Saturday, May 16

Eye Ulcers and Frenchies

Ulcers.  Every Frenchie is going to get one at some point, and you may know when it happens, and you may not.

Frenchies are stoic little bulldog types, for the most part--though we know a few who enjoy expressing themselves via the dramatic arts--and some ulcers are just very shallow and heal on their own.  But a lot of ulcers will cause your frog to blink, or wink, or squint, or paw at his eye, and there may be some tears;  these are symptoms or signs that your dog should go to the vet PDQ.

Kyler (lower right) and foster brother Major waiting for a walk
Eye stuff is nothing to fool around with in bug-eyed breeds like mastiffs, boxers, pugs, Shih Tzus, King Charles spaniels, etc.   Don't wait to see if it gets better on its own.  Go in and get some pain killers and some anti-biotics and then be absolutely religious about applying the drops/ointment/pills your kindly vet gives you.  It is even possible the cone of shame will be necessary, in which case we suggest making life less miserable for your dog by offering plentiful tummy rubs while stickily murmuring honeyed words and providing a bottomless bowlful of beefs.  Or sardines.  Or chicken livers.  Whatever is the thing that makes your dog's life worth living while the cone is on. 

Bug-eyed dogs are not only likely to get ulcers, but once they get them, they are prone to slow healing.  At the point where the ulcer stops healing at an appreciable rate, the ulcer is termed an "indolent" ulcer.  And at that point, your vet may ask if you want to try plasma drops--the techs will draw some blood and process it until you get a little bottle of plasma, which you will then drop in your dog's eye--or she may send you to a canine opthalmologist who may have a number of tricks to pull out of his hat.

It can take months for an indolent ulcer to heal.  In the worst case, when an ulcer is very deep and there is an infection causing the eye to actually rupture, the eye may have to come out.  You'll see some dogs on our website with missing eyes from time to time, and ulcers are often the cause of that lost eye.

Young Kyler has an eye ulcer this week.  His foster mom swept him into the vet and he is getting treated, but keep a good thought for the poor guy.  His immune system was not the best when he got to us, so it may take a little while for him to be feeling like the kind of bang-up, sooper d, best quality, top drawer frog we like our dogs to be.

Friday, May 1

Bernice on the Mend

Our new deaf puppy Bernice was surrendered when her owner couldn't afford to pay for surgery to repair
Bernice's broken elbow.

Bernice had her surgery this week, and though she only gets 5 3-minute potty breaks a day, she is still a very sweet, happy girl!

Her foster mom is a vet tech, so Bernice gets to go to work and enjoy lots of visits during the day.  Here she is in her cone of shame, which some kind soul has decorated for her.  Tweens like Bernice like bright colors.
Can you see those wee pink toe beans?

Keep a good thought for Bernice as she heals.  A few weeks for a puppy seem much longer than for a grown dog.  Generous donors have made sure she is being kept busy with a pile of excellent toys!

Sending happy thoughts to Bernice from

The Frog Princess

Saturday, April 25

Cora and Gwen from the NC 10

If you are a long, looong time supporter of FBRN, you might recall the group of dogs called the NC 10.  Smeagol was a member of that group--Smeagol was an unofficial FBRN mascot for several years.

Recently, Gwen's dad got in touch and shared some photos of Gwen and asked if we knew of any other surviving members of the puppy mill raid that produced that group of dogs.  We only know of two, Cora and Gwen, but please do send us further updates on other survivors if you know of them!

Cora remains emotionally traumatized by her years in the mill.  She loves her family, but does not enjoy the company of strange people.  Here's what her mom says: 
"Cora is now 10 years old and still dislikes anyone other than us!! LOL She lives to eat our son-in-law,  so we crate her when he is here for anything beyond 15 minutes or so. We have a permanent gate from the living room to the rest of the house with a part that slides or rolls open/closed, and it is invaluable for us and the crew!! 
Cora is the only girlie dog here with 2 frenchie boys and 2 puggie boys to beat up and keep in line!! LOL She is cuddly with us on the sofa, but only when it is her choice, we still have to "catch" her to hold or pick her up, even though she knows we will never hurt her, she still has the instinct to flee when stressed....
Overall, she is a healthy dog and only visits the vet once a year for annual tests and the very rare ailment, usually her knees acting up as she ages."

Gwen's dad also sent us along some photos and he told us a little

 about Gwen, who is trundling along still at 15 years old!  Almost unheard-of for a Frenchie to reach that age, and it speaks to her adopter's very good care.  Gwen was known as Gina when she was with us.

Here's his note:
"...When we adopted her in 2005 her age was approximately 5 years old and now she should be around 15. The thing is, she gets around better and is more active than dogs I know that are a quarter of her age."

As you can see, Gwen has very little gray in her schmuzzle, and she is a very pretty little beast.

If you know of another of the NC10 survivors, please do let us know!  We'd love to hear from them.

It's good to touch base with old-timers like Gwen, Cora, and
The Frog Princess

Tuesday, April 7


Never let it be said that Frenchies are dogs without quirks.

Briolette's foster mom has discovered that incoming Briolette requires privacy for her toiletting.  Foster mom says: "I think I finally figured it out. She likes "privacy" when she takes care of her business. She will not potty on a walk and even in the backyard if I stand out there beside her she will not go, no matter how long we are there. I would end up giving up and then when she would come inside, she would sneak off and poop in the house. So I came up with a plan, we go outside to the yard and then I step around the corner of the house where she can't see me but I can see her, then she will go."

Foster sister to the left, private piddler to the right

Frenchies are nutty, declares

The Frog Princess