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The Best Supplement for Dogs with Allergies May Surprise You

Skin and Coat supplement

I am dedicating this post to my favorite product I carry in my natural pet product line, Natural Dog Company’s Skin & Coat Supplement. Not only is this supplement great for the skin and coat as it suggests but it has many other benefits of which my favorite is relieving allergy symptoms. Let’s start by analyzing the nutrient-dense organic ingredients and break down the benefits of each of the first five of these ingredients.

Skin & Coat Supplement Ingredients

Salmon: Salmon is the first ingredient in these supplements. Salmon provides a plethora of health benefits. It is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in healthy skin and coat, relieve itchiness, prevent inflammation, aides in heart health, and strengthens the immune system.

Pea Flour: Pea flour is basically peas without the moisture and peas are a great source of plant protein and fiber.

Flaxseed: Flaxseed is high in fiber and contains anti-inflammatory properties. It is full of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and aids in digestion as well as healthy skin and coat.

Navy Bean: Navy beans are a great source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins.

Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and aids in healthy skin and coats.

In addition to these nutrient dense ingredients, the key ingredients making these supplements so effective are DHA Gold, Biotin, and Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil.

So, why do I love these supplements so much? If the benefits of the ingredients above did not pique your interest, what I am about to tell you surely will. Prior to giving these supplements to my frenchies, I was giving them Benadryl every night! That’s right! Every night! If I missed a night, you could see their allergies flaring up the following day. Very shortly after starting these supplements, I no longer needed to do that! This was a WIN-WIN for me! First, I was giving them a supplement that had many health benefits and second, I no longer needed to give them Benadryl every day! In addition to alleviating my frenchies allergy symptoms, my frenchies (all three of them) now have the most beautiful coats and extremely healthy skin.

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Do French Bulldogs Make Good Pets?

Before we dive into whether French Bulldogs make good pets, we should review the common characteristics of the breed. The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes French Bulldogs as playful, smart, and adaptable. I would say this is a reasonably accurate description. The AKC describes the physical characteristics of the French Bulldog as having a height of 11-13 inches and a weight under 28 pounds. While all three of my French Bulldogs are under 28 pounds, I have seen many well over 28 pounds. If a French Bulldog is over 28 pounds, however, they do not qualify under the “breed standard.” We do not care about that though unless we plan to show a dog. The AKC continues to describe the shedding level and drooling level of French Bulldogs as moderate and coat grooming frequency as low. They say French Bulldogs bark little and are easy to train. These last two statement may be misleading to a novice French Bulldog owner since frenchies vary in their barking frequency and the ease of training depends very much on the owner. You may get a frenchie that doesn’t bark at all, and you may get one that barks quite often. Regarding training, they are correct in that they are easy to train. That is if you know what you are doing. Frenchies are very smart and have a high desire to please. However, as a bully breed, they do have a stubborn streak. Therefore, the more experienced you are at dog training, the easier of a time you will have. For some tips on training, click here:

Now let’s get into specifics of whether French Bulldogs are good pets. We’ll start with the question “Are French Bulldogs Low Maintenance?”

Are French Bulldogs Low Maintenance?

French Bulldogs are absolutely not low maintenance. In fact, they are very high maintenance. Their wrinkle folds need to be cleaned and dried daily with wrinkle balm applied at least once per week. For more detailed information about French Bulldog care, click here:

If your French Bulldog has environmental allergies, you will need to wipe them down after they come in from outside to remove any allergens. If they have food sensitivities or allergies, you will need to research and buy them a food that works well for them. For more information on allergies, click here: and for more information about dog food, click here:

Something frenchie parents always say they wished they knew beforehand was that you must wipe their bums after they go potty since they cannot reach that area to clean themselves.

You may be thinking that French Bulldogs may be too high maintenance for you so let me tell you why they are a great pet!

What Makes a French Bulldog a Great Pet?

First and foremost, your frenchie will love you like you’ve never been loved before. The bond you form with these little guys and gals is like no other. They have a strong desire to always be near you. Cuddle time is a must with frenchies. They would lay and cuddle with you all day if you let them. They are very tolerant and a great family dog. For more information about this and for French Bulldog Frequently Asked Questions, you can check out this post:

Do you have a French Bulldog? If so, share some of your experiences to help potential frenchie parents decide whether a frenchie is right for them.

