Puppies are Jerks!

Daisy’s past litter of snuggle bums

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for sometime now. Don’t get me wrong, obviously I love puppies. Who doesn’t love puppies?! They are funny and cute and don’t get me started on their skunky little kisses. But they are work. Lots and lots of work. I think it is something that a lot of people don’t realize or they forget. The first few months are busy, busy. You need to have a lot of patience. Here are a few things that will make this time a little easier.

  • Get a crate. I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of a crate and think that it’s cruel. If you love your puppy, you will provide him with a safe space. And that is what it is. It isn’t a puppy jail (well…sometimes it is! Lol!) it is a space that is all their own. Puppies need to be watched constantly and if you can’t keep an eye on them, then the crate is a place that they can hang out safely in. There will also be times that they get too squirrely and need a little time out. This is perfect for a safe time-out space. Now, I don’t believe in crating your puppy for long periods of time. But with training, they can really come to love their little dens.
  • Be prepared with age appropriate toys for play and stimulation. Puppies are busy and curious so make sure that you have things to keep them busy. They are also teething and will turn into baby sharks chewing your hands and little beavers chewing your furniture. Be ready to stop the behavior with a strong “no” and redirect their attention to a toy that they are allowed to chew. And remember to always praise good behavior. It is also important to have the whole family on board with this and that includes the kids.
  • Get rid of the rugs. I always recommend to families that, if possible, to roll up their rugs and tuck them away until they are confident that their puppy is potty-trained. It will save you a lot of grief.
Baby Rocky and Biggie snuggled in their safe space

  • If possible, don’t rely on pee pads. The more effort you put in with your puppy, the faster they will pick it up. I recommend taking your puppy out every half hour for the first little bit. I know this sounds daunting but it will pay off in the long run. Covering your floors with pee pads can be confusing to puppies.

Most importantly, remember to have patience. This blog was not written to put anyone off getting a puppy. I think being prepared is key. Remember, this stage is so short. Before you know it, they are fully grown and you’ll find yourself missing their skunky breath and puppy kisses. Trust me!

Litter Announcement!

We are very excited to share this news! Daisy has come into season and we are grateful to Tammy and Amanda McAllister of Bulldacious Bulldogs in Dorchester, Ontario. One of the main reasons we chose Hobbes as our stud was because of his extensive health testing! The following is a list of Hobbes impressive health testing:

  • Diamond Health Ambassador Eligible
  • CHIC
  • OFA Cardiac
  • OFA Patella
  • OFA Trachea
  • OFA Thyroid
  • OFA Elbows
  • OFA Hips
  • OFA Hyperuricosuria (HUU)
  • OFA Cystinuria

Not only is Hobbes healthy and handsome but he’s also very talented! He is a talented trick dog and has earned his Novice Trick Dog Title in 2020. As well as that title, he also finished his Canadian Championship going Best of Breed over specials.

This is Daisy’s second litter. Here are a few pics of some of the puppies from her last litter.

We are also accepting a couple more applications for this upcoming litter. If interested, you can find my application on this site. If you ever have any other questions…give me a shout!

Praying for many healthy, happy, chunky puppies!

Litter Announcement! Accepting Applications!

Our little Miss. Rocky (Luna and Will’s daughter) came into season last month and although it is a little early to detect and confirm her pregnancy, she is showing a lot of signs. We are very excited around here to say the least! Rocky was bred with Lemon Golden Victory “Tag” of Bredan’s Bullies. Tag has been tested for CMR1, HUU, JHC, and DM. He also had his patella, heart and eyes examined by the OFA.

Both of these two have amazing dispositions and we cannot wait to see the beautiful offspring they produce.

Rocky being her frisky self
This handsome fella is Tag

That being said, we are opening up our waitlist for this litter. If interested, please fill out our application that you can find under the “puppy application and contract” page of this site.

Move Over Bones–We Got Balls!

one ball is for amateur

Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie

I love felting wool! I have a lovely alpaca farm, not too far from home, that sells some really beautiful, natural wool that I love to work with. I really enjoy making felt dryer balls with cute designs on them. Know who else really digs them? Daisy! She snags them and takes off with them all the time! That’s when I thought…well why not? I decided to do a little research and found that wool toys are a great option for pets. I now make and sell hand-felted wool balls for pets and wanted to share with you some of the benefits of these toys.

