Caleb Update Photos

French Bulldog puppy sleeping in a shoe

Caleb Sleeping in My Shoe

Just a few update photos on Caleb – I have some more to post Saturday or Sunday, along with some video.

He’s such a doll – so serious and sweet, and he has the most beautiful sits!

Princess Peanut Seeks a Throne

Princess Peanut the Foster French Bulldog

Princess Peanut the Foster French Bulldog

I thought I’d post an update on Peanut, our current foster dog.

Peanut arrived in Canada almost three weeks ago. In that time, she’s been just a joy to have around. She’s one of the happiest little dogs I’ve ever met – when you call her name or pay her any attention, she gets so excited she hops up and down! She has her own song – the Peanut Butter Jelly! song – and when you sing it to her she spins in circles and leaps into the air.

Peanut loves everybody – she gets along with every dog in the house, she sniffs the cat but otherwise ignores her, and she even tolerates the bratty puppy chewing on her leg. She’s beautifully house broken, asking to go outside by scratching at the door. During the day, if no one is here to let her out she uses the wee wee pads which are located near the door. She eats well in her crate, and was happily sleeping in a crate, as well – although she seems to enjoy having been upgraded to the couch 🙂 She walks nicely on a leash, and enjoys investigating the creek near our house.

She’s a real lover – she adores getting her head scratched, and her tummy rubbed.

Peanut is now eating raw – in fact, she’s taken to it so well that when Sean tried to feed her some kibble the other day, she tipped the bowl over! We’re happy to see her embracing her inner Diva 🙂

Peanut came to us with a cough, which has lingered  slightly in the form of an occasional dry hack. The vet thinks it will just take time for her lungs to finish healing up completely.  Other than that, and a bit of an infection in her one dropped ear, she seems perfectly healthy.

I think she’d do well in almost any home, so long as any resident dogs are good natured and  not too rough with her. She’s untested with children, but with her happy nature I think any gentle children who are well behaved with dogs would be fine. She’s indifferent towards cats. Peanut is looking for someone who can overlook her outer deformities (her dropped ear, and her one blind eye) and see her true inner beauty. She’s a sweet natured, happy, well adjusted dog who is going to make someone a wonderful best friend.

There are some photos of Peanut on the FBV site, and I’ll be taking some this weekend (along with a video of her dancing to her ‘theme song’).

Friday Zen – Reunited, and it feels so good

Missing Dog comes home seven years later

Missing dog comes home, seven years later

Coming off of my entry about dog thefts and how microchips can help reunite families with their stolen pets comes this story of a Michigan dog who was returned home seven years after he went missing.

I do love a happy ending…

Hugo is King of the Hood

I just got a nice update email from Mr. Hugo, King of the Fashionable Park Slope ‘hood in Brooklyn.

Renee, Hugo’s mom, sends along this note:

hope all is well with you! i just wanted to send a couple recent photos of hugo.
he’s practically the mayor of our ‘hood. everyone knows his name.
he enjoys sleeping late, romps at the dog park and nascar-ing around our apartment
at about midnight. he’s the best boy. so loving and just a pleasure to have in my life!

Intrepid readers might remember Hugo from his brush with fame, via a super fun music video for “Tim and the Space Cadets”. Look how much the boy has grown since then!

Love ya, Hugo!

Frenchie Thefts Caught on Film

French Bulldog theft in England

French Bulldog theft caught on security camera

Two seperate but eqaully brazen French Bulldog thefts have been caught on film recently.

In North East England, a Durham family’s French Bulldog was stolen from their gated backyard by thieves dressed in hats and dark clothing. The theft, which was caught on their home security system, appeared to be planned in advance by thieves who were familiar with the property.

Video footage of the theft, along with the article, appears here –

There’s also a Facebook group for anyone who might be able to help, or who simply wants to send a mesasge of support.

As someone who has suffered the theft of a dog from within their own home, I can fully relate to how horrific an event this is. You’re left feeling violated and off balance – worried about your missing dog, worried the thieves might return for the rest of your pets. There’s simply no rest and no peace until you know where your dog is. My heart goes out to the McGough/McManus families.

In a different kind of theft, Virginia police are looking for a man who did a  ‘snatch and grab’ theft of a pet store puppy from a Virginia Beach pet store. The man had asked to see the puppy, and while an employee was momentarily distracted, the suspect simply walked out of the store, puppy tucked inside his coat. This theft was also caught on security tape.

The store owner says he’s worried about the puppy because it ‘needs shots and veterinary care’. From the look of the puppy I saw on the screen, I hope the theif has a good supply of high test de wormer on hand.

Read more about the theft here, and watch the video.

I can’t give many tips about preventing pet store thefts, but here’s a few things I’ve learned about keeping your dogs safe at home. While some of them may sound like over kill, there’s no such thing as too much preparation if it can keep your dogs safe.

  1. ALWAYS microchip your dogs. Not only will chips help to bring your dogs home, but in a court case, a microchip number will be an instant identifier that will prove possesion. In our case, because I had the chip number and the chip was registered to me, I didn’t have to do anything else for the police to believe that Ruby was my dog.
  2. Downplay your dog’s value.  When workmen or other random visitors ask about my dog, I denigrate their worth. They aren’t show dogs – they’re all rescues. Altered rescues, with health problems (the expensive kinds of health problems).  I never, ever mention showing or breeding, and I have no signage on my property that indicates it, either.
  3. Hide your dogs from casual street view. Use fencing or hedges, and try to block the view onto your property from casual passersby. People who see a yard full of expensive looking purebreds can get ideas – and having a clear view of your property can allow them to plan out their actions in advance. We use wooden palisade fencing to block the portion of our dog yard that’s visible from the road. If you have a property like the one shown in the photo above, use protective meshing or screening across your gates, to block the view from the street.
  4. Keep gates locked. Yes, it’s a pain in the ass to have to go an unlock your gates just so you can drive your car on to your property, but this minor deterrant can make the difference between a theft and thief who changes his mind. Ditto locked yard gates – I know of two dogs who were stolen from their side yards, by thieves who simply called them to the gate, opened it, and picked the dog up. Padlock the gate, and remove the dreaded ‘crime of opportunity’.
  5. Consider getting a big, protective dog. In our case, the only thing that stopped the thieves from taking more of our dogs than just Ruby was our Mastiff, who had access to the entire property. Murfee sounded the alarm, and likely scared the beejesus out of the thief  when he realized that she wasn’t locked up for the night. A big, mean looking, scary sounding dog can sometimes be all that you need to give a thief a second thought about lifting one of your dogs. Plus, Frenchies enjoy having large dogs to nap on – they regard them as sort of mobile love seats that snore.

If you have more tips, please feel free to share them. I’d like to be able to stop reading articles about stolen Frenchies – it’s becoming quite the epidemic!