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  • Member Spotlight: Bella'smom

    I am a 47 year mom of 2 skin kids and 3 fur kids. I grew up with a Bulldog named Richard and swore I would always have one in the house. I moved from Northern Wisconsin to go to School in Charleston SC in the 80's graduated with my diploma in Dental Assisting. I moved to Florida shortly after wards to lay down roots and raise a family. In the mid 90's I found myself as a single mom with a small income. So I decided to go back to college. I finished my degree in less than 2 years, going to classes Monday-Saturday with a 90 minute commute each way. Once graduated, I had the wonderful priviledge to work for a Dentist in Jacksonville that treated the Jacksonville Jaguar NFL football team. I was able to not only clean players teeth, but get autographs at the same time. : )

    I now work as an office manager for a general Dentist here in Jacksonville. I miss working directly to patients (I guess it is the mom in me) but love my office, co-workers and patient family. I have a lifetime partner and we raised the 2 boys together. One is a senior in High School and the other one is in college. Ian is a competitive Wake Skater and my oldest, Pierce, is now in the Bio Medical engineering program at college.

    My obsession with bullies started again as an adult when I was presented my first bulldog puppy from Terri for my birthday in 2001. Miss Abby is my senior bully. Bella, our "lemon", was purchased in fall of 2009. I call her a "lemon" because of her health condition. She has a rare disease that does not allow her to digest food. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, EPI for short. I volunteer and raise money for Bella's needs. I have designed an awareness ribbon and written a book about EPI. My contribution consists of car magnets and coffee mugs designed with our ribbon, that I sell on our website for research money. I also spend time moderating numerous blogs and rescues in search of other dogs and puppies out there that may be experiencing the disease (but hasn't been diagnosed as of yet). Our EPI community raises money to print and ship out brochures and information to vets all over the country and Canada. Bella has been a research dog for Clemson University and I am thankful to Dr. Leigh Ann Clarke for all her hard work there. With the help of English Bulldog News and facebook friends we were able to get a $5,000 grant from Pepsi to help fund the EPI research and awareness!

    I am very active for EBN with being a rescue moderator and I recently was honored by being asked to be a community moderator as well. I spend a lot of time helping my "assigned" rescues from EBN, whether with raffle support, care packages or just posting their needs. It was very rewarding in December to actually help aid in picking up and fostering a Handicapped Frenchie until English Bulldog Rescue of Georgia could get travel arrangements for him. I am happy to now have a close relationship with many of the rescue members via Facebook, not just mine but others out there. I love the commmunity that EBN has introduced me too. I feel like it is part of a family and even though we have not met in real life, I feel like I know them very well and can trust them when in need of advice or just someone to sound off on.

    I enjoy sewing, reading, cooking and baking, especially wedding and specialty theme cakes. A lot of our spare time is spent camping. Yes it is in an RV, but I still consider it camping and try to be outdoors most of the trip. I have a side job making chocolate coated caramel apples rolled in candy. My apples I call Lady Api's. My busiest time is at holidays and I get orders from all over. I am keeping my business small (no website) due to the fact I pride myself in hand picking apples, hand dipping all layers and getting them out to the purchaser while completely fresh.

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    Comments 8 Comments
    1. bfletch13's Avatar
      bfletch13 -
      Nice read.
      Good to get to know the
      people behind the username.
    1. Gertie's Mom's Avatar
      Gertie's Mom -
      What a wonderful story! Bless you for all your hard work!
    1. Lacey28's Avatar
      Lacey28 -
      I this addition to the newsletter, it is so nice to get to know our members!
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      I love that you got to go first. Kudos to you and all your hard work with EPI. You are a valued addition to EBN.
    1. lexterwayne's Avatar
      lexterwayne -
      what a wonderful story!! great to learn a little more about our community moderators
    1. gatorfan85's Avatar
      gatorfan85 -
      I have had the pleasure of meeting Leslie and can say she is as AWESOME as her bio
    1. bulldog family's Avatar
      bulldog family -
      Leslie~ you ROCK, girl!!!!!
    1. 2bulliefamily's Avatar
      2bulliefamily -
      Great article...i agree with @bulldog family...you rock!