Benefits of felted wool toys:

Valentine Balls
  • dogs love natural smells and textures
  • they are free of chemicals and unnatural dyes–our dogs love tennis balls but they are made with treated plastic…ewww!
  • wool is digestible–a little wont hurt them but of course a whole toy will so always supervise when your dog is chewing any toy and remove if needed
  • natural wool is antimicrobial and antibacterial–and when they get funky and gross, just pop them into the wash to freshen them up
  • they feel good in their mouths and are gentle on their teeth and gums–Daisy LOVES to suck on them. It is like she is soothing herself with it.
  • easy on your house–they are soft so they don’t make noise and are less likely to break things or bang up your walls
  • great for puppies–my puppies love them when they are teething and they love that they are light and they can carry them around in their teeth
That is one funky ball Daisy!

So many great reasons to add wool felted balls to your pups toy box! Remember, to supervise and buy the appropriate size for your dog. They are very durable, but if you have an aggressive chewer, pay close attention. Like I mentioned, if they ingest a little wool, they will be fine but you don’t want them eating too much! And finally, refresh the ball in the wash whenever needed. Just throw it in with your clothes. If it looks a little fuzzy after, you can always trim them. Keep an eye out for my La Jolie Frenchie Store coming soon here on my website 🙂 If you are interested in purchasing one before I have them available on my store, email me and I will send one out to you.

Two of my favorite things: Cooper and ball

Tub Time Tips

Luna Lou when she was itty bitty

Bath time can be a stressful time for our pets but also for us! Here are a few tips that have helped us make bath time a little more enjoyable for everyone.

Sweet Talkin’

Our girls are not fans of water at all. Dallas will tiptoe around a puddle if she can. Therefore, I do what I can to make it as pleasant as possible. Lucky for them, I used to be a hairstylist and give a mean scrub and massage. But before we get to the rubby-dubby stuff I start with a warm bath and some sweet talking. I run the tub with warm water and double check the temp before letting them in. I call them over with positive energy and promises of treats. One really important thing to have is an anti-slip mat for your tub. It really helps them stand and feel more confident in the bath. Also, don’t forget to get your supplies ready beforehand. You don’t want to leave your dog unsupervised in the bath while you are running around getting stuff. Make sure you have your shampoo, towels, cup, and something to put under your knees.

Let’s Talk ‘Poo

I like to keep it simple. Our dogs, being bulldogs, can have skin irritations so I use a shampoo that is formulated for sensitive skin and has little to no scent. Just like humans, dogs all have different needs and that should be taken into consideration when choosing their shampoo. As I mentioned, I stay away from strong smelling shampoos. As tempting as it is to buy the luxurious smelling dog shampoo and how nice it would be for us to snuggle our noses into their perfumed fur, you have to remember how sensitive dogs noses are and also those strong perfumes can be drying on their skin.

Washing Off the Stink

Once they are in the tub, I take a cup and scoop the warm water and get them all wet. I am very careful not to get water in their face and ears. Using cotton balls in their ears can help, just don’t push them too far in. I just use my one hand to hold her ears out of the way while I carefully pour water behind her ears. I avoid washing their face and just use a wash cloth. Next, I add soap to my hands and start scrubbing. Don’t forget to get into all those nooks and crannies…that includes the stinky tail pocket if she has one. I rinse her all off and then do a second shampoo. This time I let it sit on while I give her one of my super massages and good butt scratches. I now do a final rinse and continue until all soap is gone. You really want to make sure you get it all off or it can cause irritation. I follow that with a rub with my hands to try and get some water off before taking them out of the tub. I like to have a couple towels on the floor layered open on top of each other. It doesn’t matter how many towels I have though, I still end up getting a shower too. It is what it is! Good thing they are cute, right?! After they have shaken all the water off themselves and all over your bathroom (sorry, no tip for that one…if you have one, please share!) give them a good towel dry. If you have a bulldog or any other wrinkly faced pooch, make sure to dry their wrinkles well. Same goes for that tail pocket. I like to use my blow dryer on low with a few shots of cool to dry the tail pocket.

Remember, you don’t have to bathe your dog too often. Just like people, washing too often will strip them of their natural oils. Usually the nose knows. If they are smelling a little wild, we bathe. That is usually every couple months. During allergy season we bathe more often. But just like anything, if you aren’t sure…ask your vet.

