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  • Members Spotlight: Ftse 100

    Davidh has asked me to tell the EBN family a little bit about myself.

    My name is Julie, most of you will know me by; Ftse 100, I am 55 years old, I married my high school sweetheart and we have been married for 38 years this coming April. We have two children, a son Ricky 38, and a daughter Melanie 35, six beautiful granddaughters, and I am mum to Ftse.

    Ricky & Amira

    Melanie & Son in Law Paul

    Amira 3

    Mackenzie 12, Brittney 16, Dominique 14, Indianah 5

    Indy & Taylor 19

    I was born in the United Kingdom, the youngest of three daughters. My parents decided to immigrate to Australia, so in June 1970 we moved from the UK to Sydney Australia, I was aged 12 at the time. I met Richard when I was 14 and really did not like him until at the age of 15 my thoughts changed on him, and I have been with him ever since. We got married at the ages of 17 & 18 and boy did we struggle being so young. A baby and no money, but we survived. We eventually bought our own home in 1982, and then we bought our very first prime mover, which Richard worked seven days a week while I was home with the children. I eventually went in partnership with my mum in a video shop, and then in 1988 I sold out to my mum, as Richard, I and the kids moved to Bundaberg in Qld. When we were settled, we decided we would get a pet, so we got a pug, we named Pugsley. He was my shadow, and after a year we decided to get a female much to Pugsley’s disgust he never forgave me, and became Richards dog. I would have liked to mate Pugsley and Tei- Arnna, but he was non orchid, so that was not the right thing to do. So I mated Tei- Arnna with a Qld champion, and from this we had a litter of seven puppies. From this litter sadly only three survived, you guessed it, I could not part with the puppies, so our pets grew from 2 to 5. Eventually I gave 1 to my mum, (she moved to Bundaberg in 1993) and 1 to my daughter and son in law.

    We lost Tei-Arnna in 2002, she developed a very bad skin problem after she had the puppies, and became very sick. We had to have her put to sleep, and in 2004 Pugsley had a stroke, and we tried to save him, but he could not walk, stand, or wee. He just laid there looking at us, and after a few days of this, and with him not getting any better, only deteriorating; we had to make the agonizing decision of having him put to sleep too. This was so devastating to Richard and I, and we were really suffering at doing this, and six weeks later my mum was admitted into ICU. She had been saying she was not feeling well, and had been having all sorts of tests which all came back nothing was wrong with her. She was rushed into emergency surgery for a clot in her stomach. My mum came out of that operation on life support. The next day was the hardest day of my life, as we were told she will not make it, and they could transport her to Brisbane. The doctor came and spoke to us and said if we took the flight for my mum who will not survive, that would kill a young man who can survive by being transported to Brisbane, We had to choose what to do. I was so upset at the thought of my mum dying on her own, as they don’t let you go with them on the plane. We had to make the biggest decision of our lives and turn off her life support. My mum lasted ten minutes when it was switched off. I laid with my mum and didn’t want to leave her ever, and I have never forgiven myself for doing this even thou I know she would not have survived. I went to see my mum ten days later at the funeral home to speak to her on my thoughts of what we had done, hoping it was the right decision trying to convince myself I think. We laid my mum to rest the following day and I miss her so much as I was very close to my mum. The autopsy result said my mum was riddled with cancer, so much for all the test she had. After this, we lost Maddison a year later at the age of 11. He was laying peacefully in the sun and just fell asleep. Our hearts were so distraught we could not bring ourselves to get another pet.

    I would always look at British Bulldogs, and say if I ever got another pet, that is what I want as I had always loved those squishy faces. I was not ready yet, and I even had my name picked out for the day that I was ready to get one, and on Christmas eve 2011 there was an add in our local paper of Bulldogs for sale. I arranged to see them but I didn’t think they were pure bred, and they were all white, not that I have anything against white ones, but I had always had my heart set on a red and white one. I came home so determined that day that I was going to get us a new baby, I was on the internet looking at all the breeders that had litters for sale. I finally came to Ftse’s breeder, and they had three left for sale, and when I came to the picture of Ftse I shouted at Richard “I have found Ftse.” He got in touch with the breeder and bought him for me for Christmas, and I have to tell you that is my best Chrissy present ever.

    He came home to live with us on January 2nd 2012, and I love him to pieces. He is such a joy to have with all his funny little ways, and he has so much love for us too. It is so nice each morning being greeted by his wigging little bum, and kisses he was well worth the wait.

