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


soyasa said...

As a long time supporter I definitely remember the NC-10!

Smeagol was so sad when he first came yet so determined to enjoy all that life had to offer when he was finally rescued from that hideous cage. It makes me cry just typing that as it brings it all back.

The NC-10 broke my heart and then the love and kindness that FBRN supporters brought to them remade it. FBRN volunteers and supporters are the example I use of "We walk among angels, unaware." Thank you all for doing this hard work!

Teresa Sparks said...

My Lu (FKA Twiggy) was one of the NC-10. She just recently passed away on April 5th 2016. Lu could out-walk, out-play, and out- any other activity a pup half her age, she was unstoppable right up until the end. If it wasn't for a little touch of gray hair, one would never have guessed she was an elder frog. She loved living! I miss her so very much. Lu gave 200%+ and she was so loving you would never know - if you didn't know - of the difficulties she had overcome from being in the puppy mill. She was an amazing girl. Lu has a memorial post on the FBRN website with some pictures.

Frog Princess said...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear about Twiggy! She was such a remarkable dog--no one was sure she could survive her emaciation, and then to learn she was pregnant with all those puppies! And that the puppies survived! What a brave girl she was. I'm so glad she had so many happy years with you.