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The Health Benefits of Spirulina

Three French Bulldogs by the river

Have you heard about Spirulina? Do you know what it is? Do you know the many benefits that come from Spirulina which has been proclaimed a “super food”? If not, keep reading as I’m going to cover what Spirulina is along with its plethora of health benefits not only to humans but to dogs.

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae which can be found free floating in many fresh and saltwater systems. At first mention, Spirulina may not seem all that impressive. However, once you understand how it works and the plethora of vitamins and minerals it provides, it becomes apparent how special this alga really is. Let us start with what Spirulina provides. Spirulina provides several vitamins such as Vitamin A which is important for eye health and healthy immune systems. Spirulina is also a great source of Vitamin B. Vitamin B supports healthy cells and let’s face it, that’s pretty darn important. Every part of the body is made up of cells including but certainly not limited to our brains, our blood, and our nerves. Spirulina also contains Vitamin E which is an important antioxidant protecting tissues in the body. Tissues also make up organs and vitamin E is important for the proper functioning of organs. In addition to Vitamins A, B and E, Spirulina also contains several minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron.

Health Benefits of Spirulina for Humans

As you may have already deduced, Spirulina has many health benefits due to the vast array of vitamins and minerals it contains. First and foremost, it supports healthy cells. If our cells are healthy, we are healthy and conversely if our cells are not healthy, we are not healthy. Spirulina aids in the regulation of metabolism which is of course important for converting our food into the energy we need. Spirulina protects the tissues in your body. There are different types of tissues in the body all of which are important and carry out functions such as body movement and organ protection. Spirulina supports a healthy immune system in a variety of ways and is said to contain anti-cancer properties. It supports healthy bones and teeth. It supports healthy blood vessels and aids in keeping blood pressure in a normal range. It aids in muscle function and increases oxygen and energy. As you can see, there are many health benefits for humans from Spirulina, but what about our canine companions? Does it help them in the same manner?

Health Benefits of Spirulina for Dogs          

Spirulina is not only proclaimed to be a superfood for humans, but also a superfood for dogs. Just as it supports a healthy immune system in humans, it also supports a healthy immune system in dogs. The antioxidants present in Spirulina provide an anti-inflammatory response. Due to the immune system aid and anti-inflammatory responses, Spirulina is said to be helpful for dogs with allergies providing allergy relief. In addition to its main benefit to dogs of supporting a healthy immune system, Spirulina is good for digestion, supports organ health, and removes toxins from the body. Spirulina supports brain function, nervous system function, and aids in creating healthy skin and coat. Last, but certainly not least, Spirulina can be beneficial to dogs with heart disease. Heart disease in dogs is becoming more prevalent so any help in this area is more than welcome.

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The Human-Canine Bond

Frenchie Mama and French Bulldog

The bond between dogs and humans goes back thousands of years. In fact, there have been several instances of human and dog remains found buried together dated back to 8,000, 10,000 even 14,000 years ago! Maybe even more interesting is the fact that there have been scientific studies proving that dogs and humans shared common migration patterns from those early times. This shows further indication that the human-canine bond began incredibly early on. Humans and dogs have shared similar evolutionary pressures, and this had led to a deep understanding of one another. The human-canine bond is unique, it is special, and it is strong!

What does it mean to be bonded with your dog?

Being bonded with your dog basically means that you understand your dog and your dog understands you. You and your dog are in tune with each other’s emotional state. You recognize each other’s gestures and respond appropriately to them. You trust each other and you love each other. This bond stems from the thousands of years humans and dogs have been co-evolving together. This co-evolution has ultimately led to dogs and humans having many groups of genes that have also been co-evolving. Have you heard that interactions between dogs and humans increase the oxytocin levels in both species? This is the result of groups of neurological genes evolving in parallel patterns in dogs and humans.

How do I bond with my dog?

Due to the co-evolution of neurological genes, dogs bond with humans in much the same way humans bond to other humans. The more love and support you provide them, the closer the bond. Watching them and listening to them allows you to better understand them thereby strengthening the bond between you and them. Routine and consistency are key so another way to strengthen the bond is by creating a routine so they know what is expected of them making them feel more self-confident. Give them consistent attention. Spend time training them. Believe it or not, dogs love learning new tricks! Spend quality time with them. Just as you must learn what your significant other enjoys, you must learn what your dog enjoys. If they enjoy toys, buy them toys and play with them. If they love cuddling on the couch, cuddle on the couch! If they love to exercise, do that! Exercising together is not only a great bonding tool, but a well exercised dog is a well behaved dog! Neuroimaging has shown that dog brains function very similarly to ours (due to the co-evolution of the neurological genes) when processing emotions so it boils down to whatever makes you feel loved will likely make your dog feel loved.

