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  • Rescue Story: Meet Gary

    Gary’s rescue story is a true tale of many fantastic people,
    all working together to save a precious life!
    One that EBN members played a large role in!

    In The Nick of Time!

    Gary was saved from the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter just hours before he was to be put to sleep. He was brought in as a “stray”, and luckily was seen by a wonderful volunteer for the Philly Pfoundation who immediately contacted So Cal Bulldog Rescue (SCBR). SCBR authorized the pull of Gary, and Gary was immediately taken to the SCBR vet. Due to major health issues that included a prolapsed colon (where the colon protrudes from the body), and a severe medial luxating patella on the rear left leg, Gary had to be taken to an emergency vet. At the Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine, the doctors evaluated Gary and had to do major invasive surgery through the abdomen to pull the colon back into the body. Because of the severe nature of the case, there was also a huge risk of infection.

    Gary before surgery with a prolapsed colon and luxating patella on his rear leg:

    Successful Surgery!

    The surgery was a great success; however, it was very expensive. It cost $3,000 to get Gary’s prolapsed colon fixed. It cost $2,000 to fix Gary’s rear leg. SCBR takes in so many bulldogs willingly, not turning them away even with expensive health problems. To help with the cost, EBN held a raffle where members could purchase tickets and win some great prizes! There was also an auction to win a fabulous SCBR hoodie. With the raffle and the hoodie auction, EBN was able to send $1650.00 to SCBR for Gary’s leg surgery. Gary was able to have his leg surgery on December 27, 2013 and his orthopedic surgeon said it went very well and his leg should work just fine after his recovery period.

    Gary after his colon surgery:

    Gary after his leg surgery, recuperating with his EBN Kong:

    Cali Baker meets Gary!

    After Gary’s auctions, EBN also held a Holiday Toy Drive to donate toys to several bulldog rescues. SCBR was one of the rescues and our very own cali baker got to meet Gary while delivering toys to SCBR from the English Bulldog News Toy Drive. She was able to spend time with him and other rescue bulldogs and reported back how well Gary was doing after his major surgery for his colon. She said he was vivacious, sweet, loving, and had tons of energy! Soon after the visit, Gary had his leg surgery and enjoyed playing with his Kong that EBN gave him during his recovery.

    Here is Henny, "cali baker" with Gary

    Gary is Adopted!

    Gary was adopted in January 2014 by a couple, Danielle and Mike, who had previously adopted from SCBR. Danielle also makes crate pads and quilts to donate to SCBR auctions. Gary now has two fur sisters, Agatha the bully and Ivy the Bully-Pug. Gary spent quite a bit of time having to recuperate from his leg surgery in his crate.

    Gary Now!

    Gary’s forever family sent us an update June 23rd! Here is what they said:

    “So, About Gary… frequently called Gary-Berry… and more accurately… 'DoeDoe Noodle' - He has been with us for 5 months now and is fully aware that this is his forever home. He uses every brain cell he has to do the right thing and be a good pack/family member, but sometimes… it’s hard to be perfect! I just love his efforts! When we first adopted Gary, he was a nervous wreck. He was unable to be pet, hardly able to receive a cookie without losing your fingers, and an all out spaz! Gary gave uncontrollable licks (if you met him, you know they were uncontrollable) and was a big jumper….. Basically, he didn’t have ANY manner or social skills. With a little time and a little effort; with a lot of rules and a lot of love… he is now thriving!

    Gary now melts like a noodle every time anyone reaches for him and the licking is on request only. He is an angel! While we are still working on taking cookies gently, he has mastered the art of taking them only upon invitation! Such a good boy! Gary’s leg and “colon o ring” (shh) are perfectly healed! The vet is so pleased with the recovery. We attribute it to constant muscular buildup via walking up hill as well as not being allowed to jump. We keep his diet clean while feeding 3 times a day because he is still very lean. Gary has been blessed with two sibling bullies that he adores. The older one, Agatha, is the matriarch who sets the house rules… and Gary graciously follows most! The younger one, Ivy Talula, (Val’s pug mix puppies) is also a SCBR alumni who has become his absolute best friend. They play rough, groom each other, and cuddle at every chance they get! They are two peas in a pod.

    Some of Gary’s favorite activities include trips to the dog park where he makes the rounds to greet everyone then proceeds to catch bugs for as long as possible. He is a gentle soul at heart (again, sometimes it’s hard to be a perfect bully) but he has managed to befriend several frogs… he corners them then lays down to watch and paw at them softly. So adorable! Gary is also in his glory while ‘pretending' to swim in the streams and lakes by standing on the rocks and biting at little fish or leaves. If he was allowed, he would do this 22 hours a day! No kidding!

    All in all, the love that comes from a rescue bully cannot be matched. You can see it in their eyes!

    Oh, one more thought… this goofy DoeDoe Noodle is still very muscular with a huge and beautiful head… with that, he is oddly top heavy and trips often. It makes us laugh, thus inducing more kisses going his way! He’s a clumsy DoeDoe! Not much runs through this wonderful boy’s head other than happy thoughts and an appreciation for his new and fabulous life! He’s perfect!

    Thank you all for the donations to save him. You should be proud and keep up the good work.”

    Gary doing fun activities with his forever family!

    Comments 11 Comments
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Awesome to read Gary's rescue story, and so sweet to hear about his life now in his new home! LOVE THIS!
    1. KMARINO's Avatar
      KMARINO -
      What a wonderful, touching story, I am so glad Gary is in his forever home and doing so good!!
    1. Biogirl71's Avatar
      Biogirl71 -
      It is such an inspiring story and I just love how happy he looks!
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      what a fantastic story... love how healthy and happy he is!! Rescues do wonderful things!!
    1. Marine91's Avatar
      Marine91 -
      Great story.
    1. cali baker's Avatar
      cali baker -
      What an awesome article about this sweet, sweet bulldog, Gary. GREAT job, @Biogirl71!! I loved how Gary's mom described him and shared how much he's progressed. I just love this little guy!
    1. g8erjackie's Avatar
      g8erjackie -
      Such a touching story! It brings tears to my eyes to think this guy was so close to being deprived of the happy life he has now!
    1. IPickedADaisy's Avatar
      IPickedADaisy -
      What a wonderful story. Great to hear he is doing so well physically as well as socially. Bless you all.
    1. JakeP's Avatar
      JakeP -
      Amazing story.
    1. AmandaH12's Avatar
      AmandaH12 -
      WOW!!!!! So touching. I am so happy for Gary. Bless the family that adopted him.
    1. Manydogs's Avatar
      Manydogs -
      What a wonderful happy ending for Gary! Now he has a loving family of his very own!
  • I Rescued A Human Today

    by Janine Allen

    Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

    I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

    As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

    She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

    A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

    I would promise to keep her safe.
    I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

    I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

    I rescued a human today.