Wednesday, December 29


Poor Tacoma!
He was at the vet's for his neuter surgery this week, and we got a note from his foster mom and some pitiful photos.
Poor guy.

"Tacoma came through his neuter with flying colors. He's very sleepy, but in great condition. As usual, he was star of the vet's office -- everyone there adores him. When we dropped him off this morning, they were excited to see us and told us he could wait in the front office with them rather than one of the crates/rooms in the back. After his neuter, they brought him back to the front office to wait for us, and when we arrived we found him on a little makeshift bed, covered in blankets and towels, being doted on by the staff. They wouldn't let us leave until they took just a few more photos on their personal cameras and cell phones.

Now we're home and he's laying in his bed, in front of the fire, snuggled under a blanket. Tonka (our resident Frenchie) is very confused about why he's just laying there and not playing. He keeps sniffing him and even did a little play bowing and tried to convince him to frisk. It was a cute role reversal, since Tonka is usually the one ignoring Tacoma's advances.

This neuter means he'll be ready to go available with the next update. We're working on getting the info and photos for his bio together for the web team. It's going to be a terribly bittersweet time for us. We're excited for him to find his forever home, but we're going to miss him more than we can possibly convey. He has utterly stolen our hearts."

Let's hear it for our courageous foster families, who volunteer to break their hearts so another family can adopt a needy dog!  Thank you to all our foster homes!

The Frog Princess

Sunday, December 26


Christmas came a little early for Paz this year.  Here she is opening her Secret Santa gifts.  We wish all our fosters, former fosters, adopters, volunteers, supporters, and friends a warm Christmas day, and a healthy and joyful New Year!
The Frog Princess

Friday, December 24


FBRN recently accepted 3 former puppy mill girls from a Good Samaritan who bought them out of bondage.  This is Fortula.  She'll be on the foster pages after the web team returns from a vacation this week.
Here is what Fortula's foster mom told us about this very fortunate frog:
"We would like to introduce Fortula from the Central Wisconsin puppy mill. Her name comes from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and means "light of God" She is very shy and "pancakes" when you go to pet her. She also slinks around the house a bit. She is a super love chop who loves to snuggle in J's arms. She seems to trust him a lot so that is good. She loves her kennel with her very own bed.  I don't think she had her own anything before, and spends most of her time in there while she gets used to her new surroundings. 
We feel she is just waiting to burst out of her little shy shell and become a very special dog, although we're not going to rush her; she'll come out of her shell in her own time. We are also working on house training. She is doing pretty ok with peeing outside, we have to physically take her out there to go, but then we come inside and she poops. Ooops. 
She also doesn't seem to understand how a door works because she will sit on the one side and we open the door but she won't go around the door to go in. She just backs up and stares inside. She also has been hesitant about stairs but seems to be getting over that now; she is going up and down stairs by herself today!!! 
She is not eating much right now and is underweight. We are putting food in her kennel with her overnight and she seems to nibble at it. Hopefully she will be eating more soon, and she loves treats. We've let her have a few careful interactions with Louie (our frenchie love chop) and they are going very well. They are both very appropriate with each other and both allow each  other to take good sniffs, which has been especially exciting since Louie is very particular about who he wants to be friends with. He sees Fortula's need for a lot of peace and relaxation in her own space and probably remembers his own experience being a FBRN foster. He is working hard to help her feel comfortable and safe in our home. 
She seems cautious about being around Louie with food, which leads me to believe with taking her weight into consideration that she lost out on a lot of food in her old home to the other dogs. 
She also seems to have many scars and bumps all over her body and in her ears. She has a swollen toe on her right paw that swelled up when we got her home, but has gone down significantly. 
We've been giving her a lot of TLC and little first aid for the toe. We will be getting her a full tune up at the vet's, plus checking for a microchip and will let you know how that goes.  She'll need to be spayed, and we'll get that scheduled as soon as we can. 
She doesn't appear to be in any pain and we are not noticing any signs of major physical problems at the moment. We've attached a picture, she is a bit camera shy so we will get more pictures to you as we get them."
What more could a former puppy mill mamma want than a warm, soft blanket and bed; healthy, delicious food; a gentlemanly companion; and a loving, welcoming family to teach her what love feels like?
To the Good Samaritan who rescued these dogs, and to the foster families who have taken them in during this busy, often hectic time of year, and to the generous sponsors and supporters of FBRN who are making their medical treatments and new lives possible, we say a grateful thank you.
That's the spirit of giving in action, marvels
The Frog Princess

Wednesday, December 22

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie

On the darkest day of the year, young Nellie joined our roster of fosters.  She's a very pretty girl, and her foster mom is so proud of her and all her accomplishments!  Here's what she said when she introduced Nellie to the other volunteers:
"I would like to introduce my new foster dog Nellie. Nellie's former owner developed severe asthma and was forced to surrender Nellie.
Nellie is just over a year old and a wonderful little girl. Nellie went to the vet last Thursday and received a prefect report. I just cannot say how perfect she is - potty trained, sits, walks well on a leash and gets along well with other dogs. To top all this off Nellie is very calm. What a treat it is to have her company. My four dogs are really enjoying their new house guest."

Nellie is bringing the spirit of peace and the pleasure of good fellowship to her new foster home.  We wish you all the same this holiday season.
The Frog Princess

Sunday, December 19

A Mid-Winter Night's Dream!

Here is a video of Oberon and his foster mom opening their Secret Santa gifts from one of our volunteers.  Isn't he a handsome boy?  Oberon is slowly recovering from the pitiable state he was in when he was found starving in an alley, eating garbage.  FBRN will be spending a good deal of money for his surgeries, but with these goodies from a generous volunteer, he'll have plenty to keep him occupied, comfy and warm while he recovers. 
What a happy dog!
And those are some classic Frenchie snorts and snuffles, confirms
The Frog Princess

Yu-Gi-Oh Gets a Visit from Santa!

Some of our volunteers like to go above and beyond at Christmastime, and we have a Secret Santa going on this year for participating fosters.  Here is a video Yu-Gi-Oh's foster mom made when Yu-Gi-Oh's package came earlier in the week.  He's such a handsome boy!
Very nice manners, Yu-Gi-Oh has, admires
The Frog Princess

Friday, December 17


This adorable little minx sashayed into FBRN's care last week.  With one blue eye and one brown eye, she's got a fascinatin' phiz!  Here's what her foster mom had to say about her on the first day:

"I want to introduce Miss Tuney to FBRN. She is a 1 year old white little 18 lb deaf girl. She came to us from a Vet who rescued her after someone took her to another vet to be euthanized because she is deaf. She & her husband were considering keeping her but decided it was in Tuney's best interest to let FBRN rehome her so they called FBRN than fully vetted her and delivered her to me and she is good to go. She should be up on the available list in no time because she is as cute as can be and totally well rounded.

She is house trained and crate trained and not phased by anything. She will whine a little when she can't see me but then settles down. She has seen my guys but only thru the gates. They aren't really impressed but we will work on that when the time comes."

Tuney is a smart girl, and by the end of her second day in foster care was coming up to her mom to let her know she wanted to go out.  Such a clever little Petunia Pig.

If you'd like to learn more about our flower girl or send her a little holiday cheer, check out her foster page.

Th-th-th-that's all folks, sputters
The Frog Princess