After an emergency c-section Luna had her puppies. There were only 3 girls and unfortunately 1 was a water puppy. We tried everything but she didn’t make it. It was a really tough moment but we’re happy that Luna is well and so are her 2 babies. If we didn’t get in when we did it could have been catastrophic. . . . . . #frenchbulldog #frenchbulldogpuppies #frenchies #frenchielove #frenchiesofig #frenchiefam #frenchiesofinstagram #frenchbulldogsofinstagram #bulldogfamily #puppytime #puppylove #puppiesofinstagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CNGJxbRhSv5/?igshid=1iitpxhoahooz
We are one week out from Luna’s C-section (“you keep cooking those puppies up good in there Luna Loo!”) and it is definelty crunch time and we are all feeling it. Poor Luna is busting. I feel for her. She is bigger than she ever was during her last 2 litters and has been suffering from morning sickness from the start. I have been handfeeding her since the first trimester. Since she is isn’t feeling well, she is very picky with her food. We have tried everything. I usually go down a list of different food options until there is something that she will agree to eat. This morning (well late morning by the time she ate) I cooked her up some ground turkey and white rice. Thank goodness she gobbled that up.
And although Luna is an amazing mom and bounces back super fast (she will be ready for bikini season before you know it!) I feel good about this being her last litter. She has done an amazing job and will continue to have an important part in our hearts, our home and our breeding program as well by offering socialization to future puppies from our other moms!
Nesting is in full swing … for me that is. I can’t help but get excited and anxious as I try to get everything ready for the upcoming litter. I do this by getting the puppy area ready but also by researching and bettering myself any chance I get. There is always room for improvement and I have added a few more “tools” to my toolbox that I feel real good about.
This week is about making mum feel good and hopefully getting in some good sleep before the big day because you know that it will be hard to come by next week!
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Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/956529549/macrame-dog-leash
Introducing La Jolie Frenchie leashes!
I’m really excited to combine two of my favorite things…macrame and obviously, dogs!
Each leash is made with the softest cotton and the strongest clasp. Step up your puppy photoshoots or perhaps your pooch is attending a wedding this summer, or maybe you just want to show off your princess on your nightly walk…there is nothing prettier than a bohemian, handmade leash❤
I am a stay-at-home mom so my family is used to having me around all day. I do hope to get back to work one day soon and that has me concerned. The concern isn’t that my two boys will have to adjust to their mom not being home after school or that my husband will have to put in extra work…the concern is for my dogs. My two older dogs were around when I worked full-time but Daisy is a full on Covid puppy. She is 9 months old and hasn’t left my side from the day she stepped foot in our home. Should I be concerned and is there anything I can do to prepare her? Is there anything I can do to prepare myself?! The answer is yes, yes and I sure hope so!
When dogs experience separation anxiety they usually exhibit the following symptoms:
- whining, crying, howling, barking
- peeing/pooing on the floor after they have been housebroken
- chewing, digging, scratching at items they shouldn’t
- attempts to escape
- drooling more than usual
- depressed, anxious
Separation anxiety can be a real cause for concern and should be addressed before it becomes a really big problem. Teaching your dog that being apart is ok is important for his confidence and well being. The following are some tips that I have used with Daisy and my other girls, to help build their independence:
- treats, treats and more treats – I am actually quite grateful that Bulldogs are so food motivated. I can use any food really with my Bulldogs as a treat and they are happy. I find my French Bulldog pickier and harder to motivate with treats. I start the training by going for a little walk without the dogs. As I am getting ready, I can see that they have picked up that I am going out and they are acting a little anxious by pacing around and getting excited. Before I leave I give them a little treat and a smooch (yes, I am that doggy mom). If I close the door and they start barking like crazy, I open the door and correct the behavior. I close the door once they are quiet. I might only leave for a few minutes. Once I come into the house, I praise them like crazy and give them a little treat. I repeat this process, increasing the length of time that I am out of the house. I also want to mention that if your dog is being destructive, such as chewing walls etc. I suggest that you crate them or block them in an area where they can’t hurt themselves or destroy anything.
