So much has been going on here that I've had a hard time getting around to posting the awards/tags we've gotten. Without further ado, here are our (somewhat well thought-out) responses to two tags from the last few weeks.
First, the wee Bonnie (from ScrapsofMe) gave us some homework:
Pick a single photo from your pet folder that you haven't posted before, and tell it's story. We are supposed to pass on this assignment to 5 furiends, but all of you are welcome to do it (hint: it's a great thing to have when your posting material runs a little thin...). OK, here we go -
In this photo Brutus is about 7 months old. It was an odd stage in his physical development, you might not even recognize him! He was going through a growth spurt & teething, which causes an unusual side effect in Frenchies: thier ears "curl" backwards. Doesn't always happen, and no one knows why it occurs - maybe hormonal changes, maybe stress from teething?? It got progressively worse over a 2-3 month period; funny thing was, it was worse some days than others!! What you see above represents the most significant curl Brutus had. Our wonderful vet kept reassuring me (she has to do this a lot - Thanks, Lori!!) that his ears would go back up on their own. Sure enough, after a few months of this Brutus' bat ears went back to normal! Almost in the course of a day, actually. Just one of "those Frenchie things" that I thought you'd all enjoy!!
Second, our pal Lexi the golden retriever gave us the Honest Scrap award:
Our task here is to list 10 things about ourselves. As "interesting" as we undoubtedly are (whether we like it or not!), it is a bit of a challenge to come up with new facts we haven't used before! I mixed up facts about Brutus with some general Frenchie facts, hope you all find this interesting -
1. Brutus has 10 collars (shocking, isn't it?)
2. Frenchies are born without a tail - no physical alteration
("docking") is done to make it look they way it is.
3. Brutus hates being alone - he is very much a velcro-dog, always
at my side!
4. There were 5 puppies in Brutus' litter (amazing for a Frenchie).
5. Due to their shape (big heads, little pelvis) Frenchies must be
born by caesarean section.
6. Brutus favorite "toy" is an empty plastic water bottle. Even with
all the things I buy him, it's what he goes most crazy for!
7. Frenchies' are born with their ears floppy, but they naturally
stand up on their own (again, no alteration, required!).
8. Brutus is a purebred (but, of course!), but is from an
unregistered litter (LONG story). Therefore he has a "PAL"
(purebred alternative listing) designation with the AKC.
He can compete in all AKC events, except conformation.
9. Brutus favorite trick is "high 5", where he'll give me a slap on the
palm of my upturned hand with either paw (or both for "10").
10. Yesterday was our 60th blog post! Wow - how time flies!!
Thanks to all our blogging buddies who think kindly of us & bestow such challenges upon us! I can't believe how popular the blog has gotten in such a short time, and love to read everyone's comments, as well as all your blog posts each day. Four months ago, I had no idea there was such a thing as the DWB community, but look at us now - I feel like I've made so many friends here :) Keep on postin' everyone!!
Have a great day! Michelle & Brutus