Keeping an EYE on Cataracts - Henry Health Update

So a funny thing that Henry likes to do (and probably most frenchies) is stand perfectly still and then run as fast as he can..like a rocket..from zero to sixty, Henry is off in a flash! A few weeks ago, we were visiting some friends and he did this very thing from the end of the yard and just ran right into the firepit in the middle of the yard. We checked on him, showered him with lots of love and he was okay although a little shaken.

 

Now it wasn’t very bright out but it was certainly unusual for him to run into an object like he did, and that was compounded when he bumped into my leg while I was wearing black pants, as if he hadn’t seen the leg at all. When we returned home we made an appointment to see Henry’s vet who checked him out and confirmed that he is developing cataracts. 

We had to schedule an appointment to see an ophthalmologist to get Henry’s eyes checked by a specialist and they ran a series of tests while Henry begged for belly rubs. The diagnostic tests were a tear production management, measuring the intraocular pressure (IOP) and staining his eye with drops to evaluate the ocular surface.  

Ultimately, Henry was diagnosed with early onset cataracts, and the only recourse is to perform surgery to remove the cataract, which blocks light from entering. However it would require putting him under general anesthesia which is always a little risky, especially for dogs like Henry who are flat-faced (brachycephalic) and can have respiratory issues. Also the surgery is only successful approximately 2/3 of the time…so with all this, our doctor recommended to keep an eye on things (no pun intended) to determine progression of the cataracts.  

In dogs, the most common cause of cataract formation is genetics. The cataracts are inherited and can either be present at birth (congenital) or can develop later in life. The second most common cause of cataracts in dogs is diabetes. We ruled this out of Henry’s prognosis though. 

Henry is still able to see but in the meantime we give him lots of love and attention, and try to make sure that there aren’t any dangerous items around, or many obstacles for him to run into. We also make sure when we’re walking him that he doesn’t walk into poles, or fall into a dip in the ground and hurt himself. We also leave a little night light on for him to see and have a ramp for him to use instead of stairs to the bed/couch.

Consider checking your dog for cataracts if you see a cloudy film in their eyes or if they are running into things as well. Henry is currently not in any discomfort but eventually we may consider surgery, although there is always a possibility the cataracts may not continue to worsen so for now we are monitoring things and Penny is helping her brother out whenever she can.


November 19, 2019 by Henry & Penny
Trick or Treat! ...Wait, did someone say TREAT?!

Trick or Treat! ...Wait, did someone say TREAT?!

Henry & Penny LOOOOOVE Halloween, because it means they get to dress up in all of their sweet costumes 👻 Truth be told, they have so many outfits they could probably open up a pop up Halloween store 😜. To help get you and your pup in the spooky spirit, here are some of their favorite ensembles 🎃

 


Heinz Ketchup & Heinz Mustard 🍔🌭
Living in Pittsburgh, this is a no brainer - it’s their favorite condiment! 

Stitch (Lilo & Stitch) 💙
Since stitch is a frenchie doppleganger, this one is so easy you could say it’s a stitch


Giraffe 🦒
Although frenchies aren’t generally known for their long necks, somehow Henry still pulls it off


Chefs 👨🏻‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳
H&P already are bakers with their own line of breakfast themed dog treats, bone appetite!

Chick Magnet & Chick 😍
Henry is known to be a ladies man, and Penny is happy to be his wing man

Cowboy 🤠
Well well pardner, what are you doing around these parts..this is Henry’s yard!
 
Dumb & Dumber 🤓🤨
An homage to one of their favorite films, although Henry & Penny are just a bit smarter than Lloyd & Harry

Steve Harvey 👨🏽
The mustache speaks for itself

Elvis Presley 🕺🏻
Henry is the king of Frenchies, so it’s fitting that he would dress up as the king of rock n’ roll

Punk Rock Penny 💖
Britney Spears circa 2007

Bret Michaels 🎼
You could say Henry is a Rock of Love

Hipster Nerds 🤓
Henry & Penny are on their way to building the next revolutionary app

Donkey 🍑
Henry can be an ass sometimes after all

Guy Fieri 🔥
Who DOESN’T want to take a trip to Flavortown?!

