Hello, my name is John DeHart, I am 46 and I live in Honolulu Hawaii with my beautiful wife Peggy. We have been married for 11 years, and I feel extremely blessed to have found such a wonderful life partner. My hobbies include photography and riding my Harley.
I was born and raised in California, SF Bay area, and had adventurous parents' when I was young, my parents tried their hand at raising various livestock on a small farm. My love for animals goes back to my early childhood at the farm where I made pets out of everything, which I'm sure made it tough for my parents to turn a profit while protecting my innocence and unrealistic view of why we had so many animals. I had a pet pig, goat and chicken, but my favorite was my pet duck that would walk with me down our dirt road to the school bus stop, and would meet me there later in the day to walk me home.
During my teenage years, my parents gave up the farm and bought a houseboat to live on. Life was really good having the California Delta as my backyard and playground, I can't believe I eventually decided to give that up and leave home.
I joined the Air Force at the age of 17, serving for 20 years with some wonderful assignments to Okinawa, Texas, Las Vegas and Hawaii. I met my wife Peggy while I was stationed in Hawaii, and we have lived here for 11 years- she is still in the Navy, and again I feel blessed that she has been able to work her assignments allowing us to stay in Hawaii- we love it here.
After retiring from the Air Force, I was able to put my training to good use by finding a Govt job as an Intelligence Analyst- and again, I feel blessed to have such a job opportunity at this location.
So why did I get an English Bulldog? Well, I'll start with explaining why I got a dog. First of all, as I mentioned, I have loved animals since I was a kid, and I especially love dogs. A dog can be described as a "companion" more than any pet I have experienced. I guess even more than the duck I loved as a kid. I have had a couple wonderful dogs in my lifetime. A Keeshond named Shilom, and a Maremma Sheepdog named Ahpun. About 5 years ago, Peggy and I discussed getting another dog, and I listened to what she wanted in a companion. I believe we found exactly what she was hoping for in a wonderful Shih Tzu named Winnie- Winnie is very well behaved, a sweetie, and is Peggy's baby.
Well last year, Peggy started talking about getting another dog, something to keep Winnie company while we were away. I was reluctant to this idea as it just sounded like more work, and I like to keep life easy. Peggy sweetened the deal by stating that I could pick out the breed of our next dog: This got me thinking about which breed I thought would best fit my personality, as this dog would be my buddy. The image of an English Bulldog kept popping into my head, and the more I looked into them, the more I was getting hooked.
So my search for my buddy began, and I was so naive in thinking that I could just watch Craiglist or Google a Hawaiian Breeder to find a pup. I soon discovered that there were not many EBDs on this island. I checked with a local pet store, yes I now understand the problems with this, and they put me on their contact list. They did get some pups in, but they were asking $8,000 each- there had to be a better way, but with the Hawaii quarantine restrictions put on puppies from the mainland, I really did not have too many other options available to me.
I thought I found puppy through an ad I found from a Google search- a Breeder in Australia had pups advertised for a really good price and they were willing to ship Since Australia does not have rabies, there are no restrictions placed on dogs being shipped in. I selected a beautiful boy and started this in motion. There were several things about this transaction that didn't seem right, so I started Googling the Breeder, which brought up no correlation to any EBD business, and I also started finding information about all the scams being conducted- my eyes were opening. I then found a website from a Breeder in Florida, and I recognized his puppies for sale as the same pups this scammer was trying to sell me. I was lucky though that I figured this out before losing any money.
I felt foolish that I even considered dealing with this scammer, and decided I needed to do more research, which led me to this site- I shared my scammer story and my desire to find my EBD, and was very impressed with the welcome I received, as well as the support, experience and friendship that was offered to me. I became a regular here as I sucked up all the wonderful BD knowledge and friendship, then later was honored with the opportunity to give back to the community by being accepted as a Rescue Moderator.
My search continued until I found a registered breeder in Australia that had gone through a lot of effort and expense to bring impressive EBD breeding stock to Australia from the UK. Since he was a registered breeder, I thought the risk would be low of being scammed. I provided a deposit and waited for some litters to become available. I was finally offered a beautiful boy, so we completed the deal and anxiously waited for him to become old enough to ship. I was crushed as it became evident that this breeder's dream of living a luxurious life off the profits from breeding came crashing down, and he decided to start scamming others to maintain his lifestyle. When he was arrested for scamming, I knew that both our dreams were done, and I contemplated giving up on my Bulldog dream- I had to ask myself why I would want to continue putting myself through this emotional nightmare over a specific dog breed? The answer I eventually came to was that I only live once, and why should I have to settle for something less of a dream? That would equal a defeat, and I'm too stubborn to swallow that pill.
So I searched again, this time contacting a registered breeder that has been established for over 20 years, had a solid reputation, and had done extremely well showing her dogs. I had to wait for what seemed forever for her to have something available, but it actually was probably only several months, and was very excited knowing that this was the one, but at the same time still nervous over being stung previously. It was fun sharing the journey with the EBN members, and the support and excitement shared by everyone here was amazing.
The result of this long strange trip was the delivery of Moses- I have said from the beginning that I wanted a big goofy boy Bully that would be my buddy, and maybe it was luck, or perhaps a reward for my patience, but I now have a buddy that greatly exceeds what I had hoped for! I know I'm biased, but I think Moses, or 'Moe', is perfect- he's a big goofy handsome boy- has a great personality and is very smart- we are bonding hard, and I know that he has already accepted me as his buddy as well.
After a long wait, John finally has his little Moe!
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