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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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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Help Bring Pierre the French Bulldog to Canada

Do you remember Pierre? He’s the homeless Korean French Bulldog who was left tied to a shelter gate, infested with heartworm and suffering in the heat.

We had a few people express interest in Pierre, but so far, no one has stepped up and said that they were willing to bring him over from Korea to adopt him. I knew that time was running out for Pierre – his foster parents are expatriates (as are almost all of the Animal Rescue Korea volunteers and foster homes), and they are leaving Korea in mid October. Sadly, they are unable to take Pierre with them, and with no other foster homes available, the only option will be to return him to the shelter he was originally rescued from.
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An Ending for Ella

In spite of all of our best wishes, Ella’s story did not have the happy ending we all were hoping for. Ella’s veterinarians rushed her into surgery late yesterday, once our fundraiser looked as if it was going to raise enough to fund her surgery.

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