UPS Delivery Man 📦 
Henry doesn’t just ship out all of the cool items from our store, he also personally delivers them!

Unicorn 🦄
Penny is a rare, one of a kind creature after all

Thing 1 & Thing 2 ❤️💙
Is this even really a costume for Henry & Penny

Sonic the Hedgehog 💙
Henry loves video games but Mario and Luigi were already taken

Steelers Cheerleader 💛🖤
Penny loves rooting for her team

Tarantula 🕷
Imagine seeing this spider running across your yard!

Basic B*tch 🎃
Penny loves her pumpkin spice, fall and uggs boots after all

Lumberjack 🌲
Henry loves plaid but he’s not really great at wielding an axe


Tourist
Henry is a big fan of the outback (both the region and the steakhouse)
Shark
Henry shark doo doo doo doo doo, Penny shark doo doo doo doo doo

 

Happy Halloween to all our friends out there, and may your costumes be spooktacular! 🎃👻☠️

Henry & Penny are Professional Road Trippers!

Henry & Penny are Professional Road Trippers!

Being French Bulldogs, we know a thing or two about living the pampered life. When our humans decided to get married and plan a 2 month road trip, we offered to be co-pilots and help them out! So we thought it would be great to share with all our canine pals the BEST places to stay when you are traveling!

Check out some of our recommendations below where we felt like VIPs (Very Important Pups!)

Vancouver, Canada - The Sutton Place Hotel
Boy, was this place incredible, we even had our own suite with French(ie) Doors and an incredible view of this beautiful city. It was super comfortable and even though we were right in the city, it was also quiet and conveniently located. Upon arrival, we found the following items in our room: GIANT dog beds (one for each of us!), food and water bowls, toys AND treats!
Pet info: Allows two pets up to 45 lbs. with an additional fee of CAD $40 per stay.



Salt Lake City,
UT - TownePlace Suites
Make sure to ask for Travis, he's the best! This place was fancy without being pretentious, and the staff was so incredibly nice - we miss them (and their amazing belly rubs!) Plus SLC is such a cool place to visit.
Pet info: 2 pets 50 pounds max per room with USD 100 non-refundable fee per room per stay


Memphis,
TN - World Famous Landmark Peabody Hotel
Penny was on a mission to find the ducks that walk to the fountain in the lobby twice a day. The lobby of the hotel reminded us of Grand Central Station in NYC where Henry & Penny are originally from, so they felt right at home :)
Pet info: Accepts two pets up to 75 lbs for an additional fee of $100 per stay.


Las Vegas, NV - The Flamingo
We would love to tell you all about how great our stay was here, but since what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, we were sworn to secrecy..so you just have to check it out for yourself!
Pet info: Welcomes two dogs up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $85 per night, plus a $100 refundable deposit per night.


Red Roof Inn - They are a pet traveler's best friend, with locations all across the country and no frills accommodations. The best part is they have NO PET FEES!!! That's right..no pet fees at all! Plus, they have free coffee all day long for the humans so they can keep up with us! So bring your dogs with you, Red Roof has your back! They also offer 10% off with the code: VP# 604673
We stayed at Red Roof Inn in the following locations:
Nashville, TN - Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville Airport
San Diego, CA - Red Roof Inn San Diego/Pacific Beach
Los Angeles, CA - Red Roof Inn San Dimas
San Francisco, CA - Red Roof PLUS+ San Francisco Airport
Seattle, WA -  Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport
Monterrey, CA - Red Roof Inn & Suites Monterrey
Grand Junction, CO - Red Roof Inn Grand Junction
Chicago, IL - St. Clair Hotel - We had an extra special stay in Chicago at the St. Clair Hotel, a Red Roof property, and it was amazing!! It was a luxury brand of their hotels and right downtown - loved it here!



