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  • Members Spotlight: HrsDiva

    My life has changed forever since finding my bullies!

    I'm no stranger to having animals; I grew up with show dogs mostly sporting dogs with the oddball thrown in from time to time since the time I can remember. Life was dogs every day. As I grew up so did our animals they expanded to horse and other kinds of livestock in my late 20's I got into showing horse while I lived in California my pets included rabbits guinea pigs and my love of 10yrs Bandit my Siberian husky. When she passed away at the age of 16 yrs old, I swore no more dogs.

    That all changed the summer of 2011. As I was driving home from a crazy day at work. I normally turn up the radio and just unwind from the day. On a back stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere I caught a face sticking out of the bushes and it's not uncommon for dogs to be roaming the area. Yet 1/4 mile down the road something clicked OMG that was a bulldog. So trying to find a turn around spot on a two lane highway wasn't easy then to find a spot to backtrack. I couldn't see anything from where I was at, so I turned the radio off and rolled down the window knowing it was so hot outside 100 plus outside and bulldogs have a hard time in the heat. I found her by her snorting and heavy breathing. She wasn't in good shape and wanted nothing to do with me when I approached her.

    As I went back to the car to find water, she darted under my car and I freaked. As you can imagine I was crawling on the hot asphalt trying to get her out and not get hit by cars. The lord was watching over me and sent me two angles to help me, one was a man from Wal Mart headquarters in his dress clothes, and the other was a women whom herself backtracked to offer to help control traffic as when she figured out it was a dog I was trying to get. She kind of panicked as she has a huge fear of all dogs. I called my boyfriend and informed him I was bringing a dog home and get the boxers in a secure area. When I got home her breathing hadn't yet regulated, but she seemed to own my house and loved my boyfriend’s boxers.

    I took out ads all over the place looking for her owner because I couldn't imagine that someone wasn't missing this angel of a bulldog. That's when I found EBN, because I needed more information on this girl. I found out she was raised like bullies should be; she knew what ice chips were, just how can someone not miss her is all I kept thinking. So after a bunch of research I figured I would go get her a Kong to chew on. Oh my goodness when I gave it to her, it was like a kid at Christmas, she was bouncing all over the place. She has truly blessed our lives.

    I had been debating when and where our next English Bulldog was going to come from. I am so pro rescue but I've still been dreaming of showing again. One day I see a mutual friend of my boyfriend’s post they had enough and looking for a home for their male English Bulldog. I looked at my boyfriend and said you may kill me, but we are going to go look at your friend’s dog, they can't keep him anymore.

    We get there, and there is this boy who stole our hearts. We stayed for awhile to watch his interactions with everyone. I could tell he had issues, and she was very upfront about them too. I can tell you it was all peaches and cream this dog was nuts. He was attacking everything even the stuff that was tired down. Look at that face.

    I don't know where to begin his story, but I think it should start out as Bad Attitude has nothing on me and guess what, you don't either. He was always freaking out about everything and peeing all over the house. He didn't know what to do when he got put outside; it was like torcher to him. The weeks that followed were trying for me and my boyfriend, as he has never dealt with problem animals. So not only was I trying to learn his way, I had to teach my boyfriend how to think like the dog, and how to handle the situation too, which doesn’t always go smoothly.

    In the weeks that followed were very trying for the whole family to say the least. All the dogs were on edge and there was nothing I could change to make things better for them but to be consistent with Cornel. He would freak out in his kennel and spin it all the way across the kitchen all day everyday. When he was allowed out it was only under a watchful eye since he wanted to attack cases of water and rolling chairs. He seamed to have an obsession with trash cans too… I was on the brink of giving up so many days the constant barking and growling was taking its toll on the family. BUT I stayed true to my heart, showed him we loved him, and gave him routines, and discipline, just like a child. I even had the rescues number in Tulsa OK on speed dial, and I spent a lot of time here online.

