Buttercup For Adoption!

My nicknames: Princess Buttercup (as you wish), Princessa, Cessa, Cessiebear, Smooshy Face, Horsey Bear, Lovey Muffin
My breed is: French Bulldog
My age is: 8
Favorite human food: Sky ham (It just magically falls from the sky in the mornings when my humans are making breakfast)
2nd favorite food: Lamb pâté balls with hidden medicine inside
My biggest fear: Not getting lappy time.
My favorite things to do: Lappy time
My favorite toy: Bone bone
Do I like car rides: You betcha!
Do I snore: Is the sky blue? All the time!
Where do I sleep: At night in a bed next to my humans’ bed 

Meet Buttercup, aka Princess Buttercup, Princessa, Cessa, the sweetest puppy you’ll ever meet. She is about 8 years old and a tiny little thing at only 16 pounds. When we got her in January, she didn’t use her back legs very much, but still enjoyed her wheelies (she’s faster than you’d expect) and riding in her stroller. Since she had some surgeries in the last 2 months, she’s like a new puppy. Buttercup walks and even runs now. It’s amazing and surprising. Her personality has really emerged, too. 

Buttercup is great in the car and is just happy to be with you. She really loves laying in your lap and could do that all day. She enjoys laying in the sun and can be left alone for a while, as she just sleeps most of the time, but she’ll definitely be waiting by the door for your return. She’s extremely friendly with strangers and loves the attention and cuddles.

Mobility
Buttercup’s back legs didn’t work that great when we got her, but she started to get more mobility and stood and walked a bit as we got her strength back up. Since her surgeries in March and April, however, not only has her mobility increased immensely, but so has her personality. She has become playful and her Frenchie side has really emerged. She may never fully walk normally, but we are surprised and impressed to see her progress in just over four months and she gets stronger every day. She stands and walks on her own now, and even runs here and there. We just don’t let her jump and keep her away from the stairs. She’s also extremely fast in her wheelchair and doesn’t even need the stirrups anymore. Hopefully she’ll walk around the block without the wheelchair soon. She also has a buggy she enjoys so she can accompany you to patios for brunches, shopping, or hikes that are longer. Buttercup is a diaper kiddo and will be for life. She is very easy to change and her diapers stay on very well. You do not need to express her bladder.

Cleaning
Buttercup wears a diaper most of the time, and because of this, her privates are definitely sensitive. We try to give her as much diaper free time as we can to air out her midsection. She’s been pretty good with peeing on a pad, but she also gets excited while eating and can make a little mess here and there. She goes through about 4 or so diapers a day and is very easy while changing her. Her suspenders can usually go a day or 2 unless she wiggles out of them, which happens from time to time. We wash and wipe her diapered area as much as possible to keep her clean, and she also has diaper cream that needs to be used twice a day.  Buttercup doesn’t mind baths and when she gets one, we bathe her in the sink.

Eating
Buttercup loves breakfast and dinner. She gets just under half a cup of food at each meal, Fromm Lamb and Lentil. We’ve been avoiding poultry. She also loves sky ham in the morning and soft dog food and deli meat wrapped meds. She had bad teeth and needed a bunch of them removed, so now we soften and mush her food before serving her highness. Despite her dental issues, she loves chewing those compressed bones. We just have to limit her eating them, since she gets focused and loves them too much. When Buttercup first came to us, she wasn’t a great eater, but now she eats everything quickly and even licks the bowl. She’s curious about new foods, but a little timid. It took a while, but now she’s a banana bear every morning and she’s devoured the pup cups we’ve had while out and about.

Because of her recent palate, nares, and saccules surgery, along with her dental, we expect her breathing to continue to improve. Buttercup definitely has breathing issues most of the time, especially with her smushy face. She recently had nares surgery to open up her nostrils and they also shortened her long soft palette. Her recovery has gone well, but she still is a loud breather while she’s been healing. She makes soft cooing noises most of the time, but she can definitely snore and sometimes is a bit loud at night.

Meds
Buttercup currently takes Gabapentin twice a day for pain and doesn’t even notice it when it’s wrapped in wet dog food or deli meat. She also takes a urinary tract supplement and Zyrtec for allergies in the morning and fish oil on her dinner. 

Best home for Buttercup
The best home for Buttercup is probably one where her owners are home most of the time. She loves being the center of attention and lounging in your lap. We’ve been told that she’s good with other dogs, but she hasn’t had that much experience while she’s been with us. She’s a pretty easy dog and is super cute and sweet.
Buttercup can get a little sassy if the dog is too high energy. She likes her quiet. She also thinks she wants to be the top dog when others are in the home. We will consider a home with another dog if they are calm, low-energy, and passive. We ask for children in the home to be over 12yo. We have not tested her with cats but believe the same: If the cat is calm, she should be fine.

Buttercup has made great progress since she’s been with us, has more mobility, and her personality has really emerged. We’re hoping she finds her forever home for her golden years. While she is almost eight years old, she has a renewed spirit for life. She wants to be with you and is happy and sweet. Buttercup will make an amazing companion for someone who WFH and just needs some extra love in their life. If you are the perfect home for Buttercup, please send an email describing your home and how it fits her to rockymountainfbr@gmail.com and be sure you have an adoption application specifically for Buttercup on file. https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/MFBR/Dog Buttercup’s donation fee will be $350.


The following are notes from Buttercup’s time with us:

Buttercup is a teeny tiny little girl! She is about 8yo and is spayed. She does ok with male dogs while females can be a bit tough. She has not been around children and would say kids over 12 may be ok so long as they respect her and give her space.

Buttercup’s mama had some pretty severe medical issues and was unable to take care of Buttercup. Because of that, her health also suffered. 

Buttercup needs a lot of help but she is absolutely worth it! At this time, we do not know the extent of her needs. We do know she needs to be in diapers and also in a cart.

Buttercup will need a full evaluation at Vista Animal Hospital in Erie. This appointment is scheduled for Dec 31 at 1pm. If you are unable to take her, we will get her and take her.

Buttercup may end up as a hospice foster. She needs a calm and loving home to spend her life. Are you that home? Do you want a calm and older dog who you can truly save while she is with us?

From her foster mama:

Buttercup

In the short time I have gotten to be with Buttercup I have learned a lot about this strong and sweet little girl. She does have some physical issues but she has the biggest heart I have ever experienced a dog having. 

She is the type of dog that is all about love and is ready to give it to everyone. She not once meets anyone she wasn’t ready to give all the love she had to. She also loves to be with her person at all times. She will follow you around, cuddle with you all day and gladly stay on the couch with you all day. She does like to talk, very lightly and sweet like though. She also has the best quiet snores that are more like a baby cooing. I know it puts me right out.  She likes chasing bunnies and going on walks. Walks need to be short, but that doesn’t mean she has any less fun with them – she will have a stroller and a carry bag. At bed time she is not a fan of sleeping in her kennel with the door closed, she would rather be with her person or in her bed with the door open.  I also recommend putting her water up around 8pm, otherwise she might wake you up to go out.

With that being said, Buttercup does have some physical and medical needs. She is not able to use her back legs. The back leg on the left does have some muscle on it. However she uses this to get around and to hold herself up to drink water or eat. I also have noticed she doesn’t have much control over her bowels. I would say she has about 60% control. It is best to keep her in a diaper at all times. She will need to be changed regularly and of course wiped. Due to this she will also going to need a bath ever few days, which she hates. I also recommend that you wash her bed and any blankets every few days. She currently has two beds and several blankets so it is easy to rotate between them while cleaning them. She has a cart but she needs to learn how to turn with it. I also walk her using a work out band to hold up her rear end. This works really well and I feel it has helped her gain some strength in her front. She doesn’t mind and seems to actually like walking like this. She is on a medical dog food that I soak in bone broth. She is not a fan of hard kibble. I also use a special dog bowl for her to eat out of (Flufftrough). She does not eat on a schedule, I just put it down and she will nibble at it at her own will. This seems to work best to make sure she eats. She also is taking Gabapentin every 12 hours and has a special soap for her baths. I would consult with your vet to see if these are something that is going to be needed long term. 

The perfect home for Buttercup is one where her person is retired or works from home. She is a very calm and relaxed dog but she does need care that takes more time then the average dog.  The less stairs the better, unless you are ok with carrying her up and down. She is very tiny. Yard or no yard would be ok, if there is lots of grass she would scoot around all over the place. If there is no yard she will need assistance walking or further cart training. Buttercup is an amazing dog, it pains me to let her go, but I know in my heart she needs someone with more time to dedicate to her needs. If there are any question please reach out, if I have an answer I don’t mind sharing. She is an amazing dog and I am going to miss her. 

Are you able to save a life? Can you help Buttercup?