Friday, April 10, 2009
Sooo, back to the vet. Our regular vet who is awesome! Ultrasound of Lola showed no puppies. Darn! Unfortunately, Lola had a very convincing false pregnancy that fooled everyone including the vet who took her x-rays weeks ago. Needless to say I won't be going back there. Poor Lola! Our instructions were to discourage her nesting and keep her busy and her mind off pups. Well, I've learned a lot. We were really disappointed though. We were looking forward to Spring puppies. Maybe there will be Fall puppies. Next time, I'll talk about the Everything Pets expo I worked and I'm waiting for a shipment from http://www.puppycake.com/. Reviews coming up!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sooo, another week and no babies. Lola is getting more aggresive about the whelping pen. She won't let the other dogs in the house near the room where the pen is. The male dogs in the house are very interested in her behind all of a sudden so hormones are being released. We're getting closer. The vet said she isn't too concerned yet. Lola isn't in distress and the puppies appear to be fine. I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Lola had another vet visit today. Everything is going well and her colostrum is coming in so we estimate puppies will arrive any day now. X-rays suggest 3-5 puppies. She is carrying very high in her ribs and our experience over the years has been that there is always one or two hiding in there! We are very excited for their arrival. She's doing well but very uncomfortable and sleeping a lot. In the meantime, the bullies are enjoying the nice weather and sitting out in the yard as long as we will let them. I hope to get a video posted for you of Louie climbing up the playset slide and sliding down. He's a real character!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Occasionally, I'd like to give product reviews of things I have tried and how they worked for my bulldogs. I'd love feedback from everyone out there about products you have tried that you think I should check it. My first product review is for Earthbath Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera Shampoo and Earthbath Tea Tree Oil Hot Spot & Itch Relief. Knowing that bulldog skin can be sensitive, I opted for Earthbath products initially because they were 100% biodegradable, all-natural and have no artificial fragrances. The Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera shampoo doesn't dry their skin and helps calm and prevent itching. I have also tried the Puppy shampoo and found it extremely gentle. The best thing about these shampoos is that it takes very little to generate lots and lots of suds. I wash all three bullies once a month at least and it took almost a year to get through one bottle. The Tea Tree Oil Hot Spot & Itch Relief spritz has been a lifesaver. It comes in a pump bottle and I spray it on Lola's coat evenly until she's damp. I then use my fingers to rub it in down to her skin. Lola has a terrible time with itchy, dry skin, particularly in the winter, and this product provides instant relief. The pint shampoos and the spritzes retail for around $12.50. It takes very little product to get results so your money will go far. Earthbath also makes shampoo bars, deodorizers and moisturizers. You can learn more about their products and where to find them at http://www.earthbath.com/.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
We went to our first Cincinnati Bulldog Meetup yesterday and it was so much fun. If you have been thinking about it but haven't had a chance to go we highly recommend it. English and French Bulldogs are equally welcome. There is an indoor and outdoor play area. Lots of toys, water, agility equipment and a chance to make new friends. The humans have as much fun as the dogs. There is a link at the bottom of the blog that will take you directly to the groups bulletin board to sign up. It's one dollar per human to cover the cost of human and dog refreshments. Brie is the meetup organizer and she does a great job!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Welcome everyone to our first posting! Currently, our female Lola is expecting a litter of puppies. We hope they will arrive in the next week. Our vet is confident that Lola will be able to freewhelp this litter. However, being a Bulldog, we will have the vet available and ready at all times should a C-section be necessary. Louie and Lola were bred naturally without artificial insemination, a feat for Bulldogs in itself. We are very excited about this litter. We will be sure to keep you posted!