FBS 2019 Calendar and Diary's available to order now!

🤩FBS 2019 CALENDAR AND DIARY🤩

Orders for the 2019 calendar and diary are now open! 

The diary comes in Pink or Grey with copper foiling wording. 
The calendar is pink (obviously!) with copper foiling wording.

Prices:
Calendar A4 - £10
Diary (A5) - £8 
Both together - £15

Postage is £1.50

How to order...

Please pay via paypal or bank transfer

french.bulldog.saviours@gmail.com

Once you have paid please send Jo Wood a screen shot on facebook to her inbox and you will be added to the order list.

ALL PROFITS GO TO FBS!

I volunteer because...

‘Everything I do is for the dogs because they need us!!! Us humans have failed the dogs.’

‘Love my girls so much . I dread to imagine them having the life that some of their breed have.’

‘After rescuing Martha I came across fbs and just wanted to help make a difference. And I love dogs 🙈 .

 

‘Because Humans have let me down so much and animals haven’t…’

 

‘I do it because we are their voice. The more I know people, the more I love dogs. I chose FBS because even though I love every dog, bulldogs are my soft spot. My first rescue was in a high kill shelter in Spain. When I rescued him he was 1 day to be pts he's been with us 3 years now. He's a twat with lots of health issues (no shoes, no bags I have a high insurance bill to pay instead) but love him to bits and can't imagine my life without him now.’

‘I volunteer because I love dogs and enjoy doing something which helps ensure the safety and health of less fortunate ones.’

 

‘I do it for the love of the dogs.. they need a voice, a dog shouldn't be treated any different to any living thing. Humans are disgusting and disguard them like a piece of clothing when they go out of fashion. I educate people where I can if I'm out walking the dogs, at the vets or events. 
P.s hate humans LOVE DOGS’
#breedforhealthnotwealth

 

‘First of all I love animals and dogs give you so much unconditional love , they really are mans best friend but...we should all give them the love and security back and to know that some of these beautiful loving dogs have been failed by human beings breaks my heart. It fills me with happiness knowing I'm helping . Watching their road to recovery fills me with pride knowing that the money Lyn and I have raised allows them to get the medical help they need. FBS have my heart. The work we all do is phenomenal and I think it's safe to say that I love French Bulldogs . British Bulldogs are also close to my heart as I had them for twelve years and working with EF is fantastic ❤️ ‘

‘I volunteer because I'm passionate about animal welfare. My late daughter bought a frenchie pup 5 years ago and I fed her every lunchtime for months, and naturally fell in love with the breed. I could barely believe it when she told me that there were rescues set up specifically for frenchies, that people were abusing the breed and so hunted until I found fbs. Shortly after I adopted Maggie, the first fbs rescue in Northern Ireland, and the rest is history. Now I have 2 and am still madly in love with them, even with all their faults. I love picking up dogs, placing them in good foster homes, then helping them find their forever homes 😍😍😍 ‘

 

‘I have always rescued dogs all my life I have my favourite breeds which are staffie s & French Bulldog s but no dog should go through some of the horrifying cruelties I’ve seen when collecting dogs from 40 yrs ago it doesn’t seem to decline just the breeds are different depending on fashion!!! I am not very active at the moment but I am here due to losing my very best friend for the last 20 yrs which has built my fur family from 2 Frenchie s 1 of them Fbscilla to + 2 staffie s who have always treated my home as there home from home so now their mum has passed away I will keep for their last yrs 
Fbs Cilla now Lexi came to me as an underweight, anxious but shutdown, nails growing into her paws no teeth one side of her mouth that the vet said hadn’t been done under anaesthetic- 5 mths on she is the most comical, sweetest natured ,mischievous loving little babe you could ever wish for the FOUR owner s she had in her 2 years of life have no idea what they have missed out on she is awesome my gain & that’s the results I do this for.’

 

‘I volunteer because dogs saved my life and it now time for me to save theirs.’

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‘Because every dog deserves a chance and love and to educate and support people to give them that chance.’

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‘I do this to make these beautiful dogs get the love and homes they should have from day one 🐾🐶💋💙 Maggie May Ozzie hot pot and beautiful buddy.’

FBS Frenchies Summer Fun!

It appears the FBS family have been on their holidays! We love seeing our FBS babies summer fun photos so we thought we would share them with you!

FBS Ava enjoying Barmouth

FBS Ava enjoying Barmouth

FBS Brian enjoying the beach with his adorable sister

FBS Brian enjoying the beach with his adorable sister

FBS Elvis cooling off in the Forest of Dean

FBS Elvis cooling off in the Forest of Dean

FBS Maggie and Ozzie chilling in their very own caravan….or so they think!

