Meet our female equivalent to our lovely Oliver…..Olive! Our webmaster is shaking her head at us right now as we once again have two dogs with similar names. It can get confusing, but in this case, Olive is the opposite of our Oliver, and it’s easy to tell the two of them apart. Olive is dark where Oliver is light in color…. she has a polished look where he gives off that endearing goofy vibe. But don’t let Olive’s fabulous fancy polished looks fool you. This is one fun lady.

Olive came into rescue with the same reason so many of our dogs have, their owners are no longer have time for them. While we can’t imagine how upsetting this is for dogs like Olive, to lose their home overnight we are relieved that these families turn to rescue for help. We are even more relieved that they came to the Village, an all French Bulldog rescue for assistance. We know this breed like the back of our hands and are in the best position to provide the special care they need.

Olive is 4 years old, that perfect age where she still has that puppy spunk but is settled down enough to not drive you completely crazy. Olive is crate trained, potty trained, and knows both the “leave it” and “come” commands. She is good with most situations with people but has shown some dislike in her previous home with female dogs. Her current foster family has not reported any issues with this but they lead a very well balanced pack and are extremely well versed in dog behavior. Our guess is that structure has provided Olive with what she needs and she doesn’t have any need to act out for attention or otherwise. It was also reported that Olive can be possessive of both food, chewies and toys…again this is something that is still under review, but our foster family has not seen any big issues at this time. Olive is continuing to adjust and we will continue to update on these behavior traits.

From a medical perspective Olive is doing pretty well, she appears to have occasional incontinence and the typical Frenchie allergies. The incontinence issue is still being researched, it’s not all the time and appears to happen every once in a while,  while she’s sleeping. Occasional incontinence in spayed females is not uncommon, however we aren’t blowing it off with that explanation. We will continue to work to get this issue pinned down and will update as we make further progress. As we mentioned Olive does have allergies which are common in our breed. We are working to get those under control with medication and veterinary care. Because of Olive’s allergies, prospective adopters need to understand and stay on top of her symptoms. Feeding a high quality grain free / limited protein diet will do wonders but don’t kid yourself that food will be the only thing Olive will need. It’s best to plan ahead and put some money back because dogs with allergies will need vet care on occasion to manage flare ups etc. Normally we find that this occurs on a weekend, after hours…when your vet is normally closed! LOL!

I know we seem to put a lot of focus on being prepared financially for a Frenchie but it’s because we care so much about our dogs and our adoptive families. We don’t want anyone to be suckered in by that adorable little brindle face and think only of puppy kisses and playtime. Owning a Frenchie is a commitment and while Olive is young, that is not a guarantee that she won’t have medical needs down the road. Having a realistic outlook and plan for bringing home a Frenchie is the best possible way to make sure that when these hits come, that you are prepared!

We will continue to update you on Olive’s progress in foster care, for now, enjoy her pictures!

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