“I’ve Pet That Dog” Shares the Puppy Love!

Meet Gideon, a 9-year-old who shares pictures and brief stories of all the dogs that he’s met…and petted!

This young dog lover started the I’ve Pet That Dog blog in 2016.  He began posting on Twitter in April and already has over 90,000 followers!

The format is simple…and adorable.  Gideon posts pictures of himself with dogs of all shapes and sizes and describes the pups in a few choice words.

Be sure to check in with Gideon for your daily dose of canine cuteness!

 

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New Study Looks at Health Problems of French Bulldogs

The cute little French Bulldog (also called the Frenchie) is experiencing a huge jump in popularity.  According to the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular US dog breeds, the French Bulldog rose from number 11 in 2003 all the way up to 4th most popular breed in 2017.

But if you’re considering getting a French Bulldog as your next pet, you might want to check out this in-depth study of the health disorders found in the UK French Bulldog population.  The authors of the study report that the Frenchie is now the 2nd most commonly registered pedigree in the UK, but they warn that this breed suffers from some serious health conditions, many of them genetic.

The study found that 72.4% of Frenchies in the UK had at least one officially recorded health disorder.  The most common health problems of French Bulldogs are:

  • Ear infections 14%
  • Diarrhea 7.5%
  • Conjunctivitis (eye inflammation) 3.2%
  • Skin problems 17.9%

In addition to these problems, which can occur in many dogs, the French Bulldog as a breed is predisposed to several serious inherited health issues:

  • Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS)
  • Dystocia (difficult birth)
  • Corneal ulceration
  • Patellar luxation
  • Spinal diseases, including intervertebral disc disorder (IVDD) and hemivertebrae (malformed spine)

These health problems are significant enough earn the French Bulldog a “warning” from the UK Kennel Club’s Breed Watch program.

The authors of the study warn that a surge in a breed’s popularity can result in an increase in a breed’s health problems.  This is because disreputable breeding operations (such as puppy mills) are eager to cash in on a status breed’s desirability…at the expense of health.

If you are interested in a French Bulldog or other popular breed, experts recommend that you fully understand the possible health problems your dog is at risk of inheriting (and their associated financial costs) and be sure to choose a reputable breeder who performs genetic health testing on their breeding stock.

Click HERE for a guide to choosing a healthy purebred puppy from a responsible breeder.

 

Happy National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30th.

This special day was created as a way to raise awareness about the many thousands of homeless pets that are waiting to get adopted from animal shelters and rescue groups around the country.

Consider opening your heart to a homeless animal when thinking about getting you next pet!

 

Local Jurisdictions Continue the Fight Against Puppy Mills

A recent blog post by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) highlights the leading role that cities and counties across the U.S. are taking to ban puppy mills—despite opposition at the state and federal levels.

While many local jurisdictions are banning the sale of pet store animals bred in large-scale, for-profit breeding operations known as puppy mills, the industry is fighting back.  The ALDF reports that “pet store lobbyists are pressuring state legislatures to pass preemption laws blocking cities’ and counties’ right to adopt retail pet sale bans.”

This means that the state law will take precedence over any local law that seeks to ban puppy mill dogs from being sold in pet stores.  The ALDF notes that Arizona and Ohio have already passed preemption laws.

In addition to state-level push back on the fight against inhumane puppy mills, recently enacted federal measures have also made the effort to regulate puppy mills more difficult.  In early 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture removed public access to animal welfare records, including those relating to USDA licensed puppy mills.

What’s the good news?  Efforts to pass state preemption bills failed in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Illinois.

As the ALDF notes, “retail pet sale bans are a powerful way for people to fight puppy mills in their own communities…instead of passing preemption laws, states should ban the sale of commercially-bred animals statewide.”

Currently, California is the only state to have enacted a retail pet sale ban.  The ALDF says that concerned animal lovers in other states should be aware of any preemption laws in the works.  States currently considering such laws include Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

Be sure to keep up to date on the state of animal welfare legislation in your state by following the work of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

 

Happy National Puppy Day from FACE Success Story Dallas!

In honor of National Puppy Day, we’d like to introduce you to Dallas!

This adorable Border Collie was injured after playing with a much larger Golden Retriever. At only 6 months old, Dallas desperately needed surgery to repair the fracture in his leg.

His owner had just moved to San Diego and taken Dallas in as his own when he found him as a stray. Thankfully, Dallas’s “dad” reached out to us and also fund-raised on his own for Dallas’s care. We’re happy to report that this pup is back to playing with all his furry friends!