Can you help Hank?

Chicago French Bulldog Rescue needs help for Hank

Over in Chicago, our friend Mary Scheffke continues to fight the good fight on behalf of Frenchies in need. Her organization, Frenchies Por Vous (aka Chicago French Bulldog Rescue), has helped numerous dogs in need, all thanks to Mary’s tireless efforts.

This time, Mary needs OUR help – not for herself, but for Hank.

Hank came from owners who really did do everything that they could to try to get him the help he needed, but a combination of veterinary incompetence and a lack of fund have conspired to put Hank in a position where he’ll require a lot of care to get him back up on his feet. The good news is that Hank’s prognosis is positive, but ONLY if he can get the care he needs. As a small rescue in a big city that’s experienced a surge in the popularity of French Bulldogs, Mary’s rescue is stretched to the financial breaking point, and she’s going to need our help to get Hank the veterinary care he deserves.

Mary tells us more about Hank:

Hank needs everyone’s help – we need to raise money for a consult and possible surgery to get him to walk again.

He went down in the rear 5 weeks ago, was taken to his owners’ vet who told him that he does not have the money to take care of the 3 year old boy and he should put him down. Did not take x rays or advise crate rest or given any anti inflammatory drugs. (The owner) went home crying, carrying his boy in his arms.

Hank got worse and he went to another vet- this vet told him that if he had come in sooner- they may have been able to help him and gave him some mild steroids -that are basically used for skin allergies- not back injuries. After much crying and talking with his wife- he knew they could not take care of him or provide what he needed and called us. We drove 10 hours to get him through two white-out snow storms.

Took him to our vet today- got x rays and an exam- healing his sores from rug and urine burns from dragging himself around before coming into rescue. He is on crate rest with love breaks with us now. He shows great response to pain on his back feet and is trying to stand on his own- xrays show he has a bad hemi but rest of spine looks great.

Our vets think he would be a great candidate for surgery and walk again. Monday we will call Purdue to set up a consult with specialist and see if they agree. Consult, MRI, surgery would cost between $3000 and $5000- any amount of donations would be greatly appreciated by Hank- he is a lover boy and loves life, people and dogs- let’s get this boy up and running with the vigor he so deserves again with all of your help- please!

If you can help, please donate towards Hank’s care. He is one of the lucky few dogs who really could have full mobility restored to him by surgery. What a miracle it would be, to see this boy up and walking again!

You can donate via Frenchies Por Vous, or via their Chip In for Hank.

Tattoos & French Bulldogs – the Ultimate Fund Raiser

Out of Chicago comes the most awesome fund raising idea in the history of French Bulldog fund raisers – a Tat Fest!

From Chicago Now

I’m sure if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how obsessed I am with my French bulldogs. We actually rescued one of our pups, Marshall, through the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, a truly incredible organization that devotes so much time and money to bettering the lives of Chicago’s Frenchies.

This Saturday, the amazing tattoo artists from Insight Studios are donating their talents to the rescue.

On December 19 and 20 Insight Studios will be having a benefit for The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. We will be donating 100% of the profits on those two days to help out The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. Since these benefits are usually busy, we will NOT be taking appointments. It will be a “first come-first served” basis. Make sure you tell us you are here for the benefit.

Read the rest on Chicago Now, where you’ll also here the story behind this awesome tattoo of a little Frenchie named Gatsby –

French Bulldog Tattoo

French Bulldog Tattoo

I have my own French Bulldog tattoo, on the back of my left ankle. It’s based on this photo, of Bullmarket Versace as a puppy –

Bullmarket Versace

It was not particularly well done – I picked out a random, ‘open all night’ tattoo place on Yonge Street, and walked in on a whim, pulling this photo of out my wallet. I wanted it done with angel wings – a sort of guardian angel Frenchie, if you will. It turned out looking more like a small, squat gargoyle. I put up with it for years, and finally decided to have it removed, and better version done over top of it.

Timing, in this case, was everything – the weekend I had the first tattoo removal done, Rebel – Bullmarket Versace – dropped dead.

Coincidence? Of course. But still, a rather strange one that still bothers me to this day.

At any rate, if you’re in Chicago and in the market for some new ink, now would be the time to get it done. And hey, even if you aren’t, why not drop in and lend them support, and maybe make a donation. You just might get inspired to get your own Frenchie immortalized. Just do me a favor – don’t ever get it removed, if you get one.