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
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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