- calming items – there are items created for pets that utilize essential oils, CBD or pheromones to help bring a sense of calm to your pet. These Quiet Moments Calming Chews can help chill your pooch when they need it with the help of Chamomile and Melatonin https://amzn.to/38EYQ7w
- mental and physical stimulation – we know the importance of exercise and play for our dogs. Exercising them before you go out will help burn some of their excess energy and help with anxiety. Also, consider an activity toy that releases treats when you go out. Give it to them only during these times and it will keep them busy and entertained. Try one of these stimulation toys on Amazon to keep them busy! https://amzn.to/35z6n5R
- get them a buddy! – this isn’t for everyone but I had to add it in. We can’t imagine having only one dog. Our girls are best buds and keep each other busy all day…but that’s another post 🙂
One of these days Covid 19 will be a thing of the past and the Covid puppies will be the ones to feel it. Hopefully these tips will help that transition back to normalcy…whenever that will be! Now who is going to help me with my separation anxiety from my pups!?
We love our new puppies and want to keep them happy and healthy. We also love to show them off and what better way than to take them for walks. But how much exercise is ok for our puppy and how do I get them used to going for walks? This question came up the other day from one of my new Frenchie parents and I thought it was important to address.
Too much exercise can be just as damaging to a puppy as not enough. It really is about finding the right balance. We know that puppies need exercise but we also need to keep in mind that their bones, joints and ligaments are still in development and too much activity can negatively effect that growth or cause injury. This is especially true with French and English Bulldogs. This breed needs to refrain from jumping off sofas and running stairs, even as adults.
It is recommended that a puppy gets no more than five minutes of exercise for each month of age. So if a puppy is three months old, then a 15 minute walk should be max. With that being said, I also tell puppy parents to adjust this to their puppy. If your puppy is not cooperating or has put on the breaks because they are tired or for whatever reason, then listen to them. Don’t push it. Puppies get a lot of exercise as well in the home just playing with their toys and running around.
I recommend having your puppy get used to wearing their harness, collar or leash first. (Frenchie and English bullies should be in harnesses…but that’s another blog post!) This is a new adjustment for the puppy in itself! Take it slow. Take them to a quiet area outside first. Taking a young puppy down a busy, car and pedestrian-filled road can be very intimidating to the little one. We need to remember what it must be like from their angle! We usually start in front of our home (we are lucky to be in a quiet subdivision) and just try and walk a block. We give a lot of praise and once I see their little legs are getting tired, I usually just carry them the rest of the way with me. There is no rush. I just want to get them comfortable with being on their leash and being outdoors.
Personally, I wouldn’t start this process until they are at least 5 months old and well after their last immunizations. Honestly, we don’t expect human babies to do large physical feats. Why would we demand it from our puppies?
Christmas is a fun time of year around our house and I am sure, yours. Let’s keep it that way by protecting our pets from some of the hazards that could potentially hurt them over the Christmas season. The following is a list of hazards that dog owners should be aware of to keep their pet safe this holiday.
- Ornaments and hooks – I was out taking my girls for a walk when we ran into one of our neighbors who happens to own a bulldog puppy. He told us that their puppy just had surgery for ingesting a bunch of Christmas ornament hooks! Seriously…hooks. There is nothing that a bulldog puppy will not put into their mouths. We put up a gate to keep our girls out of the Christmas tree. We found that by the time they were two years old, they lost interest in the tree but that first year it was the biggest chew toy they have ever seen!
- Christmas plants – Rumour has it that Poinsettias are poisonous to dogs but the truth is that they are not that bad. If ingested it will probably give them the poops so I probably would still keep them away. Mistletoe and Holly on the other hand, are much more toxic and really need to be avoided. The Christmas plant of all Christmas plants, the Christmas tree, can also cause harm to our pooches. The needles of a Fir tree, if eaten, can mess up their tummy and cause punctures and blockages. And keep those fluffy butts out of the Christmas tree water too! The water can contain bacteria, moulds and fertilizers and other chemicals that can make them sick really quickly.
- Christmas lights – this is pretty obvious I am sure, but dogs can easily electrocute themselves if they chew the cords. Make sure that they are out of the way of chewy puppies.
- Food – Oh the food! So much food, unfortunately not all of it is good for our pets. Remember to keep the chocolate out of their reach and also anything with artificial sweeteners as both are toxic to dogs. Also, try to keep an eye on turkey bones! My girls are freakin’ vultures waiting for anything to fall from a plate or counter. Keep those bones away, especially cooked bones that can be very dangerous as well.