How do you know if your dog is bonded with you?

Does your dog run around and jump up and down when you come home? Well, this probably means they are bonded to you. Dogs that are bonded to you often make eye contact. Dogs make eye contact with humans to connect with them. Bonded dogs will turn to check on you on walks. They will follow you around and seek you out if you are in another room. Another way your dog will show they are bonded to you is by leaning against you. They will want to be touching you in some way. If your dog loves toys, like my Dozer does, they will bring their favorite toy to you. This is just another sign of affection. Finally, if your dog sleeps with you, they are bonded to you. Dogs are very vulnerable when they sleep so if they are comfortable sleeping with you, you can bet they are bonded to you.

To learn more about canine body language, click here:

The human-canine bond is an amazing relationship that has spanned thousands of years. Let’s hope that it’s one that will continue for thousands more to come!

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Memorial Day – A Day for Fun and Remembrance

Dozer on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday held on the last Monday in May each year. It is a day of remembrance honoring military members who have passed in the line of duty. Memorial Day was originally coined Decoration Day because it was a time to “decorate” the graves of the fallen soldiers of the civil war with flowers. We now honor fallen soldiers from all American wars. While this day was once a somber occasion, it has turned into a day of celebration, celebrating the lives of those fallen soldiers and the sacrifices made by them and their families.

It is now a common practice for families to have barbeques and shoot off fireworks on this federal holiday. While these activities are tradition and are super fun, we must remember the true meaning of the holiday. What else should we remember? Well, to keep our canine companions safe during our celebrations of course.

Dogs, especially French Bulldogs, can easily overheat if precautions are not taken. For some tips on keeping your dog cool in the heat, click here:

Many dogs are fearful of fireworks making it important to watch for signs of fear. Some of the typical signs of fear are pacing, panting, trembling, flattened ears, lip licking, cowering, tail tucking, peeing accidents, and/or dilated pupils. Be prepared to remove your dog from the scene of the fireworks if you notice these signs of fear. Even more troublesome is that some dogs may dart off if he or she becomes extremely fearful making this a good time to remind you to microchip your pup if you have not already done so. Be sure to register your microchip once it is in place and keep your contact information up to date. Even if your pup is microchipped, if the address and phone number on file are not accurate, there may be no way to return your best friend to you.

If your dog is not yet microchipped, be sure to keep them on a leash or harness with their ID tags or collars securely attached.

Lastly, if you are celebrating in a bug infested area, be sure not to spray your insect repellent on or near your dog since most insect repellants made for humans are unsafe for dogs. Be sure to use an insect repellent made specifically for your dog such as Nature’s Way Insect Spray.

If you are anything like me, you try to take your dogs with you as much as possible. My frenchies love it and I love them so any time I can bring them, I do. With this being said, if you know you are going to a gathering on a day with high temperatures, with a lot of people, with fireworks, and with plenty of potential dangers for your dog, there is nothing wrong with leaving them home for a couple of hours. You just need to evaluate your individual situation and decide whether bringing them or leaving them at home is what’s best for you, your family, and your dog.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day! If you have additional tips on having fun on Memorial Day, celebrating our fallen soldiers, or keeping our dogs safe, feel free to leave a reply below.

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Summertime with Your Frenchie

Summer begins on June 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. When I think about summertime, I think about going to the beach, parks, and outdoor barbecues. While these activities are fun for both us and our fur babies, the heat can be intolerable for our frenchies so we must take extra precautions to keep them cool. French Bulldogs tend to overheat more quickly than many other breeds due to many reasons such as compacted airways, stenotic nares, elongated soft palates, or even allergies. Since we are quickly approaching summer and temperatures are creeping higher and higher, I thought this would be a good time to provide some ideas for keeping our frenchies cool while still enjoying summertime activities.

First and foremost, it is a good idea to invest in a tent to provide your frenchie shade and keep them out of the direct sunlight. I personally use the ABCCANOPY Outdoor Easy Pop up Canopy Tent 6×6 Central Lock-Series, Khaki. This allows us to set up all our gear under the tent and have a place to easily get out of the sun if needed. Another fun idea is to use a sunshade such as the ZOMAKE Pop Up Beach Tent 3-4 Person, Portable Instant Sun Shelters Cabana Sun Shade with UPF 50+ UV Protection for Kids & Family.