FBS Maggie and Ozzie chilling in their very own caravan….or so they think!

FBS Martin chasing his cousin on his beach break

FBS Martin chasing his cousin on his beach break

FBS Petal enjoying the finer things in life in Snowdonia

FBS Petal enjoying the finer things in life in Snowdonia

FBS Rod in Pertshire with his beautiful family

FBS Rod in Pertshire with his beautiful family

FBS Remy enjoying a gin and games in Cornwall…hick!

FBS Remy enjoying a gin and games in Cornwall…hick!

The Frenchie and The Tortoise

Here at FBS we love a beautiful Frenchie story, especially when it is one of our own rescues. 

"I had not stopped hearing how much my daughter wanted a French Bulldog for many years, now she was 16 we decided the time was right. We considered buying a puppy as our first dog, however our hearts were broken when we found FBS & saw how many Frenchies needed help.
In February this year our perfect furbaby came up for adoption. We spent a long time writing, & re-writing, our application.
After a nail-biting few weeks we were contacted by a lovely lady asking if we were available so that she could complete a home visit. We were so excited that she dragged herself out in the snow & spent a few hours asking us all the questions she needed to. What a lovely thing to do, I couldnt thank her enough!
We were ecstatic when a short time later when we were told we had been picked to be Zee’s (FBS Elkies) forever home.
In the heavy snow in March this year we drove from Kent to Leeds to pick up our first ever furbaby.
Zee is 6 years old & very anxious, causing her to be reactive to other dogs. We live in a small village, surrounded in countryside, so we are lucky enough to be able walk her miles away from other people & feel confident enough to allow her to run around off-lead.
Last week, as the weather was cooling off, we managed a rare mid afternoon walk through fields. We were a mile & a half away from any house when Zee went running ahead and seemed very interested in something on the ground, getting closer I could see it was a tortoise!! Zee was very pleased with herself & as I desperately tried to carry the wriggling tortoise the mile & a half back, Zee smiled & bounced around wanting to play with it!
I should explain that Zee doesn’t have many animal friends, because of her anxiety, but her best friend at home is a tortoise!
A man in his car actually stopped us as we got near home to ask if we were actually taking our tortoise for a walk!!
Once home I wondered how on earth I was going to find the owner when it was found so far from anywhere. I started by putting a ‘Found’ post on our village Facebook page. I was contacted several hours later by a couple desperately upset because there tortoise had been missing for 4 days. They explained that their house backed on to the fields. I felt mean when I asked if they had anything that could identify it as theres. I had already been contacted by others & was adamant that I was going to get it back home. As I discussed this with the very understanding couple a few things fell into place. I felt silly asking if they happened to carry out home visits for dog charities but they did! It was the lovely lady who had completed ours!!!
They came straight around & were so pleased to be reunited with their tortoise. I was so chuffed to be able to repay them for trudging out in the snow to help us adopt our beautiful Zee."

If this story doesn't cheer you up on a Tuesday morning I am not sure what will!

FBS does BBC Countryfile Live!

This year the team had the pleasure of representing FBS at BBC Countryfile Live. Looking at the weather forecast we was not sure how successful the weekend would be, for once we weren’t worried about rain but the rising heat over the last few weeks.

The FBS team packed up their cars/vans with all the merchandise and drove from all over the country to give up their free time to represent the wonderful FBS. On the Wednesday evening the pink tents were erected, and all the stalls set out perfectly ready for Thursdays opening day.

With temperatures not dropping we warned visitors to put their dog’s health first and to look for the BIG PINK TENT as we were well equipped to keep all dogs cool! All weekend our doggie paddling pool and dunk pool were in constant use with lovely dog owners enjoying watching their pooches splash about. We had some reluctant dogs (normally frenchies!) that would not even look at the water, but do not worry this is were team FBS came to the rescue with cool towels and gentle hands.

We were very lucky on our opening day that our wonderful handsome ambassador Pete Wicks and his side kick Pirate Peggy came to spend the day with us. Pete was a big hit with the dogs and a few of the ladies quite liked him too 😉

The whole weekend team FBS worked hard promoting the charity and educating the public on our motto #breedforhealthnotwealth. With temperatures of around 30 degrees and long 10 hour days the team powered through still smiling and laughing right to the end. The day did not end at site, as the team then went back to their accommodation for the weekend to brainstorm about the future of FBS.

People often wonder why we do so many events and for us this year BBC Countryfile Live was a first and it will not be our last!

