works pretty well to make those scary things give me space, but I hope you can understand why I don't like to be surprised by touch, especially when I'm sleeping, or why I shouldn't be around kids or dogs who won't respect my space. Everyone who gives me space is my friend, and I like to meet new people and polite dogs. I live harmoniously with lots of small dogs but no cats, so my foster mom doesn't speculate how I might act around cats. I have cleverly devised a way to be petted safely by carefully rubbing my head under an offered hand, and I like to sit in the laps of trusted people. I love to play with soft toys and run and roll like a goofball, with human laughter making me even happier. I'm sensitive to raindrops touching me, but I've learned to run outside to pee anyway. I used to be afraid of the dark outside, but now I warn away what might be lurking in the shadows with my princely bark. Just a few barks here and there, nothing crazy--just enough to put random creatures on notice. Not to brag, but everywhere I go, women adore me. My foster mom says it's because of my lovably quirky personality and not just because I'm so debonair, which you can see in my photos at http://imageevent.com/newrattitude/franklin . I've done some traveling in my time, and I'm ready to settle down into my forever home to love gentle folks who understand me. ========================================================================================If you are interested in adopting Franklin, please go to New Rattitude's website at http://www.NewRattitude.org/adopt.htm, where there is detailed information and a link to our adoption application.