Missing French Bulldog, Washington PA Area

Update: This story has a happy ending.

A plea for help from another French Bulldog breeder —

As of October 24th one on my retired dogs is lost in Washington Pa. PetSmart parking lot.
She is a chubby 5 yr. old spayed Black mask fawn French Buldog bitch. Her name is Star and she is a shy dog. She had on a new bright red collar with a gray “G” imprint – she has no tags, but she is micro-chipped.
PLEASE…anyone in the area of Washington Pa. keep your eyes and ears open for Star…she is a super sweet girl and I want ( and need) her HOME…
Call anytime day or night – 740-452-3303

Please forward to all other doggie chat lists – thank you so much for your help.

Shirley@Shur-paws – frenchieave@sbcglobal.net

Long Live the Queen

Tessa, Matriarch French Bulldog of Bullmarket

As hard as it is for me to believe, Tessa will be fifteen years old next month. Those years have flown by, in so many ways.

Tessa, for me,  is still the relcalcitrant, surly little hooligan I tried to haul to work with me at six weeks, with her bucking and flailing at the end of the lead, as I slipped and slid on an icy Yorkville sidewalk, cursing her stubborn little bulldog brain.

She’s also still the doting mother who never once willingly weaned a litter (she still allowed Sailor to nurse on her, for comfort if not food, when Sailor was almost six months old).

She’s the smart, sassy little dog who taught me that French Bulldogs are NOT like other dogs when it comes to training, and that what might work with a Mastiff will barely make a dent on a Frenchie’s conciousness.

Tessa is doing remarkably fine for a dog of her advanced years. Other than a few episodes of ‘idiopathic neuropathy’, breath that could melt paint, faded vision, limited hearing,  a wobbly rear, and a reappearing growth on the side of her neck, she’s still mobile and happy to be here with us.  She enjoys warm fireplaces, polar fleece dog beds, short drives in the car, and  shorter walks up the wooded path behind our house.

She also still engages in the occasional battle for dominance with her daughter, granddaughters, great grandkids and great great grandkids.  A few days ago, she launched herself at Penelope, apparently because Penelope was ‘looking at her funny’. Nell responding by rolling Tessa off the couch, and Tessa sulked her way over to her crate, where she sat grumbling about the lack of respect in today’s kids.

Tessa is a daily reminder to me that no matter how much I love our puppies, there will always be a special place in my heart for our senior dogs, and an irreplaceable spot for my Grand French Bulldog Matriarch.

Long may she reign.

Rare pneumonia kills 2 Ottawa dogs

Scary news out of the Ottawa area, where a rare and virulent form of hemorrhagic pneumonia has killed two dogs at the Ottawa Humane Society.

From CBC News

Humane society veterinarians said they have never seen this type of disease before. The dogs initially suffer from a cough, lethargy and fever, but the symptoms rapidly progress, with the animals coughing up blood and dying within a day.

The first humane society dog developed symptoms in mid-summer, while the second got sick in early September. Since then, staff have treated every dog with antibiotics, disinfected every pen, and briefly placed a moratorium on adoptions — which was lifted a week ago.

The disease is apparently bacterial, caused by Streptococcus equi. This disease (usually called ‘Strangles’) is more commonly seen in horses. It is apparently very uncommon for Strangles to affect anything other than equine species, as most of the websites I could find on the topic stressed –

Caused by bacteria—Streptococcus equi—that only causes disease in equine species (horses, donkeys and mules). Normally not a danger to humans or other domestic species.

In the case of the Ottawa shelter dogs, the disease was severe and swift. There is no vaccination against it, and veterinarians still don’t know where it came from, or how it was spread.

“It’s frightening for sure,” Hutchings said. “We don’t really know what the incubation period is. There’s a lot we don’t understand about transmission or which dogs it will affect.”

It is suspected that cramped shelter conditions, and the stress they cause in dogs housed in these conditions, can exacerbate the disease.

Bruce Roney, Ottawa Humane Society executive director, said the infections highlight the need for the new shelter, which is slated to open in 2011.

“We don’t have proper isolation space in this building,” he said. “It makes [diseases] so difficult to control.”

Full story here.

Weekend Dog Show Videos

A few videos of French Bulldog judging from this weekend’s Wine Country Kennel Club dog show, in Welland, Ontario. Dexter took Best of Winners over Sophie (Jenae Windridge Mon Petit Chou). Best of breed winner on both days we attended was Ch Foxmoor N’ Robb Isle’s Manta Ray.

Videos here on Blip, or below after the cut.

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Delilah Visits the Farm

Delilah has a new Thanksgiving adventure – click to view full sized.