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    On our walks each day, we run into all kinds of folks. One day about a month ago, a fellow I'd never met before (who reminded me of Uncle Fester in a big way) came out of his place pleading, "Can I pet the bulldogs?" Sure. Of course you can. While Bea and Bo are swimming in ecstasy at this sudden font of attention, he goes on to tell me that he used to have a bulldog years ago and he wants to get another one. He says that he's seen us all walk by, day after day, and that morning he'd put a deposit down on two EB puppies from an online breeder in Florida. (My heart sank, but I remained silent as he continued). He told me all about his old bulldog and how awesome he was and how his Schnauzer is 15 and quite geriatric and how I "inspired" him to seek a bulldog in his life again. We talked about all the major upkeep of an EB and how wonderful they are. He actually got misty eyed when speaking of his old friend. After we'd talked for a time, I said, "Can I ask a favor of you?" He seemed eager to help me with whatever I wanted. I said, "Please, please, please be careful when buying a pup online...and let me tell you why...". And I did tell him why, sharing all the heartbreaking stories we've heard here over the years.

    Last Monday, we again walked by his place and he was out mowing the grass. He stopped the mower and came over to see Bea and Bo. He told me, "I want to thank you. I cancelled getting those two pups from Florida because of what you said." He continued, "Another person posted that they got pups from these people and they arrived dead." {*anguish* I felt my heart breaking right there in his petunia patch.}
    We talked about local breeders and the many, many deserving dogs at rescue and I told him if he needed my help, just let me know.

    A small victory for sure, given the bazillions of backyard breeders and puppy mills out there, but a success nonetheless.

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    Bless you. What a great story!!
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    I'd hardly call that a small success. You saved that man's heart (and checkbook) and possibly saved the life of a bully in rescue. That's HUGE my friend!


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    Life is like a box of chocolate covered

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    He must so thankful to you for opening up your heart and telling him what you felt and in doing that you have saved a rescue. Good on you 😊


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    Thank you for doing this!

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    I sure hope he lets you help him rescue a bully or two! So happy that he listened to you. Do keep us posted!


    Cheerio mates!

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    What a huge favor you did for him! When he finally gets his new bully, he will have to join us!




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    I found this week that when you act from your heart the results are positive.
    You may also have a new friend for life. I hope he finds the bully he desires.

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    Great story. You probably saved him unlimited heartbreak by deciding it was better to tell him than not. I can't even imagine having two dead pups show up at my door. I'd go bonkers! There are so many benefits to finding a breeder close by. I must admit, when I had my boxer, Gracie, people would stop me when we were out and share their stories about how they had a boxer and show me pictures. I'd kindly listen but in my mind I'd be thinking, geesh, why does everyone stop me to tell me about their boxer??? Then my girl died. And now I find myself stopping boxer owners and with tears in my eyes, asking if I can pet their baby. Funny how that works.

    That guy might never realize how truly lucky he is that he stopped to talk to you. You're a good egg, Vicaroo!
    Please let us know if/when he gets a bulldog (or 2)...maybe he'll either join the site or give you pictures to share with us.

    edited to add: Did you ask him if he has any ghosts in his house?
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    What an awesome story to start my Friday with!!!!! Kudos to you for being upfront and honest and potentially saving that man a world of hurt and trouble!

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    Way to go! As the owner of a bully that was aquired from a local petstore I cannot endorse your message enough. I've gone through so much money treating genetic conditions and other ailments which stem from poor breeding practices, that I literally could renovate my home. Thankfully, I was able to sue and win money from the petstore since he sold me a sick puppy when the paperwork stated the dog was fine. Also, the vet the pet store recommened I go to said my puppy was "fine", when all the instincts in my gut screamed otherwise. The next day I went to a different vet and he said that Dozer had a pretty severe case of pnemonia as well as giardia! Eventually, my tough little solider was able to beat back both ailments, but he still has a slew of other genetic problems which is harder to treat; stomach is easily upset, entropian, eye ulcers, cysts on the paws, head tremors, allergies, ect. Now, I've become a preacher when people stop me in the street to pet my boy. I always school them in Bulldogs 101 and they usually walk away much more enlightened than they were before. Good job!

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