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Patient of the Month February 2020 Chicago

“Lottie and Joey are both rescues from Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR).  Lottie was rescued from a puppy mill when she was 11-months old and has been living the good life for the last five years!  She has come a long way from the scared and shut down pup she was when she was saved. Joey’s previous owner surrendered him to the rescue, and he joined his new family about four years ago.  He is a sweet, sensitive boy who wants nothing more than to be loved.  Because Lottie and Joey are irresistible (as are all Frenchies), their parents were foster failures and ended up adopting them.

IPC was recommended to their parents when Lottie and Joey started to show signs of the health issues Frenchies are prone to get.  They couldn’t be happier with the care Lottie and Joey have received over the last couple of years.  Joey (who can be a little grump) gets so excited when his mom tells him it’s time to go to therapy and see Emma.  He will dance in circles on his way out the door, and he will snort, grunt, and screech with excitement when he arrives at IPC (especially when he hears Emma’s voice).  Not only do Lottie and Joey love Emma, they appreciate all the staff’s kindness, patience, and knowledge about the breed and their issues.  IPC has even taught their mom some exercises to do with them at home, although that’s not as fun as being in the gym or on the treadmill at IPC!

IPC has helped Lottie and Joey become physically stronger and more active.  It has also helped with their socialization skills; Lottie, especially, has learned to trust others and has learned lots of fancy tricks.  It’s given them both a boost in confidence, and it gives them a chance to have fun and get exercise.  Above all, they feel (and look) better and have a much better quality of life.  Joey absolutely loves hydrotherapy and getting all the peanut butter while he struts his stuff on the treadmill-Lottie, not so much.  Joey can also be a real showoff in the gym, but Lottie is more focused and is determined to do exactly what Emma wants and more!  She will do anything for those yummy treats and a little massage/laser after!

Lottie and Joey are very content with sunbathing/fighting over the best sun spot in the room and snuggling with their humans.  However, Lottie often loves to hang with all the neighbors’ dogs, to go do volunteer work for CFBR, and to boss her brother around.  Joey loves to snuggle on his mom’s lap and binge watch TV.  He is a homebody, but every once in a while, he enjoys going to a bar and eating all the things off the floor (forget being social; he’s just there for the snacks!)”

“Joey and Lottie are so great to work with, but couldn’t be more different. Joey can’t control his excitement and loves showing off which Lottie is more serious and focused when it comes to her sessions!”  -Emma

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her โ€œreignโ€.  Lottie and Joey have asked us to tell you about the organization that saved their lives, Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.

Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR) was launched to protect French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft. We rescue them from animal shelters and puppy mills. We help families and individuals that can no longer care for their Frenchies. We are shepherds of the breed working to educate about French Bulldogs and most importantly, placing rescued Frenchies into loving homes.