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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLost View Post
    Your comment hit home on why my wife decided to breed our little Molly.

    My very first post on this forum talked about how hard it was for me to 'buy' a purebred dog. Having worked with rescue shelters and fostering 'unwanted' dogs for the past 20 years it was a very hard thing to do. In the end we found a responsible breeder and Molly ended up in our lives.

    Flash forward a year and a few of my wife's friends decide they want an EB (Molly is a good sales girl). We had just finished fostering a 3 month old lab puppy... and i'll admit i had a bad case of puppy want after he left for his new home (he was with us for 6 weeks).

    The breeder we got molly from was taking a break and all we found in the classifieds were scams and puppy mills. I couldn't find a male bulldog within a few hundred miles i was willing to 'adopt' and my wife's friends were frustrated with their own EB search..

    Flash forward another year..

    So my wife came up with her crazy plan to breed Molly (i know for a fact i said 'hellz no!'.. but i'm not the head of our pack). The puppy owners were lined up (the 'friends of friends' were thoroughly screened).. ancestry checked of both Molly and the baby daddy.. Vet visits to check health.. Volunteers lined up to help (two experienced breeders, two vets and a vet tech).. then wham-bam-thank-you-walter.. Molly is pregnant.

    My wife watched Molly's pregnancy as a miracle of life.. I watched it in pure terror (is she in pain, are the puppies going to be ok, is she eating right.. etc)

    .. and to top everything off.. Molly went into labor 2 days before her scheduled C-Section.. after the vet had closed.. and my wife was at a work reception.

    Terror... Panic.. i cant think of the words that described that night. Two hours after yelling at the vet to get his a$$ back into that office i was handed a basket of newborn guinea pigs and was sent home.. to which my wife was still not back yet. (Lets just say my daughter is going to have a great Christmas for having to put up with how crazy i was)

    I remember calling in the troops.. people showed up with formula and bottles.. i like to think i handled it all smashingly.. but in truth i just blacked out.. then my wife showed up and i passed out.

    When Molly got home the next morning i was amazed at how fast she turned into mommy mode. She slept through the berth of her puppies but somehow she knew they where hers. She was gentle, loving and was never more then 3 feet from them for the first few days.

    .. and then there was little Dotty... She wouldn't eat and always cried. The hours we spend bottle feeding her while the rest nursed.. the days we held her in a blanket trying to comfort her.. then when the vet said there was nothing more to be done.. she was only with us for a few days but her death hit me like the passing of every dog i've ever had. Her time was short but she was loved.

    One of our friends who breeds and shows German Shepherd's told us Molly's pregnancy would either "Scramble her brains or set her straight!".. Molly went from being a crazy goofball to a tender mom. It breaks my heart to see how skinny she is now having given everything she has to her puppies. Her weight is slowly coming back and the vet's say she's in great health... but its hard to think of what we put her through.

    As of today.. the puppies have been picked.. there isn't a night that a family doesn't come over to snuggle with their new member... and Molly sits and watches. Part of me thinks she's saying "TAKE IT HOME NOW!!!".. and part of me thinks she'll miss them. Luckily most will be only a few blocks away and play dates are already planned.

    At Thanksgiving my father-in-law was kind enough to add up how much money this adventure has cost us. I like to think that it was all worth it..

    I paid myself for a cute little EB boy that i know came from a good family.. and as an extra bonus 4 other homes get blessed with a new member. Thats 5 puppies that didn't help support the puppy mill cycle.

    It is also something we will NEVER DO AGAIN!! And i would recommend people to NEVER DO IT. It was probably the hardest thing I've ever done.. and i basically just watched!
    Again...I LOVED your post here, just makes me cry every time, so much written here, true!
    I wish every bully could have homes like your Molly and her puppies do~GOD bless you!!


    My 1st bully, Brutus
    RIP beloved boy.

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    Default Re: Ode To The Mother Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    As usual for me, quickly written & immediate posting, never thinking it might
    cause hurt feelings, guilt or sadness, I apologize if so for anyone. It's from
    my own conflicted feelings about my love for bullies & owning them. Knowing
    more & more as I'm here at EBN and all it takes to get them into this world for
    us to have one is bittersweet for me. Knowing they need such special, expensive
    and skilled care but so many are bred for profit and DO NOT get any of this care
    enrages and saddens me. I loved my Brutus, more than I can say but my 6 months
    with Cami has me reflecting on how much we owe these mothers who go thru so
    much more than other female breeds just to have babies. Cami mothers everyone
    and everything and recently was attacked by a baby kitten that was stupidly thrust
    into her face. She stoof stock still and took it, no move or sound. I believe because
    Cami knew it was a baby. I tear up now and did then from seeing the wounded look
    in her gentle eyes, her heart hurt far worse than her bleeding face. I have developed
    the deepest respect and admiration for Cami apart from my love for her. As such, I
    think of the extradinary mother she must have been and so wrote this today for her
    and all the bully mothers. Thank GOD for them! Much love to everyone~Carol
    I don't know how I missed this back in December, but this has just moved me so much. Thank you Carol -- your posts always make me think...and make me feel!

    Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them...
    Filling an emptiness we don't even know we have. -- Thom Jones

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    Default Re: Ode To The Mother Bulldog

    Thank you for sharing. Its beautiful!

    R.I.P. Duece Man 9-13-14 Gone but not forgotten, always in our hearts! Till we meet again over the Bridge, Mommy misses you.

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    Default Re: Ode To The Mother Bulldog

    Snuggled into your magnificent bulk lie your tiny, suckling babes.

    Hard won, your precious trophies.

    Long days, weeks, months of waiting, uncomfortable always.

    Tummy problems, organs painfully & incessantly squeezed.

    Hormones raging, moody, grumpy, you groan as you move
    yet again to lie in peace.

    You endure stoically, heroically,endlessly waiting.

    Finally, it is time.

    Strange smells assail you, the hard table beneath you, intrusive
    blinding light!

    You struggle with the mask, the gas, the knife starts it's slide,
    the frightened, pleading, praying eyes of your beloved person
    then...darkness.

    Pain, pain, pain...

    Then, whimpers, your babies crying.

    Nothing will stop you from getting to those babies, nothing.

    Snuggled into your magnificent bulk lie your tiny, suckling babes.

    Hard won, your precious trophies!


    Dear EBNers, many times looking into Cami's eyes (a retired breeder),
    and being the beneficiary of her motherly love & comforting, I think of
    the price these wonderful bullies pay to bring their little ones into the
    world. We owe them an unpayable debt.

    A remark that @TheLost made, of struggling to control his Molly, hearing
    her babies and trying to get to them just broke my heart, thinking of all
    the Mother Bully endures. So much sacrifice!

    I know it's impossible yet the dream lives inside of me and I know, inside
    all of you, that each Mother Bully is given the care she deserves and not
    be overbred before retired and pampered in a loving, forever home.

    That each precious puppy gets chosen by a kind, responsible & loving
    owner that will do all that is required for their bully's optimum health &
    happiness.

    It is the Christmas Season, a time for hopes, dreams and miracles wished
    for, prayers sent to Heaven and miracles happening.

    And fulfilled.





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    My 1st bully, Brutus
    RIP beloved boy.

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