Of course, it wouldn’t be much fun for our frenchies to stay under the tent the entire time, so here are some great cooling products to use to keep your frenchie cool:

Upaw 4 Pcs Dog Instant Cooling Bandana Chill Out Scarf Pet Cool Neck Wrap for Puppy Cats

Dog Cooling Bandana, Stock Show Pet Dog Adjustable Ice Chill Out Collar Scarf with 5 Ice Packs for Summer (Flamingo)

Canada Pooch Chill Seeker Dog Cooling Vest Water Evaporative and Adjustable Rainbow – Size 14 (13-15″ Back Length)

Dog Cooling Shirt 2 Packs – Soft Breathable Instant T Shirts, Comfortable Summer Clothes Vest, Absorb Water and Evaporate Quickly for Dogs Cats Puppy

O2COOL 2 Pack Elite Battery Powered Handheld Water Misting Fans (Teal)

Taking them for a swim will also cool them down, but we all know that most frenchies are not great swimmers so make sure you have a good life jacket such this one: Vivaglory Dog Life Jackets with Extra Padding for Dogs, X-Large – Pink.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to have plenty of water on hand. I always carry these Babyoung Dog Water Bottle, Portable Dog Water Bottles for Walking and Traveling, Patented Design with 3 Filters and Dust Cap, Outdoor Leakproof Water Bowl for Pets, Easy Clean (Blue) when on outings with Dozer, Molly, and Harley. You can refill them as many times as you like with any water source that is available and it filters the water for you.

We do not have to sacrifice summer fun with our frenchies, we just need to be extra diligent to keep them cool and safe. So, go to the beach, take them to the park, and go to that barbeque. Enjoy, have fun and most of all have a happy summer everyone!

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Surgery and Anesthesia Protocols for French Bulldogs

I must admit that as I am writing this, I am worried about my little boy. I know he is fine. He is eating, drinking, and acting himself. Nevertheless, as a frenchie mama, I cannot help but worry about him. You see, even though he is acting normal, he is obviously in pain. He yelps when he goes to the bathroom and he bleeds a bit from one of his incisions. I have already brought him back to the vet, they monitored him for three hours, and all is good. They noted he is swollen and that is to be expected. What did he have surgery for in the first place you ask?

It all started during a routine tail pocket cleaning. I have been diligent about cleaning Dozer’s tail pocket on a regular basis. Approximately one month ago, he started growling at me when I would clean it. If you know Dozer and his sweet disposition, you know this is very uncharacteristic of him. I knew something must be wrong, but I gave it a couple of days. After a couple days of him growling at me every time I attempted to clean the tail pocket, I called my veterinarian and made an appointment. They prescribed an anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. After a few days of medication, he was still extremely uncomfortable and still growling when I attempted to clean his tail pocket, so my veterinarian prescribed another medication. Still, there was no improvement. During the initial appointment, they examined his tail and noticed that it was growing into him and thought this may be the culprit. Consequently, they x-rayed the tail and discovered malformations in the vertebrae. However, they were trying to avoid surgery if possible. Since the medication was not working after several more days, they asked me in for another consult to discuss surgery. During the consult, I was informed that surgery was necessary, and the vet was confident the surgery would be successful, so we set it up for the following week.

Finding A Good Veterinarian

The funny thing about this impending surgery was that I was less nervous about this surgery than I was when I was getting Dozer neutered. Why is that you ask? Like many frenchie parents, I was worried about putting him under anesthesia. When I brought Dozer home at ten weeks of age, I started him with a different veterinarian than I have now. I did my research before choosing this veterinarian. However, I did not know them and when I asked questions about the neutering process, I was not receiving complete answers and the short answers they gave did not put me at ease. I was a nervous wreck before and during his neutering procedure. He did well. However, after this experience, I decided that I wanted a different veterinarian particularly since I still needed to have Molly and Harley spayed. I chose to consult with a veterinarian who had a good reputation in town and who I had recently discovered owned a French Bulldog himself. The first consult with this veterinarian was a completely different experience in that he went into great detail about his spaying process. He also let me know that he would run bloodwork ahead of time to rule out potential problems. When I asked the previous veterinarian about bloodwork, their response was “we will if you want us to.” By the time I spoke to the new veterinarian, I had also discovered the French Bulldog Rescue Network Anesthesia Policy and this new veterinarian’s anesthesia procedures lined up well with that policy. Because I was so comfortable with this veterinarian in general and comfortable with his anesthesia protocol, I was much more at ease while Dozer was in for surgery. I dropped him off at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20th and picked him up the same day at 4:30 pm.

