5/20/22 Update - Murdock’s previous rescue made him sleep in a bathtub, and told his previous adopter to do the same. He could be diaper free during this time, and they could hose down the nonsolid fecal matter in the morning and give him a bath. The info sheet on him said “I’m not going to lie this part is awful for him and me.” But they also said not to change his food from Purina because “it worked”.
Yea, so, we’re not doing any of that. First of all, he’s now on a raw diet. His poops are super solid and he goes about 2x a day after eating. I prefer to just keep him in a belly band to catch the pee, and pick up a couple accidents off the floor rather than having them smashed in a diaper. He’s been sleeping on a dog bed up until tonight when Hermione accidentally showed him how to use the ramp up to the bed. Thanks Hermione! Anyway, no more sleeping in bath tubs for you, dude. Welcome to a normal life.
6/5/22 - When the drive-thru turns out to be CVS and not Starbucks :(
Murdock is getting neutered this Tuesday! Send good vibes his way!
6/16/22 Update - Drumroll please... Murdock's breed is exactly as we thought.
This is a mix of breeds used to get the "exotic", "toad", "low rider", or "pocket" qualities irresponsible breeders pursue that causes a lot of damage to bulldog breeds.
If you are going to buy from a breeder, please do your research to find one that is ethical and responsible!
A good breeder will not breed before the age of 2, only breed a few litters per female, breed standard color and form, and health test breeding pairs (BOTH DOGS) - this is not just a DNA test to see what colors they produce, this is full health testing to make sure they are breeding to better the breed.
Look at photos of past puppies, check the obvious outward formation and things like open nares, no entropion, not an excessive nose rope. Ask the breeder for stats on how many of their puppies require BOAS surgery, tail amputations, cherry eye corrections, entropion surgeries (do these things happen from time to time even with good breeders? Sure , but they shouldn’t be the norm!)
We would also recommend finding a finding a breeder who follows more holistic schedule of vaccines/deworming, and weans preferably to raw but at least a decent food.
The only way to save our breed is to start demanding better from breeders. And as a rescue, support those breeders who are making changes to better the breed.
9/23/22 Update - I'm at the dogtor today. I've barely been peeing, so the momager is worried about a blockage. She dropped me off and they'll work on me this afternoon!
9/25/22 Update - I'm peeing again! It seems that, because my insides are as jacked up as my outsides, when I'm constipated, my bowels push my bladder up and create a blockage. So far it's happened twice. But now the system is up and running again; carry on!
11/5/22 Update - Murdock and Ethel give the dirty beds in the laundry room a 10/10. They've slept there for like four days. Murdock even found a pillow for extra comfort.
12/21/22 Update - You know how hoomans never want socks for Christmas, but it's a practical gift? I need diapers. Who wants to send me some?
12/23/22 Update - There were some fleece jackets in the donation bin at PetPeople! Don't I look handsome? And warm!