Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fixating

I have a question for Mother.... I think I am talking to you, Lily, because you are the Chief Executive at TFB.
Anyway, our Frenchie 'fixates' on a lot of things. By this I mean, he stares MOST intently at something ....usually me or food. What is he doing??? Trying to 'psychically will a thing to change?' Is it some type of mental telepathy? I am a poodle, I don't seem to do this. Do all Frenchies fixate?? What should we do to 'snap' them out of it? Should there be a command? I know this sounds alarming, but once a human thought our Frenchie had 'brain damage'.
Please don't let me die wondering...you do know I am sixteen human years old now....aka 157 dog years...

Thank you, Mother from AUS


Mother:
This is somewhat new to me too.  Since Edward is my new boy, I am learning more and more about him. I notice he fixates if I squeak a toy or if I bring out a ball. I do say "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" kinda like Cesar Milan. It snaps him out of it a bit but continues to stare. I am currently trying to snap him out of it by a small training treat. Good question!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Anal Glands

M and S ask:
OK, this is a serious thingie mom is wondering about. I find it very personal and embarrassing so don't mention my name. Anyway, here it is: Mom and dad have taken over ALL our grooming. So the last time we went to the dogtur mom asked for DETAILED and SPECIFIC instructions, including a demonstration, on expressing anal glands. The dogtur said mine and S's were INTERNAL and that the groomer was probably NOT getting them expressed. Anyway, now mom tried it and was NOT successful. Now she is wondering if they REALLY need done more often than our annual vet visits (if we don't scoot or act funny). Goldendoodles who run in the wild don't get theirs done! We bet lots of short-hair doggies don't get theirs done too. What are your thoughts about this?



Mother:
Bottom line, I do it all, everything to my French Bulldogs but I just can't put on laytex gloves and insert my finger. I have had pups my whole life and I think I remember the glands being expressed one time. I was under the impression only if the butt was being rubbed or if there was a foul odor it wastime to express those glands!!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Snout Soother

Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta asks:
Mom bought us some Snout Soother but we won't let her near our noses with it. What is your trick to applying on Lily & Edward?

 
Mother:
My suggestion, try when the kids are very tired or even asleep. Another idea is to hold their heads very steady, apply and insert treat in mouth. LOL

Monday, July 14, 2014

Planes and Pets

Mr. P asks:
Would you ever consider taking your pups on a plane? Or have you ever taken them on a plane.

cars only


Mother:
No, I have not. Since they are 6 and 7 years old I would not at this point. I do take into consideration the Brachycephalic breed (flat-faced). Personally, I think I would worry to much. One think I would NEVER do is ship them in cargo. 


Friday, July 11, 2014

When the Time is Right

Ms. R asks:
I absolutely love your doggies and miss Benny something awful.  I had a question for you.  How soon after you lost Benny did you get Edward?  I recently had to put my beloved tortoiseshell cat to sleep due to cancer, and I have a Frenchie as well, but I can tell that he's lonely.  He loved her immensely, and I'm still not sure if he fully grasps that she's gone.  I've grown up with dogs, but when I was living on my own in my apartment, I had cats.  After I got married, we waited awhile and got our Frenchie from Texas.  I just miss having a kitty cat around, and by no means am I trying to replace Hildie.  No one could ever take her place or come close to it.
Thanks so much!

February

Mother:

I am sorry to hear about your loss. It sure is hard. We still miss Benny every single day. Benny passed away on October 24. I found Edward on the French Bulldog Rescue Network, applied and was so lucky to bring him home in February. Lily was not happy at first. We did a VERY slow introduction and kept them separated when I was not at home by a gate. Now they love each other. I think you will just know when the time is right. It's not a replacement ...it is an addition!!

July

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Fart-A-Torium

Ms. Teri asks:
My French Bulldog kills us with gas. Do your French Bulldogs stink up your place? LOL Any suggestions?
Mother: 
We changed food, treats...nothing. I call the house a "Fart-a-torium." LOL


Monday, July 7, 2014

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