French Bulldog
Picture of Dozer, a male French Bulldog

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Home:Manassas, VA  
Age: 10 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 1-10 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Dozer

Dozie, Baby

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-disabled -dog rescue

January 24th 2007

His Feeding Tube, being alive, cuddling with mommy!

Enemas:( Baths:( Sub-Q Fluids:(

Favorite Toy:
momma's fingers: He's teething

Favorite Food:
Milk (Esbilac), and canned puppy Eukanuba milkshakes

Favorite Walk:
he is still doing the turtle shuffle, but I guess around his kennel

Best Tricks:
sleeping with his eyes open

Arrival Story:
Dozer was born on January 24, via c-section. It was then that he was noticed to have a birth defect that usually warrants euthanasia. The birth defect was that of a Cleft Palate. He has a partial mid-line hard palate cleft with more severity on the soft palate. This deformity makes it so that he never would have been able to nurse off of his birth mommy. Well I asked the breeder if she would be interested in letting me try to raise him versus having him put down, and she enthusiastically jumped on it. That is how I got little Dozer.

To be honest I half expected Dozer to die, simply because that is what most people say will happen to these guys no matter what. In the beginning we did tube feedings ever 2 hours around the clock, That lasted for the first 2 weeks because we had a rough start with gaining weight. He was born at 8.5 oz and by day 3 had dropped to 5.5 oz. He did not gain any weight back until day 14. He is now at 3 1/2 weeks old and weighs 14 oz:) Tube feeding consists of inserting a tube attached to a syringe down his throat and directly into his stomach. Dozer cannot be fed from a bottle or dropper because the cleft is open into his nose, so anything that goes in him mouth right now ie: formula, will go straight into his nose causing a sinus infection at the least, pnemonia at the worst. He loves his tube because it is all he knows and he swollows it straight down with enthusiasm:) Dozer will soon be weaned on to normal dry food, and be just like a normal puppy chewing his food and drinking water from a bowl. This has been a stressful sleep deprived learning process, but oh so worth it. I can never again say that putting down every cleft palate puppy is the way to go. Originally my boyfriend and I were think of re-homing Dozer like we do any of our adoptable fosters, but when a little guy like him get the nickname "The Baby" and after weeks of carrying around a diaper bag and not being able to do anything but feed him and cuddle him I don't think we will. Guess it's time to get a bigger house:)

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