8/2/2015 UPDATE: These past three weeks Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama and our recent rescue doggies have had a very hard time. The physical problems of the Utah five (5) have been extensive.

Stitch had his eye graph done, neutered, nares widened and dewclaws removed. His eye is almost completely healed and the graph has almost been completely absorbed. He has learned to trust me during our time together putting eye medications in his eye every four (4) hours. This is a good thing. His personality is starting to come out and he is more comfortable with me holding him. With each eye medication, he and I have to wait five (5) minutes before putting in the next medication in his eye. During this time, he gets belly rubs, massages and a lot of sweet reassuring talk. If anything has been good about his eye rupturing, it is the fact that this scared Frenchie boy has started to bond with a human being. He is learning to trust and will even give me a small kiss on the hand once in a while.

Honey has healed from her emergency spay operation. She is still very overweight from inactivity and not knowing how to, or having the opportunity to, run and play. She is on a restricted diet and very slowing learning to interact with other dogs. At first, she would just sit and watch the others run and play, but each day she is joining in more.

Tilley has completely healed from her spay, nares widened and dewclaws removed. She will now let me pet and love on her without her going stiff. She still has a long way to go learning how to interact with the other dogs. Slowly she is learning that she can play and not be afraid/stressed to the point of wanting to fight.

Shelly has also healed from her spay, nares widened and dewclaws removed. She has now completed her steroids and muscle relaxer medications. BTRA had several x-rays taken of Shelley’s spine. She has severe scoliosis and signs of the beginning of arthritis. These x-rays have been sent to our orthopedic specialist to review to determine if any surgery would be successful in helping Shelly. Shelly needs to have her soft palate shortened. Her breathing is laborer even though her nares have been widened.

Dusty was spayed on July 16, 2015, along with her dewclaws removed. On Monday, July 20, 2015, she started bleeding from her spay incision. I rushed her to the vet and she underwent emergency “stump pyometra” surgery. This is an inflammation of remnant uterine tissue, often caused by a reaction to suture material and caused a bacterial infection. She stayed on IV fluids, antibiotics, and pain management medication at the clinic for three (3) days. She had refused to eat while at the clinic and it was felt that she would recuperate better in her home environment. Unfortunately, Dusty continued to refuse to eat but would drink water. I am her foster mom and she was offered chicken and rice, yogurt, rotisserie chicken (which she ate one deboned chicken leg) and then refused all other attempts to eat. She is still on antibiotics twice daily and an appetite enhancer. She is starting to eat small amounts of baby turkey wieners. This Frenchie girl has had a very hard past three weeks. I really did not know if she would make it or not. The vet has done an outstanding job of caring for Dusty, and I am grateful for her dedication to saving Dusty. Please keep this precious girl in your prayers for a complete healing and that she will begin eating more on her own.

Granny Bree came to rescue from Oklahoma. She is a senior girl that was still being used in the commercial breeding industry. She was listed on Craigslist for sale and to prevent her from being sold to another breeder Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama bought her. She has been spayed, dewclaws removed and her nares widened. She will never have any more puppies and hopefully live out her life with a family that will love, appreciate her gentle nature and just let her be a companion pet.

I have had to make several hard decisions these past few weeks. My hardest was to postpone Jackson’s cataract surgery again. Our vet bill for the Utah dogs and Granny Bree was $4,312.00 and had to be paid. BTRA must have the ability to get vet help at a moment’s notice as we never know what may happen with one of the dogs. We have a large senior population that requires more medical care as they age.

You, our friends have donated $4,948.18. Most of this went to pay the vetting costs. We do have $636.18 left to go toward Jackson’s surgery. As you can see, we still need $1,748.82 in order for Jackson to have his sight restored. I just cannot tell you how sad it makes me to see this sweet boy simply sitting not knowing what is going on around him or where he can walk, no running or playing like bosties love to do.

When Stitch was operated on July 8, 2015, both the vet and the specialist that BTRA took Stitch to said that he had one of worst soft palate problem they had ever seen. Whenever you need to have soft palate surgery done on a dog, there is a certain amount of risk involved. I do not take this risk lightly. If Stitch did not need this done to make it easier for him to breathe, I would not even consider this operation. Shelly also needs to have soft palate surgery. She is the Frenchie girl that has the problem walking correctly.  She can walk but what the future holds for this issue is unknown at this time.  She will certainly have a better life if her palate is corrected.  It helps take the additional load off the heart and other organs when a dog can breathe correctly. 

Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama is still in need of $1,748.82 in order for Jackson’s cataract surgery that has been rescheduled for August 11, 2015.  The soft palate surgeries for Stitch and Shelly will cost $5,000.00.  In total, these precious doggies need $6,748.82 to correct the medical issues that they have.  When BTRA rescues any dog, the medical issues that they may have is an unknown.  This is a large part of what rescue is all about.  I pray that you will financially help BTRA with these costs so that these three (3) sweet ones can get well and thrive. 

They deserve a chance to know that there are SO many people who actually love and care for dogs. You and I together can insure that their health can be restored. You and I together can insure that they will have a chance to be loved, cared for and be the “apple of some family’s eye”. They deserve to know what the inside of a home looks like and have a soft bed, clean surroundings, good food to eat and always have clean water. In other words, they deserve a future.

If you agree and can find it in your heart to financially help Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama turn this situation in to one of hope, love and care, please see below how you can make a tax free financial donation. With your help, there can be three (3) healthier doggies.

BTRA has no paid staff and no overhead costs. ALL donations go directly to the dogs’ needs.


Jo-Ellyn G. Vincent

P.S. "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou