It’s time for a triple A…. an AWESOME ADOPTION ALERT!
Frannie’s foster parents are now her furever parents! Here’s their latest family photo, featuring alumni Polly and Sydney, big brother Great Dane Otis and beautiful Frannie.
Frannie’s mom writes: She was my most beautiful birthday gift We loved her the moment we saw her and once she was with us, there was no letting go. She was finally home and happy. We all were happy. A long holiday Frannie adventure week turned into forever. Frank Sinatra and all… they call that true love and we are forever blessed!
In rescue you never know what you will see or get! Frannie certainly bears that out. She was a stray pickup with a 6 pound growth hanging from her belly. It had ulcerated and ruptured because it was dragging the ground as she walked.
The shelter notified us and we got there as soon as possible and rushed her to the vet. During the transport a 2x3x1 inch mass of flesh fell off in the Jeep! Yet through all this, Frannie did not utter a sound. Her ears have been cropped and both are infected. She was covered in fleas, and her eyes were a mess and will need entropion surgery. She is also heart worm positive. She is approximately 6 years old.
Upon arriving at the clinic she was stabilized and allowed to rest for a while and was given IV fluids. She was X-rayed to see if the tumor had spread into her body and it had not! I was able to sit with her and have her head in my lap for an hour before surgery. The operation to remove it lasted almost two hours, but it was completely removed and did not invade the body wall. Inside the large tumor were two smaller tumors that were also removed. She was left with a 10 inch incision and two drain tubes which will stay in for several days.
Parts of the tumor were sent off for pathology. When she recovers, she will still need a spay, dental and eye surgery.
She is doing well today and they have already started laser treatments to aid in the healing. Her bloodwork shows she is anemic and hypothyroid, and has a high white cell count. She is also full of hookworms! We thank everyone who has prayed and donated on her behalf. Please keep the prayers and good thoughts coming.
4/27/19 Update: Foster girl Frannie is looking good and seems to be feeling better! Her bloodwork still shows her to be very anemic. She’s also heartworm positive, full of hookworms, hypothyroid and has a high white cell count. She’s getting fluids and is being hand fed canned food. She seems to have a hard time chewing dry food, but that will be addressed later. She is having hydrotherapy and laser therapy daily to keep her incision clean, as well as encourage faster and healthier healing.
We are just taking everything one day at a time… one paw in front of the other. Thank you for your well-wishes for her and your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
5/1/19 Update: The pathology report came back on Frannie. She has a moderate grade B-cell Lymphoid Neoplasm. Dr. Larsen was able to remove the entire affected lymph gland. Once she recovers a little more, she will need to be spayed. At that time Dr. Larsen will do further exploration to see if the cancer has spread. So please keep the prayers coming on her behalf as she heals and recovers. We will continue to monitor and update her condition.
5/20/19 Update: Frannie continues to improve and get stronger every day. Last week, she had her spay, had a small breast tumor removed and had some repair work done on the 10” incision from her tumor removal. Everything is looking great, and so is she. She is still the sweetest girl around.
5/29/19 Update: About two weeks ago, Frannie was spayed and had another breast tumor removed. This week, the doc found three more tumors that were not there previously. One is about an inch wide and with its location, most likely draining into the lymph gland. Considering the aggressive nature of these tumors, we have painfully opted to move Frannie to hospice care. It would not be prudent to constantly put her under the knife each time a tumor appears.
Today, Frannie is happy, sweet and comfortable. We’ll give her all the love and spoiling she can handle until it’s time for her to gain her wings.
6/17/19 Update: Time is precious, and no one knows that more than sweet Frannie. She suffered through so much before joining rescue, then endured the hardships of surgery and healing, only to find out that the sand sifting through her hourglass is nearly at its end. What do you do when you get that kind of news??? In the words of Tim McGraw, “she went sky diving, she went rocky mountain climbing” or the bulldog equivalent (lol)!
Frannie’s Bucket List is growing by the day and she hopes that you will help her come up with some great adventure ideas, and if possible volunteer to help her make them a reality That’s what she did on Sunday. She worshiped the beauty of life from the shores of Lake Lewisville. Her 1st lake day was spent exploring the shoreline, investigating ducks, and feeling like a movie star as the rescue paparazzi followed her around snapping photos from every angle. Now THIS is living!
After she worked up an appetite it was off to Whataburger to experience a true Texas staple food (before Chicago gets their hands on it). Frannie found the perfect spot to ‘woof’ down her Jr. Whataburger w/cheese and enjoy the sun on her face and the wind in her fur. It was the perfect day and she felt surrounded by LOVE. Till our next adventure Frannie girl!……..Love The Westbrooks (members of the Frannie Fan Club)
6/25/19 Update: Frannie has had a whirlwind week as friends have picked her up and escorted her around town to see the sights and enjoy a variety of tasty delights. She has been escorted in style in Jeeps and convertibles. She has been to the lake, to Duncan Donuts, Starbucks, Katy Trail Ice House, Hollywood Feed and other places around town. She is popular everywhere she goes and is even recognized as a star!
6/29/19 Update: The Frannie adventures continue and we are checking things off that bucket list left and right. We are having a marvelous time with our precious Fran Fran, our beautiful Frangipani! We have Frannie all weekend in Frisco, Texas, to celebrate my birthday and what a lovely gift she is to us!
We picked up Frannie last night and headed to the Paw Depot in Frisco on Main Street for some toy and bone shopping! She picked out a purple squid toy and a knuckle bone to go. She gnawed on the bone a bit and down the road we went. Next, it was off to the Hollywood Feed in Frisco for more shopping. This time sweet Frannie decided the peanut butter cow ear looked super tasty! So she put that in the shopping cart and away we went. We visited with all kinds of thoughtful staff and customers at these two stores who showed Frannie lots of love and made our shopping experience extra special.
Next, it was a quick trip home to drop off luggage and bags and freshen up… then it was off to The Star in Frisco, the Cowboys’ World Headquarters, for a little dinner and football! We went to Cane Rosso for a scrumptious Italian meal of pizza and meatballs on the patio. Gaby, our waitress, waited on Frannie hand and foot! She brought her fresh ice water, fed her a meatball and even cleaned her eyes! If that’s not service, I don’t know what is… it sure was compassionate! Thank you, Gaby, for making our meal so special!
Next, it was off to the playing field where Frannie scored a touchdown! The crowds went wild and cheered her on… our Frannie is such a star! Frannie came home, after signing autographs, hit the showers and fell asleep in a luxurious bed to rest up for the next adventure. Stay tuned!