Should Dakota Be Saved?

Update: RIP, Dakota.


The French Bulldog Rescue community is currently abuzz over a French Bulldog named Dakota. I have my own experience with a biting French Bulldog that caused a furor – a little cranky dog aptly nicknamed Cujo, who quite honestly is the only Frenchie who has ever scared the beejesus out of me. My friend Charlotte fostered him, and Charlotte was convinced that with enough love and enough training, Cujo could be redeemed. Within five minutes of meeting him, my opinion was that the kindest thing to do with Cujo would be to put him down.

When that happened, the public outcry was enormous – strident enough that I packed it in on a few mailing lists after Charlotte was called a “murderer”. Funny how, when I said to some of the women screaming loudly that, the next time a biting dog showed up on rescue’s doorsteps, we’d happily pack it in a box and ship it to their homes, they instantly let us know that “oh, no – I can’t foster a dog, especially not one who bites. I just think someone else should have done something”.

In Dakota’s case, there are lots of “someone else’s” willing to do something, and that includes volunteers who have previously had Dakota in their homes. In this case, the question becomes “Are you still allowed to call yourself a rescue, if you refuse to allow your volunteers to allow to rescue a dog?”. Or do rescues have the right to make executive decisions about the fate of dogs that people are, quite literally, begging to help?

Let me know your opinions. If you feel, like I do, that Dakota’s supporters deserve the chance to try to save him, then sign the petition. It might not do much, but it will let you make your opinions known to FBRN.

Here’s Dakota’s story, from the Petition Site:

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Pierre is a Canadian!

Thanks to the combined efforts of Korean Animal Protection Society, Maya Shin of Pet Airline Korea (who was incredibly helpful – if Canadian shipping agents were as thorough as Maya, more of us would consider shipping dogs) and of ECFBR volunteers Michelle Williams and her sister, Yvette, Pierre has arrived safe and sound on Canadian soil.

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In Breading Hurts Puppies

Sorry about the lack of blog posts – work schedules and other real life adventures have been keeping me from the keyboard. But, tomorrow you can expect an update on our favorite (hopefully not frequent!) flyer.

In the meantime, remember – in breading hurts puppies, especially if they have to ketchup with their littermates. Yeah, I’m not even sorry about that one.

Olive in Ontario wants to come live with you!

Knock, Knock.
Who’s there?
Olive who?
Olive the love you could ever want from one little Frenchie Princess…. and she is now available for adoption!

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Pierre is coming to Canada!

I have been off line most of the day, because I seem to have angered the satellite internet Gods (again).

I got back on line about ten minutes ago, and thought “OK, I’d better go see how far we are from raising Pierre’s airfare, so I can decide how much groveling I have left to do”. And what do I see? We raised it. All of it. Since this morning.

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