No matter what hotel you choose, we can all agree that travel is more fun when you can bring your best friend(s) along. And having  a comfortable place to stay makes it even better 🐶❤️🐾 

4 Puppy Essentials You Shouldn't Skimp On

As you may have already discovered, owning a new puppy isn’t cheap. In between the visits to the vet and all of the treats you buy your puppy, it can seem like the expenses won’t end. So we certainly understand if you’ve found yourself trying to save some dollars by opting for the cheapest items available.

But while this can be a good strategy, there are some essentials for a new puppy that you really shouldn’t skimp on. Contrary to what you may believe, not all puppy items are created equal. 

A couple of dollars saved in the long run really isn’t worth it for your puppy’s leash and collar, dog food, and toys. These essential items require a bit more budget to ensure your puppy is getting the healthiest and most quality care. If you’re wondering why, read on, and we’ll teach you why you may want to return that budget buy.

A Leash & Collar

A leash for your puppy is definitely one item you shouldn’t skimp on. Leashes not only come in a variety of colors, they also differ greatly in the features and level of comfort they provide your puppy. Consequently, there are a number of considerations you should make before handing over your credit card.

As Cesar’s Way highlights, the type of leash you choose depends on your particular puppy’s walking style, behavior, and body. Take the time to read about the differences, and select a style that will best support your puppy on their walks.

Don’t forget to consider your needs as a puppy owner too. For instance, some leashes offer extra comfort for your hands, so they won’t start hurting after a long walk. Another thing to think about is that an investment in higher-quality materials will allow you to save money in the long run, since you won’t have to worry about regularly replacing these items.

You should also think about any additional features you may want your leash and collar to have. For example, some come with an illuminating feature that gives your puppy some extra visibility when walking at night. Do your homework, as there are literally thousands of leashes and collars to pick from! 

Dog Food

Perhaps dog food is one of those items that you mistook for being all the same. After all, your dog doesn’t have a gourmet palate, so isn’t all dog food the same? We hate to break it to you, but there is a big difference between different brands of dog food. Not to mention that your puppies dietary needs are completely different from those of an adult dog. 

As such, you should be buying quality dog food specifically for puppies. Once you read up on the differences between different brands and types of dog food, you may find yourself astounded that you ever thought they were all the same! 

As you’ll learn, dog food may or may not contain certain harmful additives. They may have added vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, or they may not. Perhaps you’re concerned whether the food is GMO-free or not. The list is truly endless. Upping your budget will give you a greater range of dog food to choose from, and therein, a better chance of tracking down the food most suitable to your puppy’s particular needs.

The same goes for dog treats too – pick a brand that has wholesome ingredients packed in their treats, and is delicious too!

Toys

Just like children, play is an essential part of a puppy’s healthy development and growth. The good thing is that puppies are naturally playful and affectionate, so usually you won’t have any trouble persuading your puppy to play with you and run around. 

So why is it important to not buy your puppy the cheapest toy you can find? Some cheaper toys are made with chemicals that may be harmful to your puppy. If you care about the environment, you also may be interested to learn that cheaper toys often use non-environmentally friendly materials that more expensive brands are more likely to avoid.

Curiously, while there is a body that checks the safety of all toys for humans, there is not an equivalent organization that regularly test animal toys. What’s more, there are no federal standards regarding pet toys. 

Not to worry, though! There are many toxic pet toy alternatives to choose from as a pet owner. To keep toxic materials at bay, a good rule of thumb is to always read the label of pet products or the product description if you’re shopping online. 

This is a guest post by Cynthia Lopez from PetLifeToday

July 31, 2018 by Henry & Penny
Itchy Paw Club, Party of One!

Itchy Paw Club, Party of One!

