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.