Back to School!
A good percentage of the dogs who are surrendered to rescue have behavior problems. Many of those problems stem from owners' lack of understanding or attempts to copy trainers' methods they may see on tv.
Some owners figure that training a dog is a matter of rolling up a newspaper and yelling.
If you adopt a dog, whether a puppy, a rescue, a stray, or you inherit a dog through a death in the family, training is one of the very best ways to ensure your dog doesn't wind up back in a shelter or out on the streets (Even FBRN adopters have put their dogs out on the street or given their dogs away to "friends" who wind up "losing" the dog).
Dog classes have many benefits--and not just for the dog! People benefit from a closer relationship to their pets. There is also the question of stress--dog owners benefit from a well-behaved, well-socialized dog they can take out in public and trust with friends and family without concern. And owners get to meet other dog people in dog classes, so not only does the dog get a chance to meet and greet dogs with a varied range of backgrounds, but owners meet new friends, too!
The benefits to dogs are numerous. Starting with a closer relationship to the owner, dogs also get a chance to live low-stress lives when they know who is the big boss in the house. Many dogs are very anxious and hard to live with because they are busy trying to keep the house operating in a way that makes sense to them. Training can help both dog and owner learn the best ways to communicate and assign roles--the person is the rules and boundary-setter, the dog is not. A well-trained dog gets to go more places, have more fun, and be a better ambassador for dogs in public spots, like outdoor restaurants.
Consider enrolling your new--or your old--dog in training class. You'll get off the couch, the dog will learn some new tricks, and you may both be a little happier together.
Not all our foster dogs get a chance to go to summer camp, but we really love to hear about our fosters' adventures while they are in foster care!
If your dog goes boating or hangs out poolside, FBRN grad Channing Tatum reminds us that not every Frenchie can fly. Check out our great life vests!
Cherie the Surfdog!
Over the years, FBRN has had a few graduates who have gone on to become famous for their skills or their humanitarian work. If you aren't familiar with Cherie the Surfdog, we thought it was time to introduce you! Cherie has developed a reputation for her skills at both surfing and fundraising. Does she look familiar? The photo above appears in one of the June FBRN calendars. There's a video of Cherie surfing here.
Bufo Toads Are No Fun
Some of our friends in Florida and Texas are very familiar with the Bufo, or Cane toad (bufo marinus). It looks a lot like any other toad, except for its size--it can get up to 6 inches and sometimes more. Many frogdogs like to chase them, since toads are pretty easy to catch, unlike their perennial nemeses squirrels or rabbits.
But Bufo toads are likely to hurt or kill a dog who gets a mouthful of Bufo goo. The Bufo toad can excrete a nasty substance from behind his ear that will cause your dog's mouth to lather and foam and, worse, can kill your dog if you don't clean his mouth out quickly. If you suspect your dog has had a run-in with a Bufo toad, grab a cloth, wipe his gums, the roof of his mouth, and his tongue, rinse his mouth with a hose or the kitchen sprayer for a good long while--20 minutes or so-- and while you are wiping and rinsing, have someone call the vet immediately. It's important to wipe the mouth well so no poison gets washed down the dog's throat when you rinse.
The likeliest time for meeting a toad is just when people are most likely to be letting their dogs out--in the cool of the morning and the early evening, when Bufos like to emerge and chow down on bugs. They'll also eat dog and cat food, so don't keep your pets' food anywhere a toad might get to it.
Keep your vet's number handy if you live in a Bufo zone--southern and W. Texas and much of Florida--and accompany your dog when it's in the yard during Bufo feeding times. If your dog's mouth is foaming and he's shaking his head and pawing at it, assume the worst, and start the cleaning process.
Bufo americanus, a little toad found in the eastern US and Canada, should also be avoided. The little toad's poison is mild by comparison, resulting in stomach upset for up to a week. It's best to keep water dishes up in the house so toads--no matter where you are--won't be attracted.
A Proud Moment for FBRN
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We're proud to say that Guidestar, an organization that provides information about non-profits and charities to prospective donors, has recognized FBRN once again as one of the top-rated non-profits for thi year. Top-rated organizations are well-reviewed by donors, beneficiaries, and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who took a moment to comment on their experience with FBRN. We're delighted to have received this distinction.
Veterinary Costs Are Our #1 Expense
Thanks to Trevor Wood of the Nova Scotia Community College for putting this infographic together for us!
Like balloons, like yeasty dough, like young people's spirits in springtime, vet costs rise and rise. The better the technology and services available, the more clients pay, and that's a good thing! It's wonderful that we have MRI's available nearly everywhere nowadays--we remember not so long ago when MRI's were only for people, and animals had to be sneaked in after hours if at all.
Take a look at these numbers for routine procedures. If you live in New York or Los Angeles, you will laugh ruefully at the idea of a neuter costing only $350, but in much of the country, especially the Midwest, that is the going rate. For some people, the cost of a spinal surgery is way out of reach no matter where they live.
We are so grateful to our monthly donors and sponsors who help us pay the bills and make it possible to take in truly needy rescues who don't have anywhere to go. Thank you for your steadfast dedication to our Frenchies. We could not do it without our sponsors, donors, and friends.
If you are thinking of adopting a dog from us, be sure your expectations are in line with reality.
