Location: New Jersey
UPDATE. After a long time as a hospice dog, Ralphie was helped across the bridge by his loving foster mom this week. Please keep his family and loved ones in your thoughts.
Ralphie's accident has set him back, and he will require physical therapy and acupuncture for the rest of his life to remain pain-free. He will live with his foster mom, who loves him.
Our favorite little brindle pied boy Ralphie is back in foster care again. Little Ralphie first came to FBRN in 2009 having suffered a ruptured disc along his spine. After an unsuccessful surgery, Ralphie's father made the painful decision to surrender him to FBRN. Ralphie came using a cart to zip around. FBRN was pleased to have him and immediately started him on hydrotherapy hoping he would regain the use of his hind legs. After months of therapy, it was determined that Ralphie would remain paralyzed from the hips down. However, Ralphie wasn't one to let that stop him. He had no problem outrunning dogs and humans with longer legs. Ralphie embodies the "busy" Frenchie temperament. In foster care Ralphie was often found amusing himself by sampling non-food items for their delectability, napping in sunbeams, cruising the sidewalks in his cart, and nom-nom-nomming on a tasty Nylabone.
After two years and several months in foster care, Ralphie was adopted! His new owner was an experienced pug owner and had worked with special needs dogs before. Ralphie was living the life until he injured his neck in early July 2012. Because his owner has a full-time practice, she found she was unable to provide Ralphie with the care he needed. She surrendered him back to FBRN.
Since Ralphie has been back with FBRN he has had a week of steroids, painkillers, and rest. Ralphie's neurologist has determined it's time to take the next step and get him an MRI. The doctor believes that if surgery is needed, it will likely be successful. He is optimistic that Ralphie will be able to return to the fun loving, goofy Frenchie he was prior to his most recent accident.
We hope to schedule Ralphie's MRI soon. MRI's are costly procedures and Ralphie would greatly appreciate it if you could help him out with his vet bills by clicking on the photo of his adorable face and sponsor him. He sends you Frenchie kisses!
Ralphie, hope you are having a great day. Best wishes from your Frenchie friend Cookie.
Get better soon Ralphie! Marlei' LaChance
Such a sweet boy, may you find relief and curing hands soon. Meagen Adams
For Ralphie, you’re such a strong sweet little boy. Keep that fire burning. Bobbie-Jo King
Ralphie I've been there my friend. Wishing you many more happy years filled with our favorite Frenchie things - delicious food, a warm bed and belly rubs! Luv Milo
For you Ralphie, you are a great example for us humans as to how to overcome difficulties in life! Michael Tillger
Reading this brought tears to my eyes. I will remember this story for the rest of my life.you are an inspiration and people like you make this world a better place. damien waldner
We hope your days are filled with Peace & Love, Ralphie! Merry Christmas, The Crosleys (Elijah & Emily; Pua - Frenchie; Angus - Staffie)
Ralphie! Susan Carlton
For Ralphie. We hope you will get all the help and get well soon. Elena Searcy
From my 12 year old healthy Ellie we want to help you smile. Carol A Saunders
A little something for a Handsome little fella! Stay strong there little one. Hugs & Kisses from G & B Benson
For Ralphie in NJ For his MRI and other needs. Hang in there little one, your a precious little baby with hundreds of people wishing you a speedy recovery and loving care. From Jerry and Frenchie Bailey.
For adorable Ralphie for ongoing medical needs such as the MRI. You are so precious to all us Frenchie lovers. In memory of my own first Frenchie, Puffy, who graced me with thirteen wonderful years of joy and whimsy, I send a ray of hope to you from Suzi and Puffy Berg.
Heartfelt Gratitude for not giving up on Ralphie, he deserves every chance possible. He has such spirit, it would be joyous to see him able to run free on his own, God Bless You for caring for him. Marlene Rockandel
Hang in there Ralphie! Sending prayers, love, and frenchie breath kisses. We hope you get the recovery needed. xoxo @bean_thefrenchbulldog
With love from Seattle Frenchies Pomme and Roy
Harris Real Estate University
I am sponsoring Ralphie because his story deeply touched me and because he reminds me of my own Frenchie. No innocent creature should endure the pain he has and I hope I can make some kind of difference to better his life.
