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    I get stopped a lot when I'm out with Diesel & Molly and I hear "Oh that's my favorite kind of dog, I've always wanted one" so often and I think when people see a well taken care of bulldog they don't realize the care that goes into keeping them looking, smelling and feeling good! I try to explain what all goes into the proper care of a bulldog and so often people I talk to had no clue how high maintenance they are but if everyone educates people they meet then maybe one day there will be less thrown away bulldogs like the foster I will be taking into my home tomorrow!! Maybe if people could see what poor Rita has been through just so someone could make a fast buck off of breeding her and selling to people that really don't know any better they might start thinking differently ... I know, keep dreaming!!
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    @bulldogs4me I know what you mean. Poor little Mabel has been bred a minimum of 4 times (she's only 4 to 5 years old). I can't imagine the mindset of people who think nothing of what they're reproducing, and how they're hurting these animals. A good breeder won't make money on their puppies because of the cost of the care of the bitch and the puppies. It's a shame that the high price of these dogs has unscrupulous breeders thinking of dollar signs instead of quality dogs. As long as there are people willing to buy an EB and not do their homework, there will be bad breeders and lots of dogs in rescue. :crying:

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    Mabel is beautiful--I love her color! I have had people question why I would keep a dog that slobbers so much. Why, I say, because I love him, and honestly he is the sweetest and healthiest of all 6 Bulldogs I have had over the years!

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    I tell people caring for a bully is a lot like having an infant!!!! Everyday I wake up take her out clean her bowls feed her breakfast, clean her face, brush her, dry out her nose rope, check her teeth, make her play, take her out, make her relax (that's never hard lol) work on obedience, take her out, clean her bowls, feed her dinner, clean her face, take her out, clean her nose rope, take her out, give her her snack, n put her to bed!!!! By the time I'm done saying that their jaws are on the floor n they are asking y I go through all that trouble for a dog n then I tell them that's the issue with so many ppl who "want" bullies to them they r just dogs when they need to be a member of ur family ur fur baby I don't know one person on here who will say oh it's just a dog bcuz we all know bullies r not dogs they r skin kids in fur coats lol


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    I think from all the threads I've read on the forum I would also caution a first-time dog owner that a bulldog breed isn't necessarily the best choice for someone just looking for a dog who can ride a skateboard. While sweet, they can be stubborn and may try to dominate their "pack." Someone who doesn't recognize this behavior or know how to get the dog under control early enough to stop it will contribute to the dogs who are surrendered to shelters with behavioral problems. I remember knocking my bullmastiff puppies on their butts when they tried to assert their dominance. Mabel doesn't seem to have this tendency, but she is stubborn. She appears to have very selective hearing.

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    When we take Bogey down to our local Marina for a walk, it takes about 45 minutes to go 1/4 mile because of all the "oohhh, he is so cute", "can I take his picture", "oh this is my favorite dog-I want one so bad" and my all time favorite "how much did he cost". So, I EDUCATE them on the stubborness, the care, the allergies, the dog food, the bathing, the training, the biting, the dominance issues, and the COST!! When I get the "how much did he cost" question, I blow it way out of proportion because if someone really wants a bulldog, cost is usually not a factor, so let them think it was way more than he was! I also warn parents with toddlers about the biting and nipping, and I let everyone know about Tampa Bay bulldog rescue and why there are so many bulldogs for adoption. Hopefully, I have changed some minds and directed them to a rescue. It's all we can do!!
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