The doctor called me at approximately 1:30 p.m. that day, just as soon as the surgery was complete, to let me know that all went well. He explained that the surgery ended up being much more involved than he expected since the tail was embedded deeper than he thought and the tail had no give to it. He thoroughly explained the entire surgery and let me know that while it was unlikely, there was the slightest chance that some nerves were affected due to how deep he had to go to remove the tail. I, of course, asked the worst case scenario and he let me know that nerve damage and incontinence would be the worst-case scenario. However, the likelihood of this happening was almost zero, not zero, but almost zero.

If you are wondering how Dozer is now, he is good. He is currently laying right next to me sleeping. The doctor increased his dose of pain medication since he is having pain while defecating so it is making him sleep more. However, when he is awake, he is his normal sweet loving self.

What I would like you to take away from this post is to make sure you feel comfortable with any surgery or procedure. How I did this was to choose a veterinarian I was comfortable with, making sure they planned to run bloodwork to rule out any problems, and ensuring their anesthesia policy compared to the French Bulldog Rescue Network Anesthesia Policy. Additionally, if you have a hard time getting your furbaby to take pills like I did, try this Pet MD Wrap A Pill Peanut Butter Flavored Pill Paste for Dogs – Make a Pocket to Hide Pills and Medication for Pets – 59 Servings. It was a game changer for me.

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Canine Dental Health

Let’s talk dental care! If there is one thing you could do for the overall health of your dog, it is take care of their teeth and gums. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is not only important for dental health but important for the overall health of your canine companion. Eighty percent, that is right 80%, of dogs develop dental disease by the age of three years old. Pet parents tend to overlook dental health more often than anything else when it comes to the health of their dogs. Poor dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, broken teeth, tooth loss, oral pain, and organ damage. Lack of brushing leads to plaque buildup. Bacteria in plaque can enter the bloodstream and spread to the heart, liver or kidneys creating alarming health issues. Poor dental hygiene is particularly problematic for frenchies and other small dog breeds since they often have overcrowded and misaligned teeth. This overcrowding can make the teeth difficult to clean and make them more prone to dental disease. What are the signs that your dog may have dental disease?

Signs of Dental Disease in Dogs

Some of the tell-tale signs that your dog may be developing dental disease are bad breath; large deposits on the teeth (usually yellow or brown in color); red, swollen, or bleeding gums; changes in eating or drinking habits such as refusing to eat or drink; broken teeth or tooth loss; and drooling. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to discuss the symptoms with your veterinarian and schedule an appointment for an examination.

What can we as dog parents do to prevent this from happening? Well, it is simple really. Brush their teeth every day just as you brush your own teeth every day. You may be saying, well it is not that simple since my dog hates brushing his teeth so I will give you some tips to help your dog get used to it.

Tips for Brushing Your Dogs Teeth

The first thing I always do when brushing my dogs’ teeth is let them smell and lick the toothpaste. Many times, this does the trick as they think they are getting some sort of treat. If the taste of the toothpaste is not enough to tempt them into liking the toothpaste, you can add something tasty to it such as tuna juice. Once you have let them lick a little, ease the toothbrush into their mouth and brush very gently making sure to positively reinforce the behavior. For tips on positive reinforcement, read this post:

 It is important to brush all teeth, however your focus should be on the outside surfaces particularly in the areas on the insides of the cheeks. These are the areas most prone to tartar buildup. Paleo pets has a great all natural tooth powder which I use regularly. Shop 100% Natural Dog Teeth Cleaner, Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy!

It is always best to get your dog accustomed to having their teeth brushed regularly, but what do you do if they absolutely will not let you brush? At the very least, you should provide them with dental treats such as these organic Minty Breath Bones or dental toys such as this Nylabone.

I hope this post helps you on your way to creating a dental hygiene routine for your dog. If you have any tips or tricks to help our fellow frenchie parents, please leave a comment.

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I am THAT Dog Mom (French Bulldog Clothes & Accessories)

I have been a dog mom to several dogs over the years and this includes differing breeds of dogs. I have loved them, I have trained them, and I have spoiled them. Have I ever pushed them in a stroller? No. Have I ever dressed them up? Other than the occasional football jersey, No. That is…. until now. That is right, I have turned into one of THOSE dog moms!

