I am a member of the facebook I Love French Bulldog page! I love the interaction with other French Bulldog owners! We share pictures of our dogs, grooming, eating and health tips. And in the process we have built some really good friendships. But as with all relationships, there are ups and downs. Canine cancer is one of the bad ones.
Canine cancer affects one dog out of three! That is the shocking truth! There are many kinds of cancer and many different kinds of treatments. But there is still NO cure. That is why research is so important. It is vital for future treatments to be successful so our beloved four-legged friends can have a longer and better quality of life. Please, help them receive the treatments they need.
If you happen to own a dog or a French Bulldog in particular, I urge you to consider donating your next “latte change” to this very noble cause, 2014 San Diego K9 Cancer Walk. This event is happening this weekend, February 22nd.
Just remember that our pets, too, are part of our families.
In my last post, I mentioned the tragic loss of our Frenchie, Stitch. And I cannot even begin to describe how we miss him in our every day lives! We missed him especially during the holidays – he would be sitting patiently under the Christmas tree and wait for our signal for him to open his little presents. This year we had extra cash that we decided to honor Stitch and donate to another Frenchie in need. Meet Bailey from Oregon. She is a very young French Bulldog suffering from pain that stems from a malformation of her spine. Bailey started experiencing discomfort a few days before Christmas which made her whine and shake a lot. Her owner took her to the vet clinic right away only to find out the worst about her precious baby. Bailey’s x-rays revealed some malformation of the spine which could mean one of the following three: “a herniated disc, pressure on the spinal cord or instabliltiy in the spine causing it to pinch the spinal cord”. Surgery is Bailey’s best option, which costs a tremendous amount of money. Her owner was devastated to hear the high numbers, but made the commitment to find a solution. She asked for pain medication and went to create this page right away.
One look at Bailey’s video and I knew where Stitch’s Christmas money was going. And our family hopes that it will make a difference in Bailey’s future as a healthy and happy dog. If this story tugs at your heartstrings and you have it in you to give a little (every dollar counts), please consider donating to Bailey’s medical fund. Or if this plea comes at an untimely matter, please share this.
For those who do not wish to donate money outright, you may visit Jewelry in Candles and purchase something. 30% of the sale that usually goes to the seller will be given to Bailey’s!
And to those who have donated or are simply interested in Bailey’s progress, click here.
Next time you reach for spare change in your pocket for that latte you have been craving for, think about those who may need it!
I have a BIG soft spot for French Bulldogs and there are currently three (aside from Stitch) that have captured my heart and attention! Little fighters for a chance at a good life!
The first one is a very small Frenchie from South Florida, aptly named Tiny Tim. Tiny Tim was born with a cleft-palate four years ago and was rescued by good people who have devoted all their time and finances to giving the ‘little’ guy a chance at life. He has been doing pretty well, given that he has other major health issues that plague him. But his rescuers have prevailed so far and it has indeed been 4 years! Lately however, he has not been able to maintain a healthy weight and the owners found out he has hiatal hernia, which is quite serious given that he already suffers from an in-operable cleft palate. Tiny Tim’s parents are not asking for money but any advice or direction to someone (an individual/ a group/an institute) who would/could help maybe help him with some of his problems. The most pressing one is his weight loss. If you have any leads for the family that is trying to save him, here’s their link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiny-Tims-Blessings/499093840149546?fref=ts
The second Frenchie is already a famous little one, also has a cleft palate. Due to his mom’s great instinctive marketing skills, Lenny, the Lentil (that’s the little dude’s name) has already won the hearts of many. He even made it on TV and there is a great big fan base following and routing for him. But he’s not only helping his kind, his popularity has also reached out to and included the Children’s Craniofacial Association (http://www.ccakids.org/) and has raised awareness for this group. If you want to follow Lentil’s story click here: http://www.mynameislentil.blogspot.ca/
The third candidate for love is Merlot, better known as Murray Muffin, a three legged Frenchie from Ohio. Murray lost his leg in 2012 due to bone cancer and he’s been battling the disease since. Just a few hours ago he went for his 7th Chemo session and he seems to be doing just fine. His mom usually gives him a hamburger as a treat afterwards. Murray’s battle-cry is FLAF – Fight Like A Frenchie! His mom had many colorful doggie bandanas made with his slogan that has done really well among his followers. He has a brother named Finn, and together they post pictures of other Frenchies ‘chinnin’. If you wish to know what this means, check Murray out at: https://www.facebook.com/MurrayMuffin
Please, respect the owners of all the pages/sites. If you have nothing positive or encouraging to say/write, just refrain from posting any comments at all ! MANY THANKS!