Thursday, May 23

Ginny Came Through Like a Champ!

Ginny, our splay-legged little puppy, underwent double femoral head ostectomy today with a cherry-eye surgery on top!  You can see the cherry eye in her right eye in the photos. 

So far, so good--the vet called to say Ginny had come through with flying colors, and her foster mom will be picking her up in a couple of hours to take her home for a lengthy recuperation period. If you've been following Ginny on the foster page, you know she usually walks with the help of a hobble to keep her splayed legs together so she can walk and run and play.  After the surgery, she should not need the hobble at all, and she should be pain-free.

Here is a video of Ginny walking with her hobbles.  As an energetic young puppy, it will be wonderful to see how she enjoys life without the wobbles! 

Ginny could not have had this surgery without the love and support of our friends and sponsors!  We thank you for always being there for our Frenchies in need. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend!  Hope the weather is sunny and warm where you are!

The Frog Princess

Thursday, May 9


She may not be a pubescent siren, but she's terribly appealing, nonetheless!  Lolita came to us with a puppy mill background, and if you've read the article on puppy mill survivors, you know that acclimating mill dogs to family life can be a bit of a rocky road.

So far, so good for Lolita, though!  Here's an update from her foster mom:

"I can't say enough great things about little "Lolita!" She has fit right in to our little family.  I had my reservations, since Lolita came from a puppy mill, but she is so happy and mellow. She is very easy going and nothing seems to phase her. She bounces around every time you let her out of the kennel but she always stays within sight of me, and LOVES to cuddle on the couch.
"Lolita gets along fabulously with my Frenchie/boston (Emmitt) and my golden mix (Oscar). Both of my dogs are used to many other dogs and just ignored Lolita for days. However, just the other day, she initiated play with Emmitt. It is so funny to see two Frenchies snort and roll around! They mirror each other constantly and Emmitt loves having someone (almost) his own size to play with!

"Emmitt has also been helpful with potty training. Lolita is crate trained, but between her UTI and just learning about house breaking, we still have our small accidents. Besides the first night, she has not pooped indoors, so that is a big plus!

"I was having trouble getting Lolita to eat. She would eat if hand fed and though she loves any type of people food (She's a little bit of scavenger), she just picked at dog food. I tried 5 different types, all to no avail... until.... I put her food dish next to my two boys and fed her along with them. Apparently that was the trick and all the encouragement she needed. She now eats two full meals a day!

"Lolita will have her abdominal ultrasound check up in a few weeks, but her skin is becoming less itchy and her UTI seems to be getting better. Her grade 2 patellas do not seem to bother her too much. We have gone on walks and she trucks right along.

"Lola got her welcome package... had to post some pictures in her new hat and sweater. She immediately curled up in her blanket and fell asleep"
During Lolita's spay surgery, the surgeon discovered a couple of tumors.  She will be having an ultrasound soon to see if there has been a recurrence.  Please keep a good thought for Lolita!  If you have some influence with the Big Dog upstairs, Lolita could use a bit of intercession, pleads

The Frog Princess

Wednesday, May 8



 Mimosa is one of those lovely dogs who is always thinking of others.

 She heard that the midwest has been having ridiculous weather--SNOW!  In MAY!  That's crazy.

So she went outdoors and sacrificed some of her morning to soak in some vitamin S and toast her lovely hide to that delicious, perfect shade of juuuuust right so that her friends in the snowbelt could enjoy some springtime vicariously. 

On account of it's nice to share, and it's pretty obvious that this year some people will be moving directly from dead of dreadful winter to hotter-than-the-hinges-of-hell summer.

Mimosa wishes that everyone has a bright, sunshine-y day!

And as we gaze out our picture window on this lovely day, it seems your wish is the weatherman's command, observes

The Frog Princess

Monday, May 6

Landlocked? Not Locksley!

Handsome and regal Locksley joined his foster family on their holiday to Cape Hatteras recently!

Locksley has the soul of a sailor, and spent much of his time gazing at the bounding waves, sniffing the sea-breeze, and searching for sand-dollars.

Here are some photos and a report of Locksley's vacay from his foster mom:

"Locksley made his first trip to the beach with us and loved it!

"He must have had a window to look out of in his previous life, as he constantly stares longingly at our
casement windows (all he can see is the sky from his angle). Or maybe he's just nebby.

[FP: "Nebby" is a regional term indicating nosiness.  Kind of ironic considering the paucity of nose most Frenchies suffer!]

"Hatteras is super dog-friendly, so he also went on a few adventures to an art gallery and a few stores!

"He LOVED all the windows at our beach house, and was constantly looking out at everything. And he loved the beach; smelling the sand and walking through the waves like he owned the place."

LIKE he owned the place?!  Madame, it's clear Locksley is king of all he surveys! asserts

The Frog Princess

Sunday, May 5


Chelios is making great strides in curbing her naughty behavior.  Well, perhaps we should say she's making progress.  At any rate, she's better than she was.  Kind of.

Here's what her foster mom wrote about Cheli:

"Cheli has been with us for about a month now and has made improvements on most fronts. No worries for all those naughty Frenchie lovers out there, she still has her naughty moments. Her nippiness has toned down I think, due mostly to being familiar with us and our dogs. She is now fully integrated into the house and enjoys playing with Hadley and Odin! It is particularly entertaining when she plays with her fellow deaf friend Hadley--so many grunts and barks for two who have no idea what sounds they are making. Her leash manners have improved greatly, and she only needs a couple reminders that she is supposed to walk next to me and not in front. She does best when walking with Odin: monkey see, monkey do! She still will lunge a bit at some cars that pass by, but she sometimes totally ignores them. Birds, squirrels and suspicious leaves are another story; they obviously must be attacked. She'll need a strong leader to remind her that she does not always get what she wants.

"Her biggest trigger is food. She will snap at Odin or Hadley if they are too close when there is food around, dog or people food. She's never bitten anyone (human or dog) about it. It is easily mitigated
when she is fed in another room and kept away from us when we are eating. She has gotten better about toy guarding and happily chews on bones with the other dogs around as long as they are not actively trying to take it from her. She does not react at all when a person takes it away.

"Her favorite naughty thing to do is to zoom past me when I am trying to coral her back inside when we go out to the back yard. We have a very large fenced in backyard which she loves exploring. When I start to approach her to guide her back inside, she will take off in a full sprint in the opposite direction. Or even better, she'll zoom off toward the patio doors like she is going inside but them whiz right by them. Nanner nanner!!! I spent 10 minutes chasing her around the backyard in the rain two weeks ago. I'm sure I looked ridiculous, but I think she was very pleased with herself!

"My favorite thing she does is when ever P. or I come home, she immediately finds the closest dog toy (bone, stuffed dino, keys) to prance around with in her mouth. It's like she is celebrating we are home!
She'll continue to prance all over the house for 5 minutes, just so happy to see us! Odin does the same thing, but it's much cuter when a 20 lb Frenchie does it (sorry Odin!).

"We are visiting some family this weekend which will be a big test of Miss Cheli. She'll interact with new people, new dog and a 10 year old. We'll take it slow, but it'll be good to see how she'll react in unfamiliar home, but with people she knows.

"Had a mini photo shoot today. I plan on making her an adoption video in the coming weeks for her available page!"
I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait to see some deafie Wrasslemania!


The Frog Princess