healthy bulldog

toebeanz  asked:

I know that there are breeders working to produce more healthy pugs and bulldogs but do you know of any resources for finding breeders of other kinds of dogs who focus more on the health of the animals?

Your best bet is going to be word of mouth, learning to read between the lines on breeder websites, or actually getting to know specific breeders and gauging their practices personally. 

In every breed, there are breeders who focus on making sure they’re breeding the healthiest animals they can. This manifests very differently in different breeds, as they all have their own respective health issues and health problems manifest with different probabilities for each breed - so what @desertwindhounds considers when planning her sighthound litters is very different from what @crispbean considers when planning breedings for her Japanese hunting dogs. (Both are people I personally consider good breeders who are highly dedicated to responsible breeding and the health of their litters).  Not all health tests are created equal, or are equally useful.

I don’t think there’s currently an extant resource for ‘good breeders’ like you’re looking for because of how incredibly political the dog breeding world is. Instead, it’s something you pretty much have to suss out for yourself. It’s important to do some research on the hereditary issues in the breed you’re looking at, and then talk to the breeder about what issues show up in their lines and what they test for. It’s a red flag if they tell you a really common issue has never been seen in their lines, or if they won’t share the health information of their animals. 





I hope that you and your family will be healthy.

The only thing worse than having cancer...

Last week, Sabrina, my 8/9yo, healthy, happy French Bulldog, had a grand mal seizure in the early morning. I rushed her to the emergency vet, who couldn’t find anything wrong with her, so the next day we took her to the veterinary neurologist and she had an MRI. They diagnosed her with a brain tumor. Inoperable. But not untreatable.

So I write to you from the cancer clinic, which is like the animal version of something out of TFiOS. There is a shepherd mix here named Paige getting chemotherapy for her lung tumors. There is a Greyhound with osteosarcoma, who is missing his right front leg. They even have a therapist here (for the humans, not the dogs). Sabrina is going to be treated with all of the stuff they give people, but at much lower doses. Dogs don’t lose heir fur, they don’t throw up, they don’t get radiation burns–vets aren’t trying to cure the cancer completely. They’re just trying to beat it for a while. In Sabrina’s case, I was assured over and over again that there’s a 90% response rate to treatment, and the rate of side affects for where her tumor is located is less than 5%. But if I elect not to treat her, at best she’ll only have 3-6 months, and they will not be good months.

So we’re doing it. If I can add more good time to Sabrina’s little infinity, I will.

My visibility might be a bit spotty during treatment, which with a book coming out in less than four months, isn’t great. But I have no choice, so I’m asking for your help:

If you like my books, tell someone about them. If you really liked them, write up a review and post it on Amazon or B&N or Goodreads or somewhere. This stuff really helps. It helps so much I can’t even tell you, and right now, I need all of it I can get.

Thank you, always.


p.s. Below is a picture of Sabrina’s reaction to her post-MRI treat.