Another couple things worth mentioning even though they are not exactly “Christmas hazards” but they are around a lot this time of year are silica packets and Chapstick. Silica packs are those little baggies you find in so many products, such as shoe boxes, purses etc. that are filled with silica gel and labelled “do not eat”. They aren’t toxic but they will make you feel crummy. Chapstick is another one of those things that isn’t toxic but you will regret afterwards I’m sure. I keep Chapstick everywhere in the house during the winter and have learned the hard way to keep it away from the dogs.
Thanks for reading and hope this list helps keep all your furry ones safe this holiday season!
There is a lot of information out there regarding how to find a reputable breeder but I think it is just as important, if not more, for the breeder to select the right buyer. They have the responsibility to make sure that the puppy goes to the right home and that it is a good fit for both the puppy and the buyer. I wanted to share with you some of the questions I ask on my puppy application and what I am looking for in a prospective puppy home.
I always say that it takes a special person to take care of a bulldog. They have special needs that have to be taken care of daily. Not everyone is up for that. It wouldn’t take much neglect to really see its effects on the dog. Therefore, I really want to know that a person knows what they are getting into. I know that bulldogs are cute, funny and super-trendy right now but is that the only reason you want one? I want to know the “why”. How long have you wanted a bulldog? How long have you thought of this and how much research have you really done? Are you wanting a puppy because of Covid-19 and you are currently working from home? What happens when you return to work? Will the dog suddenly be left on its own for lengthy stretches at a time? Through these questions and a little intuition, I try and decipher if the potential buyer will make a good bulldog owner.
As I already mentioned, grooming and daily care is a big responsibility for an English or French bulldog owner. Bulldogs require more care and are one of the more expensive breeds to own. They require high quality, grain-free diets. They need wrinkle creams, butt wipes, cooling matts, and coats just to name a few things. They also tend to suffer more from skin issues and allergies. People need to know what they are getting into beforehand. The last thing any breeder wants is to see the puppy being rehomed due to a bad pairing.
I was talking to my 9 year old son the other day about this very topic. He asked me why I had people fill out applications. I explained that the first reason is that it filters out people just by asking them to apply. People that are serious about adopting a puppy will not hesitate to fill one out. Secondly, we want to make sure that our puppies are going to good homes and are going to live their best lives possible. Asking the right questions helps us make a good match. There are people that are open to sharing their personal stories with me. I find these are the people that make the best homes for bulldogs.
These are just a few questions that I like to ask. I hope that by asking the right questions and trusting my intuition, that I make the right choices. These puppies are my babies and my responsibility. An active, loving family that truly appreciates the puppy is all I want for my babies. There is nothing better than receiving a picture of a past puppy with their forever family and knowing that I helped make that family complete.
Christmas is just around the corner and if you are like me, you are starting to scramble (I’m terrible! Every year I swear I will get everything done earlier and…nope). I have put together some of my top 3 gifts for the pet lovers in our lives.
Top 3 Christmas gifts for pet lovers:
- Custom socks – so you will have to plan this one a little earlier because they can take a little time to make and ship out but they are totally worth it! There are a few companies out there that are creating custom made socks with images of your dogs on them. You can even add more that one dog if you like. Sock Bar is a Canadian company that makes socks and even pillows and offers free shipping on all Canadian orders! https://www.sockbar.ca/collections/custom-pet-socks
- Fanny pack – yes, fanny packs, say what you will, I think it would be super handy for a dog person. I have one on my Christmas list. Walking dogs requires you to hold things, and bringing a purse seems ridiculous, right?! Try walking three dogs at once…that’s a challenge in itself! Now, try walking them while carrying your keys, your phone, dog training treats…you get the picture. Fanny packs have made a comeback. I like this cute Herschel bag from Illbury and Goose https://www.illburyandgoose.com/products/fifteen-hip-pack-x-black-crosshatch
- Matching Sweaters – I can’t make my boys wear anything that matches with me but I can sure make my dogs! LOL! There are some really cute matching outfits on Amazon that are festive and won’t break the bank. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H1J76KZ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07H1J76KZ&linkCode=as2&tag=joliefrenchie-20&linkId=3697c55b355fc938fb2d7ac50e82ae0d
Hope these ideas help kick off your Christmas shopping! My next post I’ll post my favorite Christmas stocking stuffers for the doggies in our lives. Happy shopping!