Saturday, October 17

Macy May

Ah, the cone of shame.  What Frenchie hasn't had to sport one at one point or another?

Macy May is wearing one because she managed to acquire TWO ulcers in her left eye!  Little show-off.

Her foster mom decided that a girl with a cone on couldn't stay home alone, so off to work they went.

Here's the story Macy M's foster mom told us:

"Bless her heart, had to take Macy May to the emergency vet last night. She has 2 ulcers in her left eye and she looked like she was in such pain from it. Got her some pain meds and some eye drops and hopefully she's on the road to recovery. But thought I would post the cute pics from today. Took her to work with me and she kept trying to jump in my lap to sit...well, I couldn't get any work done with her in my lap, so I just pushed everything off my desk and THEN she was a happy little camper!"

Just the sort of priorities you'd find in the offices of

The Frog Princess

Saturday, October 3

Arya Returns

A small tumor was removed--good margins!
Long time followers of FBRN may remember our dear Arya, who was adopted last summer.  When her adopter was traveling more and had too little time for Arya, she did the right thing and returned her to us. 

Now back with her foster mom, poor Arya has been treated for a number of health issues.  Most sad and painful is the loss of an eye.  Arya had a very serious dry eye condition and the eye was so damaged that it had to come out.  She also had a tumor removed from her leg.  She's got some awful dental issues, too, but the vet didn't want to address those at the same time as the other procedures, so she'll go back for a dental a little later on.

In the dog stroller, enjoying some fresh air.

But she's home with her foster mom now, and she's so happy to be there!  Foster mom said poor Arya was resting on the day after her surgeries when it came time to walk her foster brother.  Arya, still foggy with the pain meds, teetered out to the foyer to go along--she just hated to be left behind.  But since Arya couldn't stagger and toddle the whole long length of a regular walk wearing the cone of shame, her foster mom did what any creative, sympathetic foster mom would do: she bundled Arya into a dog stroller, and away they all went. 

Meds make Arya sleepy

Once an FBRN dog, always an FBRN dog.  Arya's lumps and bumps and toothaches and problems will be addressed with a "pat, pat here and a pat, pat there and a couple of bones to gnaw!  That's how we'll keep her young and fair in the merry old land of" frogs!  Thank you for donating to FBRN.  Your gifts make it possible for us to give Arya a little wash and brush up as we look for her new family.

 Grateful, as ever,

The Frog Princess

Saturday, September 5

Tunkie's All Better!


Tunkie had quite a summer!  Kidney stones, colitis, and complications following the kidney stone removal--but through it all this dear little old man has been a trouper!

Right now, Tunkie is doing really well.  His breathing is much improved, and thanks to a little miracle we like to call prednisone, he's walking like a frog half his age!

He's feeling so good he does a little circle dance known as "The Tunk Man Dance" whenever he's excited or to celebrate the return of his foster mom and dad.  You should be so lucky to have a dancing dog.  Foster mom and dad are working on a video to show off Tunkie's moves. 

Tunkie does have some odd quirks.  He'd hardly be a Frenchie if he didn't.  The other night he caught and consumed--all raw and wrigglin'--a lizard.  Poor little lizard had no idea a dog with a hitch in his giddyup could move as fast as that.  Let's hope all the other lizards in the neighborhood got the message, avoid Tunkie's lightning fast moves and gaping maw, and go on to live long, lovely lizard lives.

Tunkie also likes to follow his foster mom into the shower.  It concerns him that she goes in there to endure the ghastly rain all alone, so he walks in behind her and keeps her company--until he gets wet.  Then he retreats outside the stall but stays in view, so she knows that he's there for her throughout the nasty, wet process, offering his silent, Tunkie support.

It's clear that Tunkie is a Frenchie for all seasons.  Excellent dancer, a skilled hunter, he's emotionally available...what more could you want?

There's not much more TO want, in the opinion of

The Frog Princess

Saturday, August 22

Yo Ho Ho, and a Bag of Boar Treats!

Blackbeard's treasure is the stuff of legends, and men and women have spent their lives searching for Edward Teach's ill-gotten riches.

We have a secret.  Our Blackbeard is a treasure in himself, and all you need to find him is to navigate to the available page.

Sure, he may seem battle-scarred and travel-worn, but it's not what is on the outside of the trunk that should be interesting to you--it should be about what lies within.  Blackbeard is looking for a home with someone who likes caring for pets and would prefer an only dog or has a very mellow dog who won't mind getting bumped.  Blackbeard is a good boy and enjoys the company of family and friends he knows well.

Hie yourselves over to Blackbeard's page and see if you are the rare soul who knows a treasure when they see one. 

Shiver our timbers, growls

The Frog Princess

Sunday, August 2

Phoenix Rolling

Guest blogger Lola-No is stepping in to fill readers in on Phoenix and his news!

When I heard that Phoenix had got his wheels, I'm afraid my imagination got the better of me.  I pictured him perched on a stack of telephone books in the driver's seat of a gleaming, red '59 Cadillac convertible, blowing through stop signs and forgetting to use his turn signals.  We Frenchies are, without exception, notoriously terrible drivers.  Fortunately, it turned out that Phoenix's wheels were of a considerably more practical sort, and, I dare say, less likely to result in heavy fines.

Phoenix has hemivertebrae, a congenital defect of the spine.  It can be seen as too much of a good thing.  Frenchies -- like our English, Puggish, and Boston Terrier-ish bretheren -- have delightful, twisty screw tails, the result of the malformation of the little vertebrae in our hindmost appendage.  That is all well and good, but sometimes a puppy is born with malformed vertebrae extending farther up his spine and compressing his spinal cord.  In many cases, there is little cause for concern.  The dog is unaffected by the condition, and does not require treatment.  
In other cases, symptoms are mild, and can be treated with anti-inflammatories and limited activity.  Occasionally, though, as with young Phoenix, the pressure on the spinal cord is significant.  As he grew, Phoenix slowly lost mobility in his hind end until, at the tender age of one, he was having difficulty getting around.  


The end of the road, you ask?  Not in this day and age!  It takes more than a wobbly rear end to keep a good dog down, and Phoenix is a remarkably good dog by all accounts.  How do you give a dog with limited mobility a new lease on life?  Not, it turns out, with a gleaming, red '59 Cadillac convertible, but with a cart!  Measurements were taken, an order placed, and voila!  Sure enough, as soon as Phoenix got his new wheels, he was zipping around like a pro.