Rocky Update!

Rocky feeling frisky after her bath

I thought this would be a great time to show off how our little Rocky is doing. Rocky is Luna and Will’s offspring and is over a year old now. She is loved and cared for exceptionally well at our good friend and neighbors (love you guys!).

They named her Rocky because she was the scrappiest out of the litter and the only female (she had to keep those boys in line!). She has grown into the sweetest girl with the most beautiful fawn red coat.

Jayron’s Up In Smoke–aka “Magic”

Her health testing has come back clear and we’re looking forward to her first litter in the spring with Jayron’s Up in Smoke a.k.a. Magic owned by Yvonne Poire of Full of Bull Bulldogs and Brenda Jackson of Bredan Bullies.

Here are a few pictures of Rocky as a pup and now.

Christmas Gift Giving Guide for Pet Lovers

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:

Luna, you’re famous!
  1. 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

  1. 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
  1. 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!

Dogs in the Bed or in their own Beds? That is the question…

When we brought our first puppy home we had intentions of having Dallas sleep on the floor in our bedroom. We started off great! We bought a puppy play pen just like this one.

We would allow Dallas in our bed for a snuggle while we watched some tv and when it was time for sleep, we would put her in her bed that was inside the playpen. It worked great…until she figured out that she is a little bulldozer not a bulldog and would stand up against the wall and knock it over. Plan B, we added a homemade gate that blocked off her bed in the corner of the room. This worked until we got our second puppy and she figured out that if you whine at mom at 3 am she will let you in bed for a snuggle. I’m a sucker and I love sleep…what are you gonna do?! Long story short and another puppy thrown in the mix and it’s fair to say it’s the dogs bed and they just allow us to sleep in it.

My morning view…yikes Dallas, that’s a little much first thing in the morning!

We completely take full ownership of this. We completely let this happen. As cuddly as they are in bed and how toasty they keep us in the winter, having dogs sleep with you in your bed does come with its drawbacks. The following are some of the reasons why you might want to rethink having your bully in bed with you.

  • they do not respect personal space – we recently purchased a king size bed and I still sleep on the very edge of the bed with zero blanket most nights
  • dogs can be gross – ok…maybe I shouldn’t admit this but yes…I have found a crusty butt nugget or two in our sheets
  • damper on sexy time – I think the pups get more smooches than my husband I give each other. We have to make a point of kicking them out of the room if we feel romantic. It is funny…first we had a hard time kicking the kids out of our bed; now the dogs!
  • the snoring…oh the snoring – need I say more. We have had to bust out the ear plugs some nights
  • once you’ve let them in, it’s impossible to get rid of them – you really need to stick to your guns!

I honestly don’t have the answer. As you can see, my husband and I are suckers for our doggy snuggles. I might have listed a lot of cons to having them sleep with us but I have to admit that I wouldn’t have it any other way. I live for Daisy’s morning hugs and face washes or how Luna forces herself under the blankets to be my little spoon.

Whatever you decide, make the decision early and stick to it. Dogs are creatures of habit and once that habit is established you are going to have a heck of a time breaking that habit.

I would love to hear your opinions. What do you do in your home?

How to Care for our Squishy-Faced Friends

a fist full of squish

Oh those cute bulldog faces! So wrinkly, squishy, cute and stinky. Ya, unfortunately those wrinkles that we love so much can become pretty funky pretty quick if not taken care of. Part of a bulldog owners daily routine should consist of cleaning and caring for their bully’s wrinkles. I wanted to share my wrinkle care routine and a couple products that help me tackle the funk and stink.

Those wrinkles can be real moisture and bacteria traps therefore keeping them clean will help prevent the development of infections. Our girl Daisy was born with the largest nose rope that I have ever seen! She has grown into it but it is still quite large. She also has very active tear ducts that keeps her face very wet. Any time that Daisy eats, drinks or chews on her toys, her face gets even more wet. Every day (sometimes a few times a day) I will clean her face with a baby wipe. I make sure that the wipes I am using are gentle and fragrance-free. I clean under her nose rope and in-between her folds. Once I have cleaned them up I will use a soft cloth and I pat them dry. I try not to rub them too much. I don’t want to cause her any irritation. If her folds smell stinky (they tend to smell like a dirty, wet dish rag) I will use a chlorhexidine solution to clean away the bacteria. We have used these wipes in the past that have worked really well https://www.amazon.ca/DOUXO-Chlorhexidine-3-Pads-Ct/dp/B01MDRJZGZ These wipes are really thick so we would sometimes cut them in half to make them last longer.