It all started when I read that French Bulldogs were sensitive to hot and cold temperatures when my first French Bulldog, Dozer, was just a little tyke. Shortly after reading this, I was in PetCo shopping for toys when I saw this Furry Boss shirt and of course, I had to buy it for Dozer. After all, he was the little furry boss! Not too long after that, I brought Molly home. Molly was an itty-bitty thing coming in at a whopping 5 pounds. She got cold quite easy so the next item of clothing I bought was this hoodie. Of course, I had to buy Dozer one also. Over the past couple of years, my frenchies wardrobe has grown and grown and grown. Here are the links to some of my favorite clothing I have purchased (#ads):

Let’s Walk on The Wild Side Hoodie

Bond & Co Beige Bearly Awake Dog Hoodie, M

Together is Better Hoodie

NFL Miami Dolphins Hoodie for Dogs & Cats. | NFL Football Licensed Dog Hoody Tee Shirt, Small | Sports Hoody T-Shirt for Pets | Licensed Sporty Dog Shirt

NFL Miami Dolphins Pet Jersey, XS

kyeese Dog Pajamas Cotton Pjs Stretchable Dog Jumpsuit 4 Legs Strip PJS Hair Shedding Cover Good for Summer

Puppy Face Striped Shirt for Dog Tank Pet Shirts Green and Grey Wide Strips Pet Clothes for Dogs Small Medium

Fitwarm Fleece Sweatshirts for Dog Coats Pet Hooded Jackets, Grey, Large

BINGPET BA1002-1 Security Patterns Printed Puppy Pet Hoodie Dog Clothes

kyeese Dog Sweater Dress Plaid for Small Dogs with Bowtie Turtleneck Dog Pullover Knitwear Cat Sweater

Eat, Walk, Nap, Repeat Shirt

Frenchie Hoodie

Frenchie Shirt

Here are some of the adorable accessories I have purchased:

Dog Collar Bow Tie – Adorable Plaid Sturdy Soft Cotton&Leather Dog Collars for Small Medium Large Dogs Breed Pup Adjustable 18 Colors and 3 Sizes (Cyan Plaid, S 10″-14″)

Pet Heroic Pet Dog Cat Collar with Grid Bow tie, Adjustable Plaid Pet Dogs Cats Comfortable Durable Bowtie Collars for Small Medium Large Dogs Cats in 3 Styles

Bubblegum Sugarplum Dog Bows

Oh, and let’s not forget the costumes for Halloween:

DC Comics for Pets Wonder Woman Harness for Dogs, Small (S) | Superhero Dog Harnesses | Harness for Small Dog Breeds, See Sizing Chart for Details

DC Comics for Pets Superman Harness for Dogs, Small (S) | Superhero Dog Harness | Harness for Small Size Dog Breeds, See Sizing Chart for Details

DC Comics for Dogs Batman Superhero Dog Harness, Medium, Gray

Casual Canine Prison Pooch Costume for Dogs, 16″ Medium

And yes, I do push my dogs in a stroller. Frenchies overheat easily and can have trouble breathing after walking long distances. I enjoy taking them on weekend adventures to new parks. Some of the parks we visit have trails that are miles long, too long for the frenchies to walk. Thankfully, I found this nice sturdy stroller that fits all three easily: PawHut Foldable Dog Stroller with Storage Pocket, Oxford Fabric for Medium Size Dogs, Blue. This way, we can all enjoy these walks together. I told you, I am now THAT dog mom, the one who dresses up her dogs, pushes them in a stroller, and schedules her time around them. You know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Walking Your Frenchies Safely (French Bulldog Theft)

Both the popularity and the price tag of the French Bulldog is on the rise and unfortunately this means the theft of French Bulldogs is also on the rise. French Bulldogs are among the most commonly stolen dog breeds. By now I am sure you have read at least one of the news articles about Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, who were stolen on February 24, 2021. Two men jumped out of a vehicle and assaulted Lady Gaga’s dog walker in an attempt to steal the three French Bulldogs he was walking. A struggle ensued and the dog walker ended up shot in the chest and the two men made off with two of the three French Bulldogs. Thankfully, the dogs were returned, and the dog walker ended up being okay. However, this has brought the reality of frenchies being stolen and the associated dangers to the forefront. This, of course, is not the first time something like this has happened. This time it was just much more publicized since it was Lady Gaga’s dogs who were stolen. Her frenchies were returned but many others are not so lucky. Many frenchie parents have their dogs stolen and never see them again. As a frenchie mama, I have to say, I would be absolutely devastated if this happened to me and my frenchies. This begs the question, how do we keep our frenchies, and ourselves for that matter, safe while we are out on walks. In response to the theft of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs, I have seen and heard many people discussing carrying guns to protect themselves while walking their dogs. Because of this, I want to begin by discussing firearm safety.

