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With more than two decades of showing and breeding top-winning dogs and working in the pet industry, plus a lifetime of loving dogs, Kathy Dannel Vitcak has developed a sharp eye for what products really work on dogs–and how to share those products with those who need them.
Kathy is author of The French Bulldog, for An Owner’s Guide to a Happy, Healthy Dog (Wiley books). She also selfpublished The French Bulldog International Annual and was the orginal founder of JustFrenchies magazine. She has written many articles for various dog magazines and her work has been nominated for DWAA (Dog Writer’s Association of America) honors. She has also been interviewed by many of the top dog publications in the country as an expert in her breed.
You may be thinking NOSE BUTTER®? Really? Yes, really! For over 20 years Kathy bred top-winning, top-ranked French Bulldogs and they had to look dog show ready. But some of her Frenchies had gnarly, crusty noses. Kathy assumed it was a French Bulldog “thing” and nothing could be done…little did she know! So she used Vaseline or Vitamin E oil on their noses, which they hated and the idea of them licking and swallowing petrochemical by-products horrified her.
One day way back in 2003, as Kathy slathered shea butter on her “Minnesota winter” legs her Frenchies rushed over to lick the shea butter. She dabbed some of the shea butter onto their noses and within two days they all had soft noses with no ugly crusts!
Kathy can usually be found attached to her iMac, laptop or iPhone (possibly all at the same time), with Gio the English Toy Spaniel sitting behind her in her leopard office chair and Dude the Frenchie at her feet.
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