Their frenchie makes this marriage proposal perfect!

Michael Yo,  the co-host on CBS’ The Insider, staged a surprise marriage proposal for his girlfriend over the weekend, with the assistance of their French Bulldog, Paul. Paul ran up to the couple with the ring and a camera attached to his collar, capturing the beautiful moment.

Complete surprise: Michael Yo approaches his girlfriend Claire Schreiner with their French bull dog Paul after convincing her they were going for a romantic meal at a winery  Will you be my wife? Michael Yo gets down on one knee to pop the question to his girlfriend and the sheer shock on her face is clearly visible
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A family’s French Bulldog is at the center of their Lafayette, IN based company

Kate and Ryan Smith took the ideas that Kate had sketched back in 2008 and launched the From Frank Greeting Card line in 2011. They wanted the company to be based on Frank’s mission in life, “to make humans smile.”

A family’s French Bulldog is at the center of their Lafayette, IN based company

“Once I got the look and the brand nailed down, it didn’t take long too long to write the captions (for the cards),” Kate said, and they started off by launching at a local store in their hometown of Lafayette. From there, Recycled Paper Greetings, a division of American Greetings, and Target stores took interest in the cards. By the summer of 2013, the From Frank line was in Target stores nationwide. In 2014, the brand expanded after receiving 11 licensees for products, which included t-shirts, coffee mugs, calendars, lottery tickets, party supplies, and pet products.

One of From Frank’s newest projects is a , “Don’t Fart When You Snuggle. Lessons on how to make a human smile.” Kate says that Frank and some of his friends together gathered up their tips and tricks on how to make humans smile. Residents in the Lafayette area will get the chance to meet Frank and purchase a “pawtographed” copy of his new book.

10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy

10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy
Healthy dogs are happy dogs. Keep your best four-legged friends in top shape by following these 10 tips.

#1 – Wellness visits

Annual visits to your veterinarian are an important part of making sure your dog is healthy. Just as it’s important for humans to visit the doctor for an annual physical, taking your dog for an annual trip to the vet will allow your vet to get to know your dog and allows you the opportunity to discuss any changes in health.

#2 – Monthly preventatives

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs. Fleas and ticks carry zoonotic diseases – diseases that can infect both us and our dogs. Talk to your veterinarian about which monthly preventatives are necessary in your region to keep your dog safe.

#3 – Exercise daily

Dogs who exercise daily are happy dogs. Whether your routine is a walk, a run, or some quality time in the back yard playing fetch or another game, you’ll both benefit from the time together and from physical activity.

#4 – Vaccinations

Keep your dog up-to-date on his vaccinations and boosters. Speak with your veterinarian about vaccinations like Leptospirosis which is not a core vaccine, but recommended in some geographical areas. Just like monthly preventatives, keeping your dog up-to-date on his vaccinations will help prevent diseases and the spread of disease.

#5 – Socialize

Consider having your dog take the Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) where dogs are rewarded for having good manners at home and in the community. Monitor and encourage your dog to have friendly interaction / play with other dogs at a dog park or with friends who also have dogs.

#6 – Maintain a healthy weight

Obesity is one of the top issues seen by veterinarians in their clinics. When left untreated, obesity can lead to many other health issues in your dog. Proper exercise and a well-balanced diet are keys to keeping your dog fit and trim.

#7 – Brush those teeth

Often overlooked, dental and gum health is just as important for our dogs as it is for humans. Poor oral hygiene in dogs can lead to other health problems. Use a toothpaste specially designed for dogs and consider a professional cleaning if necessary.

#8 – Pet-Proof your house

Become familiar with potential toxins inside and outside your home – plants, medications, cleaning supplies, foods, etc. Be aware of items your dog might like to chew on and potentially ingest. Dogs are curious, and just like toddlers, sometimes they get into things they aren’t supposed to. Set boundaries and make sure hazards are out of reach. Keep the numbers to the Pet Poison Hotline and an emergency veterinarian handy. View our In An Emergency page for important phone numbers and websites.

#9 – Identification

Be sure your dog is microchipped or wears tags in case s/he is separated from you. Microchipping is the best way to insure your dog can be identified and returned to you.

#10 – Love!

Dogs enjoy being a part of the family and love us unconditionally. Include your dog in as many activities as you can – both around the house and on the road. Hug and play with your dog every day. It’s good for both of you!

This article was written by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and posted on its .

What is Tick-Borne Disease?

FBDCA Tick TalkTick-borne disease occurs when ticks infected with a pathogen bite a dog and transmit the pathogen into the dog’s body. Many of these pathogens are zoonotic, meaning they can also infect humans. Disease is not spread between dogs and humans directly because these pathogens must complete their lifecycle phase within the tick to become infectious. So, while humans and other non-canine family members can also become infected, a direct tick bite is required to transmit disease.

The most common tick-borne diseases:

  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Hepatozoonosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Lyme disease

The feeding time required to allow disease transmission from a tick to a dog or person varies between ticks and disease agents. Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever-causing bacteria can be transmitted within 3-6 hours of tick attachment, while Lyme Disease-causing bacterial transmission can require 24-48 hours of feeding before a host is infected.