You can also purchase the Chlorhexidine solution and use a quilted cotton pad (you don’t really want to use the regular cotton balls as will leave cotton behind on their faces) to clean them up. The solution will last forever! https://www.amazon.ca/Durvet-Chlorhexidine-Solution-fl-oz/dp/B000HHSD8M/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2af-BRDzARIsAIVQUOf3d-r4YqUc0gLR6EaBEg6j2g7yeAI-7gcVEs9kiNoqP1g2D7aOH7oaArY3EALw_wcB&hvadid=208447550566&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9001003&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=12801653351656807521&hvtargid=kwd-296696470771&hydadcr=27202_9609738&keywords=chlorhexidine+solution&qid=1607099238&sr=8-2&tag=googcana-20

Once we have used the solution and patted the folds dry again I will keep them dry with a wrinkle paste. We like Squishface Wrinkle Paste and not because it has a cute bulldog on the tube and I am a sucker for everything bulldog but because it is really thick and works like a charm. https://www.amazon.ca/Squishface-Wrinkle-Paste-Wrinkles-Frenchies/dp/B01JH2DG8O

This routine has helped us care for our girls and we haven’t faced any infections yet. Bulldogs are a special breed that require special care. I would love to hear about some of your tips and products that have worked for you and your bullies!

Winter Care for Furry Family Members

Mom…might be time to turn up the heat..it’s freakin’ snowing in here!

We are in full winter mode in our home and that means extra socks and mitts packed in the kid’s backpacks, along with chapsticks, moisturizers, tissues….you get the idea. We know that we need special care to protect ourselves and our children from our cold, harsh, Canadian winters but we also cannot forget our pets. They get cold too!

The follow are the top three things that we rely on in the winter to keep our furry ones comfortable so that they can enjoy the snow too.

Walk?! Crazy lady won’t find me here!
  1. Coats and sweaters – they aren’t just for cute insta pics…they are a necessity. French bulldogs are especially sensitive to cold and need our help to keep warm. Sweaters, coats and even hats and boots can help prevent hypothermia in our little buddies. Even English bulldogs with their thicker coats, can use an extra layer on those cold days. It can be a little challenging finding one that fits their unique (ya unique..that’s a good way to put it..ha!) bods. Their short, wide trunks and thick necks make it challenging to say the least. There are a few companies that cater to bulldogs but be prepared to pay dearly. If you purchase one of these or have one custom made, I would suggest waiting until they are full grown to make that investment. We have bought some that fit our girls around their bodies and tailored the bottom to shorten it up so it fits a little better. Honestly, Im working on my sewing skills so I can make them their own custom coats. There are a few great free patterns online that look totally do-able.
  2. Boots, paw balms and towels – help to protect our pets from all the chemicals and salt found on the ground in the winter. These chemicals can cause our pets to develop sore, cracked paws. Further, if left on their paws, most dogs will lick at them to try and clean them and in turn will ingest these harmful chemicals and salts that can in turn make them very sick. That is why it is very important to wipe their feet clean with a towel when returning in from a walk. We also like to use a paw balm that works as a barrier between their paws and the ground. There are many great brands out there to try. You can also use coconut oil in a pinch. More about coconut oil coming up! Lastly, some dog owners swear by rubber boots for their pooches. Our dogs won’t have anything to do with them. They drew the line there. But it was totally worth the purchase just to see them trying to walk in their booties. Too funny!
  3. Coconut oil – man, we love coconut oil around our house! It really is a great item to use on yourself and your dogs, especially in the winter. As mentioned above, it is great to use as a barrier balm on their paws but it is also great to use on their nose when it becomes dry. We use it to moisturize their paws, their nose and if there’s any left on my hands I will just rub it over their coat. The great thing is that you know it won’t harm them if they lick it. Another great use for the oil is during nail trimmings. If you dab a little of the coconut oil on their nose right before you trim their nails, it will help keep them distracted during the process. Isn’t that a great one!?

Just remember, when it gets too cold, just like when it’s too hot in the summer, keep those little guys inside. There will be many days to enjoy the snow together when you are properly prepared.