Here is my experience, hope it's of help...my son dated a girl for 3 years and
she had an English Bulldog, Bruzer, a huge male, 75 lb'er, very scary looking,
his head was the size of a basketball and his chest was wider than mine...he
looked like a short ape! The sounds he made were even scarier so when I was
first asked to dog sit~I was petrified...and I've had dogs all my life~of all breeds
EXCEPT a bulldog. The first couple of times, it went okay but I was a 'lil anxious.
As he came over to my house much more after they became a couple, I got to
know Bruzer and fell in love with him. When I kept him for a week here and there,
I begin to dream of owning one but was put off by the same things you've stated
in your post. I started researching and learning all I could, I became fascinated with
the breed. The more I was around Bruzer the deeper my devotion became, I under
stood WHY they inspired such breed loyalty in their owners, in spite of the many health
One day I got a call from my sister asking if I'd be interested in a 4 y/o bully whose owner
had no time for him...I said YES...sight unseen, I drove 5 hours and picked him up...he got
in my truck as if he had always done it and we headed home. Brutus was just the best bully
and we fell into deepest adoration. When I lost him, my heart was broken but in 2 months,
I got a call about a 5 y/o retired breeder, Cami and I said YES...and she is very happily, one
of the family now. I have a 14 y/o cat that both bullies immediately took to & loved on.
Now, your questions...many bullies live 10-12 years and some even 14 years, a good food is
very important to keep them healthy, most of us feed a top rated kibble that is grain free so
your Mom needs to be able to buy a pricey food monthly, perhaps supplement w/probiotics
and/or joint supplements too. Important to keep their weight at a healthy & fit weight.
Many bullies LOVE the water & many LOVE walks (my Cami hates both, lol) your Mom needs
to get a doggie life preserver as most bullies can't swim, they sink.
Most bullies LOVE car rides, I usually help mine in & out (especially out as you don't want to
damage their joints or any sprains or ligament tears, I'm 58 and weakened by arthritis type
conditions and both my bullies were big 65lb'ers but it isn't too difficult helping load them.
And some can do it themselves depending on their weight, longer legs & fitness levels.
The love & loyalty, their funny & laughable ways, want to guard their owners & home, fit
right in w/all, so much and more will have you & Mom head over heels!
The amount, $500, is about right, I'd inquire about the bully's health and get Vet records
if possible, arrange a meeting and get a feel for each other, maybe 2 or 3 meetings even.
You will know if it's right or not, your Mom sounds like a great dog owner. I too, had never
had a bully and my only regret is WHY I didn't have a bully way back when! Now that I've
owned 2 bullies, I personally think, I'll always have one. You can't explain WHY you love
them so much more than your other breeds but I assure you...you just will.
GOD bless you & Mom, keep us informed and best of luck to you! EBN is a wonderful, caring
group that is very experienced, knowledgeable & love to help everyone...you're in great hands!