Firearm Safety

If you choose to protect yourself and your dogs by carrying a firearm, it is important to do so safely. First and foremost, be sure you are comfortable carrying a firearm and that you have received training to properly utilize the firearm. If you search online, you will find many firearm safety classes available. Second, be sure the barrel of the gun is always pointed in a safe direction. Never point a gun towards any person or animal and be very aware of your surroundings. If the gun has a safety, be sure it is on while carrying the firearm. However, you should treat a gun as if it does not have a safety even if it does. This means treat the gun as if the safety is always off and can fire at any time. One of the most important things I can tell you is to never have your finger on the trigger unless you are planning to shoot the gun. Most firearm accidents occur because people do not follow the trigger finger rule and because the firearm is pointed at something they did not intend to shoot. Lastly, check your state laws on gun carrying so you do not get yourself in trouble. What if you do not want to carry a gun? What are some other ways you can protect yourself and your frenchies?

Protecting Yourself While Walking Your Frenchie

The best advice I can give you, whether you are carrying a firearm or not, is to be very aware of your surroundings. Know what is in front of you, behind you, and beside you at all times. Do not use headphones while you are walking as this will not able you to hear what is going on around you. Avoid walking your dog alone in the dark. If you must walk your dog alone in the dark, you may consider carrying pepper spray or mace. A reflective leash could also help deter criminals. Another good idea for protection is an emergency survival whistle. The emergency survival whistle I own is the Michael Josh 2PCS Emergency Survival Whistle Kit with Lanyards for Outdoor(Silver)(#ad). Keep away from large bushes and dense vegetation, as well as doorways. These areas give potential criminals the element of surprise. If a vehicle stops to ask you questions, keep a large distance between yourself and the vehicle. If a vehicle starts following you, turn around and walk towards a place where there are people and where it is well lit. Studies have shown that criminals target people who look less confident so walk with your head up, walk tall, and look people in the eyes. The last piece of advice I can offer is always carry your phone. We all have cell phones in todays’ day and age, and they can be used to call a friend or 9-1-1. Additionally, most cell phones now have flashlights which could come in handy in a suspicious situation. Just remember, do not show fear or weakness since this is what criminals look for.

If you have any other suggestions for staying safe while walking your dog, feel free to leave a reply below.

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National Love Your Pet Day

If you are not already aware, today is National Love Your Pet Day! Today is the day to give your pet some extra cuddles, splurge on the treats, and take them to their favorite park. I took my three to Waterfront Park in beautiful Palm Coast, Florida today. It was a beautiful park with an exceptionally long walking/biking path right along the Intracoastal Waterway. It was remarkably clean with all the amenities you could ask for including a dock along the river, a large playground, a covered picnic area and benches galore all along a gorgeous setting. This was our first time at this park, and we will be back. No doubt about it! There are many great dog parks and dog beaches in Florida and throughout the United States. Now may be a good time to do some research and find a great new park in your area.

National Love Your Pet Day is a day to celebrate your pet by spending quality time with them. Some other ideas to celebrate your pet include treating them to a spa day or setting up a play date with their favorite furry friend. Join in the social media fun by taking a picture of your pet and posting it using the hashtag #LoveYourPetDay.

If you missed out on spending some special time with your pet today, do not fret! You can always make it up to them by buying something special such as a Multipet Plush Dog Toy, Lambchop or maybe GREENIES Blueberry Natural Dental Dog Treats, 12oz Packs. #ad You could also buy them that cute hoodie they have been eying or that extra comfortable harness from The Frenchie Store.

In honor of National Love Your Pet Day, enjoy this video a friend put together all about French Bulldogs: French Bulldog Video

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Canine Body Language and Why Your Frenchie May Not Get Along with Other Breeds

You may be one of the lucky ones who’s frenchie gets along with all dogs and loves all people. That is my Molly. She loves everyone she encounters, canine or otherwise. On the other hand, your frenchie may have a hard time interacting with other dogs and there may be a reason for this. You see, dogs have specific body language that not only we can read, but other dogs use to understand how they are thinking and feeling. Before I get into why your frenchie may not get along with other breeds of dogs, let us first review canine body language.

