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Pay it forward

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.

Bailey is under heavy meds to manage her pain until she can get proper care.

Bailey is under heavy meds to manage her pain until she can get proper care.

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!

Zoey, big sister, is comforting Bailey.

Zoey, big sister, is comforting Bailey.


Help Brody!

I am crazy about French Bulldogs and belong to a wonderful facebook group called “I Love French Bulldogs”, where all members share their love for all things Frenchie related!

Yesterday one of the members posted that his dog, Brody, was diagnosed with IVDD.  Canine intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a common problem seen by veterinarians. Signs of IVDD  include back pain, walking wobbly, inability to stand, inability to move the rear legs, or even paralysis. Vets familiar with this disease usually request for an MRI as this is often the choice when visualizing the soft tissues of the body, including the nervous system. These symptoms are very scary and require immediate attention!

Treatment of IVDD can be non-surgical or surgical. The non-surgical approach involves crating the animal with pain medication to keep them calm. Dogs with more severe symptoms (such as recurring back pain or who do not respond well to rest) are encouraged to go with surgery. Unfortunately, most dog owners do not know how much money this can cost them and most do not have pet insurance. For those who own a French Bulldog, I urge you to check out this very informative link from Tamara Lakeman. Please, read her very helpful blog on IVDD and pet insurance!

BrodyBrody, unfortunately, had to to the surgery and his owner  is caught with this sudden and unexpected expense that run into thousands of dollars. I am conveying his plea for a little financial help that any of you readers might be able to offer. Even $1.00 dollar will help! Please visit this little guy’s GOFUNDME page.  If you are unable to donate at his time, at least share his petition among your friends.

If you care, please read and share!

A little Frenchie is need of help!  Izzy is suffering from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). The symptoms can include: dragging one or both hind or front legs, ‘toeing over’ in which the toes roll over when the dogs tries to walk, or paralysis in all four limbs.  If the symptoms are not recognized early enough and the disease advances, the only chance to a possible full recovery is surgery.  Due to the high cost of such a procedure, some people opt for the inevitable. But there are many that will bravely face the financial consequences, even though most cannot afford it!  Please, read about Izzy and her owner, Renee, here.  Find some heart and donate, every dollar counts! If you can’t, then please, pass this message on.

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