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    Default First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    As some of you know, today is my birthday and, for 7 years, I was lucky enough to share it with my angel bully, Linus. I posted this picture once before and told the story that goes along with it but I thought I'd retell it one more time, in honor of what would've been Linus' 8th birthday.

    Linus was one of four in a litter, who were all born premature. The only pups that survived past birth were Linus, and his sister Winnie (pictured below at birth):

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    Sadly, Winnie also passed away, leaving just Linus by himself.

    The lady who I got Linus from lived in Illinois. I happened to see him on her Flickr (photosharing) site and he was so darling, I had to inquire! She explained to me he was a single pup, a preemie, and would probably always be tiny. He had nick on his neck that would never grow hair because he was delivered with such haste because the puppies were in distress. He opened his eyes later than puppies normally do and she wasn't sure what kind of bulldog he'd turn out to be.

    Well, my preemie Linus turn out to be, at full size, 83 pounds of big, beautiful, snow-white bulldog - with the most precious polka-dotted ears:

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    What kind of bulldog did Linus turn out to be? The best kind - adorable, fearless, loyal, loving, and funny! I would later tell his breeder, who I've remained in touch with all of these years, that I believe Linus needed all 83 pounds of his body to accomodate his finest feature - his huge heart, which encompassed the love of all of his brothers and sisters who did not live very long.

    That big heart gave out on him on July 30th. I still miss him so much but today, on his birthday, I celebrate the love we shared.

    Happy Birthday Linus! I love you!

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    Bentley (5.24.04 - 6.26.10) & Linus (1.10.06 - 7.31.13)

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    Oh Jill, your story brought tears to my eyes… Bella would of been 6 on New Years Eve!

    Linus was such a big, beautiful bully… it's hard to believe he was a preemie!!!! Since you both shared the same birthday… I guess you guys were meant to be together. Happy Birthday to you both!!!

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    Oh I just love your story. It brought tears to my eyes. Linus was definitely such a handsome bully with such a big heart. He was absolutely meant to be with you and it is a special day today to celebrate those wonderful years you had together.
    Happiness is a warm bulldog!

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    What a great post but breaks my heart. Happy Birthday to you and Linus he will always be in your heart. I Linus.

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    aww brought tears to my eyes also, thats a very sweet story! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AND LINUS!!!!!!
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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    Beautiful tribute to your wonderful Linus, thank you for sharing his story, I've always loved it. Happy Birthday Jill!

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    Ohhhh my gosh. Wow. In tears, everybody here makes me cry.
    What a beautiful tribute to him.

    Happy birthday, Linus. And to you, too, of course!

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    You and Linus had a special bond that will be there for eternity. Birthday wishes to you and to sweet Linus who is celebrating in Heaven.




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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    Happy Birthday Jill and Linus..... what a beautiful story! I never knew any of that... soulmates through and through!

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    Aw, Jill I never knew your story either, Happy Birthday to you and Linus, RIP sweet Linus!! I hope you were able to enjoy your day.

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    That is a sweet Linus story. Happy birthday, Jill. Your great big boy is smiling down on you!

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    Default Re: First Solo Birthday - Linus would have been 8!

    Well Jill you brought me to tears too and I never knew you shared the same birthday, a Very Happy Birthday to you Jill and a Happy Birthday to Linus n Heaven.

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