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VIDEO: Cape Breton woman hopes her dog's one-eyed charm will grab contest win

Franky looks at her owner Richelle McCormick with her paw resting McCormick's chin — one of her favourite ways to sit with her owner. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON POST
Franky looks at her owner Richelle McCormick with her paw resting McCormick's chin — one of her favourite ways to sit with her owner. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON POST
DONKIN, N.S. —

Richelle McCormick thinks her four-year-old French bulldog's permanent wink would make the cutest magazine cover ever. 

The Donkin resident also knows the $5,000 US cash prize that goes along with the cover will help cover veterinarians, including an eye specialist in New Brunswick, that Franky needs to keep her from going blind. 

Franky had a corneal ulcer on her right eye and the eye had to be surgically removed in the summer. She also has a corneal ulcer on her left eye which leaves Franky partially blind, only able to see peripherally. 

"This is my dream dog. I wanted a French bulldog since I could differentiate between breeds of dogs," said McCormick, who got Franky on Sept. 18, 2016. 

"I will do anything it takes (to help her keep her eyesight). She is like my daughter after all. She has given me a completely different outlook on life. I live for her." 

Franky, who turned four in July, has to wear a cone when she isn't sitting on her owner's lap to protect her other eye which is partially blind, due to a corneal ulcer. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON POST
Franky, who turned four in July, has to wear a cone when she isn't sitting on her owner's lap to protect her other eye which is partially blind, due to a corneal ulcer. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON POST

On July 24, McCormick took Franky to a veterinarian in Cape Breton to look at her right eye which looked like it had a "dent" in it. Franky had a corneal ulcer on the eye and had surgery on it that day. Six days later, McCormick noticed Franky's left eye also looked like there was a dent. She went back to the same veterinarian and Franky had surgery on her left eye on July 31. McCormick was also able to get referred to see an eye specialist, one of the only ones in Atlantic Canada, who was located in New Brunswick.

Because the specialist was on vacation, Franky couldn't be seen until Aug. 12. During that appointment, it was recommended Franky's eye be surgically removed. 

The specialist helped McCormick find a veterinarian she could trust to do the surgery and McCormick couldn't be happier with how they treated her fur baby. 

"We got a vet in Sackville with expertise in anesthesia and eye removal," said McCormick who has transferred Franky's care permanently here.

"When I told them the story (of Franky's eye problems), I could hear them choke up."

After the eye removal surgery, McCormick was scrolling through Facebook when she saw an ad for America's Favourite Pet contest and on a whim decided to enter her permanently one-eye winking baby. She didn't expect to get the response she has. 

Franky, right, and her best friend Penny, a pug, sit in the back of their owner's car before Franky had to have one of her eyes removed. Now Franky's partially blind in her other eye and will need to see an eye specialist in New Brunswick for the rest of her life. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON POST
Franky, right, and her best friend Penny, a pug, sit in the back of their owner's car before Franky had to have one of her eyes removed. Now Franky's partially blind in her other eye and will need to see an eye specialist in New Brunswick for the rest of her life. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON POST

Currently in first place for her division in the quarter-final of the contest at press time, McCormick said she's getting new votes every minute and has support from people around the world. 

One stranger spent $100 to buy 200 votes for Franky to retain her lead and many supporters are voting daily, which can also be done once a day for free. 

McCormick said she's a member of dozens of French bulldog social media groups and gets a lot of support from there as well as family and friends. 

"The support she's getting, I couldn't believe it. It's overwhelming," said McCormick. 

"My phone has been going off constantly with messages from people ... Franky's story is really touching people. It's heartwarming."


Frenchy from Donkin
Breed: French bulldog 
Age:
Birthday: July 10, 2016
Loves to: Run free in the dog park
Competing in: America's Favourite Pets contest
Website: https://americasfavpet.com/


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