Ever since I was a young girl I always dreamed one day I would own an English Bulldog and that his name would be awesome just like him. I would watch Spike on the Tom & Jerry cartoons and any show or movie with a bully would just make my heart beat longing for my day to come. There were times I thought that it may not happen because it was just taking so long to have the finances needed. Then it happened that I unfortunately got laid off from my job but luckily received a compensation package and it is with that money that I finally took the opportunity to make my dream come true. I did my research and knew that I was going to be taking on a huge commitment but I was ready. Since I was a single mom and my kids were already teens I knew that I would have the time to dedicate to my bully so I made up my mind that if I could not have my dream man then I was going to have my dream dog and we would live happily ever after.
In Search of “Nigel”:
So I start my search for this bully of mine looking in pet stores and newspaper ads then online on different sites the whole time afraid because I was aware of the horror stories and I didn’t want to have any part of that so I prayed to find something good and steer clear of anything suspicious. Believe me I didn’t rush into this at all. I came across a breeder located in the Woodlands which is an area that I’m familiar with so I joined their face book page and would read other’s comments and they seemed to be happy with their pups. So I checked out their website and after discussing with my family I contacted them to make my purchase. Now mind you my dream bully was supposed to be a red fawn and white color male but the one boy that was that color was already spoken for. So I look at what is left and my daughter and I are trying to decide which to choose and this is what we saw: “Chubbs” The first thing to catch our eye was his pattern because it reminded us of a panda face. My daughter said “Pick that one mom” and so I did. It was New Year’s Eve 2010 when I put my deposit in for “Chubbs” who would now be known as “NIGEL WENTWORTH SINCLAIR” and I was so happy and anxious for his homecoming.
Waiting is the Hardest Part:
Now for the long wait until my new bully baby can come home to me. It was so hard and 8 weeks could not go by quick enough! I had so many preparations to make and so much to buy for him and since I love to shop this was a really fun time for me. So I hit the stores and websites getting toys and supplies and clothes! Because we all know clothes are the funnest part of having a bully! Lucky for me the breeder gave me a long list of items to have on hand for his health and well-being. This helped me a great deal even though I read “Bulldogs for Dummies” and kept it handy. So I counted the days and waited but luckily I was able to watch him grow online via Facebook since the breeder would post pics and updates. She was great! This helped me feel closer to him and to be a part of his growth process.
Nigel Comes Home:
February 12th, 2011 we had our appointment set to pick up my baby Nigel. I was so excited and anxious and just couldn’t wait. We drive out to the meet-up spot and introductions are made. OMG! He stole my heart he was walking around being curious and was just the cutest thing. I must say I never thought twice about him not being the exact color I wanted because he was so adorable and that face was just so lovable! From the moment we got home he stayed close and never ran off. We let him wander around the yard for a bit and explore his new home. Our neighbors ran over to see him and thought he was so cute. When we got him inside he made himself at home and soon fell asleep in his new bed. It was a nice red velvet bed fit for a king. He was surrounded by toys and a whole lot of love! That night he slept on my head which I thought was strange but now I see other bully’s do the same thing. He was very playful and it was so fun to be able to sit and watch him play. The next day I taught him how to fetch and he learned very quickly. I put him in a short obedience class and he did great! The trainer told me I may have to repeat my commands due to his stubbornness but that once he got it he would do great and he was indeed trainable. I never imagined how lovable and joyful bullies could be and it is true you can’t have just one. Soon after, we purchased a female, whom we named Karly Isabella Sinclair. So now I have my pair.
Ok, The Name:
From the moment I knew I wanted an EB I knew he would have to have an English name. My favorite English name is “Ian” but I already call my car that name so I needed another. I ran down a list and finally decided on “Nigel” but he would need a middle and last name too. He’s awesome remember? I chose “Sinclair” because I thought it had a nice British ring to it. Then in 2005 a show premiered called “Prison Break” and the star was Wentworth Miller. I loved him and the show and decided to name my bully after him. I held onto that name for 5 years. I can’t help but smile at the fact that I had my bully’s name way before I had my bully! People always get surprised when I tell them his full name but I don’t mind because I know what it means to me and it fits him perfectly.
Just Me & My Bully:
The past year with Nigel has truly been very joyful for me. He never ceases to amaze me and I believe we are soul mates. I couldn’t imagine my life without him and I must say he was definitely worth the wait. I love our time together and he makes me smile so much. I love to see him wiggle around in joy when I’m petting him and how he jumps up on me with toy in mouth to say “c’mon mom let’s play”, or how he’ll sit with me to watch TV. I love how he must always be near me. I’d take him to work with me if I could! I can just see him laying at my feet just like he does at home.
Now a Little About Me:
I’m born and raised in Houston, Texas. I’m a single mother of 2 teens, 1 boy and 1 girl, and I work as an administrative assistant in the food industry now but previously in the oil & gas industry. My free time consists of movies, music, and now bullies! I enjoy my favorite TV shows Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, and CSI, etc. I have so many! I enjoy a nice meal with friends and family and great conversation. Remembering old times and laughing at all the memories. I enjoy writing in my journal and looking back to see all that I’ve come through and survived. I will share them with my teens now so that they can see that everything is just temporary. I love being a mom and now I love being a bully mom too! Even more fun - is knowing that I share this passion with so many fine people and that I’m not alone in all the things I do with my bully and for my bully. I don’t worry that other’s look at my actions and think “how crazy is that” because they just don’t understand….but I know you do and that makes me smile!
NigelsMom (Sally M.)