Well, here's a tale of sorrow and woe. And then happiness! And then some more sorrow. And then hope!
Alfie's first people thought Frenchies were outside dogs, so Alfie spent the first few years of his deaf life on a rope tied to a tree. People--do not make the mistake of imagining that a Frenchie is an outdoor dog. A Frenchie is not an outdoor dog. In our opinion, no dog is an outdoor dog and certainly no dog should ever live outside tied to a rope, lest something truly horrific along the lines of this (warning, graphic and sad)* should happen, but since no one asked us, we'll keep that to ourselves.
When his first family was persuaded to give Alfie to a rescue, he was placed in a home with children. His family absolutely adored him, but Alfie was wont to nip at the children. With regret, but knowing they were doing the right thing for Alfie and their family, his adopters surrendered Alfie to us.
The vet says that he shows no significant neurological symptoms, so we are happy about that--the eyes are a little offset, but his vision appears to be ok.
A procedure got some press several months ago when a pediatric surgeon from the Mayo Clinic helped out in a surgery on a hydrocephalic French bulldog puppy, did you see that? Very interesting!
We find those single quotation mark eyebrows strangely mesmerizing confesses
The Frog Princess
*It appears that there is a movement afoot to legislate against tethering in High Point, NC, according to this article
For more information on the anti-chain/tethering movement and where you can find out about laws being considered in your state, see this page on the the Dogs Deserve Better website.