December 30, 2012

bow wow

Just a wee bit of excitement around here today. We did some groceries, and JoeFresh had really good sales on, so I picked up an oversized sweater ($15) and a gingham shirt ($9). 
Then we decided to get a dog!!! So I will spend the rest of the day choosing between a French Bulldog or a Boston Terrier, and researching breeders and rescue organizations. I am so very excited to have another fur baby!

parka: Simons
sweater: Gap
scarf: Garage
leggings: Aritzia
boots: Sorel Cate the Great

9 notes:

kim. said...

i think frenchies are WAY cooler. and you should totally get a rescue.
p.s. love the joe fresh stuff! i've had my eye on that sweater i think.

Miss Ripley said...

I got my Boston through Boston Terrier Rescue Canada. There are always a lot of available dogs in Ontario it seems. Here's the link:

Good luck!

Luisa said...

I'm all about shelter dogs these days [my last five, three of 'em still going strong, are from the local shelter, and they are beyond awesome]. However, I love Frenchies and can recommend a breeder who is also very active in Frenchie rescue:Carol Gravestock. Here's one of Carol's pups -- totes adorbs: Awww!!!!

Carol is on Facebook, and she's active in rescue through the Eastern Canada French Bulldog Club, which is also on FB.

If I were going to buy a Frenchie pup or look for a rescue, she's the first person I'd call -- and I'm in Southern California.

Daphne is a rescue pup. So adorable.

Having said all this, I'm also totally in love with fave author/illustrator Julie Zickefoose's Boston Terrier, Chet Baker. He's the best. She's writing a book about him, and I will buy copies for everyone I know. Julie and Chet are both on FB, and Julie has a link to Chet's breeder.

Glad you're researching! Best wishes to you all and the future pup!

Luisa said...

PS: [Yes, I'm a dog nerd. Last comment, I promise.] As I'm sure you know already, short-faced breeds can have a host of health issues. My sister's wonderful little pug needed surgery on her nose and a soft-palate resection in order to be able to breathe without effort. The vets at UC Davis told my sis that her pug's throat was inflamed, with polyps, all from the struggle to breathe. Those cute snuffling noises? The adorable snoring? Those are the sounds of a dog struggling to get enough air. When my sister brought her dog home after surgery, my sis kept waking up during the night to make sure her pug was OK... because she couldn't hear the little dog's snoring. The pug could finally breathe [more] normally.

Chet Baker's slightly longer muzzle would be frowned on in the show ring, but he can run miles with Julie every morning. The shorter the muzzle, the greater the likelihood of severe [sometimes life-threatening] respiratory issues :~(

For more on the perils of breeding for exaggerated characteristics, see the BBC report Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

jen@closetrivalry said...

thanks for the link. the only one that's available close to me isn't a good fit to a house with kids. i think i'll put myself on the wait list.

jen@closetrivalry said...

Thanks so much for all the info. I've had a boston before and totally loved the breed so i'm leaning towards another one. Having said that, I totally plan on checking out all the links you gave this afternoon. I'm happy/sad that there is only one boston available for adoption through all rescue orgs in a 4 hour radius of me. Too bad that one isn't a good fit for a house with kids. I'll keep looking!

jen@closetrivalry said...

nah, i'm home lots and we have the cottage too so it's perfect timing.

jen@closetrivalry said...

so few bostons/frenchies available. but if i wanted a pit bull i'd have my choice of hundreds. so sad.