Hey little Ralphie! I'm sending you lots of positive vibes and tons of hugs & kisses! I hope this donation helps and that you recover well. You're just the cutest little guy :) Best, Vicki
For Ralphie...I am so sorry to hear that he is back in foster care and I hope his neck heals so that he can go to a great forever home!
For handsome Ralphie, an FBRN hero. Good luck in therapy! keeping fingers & paws crossed!! Debra
Get better Ralphie! Love (your frenchie twin) Footy Boots from the NY Dog Park!
For Ralphie- -hope he gets better with therapy. Gershon Feder
We're cheering for you Ralphie! Get well soon! xoxo, Kristel, Des, and Boss the English Bully :)
Sending you good wishes for a fast recovery. Mary Ann Nelson
Wishing Ralphie all the best on his MRI! Hope you get your results quickly and avoid the stress of waiting!
for Ralphie.. get well soon! Terri W.
Help Ralphie out with his MRI and give him a big kiss for me.
Harris Real Estate University
I am sponsoring Ralphie. His story touched me and made me cry. I hope he finds a new family who will take care of him and give him the love he needs. So sad his condition breaks my heart xxx
Sponsoring Ralphie from Meatball- Rachel Rolland
Frenchies are some of the cutest, most loving and curious little creatures and they have a very special place in my heart. Best wishes, Brittney and Don Lindberg and Lemiwinks
This is for Ralphie. I hope you are happy and loved. Karen Medeiros
I am sponsoring ralphie. Hope he gets that MRI. Cheryl Lachowicz
You have big heart, little Ralphie. xoxo Alicia Cervini
Merry Christmas little guy. We don't know you but you sure are adorbs!! Debra Fleck
Ralphie!! You have been with FBRN for a long time and we just want to let you know, that you are still loved very much From Saving French bulldogs one auction at a time.
This one is for you, sweet Ralphie! We hope you are doing great! Oleg, Pauline and lil' Pumpkin.
Ralphie and my sweet Chloe could be brother and sister! And she is fast too, Ralphie. I saw this post was posted awhile ago. I hope he is happy and comfortable. AUDREY WHISENHUNT
For Ralphie - your spirit touched our family! We wish you all the love in the world!! we hope our gift helps you and keeps you pain free. Minyi Shih
Joyce de Mello
Hope you feel better soon Ralphie!! Megan Stevens
Merry Christmas, Ralphie! We're all here for you. Feel better babe xx Zoe Campbell
Justin is sponsoring Ralphie and hopes he is able to have a good quality of life. Hugs Ralphie. Melissa Phillips
Sending you love from your friend Milo in Seattle
Good luck to sweet Ralphie. If I could kiss those little lips right now, I would! Sending so much love!
Gem House LLC
Donation to hospice dog Ralphie on behalf of Mike Lutkus. Mary McCullen
For hospice dogs and those who love them. And love and blessings to Mike on his recovery. Dian Cagle
JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING. t dahlin
Please use this donation for the lovely pooches in hospice care, for whatever they may need to brighten their day. Thank you for taking such good care of these little ones. J&K
Poor Ralphie! My Frenchie Roxy hopes our donation will help with his health care and buy him a new toy :) The Dixons
You are in my prayers sweet Ralphie, best of luck. In memory of my Milania my first frenchie who passed at 3 to a brain tumor and Bella my 15 yr old lab who recently passed. Christine De Marco
A little treat money from FBRN grad Justin Zippy Kaplan for his old friend, Ralphie, who met him by running him over with his cart! Take a look at that last photo! Well, Justin Zippy now has his own cart, and enjoys doing the same thing! Bette Kaplan
Sending lots of love to this precious little guy. Kim from Albany, NY