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Cruelty beyond boundaries

Cj Needs a Miracle

Sometimes, it seems like just yesterday to me – a time when no one knew what a French Bulldog was. If you were walking one, the most common question was “Is that a Boston/Pug/Bulldog?” (quickly followed by “did you crop his ears?”).

If you wanted a Frenchie, you had to search for one, and you had to be prepared to wait. I searched and waited almost a year for my first Frenchie, and my first show Frenchie was a year and change search that had me flying cross continent into the buckle of the bible belt.

In rescue, a single dog in need was a big deal – big enough that we all knew the back story, where the dog had come from, what it had been through. If you’ve been around for a while, you remember the story that shocked all of us to the core – the little puppy mill Frenchie who’d been living in a chicken coop, one ear cut off, possibly to get rid of her identifying AKC tattoo. A rescue was usually just that – a needy dog, taken out of a horrible situation. There weren’t many abandoned or unwanted French Bulldogs, even fewer strays (I can’t recall any, actually, or if they were strays it was only until their frantic owners tracked them down).

Times have changed for our breed, however. You can’t look at a rescue page without reading about a French Bulldog dumped at a shelter, or given up by an owner who doesn’t want it any more. Even the “rare” Frenchies are turning up in rescue now – FBRN has had a Blue French Bulldog or two in their care, given up by owners who apparently didn’t place value on either their dog, or the $6,000 they paid for him.

We even have strays – dogs found wandering, and unclaimed. French Bulldogs that no one bothered to look for. Inconceivable, not very long ago – common place, today.

CJ is one of those dogs – found wandering on the streets of a southern town, CJ ended up in a pen at a kill shelter, just one more dog that no one wanted, and that no one bothered to look for. CJ’s time was running out, but the French Bulldog Village won him his freedom, and he made the trip north to Canada, along with Peanut.

CJ has been fostering with FBV/ECFBC Rescue Volunteer Karen, in Beamsville, Ontario. I met CJ, and I envied Karen getting to share her house with the big galoot.

CJ is all happiness and affection – a leg leaner, pressing against you for comfort, smiling his big goof ball Frenchie grin at everyone he meets. His back legs are wobbly, and he has the occasional accident, but he’s a good boy at heart who tries his best to make you happy, and who we were optimistic was going to make someone a fabulous companion.

Then, over the past weekend, CJ became ill, vomiting and unable to keep his food down. When he stopped eating, foster mom Karen knew something was very wrong, and rushed him to the vet’s office.

What she found stunned her, and has stunned me – CJ has been shot, not once, not even twice, but at least three times. Embedded in his body are three BB Gun pellets, two in his chest and one in his leg. He has peritonitis, possibly from the perforation that one of the bullets left in his body caused.  They’re going to have to open up his abdomen, insert drains and put him on IV antibiotics.

Some time in CJ’s past, perhaps while he was wondering lost and alone on a dark southern street, someone saw him and, rather than wanting to help him or alleviate his fear, aimed a gun and shot him. Three times.

There are moments when the very thankfulness and gratitude that I wrote about just two days ago seem to slip out of my grasp. There are times when I feel, when anyone who rescues can only feel, overwhelmed by the amount of cruelty that exists in the world.

This is one of those times.

If you ever meet CJ, a little dog who only wants to make everyone his friend, look into his soft brown eyes – and now imagine, instead of being moved by him, deciding to aim a gun at him instead.

CJ needs what we’ve already asked you for so recently – CJ needs a miracle. His vet bills are $1,100.00 so far, and he’s on his way to the University of Guelph (where Ema will be receiving her surgery).  Their estimate for his care is $1500 – $2,000.

If you can help CJ, please visit his page on the French Bulldog Village website, and click the paypal button at the bottom of the page. Again, as with Ema, every dollar counts.

In our own tiny attempt to fund raise for CJ, I’m going to do something I’d always said I never would – I’m going to put ads on my blog. If you donate $250 or more to CJ’s care, I’ll place your banner on the bottom of every post on my blog, for six months. A pretty good deal, since we get well over 30,000 visitors a month.

What a bargain! Make your donation via CJ’s paypal button, and note that you want to run an ad on this blog, and I’ll get it set up. Heck, I’ll even design the banner for you. Ads are limited to three, due to space considerations.

Do you have your own fund raising idea for CJ? Tell us about it – let’s try to get this big happy boy, who’s had such bad luck with the people he’s met in his life, that there are people out there who care.

If you can’t donate to CJ’s care, please please – spread the word about him. Share his story on twitter, facebook or on any mailing lists you’re on. CJ needs a miracle – let’s be his angels.

If I haven’t managed to convince you yet, watch CJ’s video – and now remember those bullets.

7 replies
  1. Hope
    Hope says:

    Done! Can’t wait to see our ad. Don’t even want to think about why the plea was necessary. Hold CJ close – Ema closer. And revel in their company – as well as that of our healthy, happy Frenchies who will never know that kind of pain.

  2. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    I did what I could do and am sharing CJ’s story on my facebook. If I hadn’t already donated to Ema’s surgery I’d be sending you money for CJ….unfortunately I can only afford so much…..Carol you amaze me with your gift for words and your amazing ability at rescue…..thanks for sharing all the stories you do….

  3. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    My Dory was shot (here in Texas) but all she has is a missing leg from her trials. Heck, it worked out for me to get her and her to be here,Princess of her Universe, not making pups for someone, living outside.

    Sending a donation to help out. We are all so sorry he’s going thru this but happy he was where he has a good chance of making it…

  4. Cheryl G.
    Cheryl G. says:

    I may have already sent a reply, but sending it again (just in case it didn’t go through)……I WILL GLADLY ADOPT C.J.!!!! I couldn’t even make it through the whole video without just crying!! I CANNOT BELIEVE that someone would shoot this poor little thing!! (ANY animal!) I have been SEARCHING and TRYING to adopt a Frenchie for quite awhile now…have filled out an application on FBRN and am just WAITING…..waiting for that special little “frog” to come into my life and ALLOW me to just LOVE, KISS (a MILLION times per day), feed, bath, sleep with…..JUST TAKE CARE OF AND LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY!!!!! I would give this poor little creature more love than he could EVER hope for!! PLEASE…..I live in NJ, but would drive to the end’s of the earth to rescue/adopt one of these GORGEOUS creature’s!! ANY consideration would be greatly appreciated!!! I just want him to find the PERFECT home and if that’s with me….AWESOME!! And, if it’s with someone else, I just pray that they will love C.J. like he deserves to be loved……ALL THE TIME!!!!!! Thank you for taking the time to read this….

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