Apollo the Frenchie
Written by: Kenzie
As most of you know, Brad came home with a brand new puppy one day about four months ago. His boss is a breeder and this one hadn’t yet been adopted. So now, we have a puppy. For those of you that are not acquainted, meet Apollo!
He’s a French bulldog with a lot of personality. Now, I’ve had puppies before, quite a few, but each and every one of them is a new kind of adventure and, to be honest, a different kind of struggle. Frenchies apparently have a whole new slew of issues too compared to puppies I’ve had in the past, mostly due to their smooshed little faces. They’re also one of the tougher breeds to potty train which has been tiresome around the house, but he has improved quite a bit over the past FOUR MONTHS.
Another challenge with Apollo in particular was that he managed to get into rat poison since he is always up in everyone’s business. That was a scary time, but the vet made him puke it all up and he’s still as rowdy as ever. (Pro tip: even if you’re not sure if your dog has eaten poison, go ahead and take them in, just to be safe, it’s totally worth it.) He’s rambunctious and curious and whiny and always into everything, but he is absolutely the best!
I guess this post has three points. Number 1: I love this puppy and wanted to brag. Sue me.
Number 2: If you’re considering getting a dog, think on this decision before jumping in, especially if you’re a first time dog owner. It worked out in our particular spur-of-the-moment situation, but dogs are A LOT of work. You have to be prepared to follow them around almost constantly to teach them the proper way to behave. You have to be willing and able to pay vet bills to keep them in good health. And you have to put in the time and effort to play with them, exercise them, and love on them whenever you get the chance. It’s a very sad thing to get a dog and realize they are too much work and either take them back, or re-home them. This causes a lot of stress on not only you but also the dog and they could end up in a way worse situation. So be absolutely certain you want the dog before jumping in!
And number 3: When possible, adopt! I know we didn’t technically adopt Apollo and a lot of people pay tons of money (too much money in my opinion) for a French bulldog, but we did not spend money on him. This situation was a unique one and he just kind of fell into our laps. All our other dogs (three little rascals) were actually saved from the streets and taken in after we couldn’t find anyone looking for a lost dog. There are so many dogs in shelters that are in need of loving homes and they will love you just as much, if not more than, a posh dog you buy from a breeder for one thousand dollars. Please give shelter animals a chance and opt for adoption when welcoming a new pet into your home.
In conclusion, I love dogs. I wish I could give a loving home to every single dog out there. And I hope for many fun adventures with Apollo in the future.