Canine Body Language

Tail positioning tells a lot about how a dog is feeling. Some may assume that a tail wag is always an indicator of a happy dog. However, there is more to it than that. You must also pay attention to HOW the tail is wagging. Is it wagging slow, fast, raised, lowered, to the right, or to the left? You can tell a lot about a dog’s emotions by paying close attention to these details. A slow tail wag usually indicates a relaxed dog. A tail wagging to the right indicates a happy dog. A tail in a neutral position, not too raised and not tucked under, is also an indicator of a relaxed dog. Therefore, if your pup is slowly wagging their tail in a neutral position and to the right, they are more than likely a happy and relaxed dog. On the other hand, if they are wagging their tail to the left, this may indicate they are uncomfortable. A fast tail wag does not necessarily mean they are unhappy, but instead indicates excitability. They may be nervous or just overly excited. A tail that is raised high could indicate aggression and a tail that is tucked under typically indicates the dog is scared. A dog will move his or her tail from a neutral position to a lowered position to show submission. A dog holding its tail straight out is a sign of curiosity. You see, tails can give you (and other dogs) a vast amount of information if you look for the signs. Dogs do not only communicate with their tails, but they also communicate with facial expressions just like we do.  

Canine Facial Expressions

The eyes are used very frequently as a communication tool for dogs. A dog with “soft eyes” is communicating a relaxed friendly tone. This is often accompanied by the slow tail wag. On the other hand, a dog staring at another dog with “hard eyes” is a warning and could be a sign of aggression. This could lead to one dog looking away as a sign of submission or it could lead to a fight. There is also a term used by dog trainers called “whale eye.” This is a term to describe when the whites of a dog’s eyes are visible and could be an indicator of fear or anxiety.

The ears are also used as a communication tool for our canine companions. Forward facing ears is an indicator of curiosity or that they are paying close attention to someone or something. Ears that are flat down and all the way back is an indicator of fear and possibly aggression. Ears that are back but not flat down against the head could indicate your dog is sad. However, if the ears are only slightly pulled back it could be a sign of playfulness (especially when accompanied by a slow tail wag).

Finally, we have the mouth which can tell us a tremendous amount about the dog. An open mouth typically indicates a content dog and of course, a snarled mouth with teeth showing is a sure sign of aggression. If a dog is constantly licking their lips for no apparent reason, this can be an indicator of stress.

Canine Body Positions

I am sure you are familiar with the downward facing dog position where a dog lowers down into a bow. This is the typical behavior of a playful dog. On the other hand, when a dog tenses up their entire body, this is the typical behavior of a fearful or aggressive dog. An aggressive dog may stand completely still while they attempt to look large, usually slightly leaning in towards the other dog. The dog may also be displaying the “hard eyes” I mentioned earlier. A dog that is fearful may lean away, crouch down, or even tremble.

There are many ways dogs communicate both to each other and to us, their human family. Dogs “figure each other out” by reading each other’s body language and this includes reading the tail, eyes, ears, and mouth along with body positioning.

Since French Bulldogs have no tail, this may cause miscommunication between them and other breeds. Add to this fact that, due to their facial structure (smooshed faces), their face muscles are more relaxed causing them to have difficulty expressing the facial expressions used by other breeds to size them up. This could also cause some miscommunication between the breeds. This is not to say that our darling little frenchies can not communicate. They communicate quite well actually. We all know they are very expressive and communicate with us well. Those wonderful bat ears and big ole expressive eyes tell us a lot and boy do they know how to use those athletic little bodies.

Another thing to keep in mind is, just like humans, some dogs just may not like each other. It may be that your dog got into an altercation with another dog at one time and this causes them to be weary of dogs that look (and smell) like that particular dog. Dogs have a keen sense of smell and can gather much information about the other dog from this sense of smell. Your dog may be possessive of you and not want another dog around you. There are many reasons your dog may not like other dogs or other dogs may not like your dog.

The point here is that dogs have a lot of information available to them to figure out another dog and, for the most part, they are good at it. Since frenchies lack some of these communication tools, it may be difficult for other breeds of dogs to figure them out or vice versa. I am not saying that other dogs can not read your frenchie at all, just that there are less tools for them to work with.

Remaining calm when dogs show aggression towards each other is important. Dogs are not only sensitive to the body language of other dogs, but they are also sensitive to our body language.

If you have encountered a dog of another breed that did not seem to like your frenchie, I would love to hear about your experience. What breed of dog was it? What was the other dog’s body language? What was your Frenchie’s body language? Has this occurred often or was it a one-time event? Feel free to leave a reply below and share your experience.

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