Puppies, puppies, puppies continued...
This big handsome 30 pound seven month old French Bulldog is Oliver, posing in his foster home in Pennsylvania. He was purchased by a well-meaning Frenchie owner in Connecticut who wanted to add a second Frenchie to her little pack of one. Unfortunately, she hadn't counted on the boundless enthusiasm of the oversized Russian import who spent his time joyfully skidding upsidedown and sideways across her hardwood floors and playing so hard with the roly poly eight year old resident Frenchie girl, that her owner was seriously afraid that her beloved pet would keel over and die trying to keep Oliver in line.
Just three hours after she bought him, realizing she had made a huge mistake, she tried to return him to the person who sold him to her, but Oliver's former owner wouldn't take him back. Thoroughly embarrassed, Oliver's new owner contacted the FBRN and expressed her concerns about her own dog's safety and Oliver's future well being. She had already realized her money was long gone.
This very handsome little black masked fawn Russian import French Bulldog is seven months old now and living happily in foster care in Connecticut. It's hard to imagine that a face as sweet as that could be masking a canine terrorist who, purchased at eight weeks, had at thirteen weeks already been scheduled for euthanasia on the advice of a canine behaviorist. He had bitten his new owners' son several times and was clearly planning to add his apprehensive owners to the menu as well.
Kasper's foster mom keeps him in line, but she is the first to admit that this little import is one tough customer, and she is reviewing every application with great care. It takes more than love and understanding to handle a dog like Kasper.
This is Daffy, a six month old Russian import from New Jersey, on her way to her FBRN foster home. Daffy loves everybody, adults, kids, dogs, cats, she would probably even play with the squirrels if they would only let her. There is not a bad bone in all of Daffy's cute little body. She's even housebroken. Why would anyone dump Daffy?
Daffy itches. Itch, itch, itch, itch, all day long. Her new owners wanted a cute little French Bulldog to play with, not an ambulatory veterinary bill. With no one to counsel them and no understanding of the little dog's health issues, they opted to give her to FBRN rather than struggle with what they suspected might just be the beginning of her health problems.
Don't think for a minute that this drop eared 30 pound nine month old puppy the size of a small pony is NOT a French Bulldog. He is, he is, he is, and he has his Russian papers to prove it. He also has all the charming characteristics of a French Bulldog, since he loves to cuddle and he somehow manages to hog the whole bed at night.
Unfortunately for Tucker, he had only been in his new home for three weeks when he bit the family's four year old son. In his defense, it should be noted that the little boy bit Tucker first, but still, when one or the other has to go to preserve the safety and wellbeing of both, it's the dog that finds himself with his bowl and his bed beside him, waiting for his ride to his new foster home. His previous owner did not want him back, and there was no breeder standing in the wings looking out for his welfare.
This is six month old Georgia, another Russian import puppy. She was purchased at a pet store in southern California for $3,000.00. Her new owner soon discovered that she just didn't have the energy to chase after a rambunctious toddler AND a rambunctious puppy, so Georgia found herself in FBRN's custody.
Georgia has to be reminded not to eat the cats, and she is not particularly fond of strange dogs, but she adores the resident tiny mixed breed and her foster mom! The future looks good for Georgia.
This sweet little snoozing boy is five month old Oscar. Oscar came off the plane in New York City in horrible shape, a filthy, frightened, miserable little puppy, with giardia, hookworms, earmites, and congenital dry eye. His new owners didn't know what to do, but they did know they just weren't knowledgeable enough to care for a seriously ill puppy. After just three days, angry and heartbroken, they turned their puppy over to FBRN.
Three months later, and finally restored to good health, eight month old Oscar is looking forward to going to his new adoptive home in Florida.
This is Bing, a cute little Russian import puppy from southern California who found a dream home with the veterinarian who first examined him for FBRN and that veterinarian's wife, a breeder of champion dogs and board member of the Canine Health Foundation. Bing was about ten weeks old when his owners turned him over to FBRN, rather than return him to the local puppy import broker where they had purchased him. Everybody who met Bing fell in love with him, including his first owners. What did Bing do wrong?
Nothing at all. He just acted like a tiny French Bulldog puppy. He shrieked, he cried, he carried on, and he didn't stop when it got dark. He wanted, wanted, wanted attention ALL THE TIME, RIGHT NOW! His owners, both working professionals, lasted all of three days before, groggy from lack of sleep, they handed him over to FBRN. They just weren't prepared for caring for the needs of a puppy.
Each one of these dogs is a poster child for Acquiring Dogs Responsibly. That's the truth of the matter.
None of these puppies were given up by bad owners. In fact, each and every owner walked away from what was in all cases a sizeable investment, choosing instead to turn their puppy over to FBRN, in order to ensure that each of these puppies got the best possible chance at a great home. Not one of these puppies was dropped off at a shelter or sold through a newspaper advertisement. These were exemplary owners. Or they could have been. Or they might still be in the future.
Some of these owners were repeat French Bulldog owners. They thought they knew what they were getting into, but they were not in the least prepared for the large size and the high energy levels of the imported dogs. The resident French Bulldogs looked like fuzzy peanuts by comparison and were completely overwhelmed by the enormous puppies.
It's not even the fact that these are Russian imports that caused all of these broken relationships, although it certainly helped. There are, in fact, excellent Russian breeders selling dogs in America (but not through brokers!), and most of FBRN's foster puppies have been real sweethearts from the start.
What caused all these broken relationships is the simple absence of a crucial element. Support. Someone to say, this is not the right time or the right dog for you. Someone to say, this puppy does not match your lifestyle. Someone who can take a good hard look at your situation and say, I don't think adding a second dog is a good idea. Someone to say, I have just the right puppy for you. Someone to say, you need to be patient, but in three months, six months, a year, maybe even a year and a half, I'll have just the right puppy for you.
Someone who won't walk away from you and your puppy when things aren't working out. Someone who can teach you what you need to know about living with a French Bulldog.
We can't say it often enough. Don't buy your puppy from a pet store. Don't buy your puppy from an import broker. Don't buy your puppy from anyone who is more interested in cashing your check than in the welfare of the puppy.
Do buy your puppy from a reputable breeder, or get your puppy from a reputable rescue group. Don't be surprised if they grill you about your lifestyle or inspect your home. It's their job to ensure the match is a good one. They're not trying to be rude, they're trying to be careful.
You say you don't know where to start looking? Start with the list of member breeders of the
French Bull Dog Club of America, the American Kennel Club parent club for the French Bulldog Breed.
Yes, they breed pets as well as show dogs. Yes, their puppies cost no more and often less than the ones in the pet stores. Yes, they know who has puppies available and who doesn't. Yes, they will stand behind their puppies, and they will do everything they can to ensure that you and your puppy are both happy with the relationship. If it doesn't work out, they will take their puppy back. In fact, they WANT their puppy back if it doesn't work out. The health and welfare of that puppy is as important to them as it is to you, maybe even more so.
Please, give yourself and your new puppy every chance to succeed. Purchase your puppy responsibly, from someone who sells their puppies responsibly.
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