10 Fast Facts

  • 6 major tick-borne diseases can affect dogs.
  • Tick-borne disease is found in all 50 states.
  • Specific diseases have regional prevalence.
  • Climate / weather patterns cause changes in prevalence of ticks.
  • Ticks are active 12 months a year.
  • 7 of 8 major tick species are known to carry infectious diseases that affect dogs.
  • Depression, lack of appetite, lack of energy, shifting leg lameness, fever, inflammation, spontaneous bruising are the most common symptoms.
  • Antibiotics, supportive care, and sometimes blood transfusion are the treatment options.
  • Some disease-carrying ticks can transmit disease in as little as 3 – 6 hours; some take 24 – 48 hours. The sooner a tick is removed, the less likely the dog will contract disease.
  • After your dog has been outside, thoroughly check him for ticks and remove them promptly.

Testing & Treatment

If your dog exhibits any behaviors out of the ordinary, visit your veterinarian. Testing for tick-borne disease is fast, effective, and saves money on medical care in the long run. Tick-borne disease can be treated effectively if caught early.

This article was written by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and posted on its .

Jonah Hill has a new love of his life

Jonah Hill has a new love of his lifeJJonah Hill couldn’t be prouder of his new “adopted daughter” Carmela, his French Bulldog.

“She’s incredible. She’s the light of my life,” Jonah told Ellen Degeneres.

Jonah Hill has a new love of his life, his French Bulldog Carmela.

Carmela can do more than sit and stay, which she does do very well, but she won’t move until Jonah gives the command.

“If you walk around the room, and even throw treats on the floor, she won’t move until you say ‘OK,” the two-time Oscar nominee said. “I don’t want to brag, but she might be a genius.”

The beaming papa showed off his pictures of his little pup that included shots from set and in the arms of Carmela’s Uncle Chan-Man, Jonah’s 21 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum.

“He was kind of helping me whip her into shape. And she respected her more than me,” Jonah said.

The Wolf Of Wall Street star took the more motherly role with his dog and allowed Channing to lay down the law.

“I’m like the mom who can’t disappoint her daughter. I’m like, ‘I love her too much,’ and Chan’s like the strong guy who makes sure things don’t go too bad,” he explained.

The actor spends every day with his “best friend” Carmela and now he never has to leave her behind. Ellen presented Jonah with cuff links and a bow tie with Carmela’s actual face imprinted on each.

Watch the Academy Awards on March 2 to see if Jonah wears his puppy-dog accessories and if he wins for Best Supporting Actor.

Bullseye’s new family

Bullseye’s new familyA traumatised French Bulldog with a deformed spine has finally found a home after a year in an RSPCA kennel. Bullseye, the Frenchie was discovered with 11 other dogs living in filth and badly malnourished in a home in Great Yarmouth, England last year. Two of the dogs, Bullseye and Skye, were sent to Woodside Animal Centre in Braunstone Frith, Leicester, and both have now been re-homed. Skye was the first to find a new owner and the RSPCA made an appeal in the Leicester Mercury on January 10 for a home for Bullseye.

Joff Musson and his partner Terri Welch, of Clarence Road, Hinckley, saw the story and got in touch with the charity. Joff, 24, said: “We already had a French bulldog called Coco and we’d been thinking about buying another. ”When I saw the story in the Mercury, I thought it would be a nice thing to do to give Bullseye a new home and he’s settling in really well. I picked him up about a week ago and he’s getting to know Coco. She’s a hyper little dog and it’s a funny combination because he’s very chilled out. It’s the first time we’ve got an animal from a rescue centre and we’re glad to give him a new home. He has a deformed spine but he seems fine. He’s just lazy.”

Nicola Cowton, who works at Woodside Animal Centre, said she was very happy to see Bullseye find a new home. She said: “It was great to find a home for Bullseye and the response to the Mercury article was very positive. He has medical problems and with the congenital spine problem it was important he had an owner who could look after him. He’s a lovely dog.”

Bullseye’s previous owners, meanwhile, have been prosecuted by the RSPCA and have now been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

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The Big Apple is big on Bulldogs

The American Kennel Club announced today that the Bulldog was the most popular dog breed in New York City in 2013, and the French Bulldog came in second. Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers round out the top five.

In 2012, the Lab was number one.

New Yorkers’ tastes in dogs differ a bit from the rest of the nation.

Nationally, the AKC says Labs remained the top dog last year, for a record 23rd year. That’s the longest any breed has spent in the top spot since the organization’s founding in 1884.

The Bulldog is the fifth most popular in the national rankings. The French Bulldog is the 11th.

The rankings reflect newly registered dogs, mostly puppies.

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A boy and his dog

If you have not yet experienced the heart-warming and adorable photos of Tasuku and Muu, I strongly encourage you to visit their Instagram page.  I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face and your heart.  They have got to be the most precious photos I have ever seen. Enjoy!

A boy and his dog

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