Saylor’s 1st Birthday

I can’t believe she’s already one! It feels like just yesterday my mom pulled up in her car to bring her to me. She was so much smaller than I imagined and she immediately shot up to greet me. Ever since that day she has been the happiest, funniest, most friendly dog I have ever had.

This was the first picture my parents sent me of Saylor. Look at that little face!

 I got Saylor when she was 12 weeks old. I never thought that I would actually find a French bulldog in my price range but then my parents called. They told me that they were going down to Texas for work and had seen a puppy online in Dallas. To my surprise she was affordable and had been bred by a vet tech. My parents met the breeder on the way to Dallas and FaceTimed me so that a could see her. She was soo cute! I made sure to ask the breeder all of the questions that I needed to make sure that this was the Frenchie for me. She was very kind and answered even my most ridiculous questions. After sleeping on the decision, I woke up the next day with a clear mind and made my decision to get her. It was the best decision I ever made!

To celebrate her birthday we didn’t do anything too crazy. I just wanted to make sure that she was happy and had a great day. I started out by taking her to TjMaxx the day before to let her pick out a toy and a new bone. She had so much fun and was so excited when the cashier gave her 3 whole treats. I also ordered her a birthday hat for her off of amazon and it ended up being too cute. The day of her birthday I made her a pup cake. Strawberry seems to be her favorite flavor so I made it strawberry peanut butter flavor, which she went crazy over. After a nap break I took her to the dog park. There is nothing Saylor loves more then playing with other dogs so this made her very happy. She ended the day chewing on her bone, relaxing and then snoozing the night away. What a great way to end the day! Overall I would say she had a pretty great 1st birthday.

Here are some pictures from her big day!

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Finding a Breeder

Saylor when she was 12 weeks old

Who doesn’t love puppies! We all love them but finding well bred French bulldogs can be a lot more challenging then it looks. When I started searching for my pup I was so excited but very quickly became overwhelmed. Finding a puppy is supposed to be fun but it is also a lot to think about. One major aspect of finding a good breeder is asking them how often they breed. A responsible breeder should not be breeding the same mom more than once or twice (not common in Frenchies) a year. This has a lot to do with the dogs cycle and allowing her body time to recuperate. Dogs also have a period of time where they are in Anestrus. This normally lasts a few months and the dog should not be sexually active. Think of this as a rest time for their bodies. It is not recommend to breed a dog during their first time in heat, so ask the owner how old the dog was when it was bred. Most dogs start going into heat around 6 months of age so that is a good way of indicating if the mom is being bred too young.

Now that we know a little about the breeding process lets talk about what to look for in the pups physical structure. Sometimes it is harder to tell when looking at a puppy if its structure is good or not. If you can see the mom and dad of the puppy that is a great way to see what the puppy’s structure will look like later on. Two of the major things I looked out for were hips and faces. French bulldogs are prone to hip dysplasia. This is a deformity of the hips. I looked at the build of the dog for this. I asked the breeder if the parents had any history of hip problems. Some will even provide veterinary proof. On the face I looked at the eyes to make sure they looked healthy and then the nose. Since French bulldogs have brachycephalic faces (flat, pushed in) they can have breathing problems. Make sure your French bulldog has wide open nostrils.

Finally, watch out for scammers! I never new this would be a problem until I started my search. Some pages will pop up as a ad. Be cautious of these. I would enter the name of the breeding site on another tab and see if the page would come up again. Sometimes when I did this warnings would pop up about the website and that it was a scam. Also be careful getting puppies flown in to you. Always try to see the puppy in person before you buy it not only to check on the health of the puppy but also to make sure it exists and they aren’t scamming you. Now that you know what to look for, have fun! Go out and find your “fur”ever friend.

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This is a great potty pad holder if you are training your new puppy to be pad trained. Saylor uses this and it helps her make sure she is all the way on the pad so that she doesn’t miss. It also helps with any leakage and is easy to wipe down which helps with odor! I have had great success with this pad holder . Although she mainly goes outside now it helps a lot at night.