Adoptable Pair of Senior French Bulldogs Available

Senior French Bulldogs Need a Home for the Holidays – UPDATE!

Thank you to all who have shown an interest in our two senior Frenchies.

We have been inundated with enquiries and are quite moved at the overwhelming response to them.   We apologize for the delay in responding to your enquiry but please be advised that we are carefully going through all applications and will be following up with all qualified applicants in the next 3 to 5 days. At this time, we’re not accepting further applications for their adoption.

Thank you once again for your interest – it’s truly inspirational to see how many people have reached out and offered to give them a home!

Pied French Bulldog Available for Adoption in Toronto

The lovely little pied girl is spayed, housebroken, lead trained and very sweet. She does have some ongoing skin allergies, which can managed with proper diet. She is approximately seven years old.

Brindle French Bulldog Available for Adoption in Toronto


Her brindle best friend is neutered, clean in the house, lead trained, affectionate and very eager to please. He does not mark in the house, from what his foster home can determine. He is approximately seven and a half years old.

Both dogs seem fine with adults, children and other dogs. They are so far untested with cats, but we suspect they will be fine. They are obedient, healthy and very eager for affection, although a little confused and unhappy about their abandonment. Because they are so pair bonded, they MUST BE PLACED TOGETHER.

The dogs are being boarded in the GTA area of Ontario, Canada. They must be adopted by a home willing to undergo a home visit, and to complete an application and pay the ECFBC placement fee. Because of their special circumstances, one fee will be waived. They will NOT be shipped, and must be picked up in person.

We can’t emphasize what a loving, sweet, well behaved pair of dogs these are. They just need a stable home where they can give back as much love as they get.

Please note: at this time, we’re not accepting further applications for their adoption.

Remember, sharing is caring – if you can’t adopt, please share.

Patrick the Miracle Dog Before and After

Are high profile abused dogs a ‘brand’?

Most people have heard about the case of Patrick, the Pit Bull mix who was repeatedly abused by his owner, Kisha Curtis. In 2011, Curtis left Patrick tied to the railing of her apartment for a week, before shoving the emaciated dog into a plastic bag and throwing him down a trash chute. Patrick was rescued just moments before he would have been compacted with the building’s garbage.

This past Tuesday Curtis pled guilty to charges of animal abuse, clearing the way for her criminal trial to finally proceed. As part of her guilty plea, Curtis has also agreed to forfeiture of Patrick, something she had fought against until now. Essentially, she was not only pleading not guilty to the charges, but was also demanding the right to have Patrick returned to her.

Unbelievable, right? After all, why would someone who so obviously didn’t care about Patrick’s welfare fight so hard to get him back? For the answer to that, we need to follow the money, which we can do in this case by simply reading the sentence that Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey (AHS) used to describe Patrick when fighting a court battle for their own custody of him –

(Patrick is a) “very valuable brand for commercial exploitation and fundraising”

As Nathan Winograd so succinctly summed up Patrick’s custody battle –

It is expected that the court will also determine whether Patrick is given to the only “loving home” which he has ever truly known: the home of the veterinarians who saved his life and want to keep him or whether he will be given to the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey (AHS), which has sued those veterinarians (and the City of Newark) to gain custody of Patrick so that they could continue to exploit his name for money.

AHS is claiming “ownership” of Patrick because it was to their clinic that Patrick was immediately rushed for emergency treatment after being pulled from the trash chute of Curtis’ New Jersey apartment building. Once stabilized, the dog (as yet un named) was transferred to Garden State Veterinary Services (GSVS) in Northern New Jersey. Since it was St. Patrick’s day weekend, staff at GSVS named him “Patrick”, hoping that the “luck of the Irish” would help the severely starved and dehydrated dog survive his injuries.

Patrick’s recovery has been nothing short of a miracle, and the Veterinarians and staff of GSVS have been responsible for that, spending hours nursing him back to health. As the only loving home Patrick has ever known, a GSVS Veterinary Nurse who particularly bonded with Patrick has long hoped that Patrick will be allowed to live out his life with her, as a family pet, once the court cases are over.

AHS, however, has other plans. They want “trademark registration number 23699″ (that’s how they refer to Patrick in their court documents) to be returned to them, so that he can live out his life at the AHS Forked River Shelter that shares property with the AHS Popcorn Park Zoo.

Their reasons? Denying AHS ownership will, in the words from their court documents,  “deprive AHS of its property interest in Patrick”, resulting in “significant losses” of “economic advantage”.

In other words, ‘we won’t be able to keep using him to raise money’.

AHS believes that what’s in Patrick’s best interest is to spend his life essentially on display at their zoo shelter, where he can continue to operate as a fund raising cash cow, and to that end they are suing both the City of Newark and the GSVS veterinarian that saved Patrick’s life. In fact, by even writing about Patrick, myself and any other bloggers could be violating what AHS claims is their ‘intellectual property ownership’ of any stories, articles or images of or relating to Patrick (affectionately nicknamed “Trademarky Mark”, I’m willing to bet).

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Figure above taken from Court Filing of Associated Humane Societies Inc. Vs City of Newark and Garden State Veterinary Services

Read Nathan Winograd’s excellent full story on the fight for control of Patrick here, and the Patrick Miracle Facebook page has a step by step break down of Patrick’s history and current status.

You tell me – where should Patrick be allowed to stay? Is he a “fund raising brand”, or an abused dog who deserves a chance at a new life?


Into each life a little Rayne must fall…

How’s the weather where you are? Here in Canada, we’re experiencing record setting high temperatures – scorching days where spending more than a few moments outside are enough to leave you light headed and on the verge of heat stroke.

Imagine, in this heat, leaving a litter of puppies outside, day after day. Imagine if one of those puppies is smaller than her siblings, with a rear end that doesn’t let her move as easily. Imagine deciding that, instead of getting her the veterinary care she needs, you’ll just ‘have her put down’.

Imagine being Rayne.

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How Much is a Life Worth?

I sometimes get discouraged about French Bulldog rescue.

I sometimes feel like all we’re doing is sticking our fingers in the dike, while the water pours over the wall in spite of us. I can’t look at a classified ad or open my email with seeing a French Bulldog for sale at auction, or abandoned, or one who has been through unspeakable cruelty. Sometimes, I feel like all I ever write about are dead dogs, dying dogs, dogs for whom we couldn’t do enough, in time, to save their lives. Sometimes I worry that writing about dead dogs is going to make everyone who reads this blog so depressed and discouraged that they’re just going to look at that wall of water, and say ‘let it pour, I’ve done all that I can do’.

Sometimes, I worry that I’ll walk away with them.

Every once in a while, though, we all do make a difference, even if it’s just for one single dog. Take Holmes, for example.

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