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    Default Bulldogs at pet stores.

    I know most of us here would never purchase a EB at a pet store. First we know some pet stores buy from puppy mills, the bullies aren't very healthy and the price is outrageous.

    I have to be honest, every time I go to the mall I have to go in and see if they have any. I noticed a local pet store had several every year so I spoke to the owner. She told me that she gets her bullies from a local breeder with a good reputation. She herself owned EB's. I asked how she justified the $4000 price tag, her response....I can get it.

    One day I saw a young couple in one of the "play rooms" with a EB and they were filling out paperwork. They told me they were applying for a loan to buy the bully (didn't know that existed). So I decided to have a talk with them about the commitment it took to own a bully. Explained about insurance, shots, food, kennels etc... I think they backed out of the deal.

    So was I wrong to intervene? I care about the breed and would hate to see a bully suffer cause the family wasn't prepared for the costs.

    i waited till I was 30 and owned my own home before I got my first bully, wanted to make sure my boys had the best possible environment.
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    I am not one to all to strangers so I am sure I wouldn't do that But I think you did right. Saved them from blowing money they didn't have on a pup they may have surrendered later.

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    I probably would have done the same thing. An I'm sure it was a split decision they seen how cute he was an wanted him as soon as they seen him without thinking so I'm sure you saved the puppy in the long run I hope he went to a good family though

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    I waited till I was 30 and into my career, and knew I could afford to take Hoss to the vet whenever he needed it.

    Now that Hoss is gone (RIP my big boy) and I have Roxy, I am WAY more prepared for the work and the cost. Plus being in a loving relationship with a dog lover (and now a BULLY LOVER) makes us a doting mom and dad.

    Though sometimes I wonder if we spoil her a little too much...
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    If only we humans were made that way.

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    I think you did a GOOD THANG...you educated them! Whether or not they went ahead
    w/the loan or (hopefully) backed out of doing it, they made their own decision, not you.

    Whenever I'm out n about w/Brutus and the subject comes up, "Should I get a bully?"
    then I educate...my groomer at Petsmart asked me (she wants to be a Vet) and I told
    her all about them too, then she asked about getting a Frenchie, same problems there!

    I also educate about FOSTERING and REHOMING, both a way to own a Bully w/out so much
    expense other than the VET BILLS!!!...and testing your level of WANT & COMMITTMENT.

    Also, saving a Bully life Hugs & Kisses for you for stepping up to the plate! Texas Carol


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    Wow.. Here in UK -WALES they dont sell dogs cats etc in any sort of stores. Our pet stores sell only fish.. Rabbits hamsters and thats about it x

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    I think you did a good thing by informing them about all that owning a bully entails. You may have saved a bully from ending up on a shelter or rescue! When I see/hear people talk about buying bullies (whether from a breeder or a pet store) I always inform them about the rescue that I got Jackson from and give them information on how to get a rescue bully.

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    I agree that you did a good thing by educating them, personally I wouldn't have done it just because I would be unsure of how it would be received by the other person. Perfect example we met another bully owner at the local town fall festival and they were talking non stop about skin issues, eye issues. Needless to say the feed the dog crappy food and that is why they have the issues, but it was a big dude and I didn't want to be like. "Oh well if you didn't feed your dog crappy food you wouldn't have these issues" People can get really defensive really quick, especially if they are upiddy people in North Jersey so I tend to keep my opinions to myself.

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    her in Australia they dont have EBD in pet shops they are not a real common dog here and the breeders range from all prices I had a look at one litter that were selling for $1700.00 AUD and I am sure they were not pure breed I asked for some kind of paperwork but No they did not have anything so my maybe I was correct they were not pure breed, when I got Ftse there were only about 4 or breeders at the time advertising litters and they were all around the $4000,00 and I think that is the average price here but myself I would not buy from a pet store I like to see the background and the parents and know the history before I decide.
    I feel I made the right decision when I chose Ftse but then I would not buy unless I could affored all for his needs vets and all health isssues etc but the sad thing is people see a loveable little puppie and they think that is where the cost ends and then when health issues come up this is where the problem starts they either dont do it or dump the pet or the pet suffers badly so you probably did the right thing in telling them all this good on you, I myself could not tell a stranger thou

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baconator View Post
    I agree that you did a good thing by educating them, personally I wouldn't have done it just because I would be unsure of how it would be received by the other person. Perfect example we met another bully owner at the local town fall festival and they were talking non stop about skin issues, eye issues. Needless to say the feed the dog crappy food and that is why they have the issues, but it was a big dude and I didn't want to be like. "Oh well if you didn't feed your dog crappy food you wouldn't have these issues" People can get really defensive really quick, especially if they are upiddy people in North Jersey so I tend to keep my opinions to myself.
    Im from Philly originally so I think that's where I get my gift of gab. I'll talk to anyone about anything. Sometimes when I'm in a public place like the DMV, I'll see how many people in a group I can get talking to each other. In laid back Colorado some people don't know what to make of me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank1023 View Post
    Im from Philly originally so I think that's where I get my gift of gab. I'll talk to anyone about anything. Sometimes when I'm in a public place like the DMV, I'll see how many people in a group I can get talking to each other. In laid back Colorado some people don't know what to make of me.
    That makes sense, if I was in CO I would be more apt to talk to people as well being that they are less angry compared to people around here.

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    I think it is a good idea to always have a pamphlet handy that says a ton of things about EBDs and rather than talking to that person one could always say this" I have a PAMPHLET here that I would like to share with you about downfalls of an EBD and all the many many medical issues that sometimes come with this breed. I also think the flip side to this would be to also share the wonderful joy they do bring to ones life. Bringing awareness to the puppys history as far as Sire and Dam and even furthur back if possible would be a great thing to do, It allows them to see where their puppy is coming from. All it is just some great information being passed on to a possible buyer of an EBD. And if anything it will give them something to read and who knows it may also make them more aware of the research they should do and all the many ?s they should ask the person. Just how I see it is all.

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