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    I would like to get your opinions. I am seriously considering the possibility of a younger brother for Miss Tallulah for the spring or summer. I think two Bullies would be just that much more to love and while it will be more work i just think there would be lots more joy and fun to go around. Is this a good idea? Or am I just being a hopeless romantic? I get conflicting opinions from people I talk to. Most of my friends think it is not a good idea to bring home another dog and that dogs are happier being the only dog in the household. They think I am crazy to want to get another Bully and that Miss Tallulah would be sad that she was no longer the only dog and had to share me. Do you think Bullies generally are ok with the company of other Bulldogs or do they thrive most by being the only dog in the home? I would never want to do anything that would compromise her contentment.


    Tallulah is sweet and a bit shy in new situations. She is friendly and likes meeting dogs but hangs back a little at the off leash dog park until she is sure the dogs are not going to be unstable. Some of them can be pretty hyper and she sticks very close to me until she is sure they are not going to knock her over or get aggressive. I would call her friendly but cautious. She is stable and well adjusted. She is very friendly with people and children. Especially with our grandchildren or any young toddlers- she is very gentle and attentive to them.

    Do you think she is too young to introduce another dog into the family- she will be 1 1/2 this summer - if we do bring in a new puppy should we wait another year? Is a young puppy the best way to go? I would also take in a Bully from a rescue if the consensus was that this would be the best option but there isn't a bulldog rescue in this province and there doesn't seem to be any support for out of province or out of state rescue adoptions.

    I apologize for the meandering post but really look forward to hearing what you think.

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    Default Re: A baby brother for Miss Tallulah?

    So much of this depends on the dog, some are happy being the only dog but
    many (more in my opinion) are very happy with a playmate. From what you've
    said in this post and previous posts, Tallulah would be a great candidate for a
    brother or sister! If rescuing, no dominate females & have them meet on neutral
    ground, not your home and see how things go. Puppies are wonderful as long as
    you are ready for the 'growing pains' lol In your situation, I think a puppy would
    be ideal as I think Tallulah would be a loving big sister maybe even 'mothering' one.
    Maybe an older puppy already potty trained, crate trained & knows basic commands.

    I say, "Get one!" Much love...Carol


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    Gizmo was two when we rescued Hershey who was 14 weeks (birth defect) - they get along fine now...but you can tell there are times when she looks at me and her eyes say '*Sigh*, Daddy, I remember the good old times, when it was just you mommy and me, and I didnt have my jowls all chewed up by that puppy, when we could pop in the car and go places and all of my toys arent destroyed' we dont go out and about nearly as much with two bullies, as we did one, and double the expenses of monthly preventatives, vet bills etc. And, Gizmo was totally house broken, and has free range of the house, Hershey doesnt have that freedom yet, he still decides to pee on his one pillow (just did it last week) but if he is in his Xpen, we havent had an accident in quite awhile.

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    I will tag some of our mutily bully household members.... I say get one!

    Nitschke was 18 months when we got Banks... she is and was a VERY differnet personality than he was and they played weel MOST of the time. The thing you want to do is choose the next baby based on personality and demor NOT overall cuteness -- try to balance the personality to Tooley.
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    I am in favor of having 2 Bulldogs, or at least 2 dogs. They always have a buddy, someone to play with. What one doesn't think of the other one will. They play and exercise each other. We are picking up Ruggles' little brother tomorrow!

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    I got our 2 bullies a month apart so they have grown up together. You will teach them to love eachother and you will all live happily ever after!
    It's as simple as that...hehe *if you make it that way

    Good luck with whatever you choose!

    I vote to rescue!


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    Default Re: A baby brother for Miss Tallulah?

    To young for another, oh heck no in my opinion. Just the perfect age. She's had 1.5 years to bond well with you too. We rescued Jack 3 weeks after we got Wilson so they were almost 9 weeks and 12 weeks old. I knew they'd bond with each other more than that would individually with us. Then we got Emma a year later at 8 weeks old. They all adjusted pretty fast.

    Do your friends that think that dogs are happier being the only one, just have 1 dog or do they have none? I personally think dogs are happier with two. Guess it depends on how much time you can give them both too. IF Tallulah is happy, playful and content then all's good with her being an only dog. But think of how two dogs just love to play? Doesn't get much better than that.

    The choice is an individual choice. As far as it being a puppy or a rescue, either is good. A rescue just really needs to be the right fit for all.
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    I say get another! When we adopted Gio he was just over a year and half, then just one month later we adopted my frenchie Diva who had just turned 4 at the time. Gio was a great "single" dog, but he had so much fun playing with other dogs while on our walks so we thought he would love having a sibling. He loved Diva right away, but it took Diva about a month to start to really enjoy Gio. They are so close now, they nap with their heads resting on each other, play together, wrestle and just are obsessed with each other. We just adopted our 9 year old Princess two and half weeks ago, Gio has already accepted her and plays with her, it will take some time but she is getting better everyday. Adding another one is so rewarding, nothing better than watching two bulldogs playing together!!
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    The more the merrier, I always say, and she is at a good age to bring another in.
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    I can't thank you all enough for taking the time to share your experiences and you wise advice. It looks like a little fur brother is in Tooleybear's future. She is well adjusted and we have a lovely bond. So a puppy Bully brother should be something for all of us to love and welcome into the family. I was having doubts because every time I mentioned getting a puppy brother, my friends ( who have one or none ) looked at me as if I were crazy. But my heart said two was right . I now understand some of the challenges. The financial ones aren't impossible because Kim and I are at a time when all the children are grown and doing well. It is a big step but one I feel I am ready to take on. You have all been so generous. Thank you! thank you! I am so fortunate to have found EBN and all of you. No judgements just lots of support. I know how lucky I am to be here.

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    I would get a puppy just so they can grow together! I knew a puppy was right for Lola and not a grown bully because she doesnt get along to well with adult dogs but does really well with puppies so I thought a puppy wouldn't take Lola's dominate position so they will find their groove and not be so set in their ways.

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    @Tooleysmom - I am a big believer in 2 or more LOL I love watching Diesel & Molly play together they rely on each other for comfort and support they love and protect each other and of course they adore their mommy When I had the rescue in the house he even joined in the play. It's amazing how bulldogs love to be with each other, at least in my experience! I sometimes get to babysit bulldogs for the breeder I got my dogs from and have had as many as 9 bulldogs in the house at one time and it always amazes me how they group together for play!

    I say getting another bullie baby is always a good idea, just make sure to make a smooth introduction and set real clear rules, boundaries and limitations and be consistent and things will be great!! good luck and keep us updated
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