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    Just wanted to get thoughts and opinions on this...pretty sure I am going for it but I value the opinions of my fellow EBN'ers

    I posted a thread under the "Bulldog Rescue Effort" section about a bunch of bullies that all went to a Topeka, KS shelter all at once. I look at petfinder and like to pass the word along if there is a particularly needy dog (which there always is!!!) in hopes that they will find their perfect person to adopt them.
    Well...Gertie was one of those bullies. She is 9 years old and I can't resist an old bully. I watched days pass and her ad was still there and still there so I emailed them. They told me I could send in an application to see if we would be approved as a potential adopter. No one else had applied
    We were approved so I emailed them to ask more about her. She and the others apparently came from someone who was hoarding bulldogs and they were living in unsanitary conditions. Needless to say she isn't housetrained because of that. They told me she has seizures but it seems to be just her head not the whole body kind (I know some of you have experience with the head tremors). They said she seems to do alright with other dogs. I would assume that is because she was being kept in an animal hoarding situation and was probably always around those other bullies.

    So....am I getting in over my head? I can deal with the housetraining thing. I don't have experience with the head tremors but am willing to learn. We need to bring the girls and the other bullies there to see how she does with them. I understand that it won't be a true assessment because shelter living can be very stressful on a dog.

    What do you guys think? Thanks!

    Here is the shelter's photo of her

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    I think she is beautiful and I think you're an absolute angel for considering it. I think your head is in the right place and I think you've considered all of the angles.

    If you think you can handle it then I think you should do it!

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    If you dont you will second guess yourself and you will always think, What if!! do it,nothing better than an older bully.

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    If you have the time and resource as well as the love to give.... go get her and give her the best life a senior bully deserves.
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    I say she is a lucky girl that you found her and bless you for wanting to make the last years of her life full of love and care. She is a beauty and deserves a loving home.
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    Just listen to your heart...you'll know the right thing for you and for her....

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    She needs to be spayed and microchipped before she can be released from the shelter (and has to have a checkup and a health certificate from the vet as we are adopting out of state and taking her across state lines). Waiting to hear from them on Monday as to what the time frame will be.

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    Wow to spay at nine years old seems more of a danger than a service. That would make me nervous as all get out.

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    You are wonderful for doing this for her! She will have the best years of her life with you Cant wait to see her home with you and happy! Bless you for doing this
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    Quote Originally Posted by LariP View Post
    Wow to spay at nine years old seems more of a danger than a service. That would make me nervous as all get out.
    I totally agree. It's shelter policy though. I'll bring it up with them again that it's risky since she's old and an english bulldog. I know they spay to reduce unwanted litters but we are all fixed around here and at 9 years old, I wouldn't think it would even be possible?

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    @MamaAndi we have spayed many that old through IEBR.

    You know my thoughts on Special Needs bullies. I think you have to listen to your heart and have lots of patience. I have housetrained a 6 yr old before. Its just takes awhile.

    Please keep us updated and bless you for wanting to do this.

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    What an angel you will be to her! Good luck and keep us posted! Does she have a name yet?


    Cheerio mates!

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