    By February there was change happening, he was mellowing out and understanding us a little better. He knew when he was let out of his kennel is was potty outside not across the living room. There were a few days I was home with no kids so I decided to leave his crate open to see what he would do as he never leaves the kitchen “his safe haven” to my surprise he ventured into the living room and got on the dog bed and chilled all day… I was on 7th heaven seeing this glimmer of hope…

    Feb 2012 ( 2 months ) There were still a lot of ups and downs, I still wasn’t able to walk him on a harness, but I found a place that understood his need to be neutered, so off we went to the vets. Things were still a little touch and go after he got fixed, but I can tell you it helped his mood swings a thousand percent. One day while watching TV, he came out of no where and took a flying leap on the couch, I started crying OMG who was this dog and where did he come from…

    Cornel now knew that he is loved and wiggles his little butt when he knows mommy is going to cave and give him a treat and he sure has learned how to give bully kisses. I’m not saying he doesn’t still have his ADHA moments ( as he walks into the laundry room braking and growling and finding something to get into) but they are way more predictable and less frequent. He knows the word toy and runs across the house looking for his rope or Kong…. Where has this dog come from I ask myself all the time.

    This is what gets tossed at you even if you’re taking a nap. He sure has captured my heart and I am forever grateful to him. We still practice with the harness every few weeks and make it a fun thing. I sure want to show the world my bullies who have overcome so much, and the wonderful dogs that come out of rescues. I have had a few successful attempts at going for a walk and each time they get better. My goal by fall is take him on a hike, and show him how much fun it can be…

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    Comments 28 Comments
    1. LillyNBruin's Avatar
      LillyNBruin -
      Great story!!! Your such a wonderful person for giving those two pups a loving home!
    1. Sherry's Avatar
      Sherry -
      Love it love it love it. Good job! The world need's more like you
      Thank you for sharing your story
    1. cali baker's Avatar
      cali baker -
      I enjoyed reading about you and your love for your animals.
    1. Twice's Avatar
      Twice -
      I agree with Sherry. The world needs a LOT more people like you! Most people would have given him up at the first sign of trouble. And saving her from the side of the road? You're her hero! And you're mine too

      Thanks for sharing your story with us.
    1. sweetpeasmom2008's Avatar
      sweetpeasmom2008 -
      Great story! I love how you came to have both your bully's! God was watching over your bully on the side of the road!
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!
    1. LynnA's Avatar
      LynnA -
      Thank you for sharing enjoyed it very much!
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      I still remember when you first posted about Bullie!! Wonderful story!
    1. ChanelnBrutus's Avatar
      ChanelnBrutus -
      Amazing story! Thanks for sharing with us...You are an angel for giving those gorgeous babies a good life
    1. Biogirl71's Avatar
      Biogirl71 -
      Such a wonderful story. I too remember when you first posted about the bulldog you found by the side of the road and I love that you saved her and gave her a loving home. And then added yet another bullie to your family! So heartwarming!
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      What a wonderful story! And talk about timing that you were able to spot him in the bushes. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading your story.
    1. kazzy220's Avatar
      kazzy220 -
      Wow .. I remember when you first joined with that first bully and I also remember your sorrow at struggling with Cornel but above all your loyalty and love for them both.

      I actually read that story with a tear in my eye ........... :crying:
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Bump, such a great story!!!
    1. HrsDiva's Avatar
      HrsDiva -
      Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
      Bump, such a great story!!!
      Thank you I do <3 my bulldogs!! Im having a hard time staying away from the Tulsa recuse page

      Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I717 using Tapatalk 2
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Quote Originally Posted by HrsDiva View Post
      Thank you I do <3 my bulldogs!! Im having a hard time staying away from the Tulsa recuse page
      If I could have more I would, just need time and more space. I had totally forgotten that you got her from seeing her on the freeway in the bushes.
    1. HrsDiva's Avatar
      HrsDiva -
      Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
      If I could have more I would, just need time and more space. I had totally forgotten that you got her from seeing her on the freeway in the bushes.
      Yes my bush babe!!! See her sleeping on the couch snoring away! Don't forget Mr.ADHD being surrenderd as well... I have room if I just organized better. I just need to be some more. ..

      I love my bullies like my skin kids :p

      Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I717 using Tapatalk 2
    1. Texas Carol's Avatar
      Texas Carol -
      Thank you so much for sharing this awesome story!

      These bullies were blessed to get YOU as MOM, I'm so inspired
      by your loving dedication & perserverence...in spite of bad odds,
      all of you WIN...Yea!!!

      May GOD continue to bless a deserving, wonderful & beautiful family!
    1. Ftse 100's Avatar
      Ftse 100 -
      What a great story I really enjoyed it and learning all about you and you bullies.
    1. agingermom's Avatar
      agingermom -
      I am not sure who is luckier you or your bullies!!
    1. sweetpeasmom2008's Avatar
      sweetpeasmom2008 -
      Love it! Good to get to know you better!