What You Always Wanted To Know About Alice Kable And Some Things You Didn't Want To Know!
I am 68, live in small, rural Wallowa County (population 7,000) outside the town of Joseph, Oregon. There isn't a bad view in the county--it is called "The Oregon Alps" for good reason. The Wallowa Mountains are snow capped most of the year.
My introduction to Bulldogs came in 1958 when I was 16 years old. The highschool mascot was an English Bulldog and it was my job to pick her up, dress her in her cheer outfit, and take her to our home football and basketball games.
Fast forward about 24 years and I got my first Bulldog puppy, Sherman. We already had a big 4 year old German Shepherd, Jake. Jake ignored Sherm at first but after a few days he started playing with Sherm and they were best buds for 9+ years. Their only real competition was on garbage pickup day, whoever got to the corner of the yard first earned the right to bark and if the other dog chimed in they had "words". We had to take out some thorny bushes because Sherm would run straight through them and sometimes injure an eye. Long legged Jake always ran around the bushes. At that time we had 4 skin kids living at home still in junior high and high school. My husband and I both taught school and had an antique business as a sideline. Our shop was part of our house so the dogs were there. When Sherm was little he used to crawl into the bottom shelf of china closets; the bottom shelf was always empty.
Sherman, Jake and Alice's Youngest Skin Kid
Our antique business grew and kids left home for college, so I quit teaching and worked the antique shop full time. After a couple years the State of Washington offered teachers 50 yrs. old with 20 yrs. teaching an early retirement so my husband took it. We found a place in Central Oregon we liked, sold our place and moved. We purchased a 4,000 sq.' building right on the main highway for our shop and had a home built about 5 miles away. Sherm and Jake got old, Jake went first and a few months later Sherm passed. We then got Muggs (Bulldog #2) and I rescued a disabled Red Heeler we named Sophie Marie. Sophie lost her shop dog privileges real fast because she would bark at customers when they came thru the door. She was happy at home on 5 acres. Carol Gardner(Zelda) was living in Central Oregon, met Muggs at our shop and was inspired to get Zelda.
Muggs caught in the shop with a vintage mohair toy!
Sophie Marie by the river
Enter Harley (Bulldog #3). Harley was raised in our shop as were Sherm and Muggs. In addition to their job as greeters, they also kept little kids entertained. Sometimes they even had to entertain a husband or two while the wives shopped. Our Bulldogs were working dogs! Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands of people were moving to Central Oregon. Bend changed. The whole area changed for the worse (my opinion); what was good for business wasn't good for lifestyle. We started looking at N.E. Oregon and fell in love with Joseph, Wallowa Lake, The Wallowa Mountains. Also we were getting tired of working 7 days a week and hearing rude people call our dogs fat and ugly! So after 13 years there, up with the for sale signs. We found 19 acres we loved in rural Joseph and here we are. Harley had a heart problem and died over here before we actually moved.
Harley, Bulldog #3
View at home in Joeseph
We got Mack, then his littermate Chester, # 4 & 5. This is the only time we have got 2 from the same litter. We got Mack at 8 weeks, then the breeder decided to sell Chester at 5 & 1/2 months. All was fine until the boys turned 3; then Chester started picking fights with Mack. I'd be holding Ches on my lap and Mack would walk by and Ches would jump down and attack him. It got so we had to keep them apart at all times. That is when we made a 10 year old boy and his family very happy. Chester has thrived with them. He still remembers me and gets real excited when I visit them. It was a hard decision but a good one.
Mack and Chester
And then along came Ruggles, #6. He has a wonderful disposition, loves everyone and everything. But he barks and barks and barks somemore! He is the first barky Bulldog we have had. Also, he has a wet mouth...I thought all breeders had done away with the wet mouth thing because we hadn't had one since #1, Sherman!
Ruggles (Bulldog #6)
I am so happy to find English Bulldog News. I so enjoy seeing all the pictures and sharing Bulldog experiences with all of you!