Here is an overview of the weekends figures:

·        Potential signed up fosterers = approx. 42

·        Vets =  5

·        Road train volunteers = LOADS

·        Sponsors to have meetings with = 11

·        Money raised = £803

 

A BIG thank you to all the team who attended and made the weekend what it was!

Caroline and Lyne (Our Car Boot Queens)

Sadie, Steven and the Lacey girls (Team Surrender)

Ali, Lindsey, Adam and Joe (Founder and her wonderful family)

Georgie (Management Queenie)

And me (Jo)

BUT how could we forget our wonderful FBS fur babies who kept us entertained all weekend. Remy, Howard, Peggy, Betty-Boo and our very own Looby!

 A huge thank you to Pete Wicks for not only spending the first day with us crazy lot but also returning on Sunday for more FBS madness.

Events are a wonderful place to meet the team and get involved in FBS – if you would like to get involved please message us on facebook and look out for events near you!

How FBS fixed a broken heart

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FBS: Hey Claire, tell us about your first Frenchie and what it was like to welcome one into your family?

Claire : My first frenchie was a handsome fawn with a black mask. As a puppy he had massive ears and I told everyone it was fine, one day he would grow into them. I got him as a pup at 8 weeks from a breeder in Essex, he was the last boy in the litter, but for me it was love at first sight and I knew we would make a great pair.

FBS: What made you want a French Bulldog over another breed?

Claire: I had wanted a French bulldog for a few years before Chilli came into my life. I had seen a few around and fallen for their cute face, big ears and unique personality.

FBS: Did you do any research before buying?

Claire: Before I found my perfect fur baby I did a lot of research into the breed and breeders around my area. I did a lot of online research mainly looking into the breed as I was aware of the health risks that came with frenchies and I started looking at all the insurance types.
I really wanted to do everything by the book so I’d have a healthy pup and be able to give him/her a happy and healthy life.

FBS: If you don’t mind me asking how did you lose Chilli and at such an early age?

Claire: I had the best year of my life with Chilli before he had his first seizure, that was when our world was turned upside down. He was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy and so our journey began. We started off on two pills a day (epilephen) this controlled the seizures for around 3 weeks and then the monster struck again. I couldn’t put into words just how heartbreaking and completely helpless I felt. Chilli suffered cluster seizures and had between 7-12 in an evening and the only way to get him round was to have IV diazepam from the vets. As the months went on we introduced emergency medication (keppra) and also rectal diazepam to try and help bring him round when the seizures happened at home.
We then introduced another medication (potassium bromide) this worried me a lot as it can effect the liver so it meant more regular blood tests.
Unfortunately being on all these meds we still couldn’t control his seizures and his last cluster was the worst he had ever had. The final trip to the vets is a day I will never forget, when I had to say goodbye to my baby boy.

He was taken too young.

FBS: Do you think Chilli’s illness may have had anything to do with the breed or the breeders? Have you since looked into this?

Claire: When Chilli was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy I spent every minute, hour, day and night looking into the reasons. Had I done something? Was it the breeder?

Idiopathic epilepsy can affect any breed and normally shows effects at around 1 year old. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who were and still are in the same position as me and I really don’t think it’s down to the breeder, unfortunately I think Chilli was unlucky.  I have seen an increase in frenchies with epilepsy, but I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to say it’s anything to do with the breed. It’s an awful disease and I wouldn’t wish anyone to go through it with their dog.

FBS: When did you decide it was time to look at getting another fur baby?

Claire: After losing Chilli I lost a massive part of me and felt lost, I knew that one day I would want another companion. I wanted to give a pooch that needed a forever home all the love they needed, because I couldn’t help Chilli but I hoped I could help another.

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FBS: What made you want to rescue?

Claire: I found French Bulldog Saviours and admired the amazing work they do for the breed. Originally I wanted to help out with road trains, events and meet the pooches.
On the first road train I helped out on (with my partner) we had the pleasure of meeting FBS Martin. He was a handsome little pup that was timid and looked a little lost, but couple of hours we had in the car we fell in love with him - I think it was fate. Now he’s at home in bed with me…taking up most of the room!

FBS: What is life like with a rescue?

Claire: Life with a rescue at first is strange as they are scared in a new environment, but the reward is watching them grow in confidence, building a bond and becoming best friends.

FBS: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to rescue a Frenchie or any other breed?

Claire: Frenchie’s make the best companions - they are loyal, funny, cute and lovable. There is the flip side and that is the health problems they can encounter from breathing to spinal issues to allergies and the list could go on... My main advice if you really want a puppy would be look into the breed, research and research some more. Take the time to find a good reputable breeder and always meet both parents!

