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From the owner of Francis now Frankie:

Hi All,

Well I've been at my forever home a year now and I"m so happy my mommy and daddy love me soooooooooo much and I love them even more, we are a very happy Family . My cousin Basko who is in the picture with me visits often and we get along just fine now, I have learned to love him too.

I had my yearly check up and Dr. Martin says I am very healthy.  I had my shots and my weight is now 23 lbs she says I'm doing extremely well, my blood work came back excellent. So there is nothing to worry about I am doing wonderfully well.

I have been swimming every day and I now know how to get out of the pool my parents taught me to how to climb up the ladder, I think that's how I lost some weight.

Anyways give my love to all and I will keep in touch.

Luv Frankie.

Anyone know where I can get a person-sized version of the mattress Frankie has?

8 Comments to “Update on Francis”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Frankie has the good life!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi, my name is Vince and I am so blessed to have come across this update. Frankie (a.k.a. Francis) used to belong to my wife and her father. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, my father-in-law was no longer able to properly care for Frankie (FYI, we used to call her Star). My wife and I lived in a very small place at the time and wouldn't be able to give her everything she needed and deserved. My wife and her father had her from when she was a little pup and she was everything to them and it killed them the day they made the difficult decision to bring her in to Toronto Animal Services. My father-in-law was in so much pain that he brought her in and claimed to have found her but the truth is he never wanted to let her go. We saw on their site that they named her Francis and now it is Frankie. For so long we wondered how she was doing and if she was in good hands. By reading your post I can tell that she is very happy thanks to you. It would be amazing to see her again but if that is not possible please know that we love her so much and we are happy that you love her and are taking great care of her. Please give her a kiss from all of us! P.S. She looks so comfortable with Basko...I never thought I'd see the day where she would be so friendly and comfortable with another dog!

  3. Fred says:

    Thanks, Vince, for the history on Frankie. Good to know.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You're welcome Fred. She looks happy. Please continue to love her and take good care of her for us.

  5. Fred says:

    I'm not Francis' new owner but I will pass on her story to them.

  6. Unknown says:

    Hi Vince, the is Helen, my husband and I adopted Frankie 3 years a go. I'm so sorry I didn't see your comment until now. My daughter stumbled upon it. Frankie is so loved by us. She has even grown to love her doggy friends. I'd love to ask you a couple of questions if you don't mind. We'd love to know her age! We are thinking she is roughly 11 or 12. Any ways if you'd be open to chat perhaps we could share emails?

  7. Unknown says:

    Hi this is Vince. I would be glad to chat via email

  8. Anonymous says: email address is helenlucyhillATyahooDOTcom....Helen

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