    One Sunday Richard was looking on the internet and came across English Bulldog News, and showed it to me. I joined in March 2012, and I feel I have made so many friends since I have been on here, and I really enjoy getting to know everyone and their bully babies. I had the opportunity of meeting Henny (Cali-baker) in November last year when we were over there on holidays. We got to meet Tate and Finn as well, which I thought was really nice that she took the time to come and meet complete strangers, especially these days with so many freaks in the world.

    I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me.


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    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Davidh's Avatar
      Davidh -
      Such a great story, thank you so much for sharing your story with.
    1. KMARINO's Avatar
      KMARINO -
      Thank you for sharing your story, this is one of my favorite threads on the site, I just love getting to know the members better. You have a beautiful familly. Both skin and fur.
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      Julie..Thank you for sharing. I just wanted to hug you though while reading about your mom. I wanted to yell..noooo..you did the right thing. But then I read later on that you did realize this. I'm so sorry you lost her..Mom's are well...MOM'S! You have a gorgeous family..and FTSE was and is wonderful! So happy Richard led you to us...
    1. cali baker's Avatar
      cali baker -
      Julie, I loved meeting you and Richard and cannot wait til the next time you're in California!

      What a moving and touching story you wrote. I lost my mom in 2003 and can understand the emotions you went through.
      Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your life with us.
    1. Texas Carol's Avatar
      Texas Carol -
      Such a deeply moving story about you and your Mom, it makes me so sad
      and mad how the medical system fails us so often...and so badly. It's a hurt
      that never heals but I do believe you did the best thing for your Mom, maybe
      not for you but the best for her,GOD honors your brave & unselfish act of LOVE.

      Like you, I have a heart for the red & white bullies altho I love & admire them
      all. Brutus, my 1st adoptee and Cami, who I get tomorrow are both red & white.
      Lucky, blessed me!

      Julie, your family is just beautiful and you & hubby, a great looking couple.

      Wow! 38 years together!!! Congratulations and thank you for sharing yourself!
      Much love & GOD's blessings to you & yours. Carol
    1. anatess's Avatar
      anatess -
      I love this section of EBN. And I especially love learning about Julie and her family. THANK YOU @Ftse 100 and EBN.
    1. dolphin's Avatar
      dolphin -
      Thank you for sharing with us, you are beautiful and have a very beautiful family!

      I am so sorry about your mom, my wife and I went through the same thing ourselves and I know how it feels to have had faced and made that decision. We also started off with Pugs like you but when we had the chance to get Buster we jumped at it. They're so much like angels sent to us to be with us on our journey through life. Ftse is an absolute doll and is one of the most adorable bullies I have ever set eyes on. He is lucky to have a mommy and daddy like you.
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      Julie -- thanks so much for sharing your story with us! What a beautiful family you have and i am so happy Ftse led you and Richard to us......
    1. bluesteelapd's Avatar
      bluesteelapd -
      Julie, I completely enjoyed reading about you and your family. My heart goes out to you for your losses! I'm so very sorry.
      Can you please tell me how to pronoun Ftse's name?
    1. Ftse 100's Avatar
      Ftse 100 -
      Thank you
      Ftse is pronounced as Footsie
    1. sweetpeasmom2008's Avatar
      sweetpeasmom2008 -
      loved reading about you! what a great family!
    1. Biogirl71's Avatar
      Biogirl71 -
      Thanks for sharing - wonderful to know more about Ftse's family!
    1. LynnA's Avatar
      LynnA -
      Thank you for sharing your story with us. What beautiful family you have. It's really great to get to know other members.
    1. LynnA's Avatar
      LynnA -
      Thank you for sharing your story. It's wonderful to get to know other members. What a beautiful family you have.
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Just loved reading a bit of your life Julie. So sorry about the loss of your Mom. The pictures of you and your family are wonderful too. And Ftse, well..... I liked the watermelon picture.
    1. Twice's Avatar
      Twice -
      I love reading these stories!! Thanks for sharing your life, your family and FTSE with us.
    1. christyjulene's Avatar
      christyjulene -
      Thank you for sharing a part of yourself and now I know how to pronounce Ftse!
    1. Ftse 100's Avatar
      Ftse 100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by christyjulene View Post
      Thank you for sharing a part of yourself and now I know how to pronounce Ftse!
      Everyone gets confused with that
    1. gunnyboy's Avatar
      gunnyboy -
      What a moving story, thanks for sharing.
    1. mc68mc's Avatar
      mc68mc -
      Thank you for sharing your story of life with us