My kids bugged me to get a dog for years. I wanted to wait until I retired from th police department so I could give it the attention that was needed. I had a Bassett hound years ago and I wanted another. My brother was crazy about bulldogs but never got one because of the health issues. I never knew there were bulldog rescues out there until a cousin told me about the Long Island bulldog rescue. I was totally clueless and uninformed. I requested a puppy and I wanted him to be white and healthy. I didn't realize at the time what a jerk i was and that the whole point of these rescues is to place these beautiful bullies who are sometimes sick and in need of medical attention into loving homes. They sent me a pic of Chumley who was 8 months old and nearby. I fell in love with him and got him the next day. He was cut up on the face and head because the previous owners had 2 huge bull mastiffs that constantly attacked chum. He had a bad case of worms also that was untreated for months. It wasn't until after I had him that I truly fell in love with the breed and learned all about them and what the rescues are all about. I'm now a sucker for every auction, benefit, or fundraiser to help these poor bullies in need. My wife rolls her eyes every time the mail comes and it's something bulldog like a salt and pepper shaker I bought for 50 bucks..I am now head over heels obsessed with bulldogs! .