Many rescue dogs come with baggage, whether emotional or physical, and before you think about applying for a rescue dog, think about what you can manage. Rescue dogs aren't for everyone, and they are certainly not a way to get an inexpensive Frenchie. Many adopters find they will spend as much on a rescue dog in vet bills as they would had they bought a Frenchie from a reputable breeder.
The biographies of our dogs are extensive, so you should have a good idea of whether the dog is good with kids or other dogs, whether the dog is house trained and crate-trained, and any ongoing medical concerns he may have.
Once you apply, you should be prepared for a call from the foster parent, and you should know we'll be calling your vet to make sure your animals are well cared-for. If the calls are positive and your family seems a good fit for the dog, we'll move on to a home visit. It's important you know that this is a required step. A volunteer will come to your home and make sure the fence (if there is one) is in good shape, make sure everyone in the family is on board with the idea of a new dog, make sure the house doesn't have any dangerous plants or wide-set railings a dog could fall through, and go over your questions with you.
Once the home visit is completed, the application and home visit are forwarded to the Board of Directors, who will look over the documents and vote whether to approve the adoption.
When your adoption is approved, pick up can be arranged. You'll be asked to sign a contract that assures FBRN that in the event you can no longer take care of the dog, you will return the dog to our care.
When you arrive to pick up the dog, it's a great idea to have a tag with your information on it ready to go. Many dogs are lost during transports, and having your current information on the dog will be key to getting the dog back. There will likely be toys or some personal items coming home with you from the foster family residence.
Try to take a few days to settle in with your dog. If you have a dog, for the first day or two allow the Frenchie to hang out with you in a room separate from other dogs. Be calm and let her come to you. If she wants to stay in her crate, let her. You can stop by with treats from time to time. Let her get used to the new sounds and smells and the rhythm of the house. Your dog's foster parent will describe slow introductions to resident dogs to you.
Start familiarizing your Frenchie with her new schedule as soon as you can. You should absolutely expect the stress of changing homes may cause your dog to lose her housebreaking for a time, and you may have to go back to square one, crating when you aren't paying attention, taking her outside immediately, giving exuberant praise for pottying outdoors, etc. Being realistic about the fact that most dogs are not plug and play will prevent stress and disappointment.
If you have children, it's key that all interactions between dogs and kids must be supervised, for everyone's safety. Children aren't born knowing how to be with dogs, and even if you already have a dog or two, not every dog is the same. While one dog will allow a child to poke him in the eye and pull his lips and ride on his back, others will object. If you can't be in the room with your child and the dog, the dog should be in a room by himself or safely in his crate with a toy. Children are especially liable in the first days following adoption to be excitable and to want to carry the dog or show them affection. Difficult as it is to ask your kids to restrain themselves, your dog will be happier if you can ask children to remember to be calm and gentle.
Wait a few days to introduce your new dog to your friends. Let him get to know and trust you first, then widen his circle of familiar and trusted people.
Sign up for pet insurance.
Dog-thefts are on the rise all over the country. It's not safe to leave your dog outside in the yard unattended. Dog-doors are not safe, either. Many areas are experiencing a rise in coyote and cougar sightings, and we recently heard of a California family who lost two Frenchies to cougars on two different occasions. Walk your dog on a lead or exercise him in the yard in your company.
Be aware that dogs take time to reveal themselves. For the first 3-6 weeks, dogs are learning who's the boss, where the treats are, what the routine is, who is a good belly-rubber, and who to avoid. Their true personalities may be evident right from the start, but it's likely that your new dog will be holding back until he is confident of his place and the routine.
Remember, you are adopting a rescue dog to give a homeless Frenchie a second chance. Adoption is something you do to make both your lives better. Keep in mind that your Frenchie wants to fulfill his purpose to be a loving companion dog, but his first instinct in the first few days will be to survive and be sure the new place is safe for him and that you are trustworthy. By the time you take your dog home, FBRN will have been convinced you are a trustworthy family, but your dog has to learn that too.
Morocco in CA
Did you know that with a little extra care, a dog with diabetes mellitus can lead a long, healthy, active life? It's true! Foster Mom has done the tricky part -- finding the right balance of diet and insulin injections to keep Morocco robust and hearty -- and now he is ready for his forever home."Mellitus" means honey-sweet, and describes this cuddle-bug to a tee.Once settled in a lap, Morocco sighs in contentment and closes his beautiful brown peepers.Oh, and he has the most adorable little lop ears!Check them out on his page! If you have experience with managing diabetes, or are willing to learn, this little golden boy could be yours.
Gold Paw Sun Shield Tee
We’ve been fielding requests for a summer-weight popover for years and we’ve finally found the right fabric – a lightweight stretch jersey with a UPF50 rating that blocks 98% of the sun’s UV rays. Super comfortable indoors and out and perfect for all sorts of applications beyond sun protection too: skin conditions, wound care, topical medications, and as an anti-anxiety calming aid that can be worn all day.
FBRN's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home French Bulldogs in need from commercial breeding kennels, import brokers, public shelters, private rescue groups, owners or Good Samaritans. Our organization is comprised solely of volunteers who nurture and foster these dogs as well as provide education and training. Our goal is to place healthy and happy French Bulldogs into forever homes.