Itchy Paws..let's talk about them!

Poor Henry has allergies when he steps on wet grass. He wasn't always like this. He spent the first couple years of his life in NYC (no grass), then we were in Tampa, FL (dry grass) and now we are here in Pittsburgh, PA..where there is LOTS of wet grass in the morning. 

Once he comes inside, we wipe his paws with non-scented baby wipes and then dry them as much as possible. The allergens must still be present because all day, all I hear is *slurp, slurp, slurp* Henry's licking his paws again!

We tried putting socks on him because MAYBE that would help him stop licking. It did work, but it was only a temporary solution. 

Henry has itchy paws - we hoped these socks would help stop with the itching.

After doing a little research online, we saw information about a Povidone-Iodine soak for dogs with itchy paws! It's something you can find at any convenience store (look for it by the Hydrogen Peroxide). It will help kill germs, burns, scrapes and minor cuts. Also, it doesn't stain the paws, especially if you're a lighter colored doggo.

All you have to to do is:

  • Mix a little bit of it into a container large enough to hold your dogs paws (in this case, we used a casserole dish and did two paws at a time). 

Henry with an itchy paw soak

  • Just mix until the solution looks like iced tea (not the rapper!) and soak for 2-5 minutes. 

  • Dry off paws for a bit (Henry doesn't mind a nice hairdryer!)

  • RELAX! You're done!! 

Now, this isn't a fix-all, but it definitely helps remove the allergens to take the down the itching a notch. It's also a good idea to consult with a vet if you are concerned about the itchiness. 

 Check out our organic, all natural shampoo - it smells AMAZING and it gentle enough for the most sensitive puppers. Take a look, try it out & let us know what you think!

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August 14, 2017 by Henry & Penny
Our trip to Penn State University!

Our trip to Penn State University!

We went to Penn State for the weekend! The university is located in the beautiful town of State College, PA – dad went to school here!

We have been here once before but this time we had our own hotel room right in town

 and got to see the campus in session; the students LOVED us!



As we were exploring the downtown area and the school we got to smell and see all sorts of neat things.

Penny even found her long-lost family!!!!


We had so much fun at Penn State and felt so much love from the community and the students.

We got to eat ice cream at the Creamery but it’s ok because we walked almost 10 miles over the weekend! Needless to say we were pooped on our way home/once we got home. We can’t wait to go back!!

May 22, 2017 by Henry & Penny
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H&P Organic Pet Shampoo - Read All About It!

H&P Organic Pet Shampoo - Read All About It!

People are probably wondering, "HEY! Why did you guys start selling dog shampoo?". The answer is simple: because we wanted to! No, but seriously, this stuff is amazing.

We sought out the BEST company in the USA to manufacture the organic and all natural shampoo for us. We decided on two different scents:

Peppermint Chill – Icy and refreshing for your doggie dude
Lavender Crush – Sweet and sensational for your doggie diva

They smell SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!! After giving our own dogs a bath, this stuff *seriously* made their coats velvety smooth...even for WEEKS after...SOFT AF!

Synthetic detergents (not ours) contain many ingredients which are toxic and harmful to our four legged friends. Instead, conscientious pet owners should use natural liquid soap products (like ours!) designed with your pets health and well-being in mind. Dogs should be bathed every month to remove accumulated toxins that can make them more susceptible to disease. However, excessive bathing, especially with improper cleaning products, may remove natural oils and dry out a pet’s skin and coat.

Many animals develop sensitivities to the detergent chemicals commonly used in pet shampoos today. Because no chemical detergents, synthetic fragrances, colors, or antimicrobial preservatives are used in our Organic Pet Shampoo, the possibility of sensitivity reactions is greatly reduced. The natural essential oil blend also helps to repel fleas and ticks without poisoning your pet.

Click HERE to check them out for yourself and let us know how much it has improved your dog's coat! :)

April 20, 2017 by Henry & Penny