The best route of all is rescuing. Give a pooch another chance in life and they will reward you with all the love you could imagine!

Note from FBS Jo: I met Claire and her partner on the roadtrain where their love story with FBS Martin began. I have never seen such a strong bond so instantly. The Martin I knew was quiet and nervous – to see him grow in confidence and become the cheeky chap he is fills me with such pride for his new owners.

Our Baby Howard Update

A little Howie pupdate…… 
who remembers this little bean who came to Fbs at just 2 days old? well here he is post op. Whilst you maybe thinking "WOW he looks awesome" or "He looks huge, He's grown loads" ( which he has, he has made amazing progress) this little man is going to have to go for a second bout of surgery. Unfortunately his 1st round of surgery has not been 100% successful and unfortunately is going to have to go under the knife again to try and repair his palate! At such a young age he has been through so much, but he is a real fighter!
Without your donations treatment for pupsters like Howard would not be possible!!
Thankyou for your continued support!

 

PUPDATE 26.07.18

Little Howard is feeling under the weather so has had a visit to the vets. He is fighting an infection and has had to stay in for further investigation. He had his palate repaired over 6 weeks ago, unfortunately it hasn't worked and he will require further surgery. This can not take place until he is feeling well and recovered from this set back. As you can see by the pictures his poor foster Dad (or mum as Howie sees him) is really upset and hoping he is soon feeling better. 
Please remember all your donations help to get the dogs the medical care they need. Without these donations we would be unable to continue to help these dogs. ........
We will update you again later when he is collected from the vets, but for now keep this little man in your thoughts.

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🛎POORLY POOCHES PUPDATE🛎

HELLO everyone, thought we would pop in to give you a quick PUPDATE from us poorly pooches.......

DOTTY- My foster Momma has taken me on holiday this week, she said I need a break after being so poorly. I feel amazing now and she said you would never think I had been so, so poorly. It's been really warm so I've been dipping my toes at the beach! such a lucky girl!!

TEDDY- hey guys, I know I touched everyone's hearts with my story about my very poorly back legs- do you know what, I've got this guys. My foster family are amazing and adore me more than anything! As you can see In totally rocking my Buggy. Means I can get out and about in this heat and meet my fans without struggling about on my wheels!! I popped along to an FBS event today to say hi to all!!

MISS PIPER- 
HEY everyone, as you heard already this week I'm feeling much better already! Enjoying lots of snuggles and cuddles!!

DOODLE-BOP
HEY, well I've been to an event today too, there were lots of dogs about to shout at! everyone who passed me needed to love me. I loved it!!! My foster sister's kept me nice and cool in the Paddling pool! can't say it's my favourite thing, going into a cold pool. I much prefer my warm baths and pamper sessions!! Not my best photo. it was taken just after a cool down!

MEGAN
So, my foster Mummy has bought me a cooling jacket and I love it, keeps me cool as a cucumber. My hydro is going really well. I feel so lucky to have a foster mum who can help me build strength by swimming! who knew exercise could be such fun!!!

Doodle-pop Pupdate!

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Good morning followers, my foster people said its was time to pop in and say hello again! 
I would like to say a MASSIVE thankyou for all my little presents that have been sent from you all. I feel very lucky having so many people who love me without even meeting me! I am still on tablets, the vet man said I needed another 2 week course to help me on my way. The slaves are still bathing me every day to help soothe my itchy skin, which by the way is getting less itchy by the day!
I have been sent lots of T-shirts and things to help protect me from itching and lots of little presents so THANKYOU everyone!! Off for my massage now
Happy Sunday everyone love Doodle-Bop <3

With a little love and the right attention

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MORNING fans look how much HAPPIER I'm feeling now all my skin is drying up! Fbs have made a wish list on amazon for products to help sooth my skin please take a look. 
This is a post though wondering if anyone has any old Doggy or small person T-shirts they could donate to help me?! I am only 5.9kg so please bare that in mind!! 
HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE

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Introducing a very special Miss Doodle- Bop

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Fbs would like to introduce any other VERY poorly girl. This is Doodle bop, she is a very sweet girl who is around 18 months old. We were contacted by another rescue to see if we could help this sweet baby and of course the answer was yes, she arrived very late last night into her foster home and will heading to the vets this morning. We think with a good diet, lots of Love and a good routine her skin will improve massively. This little sausage really needs the help of Fbs and all our supporters, she has got a VERY long road ahead of her. Her journey starts now we know you will all help her and love her as much as we do already...........

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