We met both Kristi (Now being called "Lucy") and Erik (Now possibly being called "Freddy" or "Ricky") on Saturday and they were both great! It was a bit sad that they were skin & bones with some hotspots but were in obvious good hands with the owner/operator of the rescue Ruth. (Its called "Pets in Peril" and she pulls from kill shelters.)
Lucy/Kristi was super submissive and very shy. Half the time she kept here head and thorax so low it was like she was crawling around with her butt in the air. But she got much better towards the end of the visit and was really enjoying my wife's attention.
Erik/Freddy/Ricky was a ball of energy! I would not be surprised if he would be willing to go for short runs. When he first met my wife all I saw was belly and paws in the air for a good belly rub.
They also had no problems meeting and hanging out with Buddy but they were more interested in the humans than in him.
Best "impression" I can give you is that Lucy would be great for a little girl's tea parties/dressup and Freddy would be awesome for football/roughhousing with little boy's in the back yard. (Making some assumptions about who likes tea parties vs. roughhousing but I think you get the picture.)
The only "observation" that I made was that they were "longer" than I expected from an English bulldog but that could have been an illusion since they are so skinny and Buddy is on the smaller side.
In the end there are some serious conversations going on in our house about going from 1 Bully to 3 Bully's! But even if it doesn't work for us to adopt them, we plan on donating to the rescue and would certainly consider fostering them for a while. But something tells me that someone else will very likely be right behind us to give them a great home!
I so hope they are fortunate to end up with you Derek. True..from one to three will be a change..but nothing compared to going from none to one! And after all..it's three times the love!
Good Morning All,
After a lot of discussion in our home over the weekend and into Monday we came to the hard conclusion that we were not the right home for Lucy and Erick/Freddy. (I want to be very clear that this is not a result of any issues on the pups part! They are both awesome and any family would be lucky to have them.) But since Jen and I work longer hours (I am at home, but its hard to get away from the keyboard for more than 15 minutes at a time during the work day) we just felt like they would not get the amount of attention that they both need/deserve at this point. We will, however, be donating to the rescue and buying a set of harnesses for them as soon as I can get their measurements!
If anyone is interested in either Bully (or both), I know the shelter (Ruth) would love someone with breed specific knowledge to apply despite the other applications they already have. Please reach out to me and I will provide you her contact information.
Everyone wants to kiss a bullie
As far as Lucy and Freddy we ended up donating two Kong harnesses (the ones with the padded chest portions), two rappelling rope leashes, two big bags of TOTW Salmon food (no one local carries FROMM), and some money to help with expenses. I have also noticed that neither pup is listed on Petfinder any longer so it sounds like the adoption went through.
I think the biggest learning we took from meeting the puppies is that we really were looking primarily for a companion for Buddy, and a companion for us humans was secondary to that. I think Lucy and Freddy would have been happy in a home with other dogs but what they really wanted/needed was human companionship first and foremost.
At this point, we have a scheme for what we think is the next best step for us but we are keeping it close to our vest. However, my original point still stands: There is no breed specific Bully Rescue that covers South West Virginia! (Well, excluding @cowsmom of course!)
Is that the new idea perhaps? *wink*wink*
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