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  • Member Spotlight: FontanaFox

    Hello Bully Lovers,

    My name is Maria and I am 53, married and now home with my husband who
    is retired from the U.S.P.S. I've been living in Fontana, CA for most
    of 23 years. It can get pretty hot and windy at times but otherwise it
    is pretty quiet. I have 3 grownup kids...a son and two daughters. I
    use to work at the post office with my husband but since he has
    diabetes and has been disabled by it I decided it was best to be home
    to take care of him. I thought this the perfect time to have a dog. I
    didn't want to let all those years of watching the Dog Whisperer to go
    to waste. Now I had the time needed to commit to it's care and

    Well before I had a dog I started with a cat (Daisy). A little brown
    tabby. Soon after that came Louie a French Bulldog mix. Daisy and
    Louie grew up together and so I wondered if Daisy might prefer the
    company of another cat. Well I got two rescue kittens and Daisy wanted
    no part of them. Now my house is divided by baby gates. Cat side and
    dog side. Daisy decided she rather be with the dog.

    Daisy, the fourth dog...

    BabyGirl & Louie

    Well I had no idea I was going to have an English Bulldog in my life
    but my husband was admiring our neighbors EB and I decided it might be
    an interesting addition to my family so I did my homework and found a
    breeder referral listed on an AKC website. The breeder I found had a
    litter of nine and I fell in love with the largest and the smallest of
    the bunch. I named the big boy Wilson and his little sister Snowflake.
    Put my deposit down and came back for them when they reached 10 weeks
    of age.


    I knew bulldogs could have "issues" and at four months of age they had
    the cherry eye thing come up on both. Breeder recommended her vet who
    was a bulldog specialist. Things were great for about six months but
    my little Snowflake developed congestion in her lungs. After many
    trips and meds the doctor felt because of her small trachea and
    diminished lung capacity she would not make it. I lost my little
    Snowflake and for the first time I saw my husband cry and I was
    completely grief-stricken. I had to carry on for my other animals but
    I found it hard to fill the void. In desperation I looked for another
    English Bulldog and found an adorable little puppy and I named her
    BabyGirl. She was the best thing for us. Although BabyGirl never
    replaced our little Snowflake she helped us get through it all. I
    don't know if I could of carried on without BabyGirl to help us heal.


    Two years have past since then and now I'm just enjoying my pet
    family. I've scoured the internet for information on English Bulldogs.
    My Wilson has been dealing with allergies and I find that many
    purebreeds and especially man-made breeds have specific problems.
    Still it has been difficult to pin down definite answers and after
    finding English Bulldog News I realize there are no definites and it is
    a process of trials and eliminations combined with providing the best
    care, food, living conditions, love and time.

    Thanks to EBN I am learning from all the members and gathering data
    from each of your experiences. I'm now in the process of changing
    Wilson and BabyGirls food to NVI from petflow.com. Thanks to all who
    have contributed to the EBN. It is truly a learning experience.

    BabyGirl loves dog parks!

    Wilson just got back from his allergy shot...

    My son and I

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    Comments 14 Comments
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      Wow..you have a beautiful family, Maria, both fur and human..thanks for sharing your story..we live not too far away..I get the hot and windy stuff..
    1. izstigspunks's Avatar
      izstigspunks -
      Great bio. The Snowflake portion made me . Love how BabyGirl's always smiling and how Wilson looks like such a serious fellow.

      And you're 53!? You look as if you and your son can be brother and sister!
    1. Lucy-licious's Avatar
      Lucy-licious -
      Great spotlight, I am sorry for your loss of snowflake.
      And I must say that Daisy is beautiful. That baby girl and Wilson are too goes without saying. Thanks for sharing
    1. Fontanafox's Avatar
      Fontanafox -
      Thank you all for your kind comments. I still miss my little snowflake. I keep a picture of her little face on my desk. I even thought I heard her little bark the day after she passed. Compared to her brother Wilson Snowflake would of probably been categorized as a miniature bulldog. My husband use to sing to her "Shall We Dance" from the movie "The King and I." He can't bear to hear the song anymore. Although she was with us such a short time she made an impact on our lives.
    1. TessaAndSamson's Avatar
      TessaAndSamson -
      Wonderful article. I am so sorry for your loss of Snowflake, I can imagine you gave her a wonderful life while she was here.
    1. Alice Kable's Avatar
      Alice Kable -
      Great bio and very nice to "meet" you, Maria. Daisy, Winston and baby Girl are good looking. I am so sorry about Snowflake's short life.
    1. Fontanafox's Avatar
      Fontanafox -
      Don't know why Daisys pic came out twice but I do have another dog named Louie. He's a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix and a little hellion but fun to be with on walks and I find I "talk" to him more than my bullies. I'm sure he is filtering my words for anything that sounds like "food items." That's OK too. I love him bunches!
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      I will fix the pix sorry :embarrassed:
    1. cali baker's Avatar
      cali baker -
      FontanaFox: i really enjoyed reading about you. I'm so sorry for the loss of Snowflake, I know that must have been very hard.
      It sounds like you have a beautiful family, both fur and skin!
    1. Luvin My Bullie's Avatar
      Luvin My Bullie -
      really enjoyed your bio. You have a beautiful family
    1. Bella'sMom's Avatar
      Bella'sMom -
      Nice Story!
    1. kazzy220's Avatar
      kazzy220 -
      What a wonderful story ... and so sorry for you and your husbands loss of little snowflake.

      Babygirl is such a smiley girl!!!!! Just love her. And of course Winston looks like the dutiful, responsible big brother.

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us ....
    1. boomsboo's Avatar
      boomsboo -
      I love this! Your story was very moving.... like others said, the part about Snowflake made me but Babygirl is gorgeous! What a great little family you have! Thanks for sharing!
    1. acarabias's Avatar
      acarabias -
      Thank you Maria for sharing your story, and I agree, you and your so look like brother and sister!