I can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since I've had a chance to sit down and write!
I've been trying so hard to catch up on emails, etc...and I think I have to just realize that it's impossible....I'm sorry :( In order to try to answer as many questions as possible- at once- I decided to take this moment to attempt to create a frequently asked questions post....I hope it helps!
Here's the biggie...."When will Lentil have his surgery?"
Well....the second that I know- you will too! Here is the plan as of right now.....We are scheduled for a surgery consult on April 29th at University of Pennsylvania. The Doctors are waiting to watch him grow to figure out the optimal time to complete the surgery. As of this moment (and it can change by the consult), they are thinking of beginning the procedures in May/June. I honestly couldn't have asked for a more dedicated/excited team of doctors. The goal of the surgery will be to create a soft tissue separation between the oral and nasal cavities. We are all in agreement that we are only doing necessary surgeries to allow him to function normally...any cosmetic things will be left alone. Being that he is a bulldog, and as a breed, bulldogs are at higher risk of aspiration to begin with- we are doing all we can to put him "under" as little as possible.
I don't mean to seem vague about the surgery question, but I honestly don't know all of the answers yet...the Doctors feel as though he will have multiple, but until we start, there isn't a definitive answer as to how many. Once the 29th rolls around, you guys will have an update via here or on facebook by early evening! I'm aware that we are all in this together- and I will keep everyone up to date!
"Can I meet Lentil?"
Since Lentil is still a baby...he isn't up to date on his vaccines yet. He has received his first booster and his Bordetella, but we still have a few more boosters to go! We are trying be as cautious as possible because of his medical condition. Have no fear- in time, this baby will meet all of his family! We just have to do it the right way!
"Where can I send Lentil a package to?"
You guys are all so sweet and generous! Lentil will never "go without"- that's for sure!! Please know, that it isn't necessary to send anything....your love and support is all we need! The fact that I see numerous comments everyday about the smiles he puts on everyone's face is the best gift ever! One puppy does not need hundreds of toys...and although I do let him play with/enjoy each gift he gets, I want you to know that we are also sharing these toys with other animals in need! Every dog deserves to have a fun day! Any mail can be sent to Lentil c/o Street Tails Animal Rescue 1030 N 2nd Street Unit 401 Phila, Pa 19123. There are many dogs that need the help at FBRN and STAR...and we are also working to raise awareness and support for CCAkids.org! One puppy doesn't need the world...but one puppy can surely work to save it!
"When can I adopt him?"
This one puts a knife straight through my heart. Yes, I am his foster mom. French Bulldog Rescue Network entrusted me with a job to do my best in caring for a puppy and getting him to the point of/seeing him through his surgeries. That is what I am doing. I've given him my everything in hopes that we will get to where he needs to be! FBRN is a wonderful group, and they will take the necessary steps on his adoption when the time comes.....but we still have a long road ahead!! What we need right now is the love and support to see him through to that point. Just because he is a rescue....it doesn't mean that we haven't sought out the best possible care for this pup!
I hope that this helps! Again, thank you for all of the love and support!! We couldn't have asked for a better group of awesome friends. <3