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    We picked up Belle last Wednesday and we are SO in love with her. I've been a bit disappointed by our family's reaction though. They have known for a long time about our love of bulldogs so I don't know why they act surprised that we finally got one. My sister thinks she is adorable, but my Mom flat out said that she's cute in a very ugly way. My husband's parents just asked how we are going to deal with so much drool and gas and acted disgusted (funny considering they own two little yappers who poop and pee everywhere) No one has met her in person yet...that will happen next month when they come to visit. I'm hoping in person she will be able to charm them, but if not, I guess I'll just have to get used to it. I know that bulldogs aren't for everyone, but I was at least expecting more support I guess. Does your family understand your love for bulldogs? How do you handle someone who doesn't?
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    My dad loves dogs, but my mom isn't a dog person. She tries to care, but they aren't her thing. LOL! She absolutely doesn't get the appeal of dog ownership.

    Neither of my parents have met Bella, so I'm not sure how that'll go.

    My friends are all dog lovers.

    As as far as how to deal...eh, for non-dog people, I'll just keep them separated. It's not a big deal to me. Despite being a dog-lover, I do understand people who aren't into dogs.

    ETA: When I told my mom about Bella, she searched Bulldog pictures and said that they're not cute. But, she thinks Bella is cute. I know that Bulldogs don't have a traditional doggy look, but that's what I love. Not everyone will think they're beautiful.
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    Hi Olivia, I know how you feel, I wanted a bulldog for over 10 years, and I finally got my guys 3 years ago. I am absolutely in love with the EB breed and with my babies. My hubby, son, daughter and grandson feel the same way, and just love them. My Dad is a dog lover, but he doesn't see them very often as he lives up North, and an almost 3 hour drive away. He's had 2 dogs but he likes the Retriever breed, that can run forever, swim, and aren't sensitive to heat and cold, but he is an animal lover so always has a soft heart for any animal. My mom and sister aren't animal lovers and they don't think dogs belong in the house, that they should be outside. . My mom calls my guys ugly beasts and hates the dog hair.
    She doesn't understand how I can be so obsessed with dogs and she says I'm crazy because I love my dogs so much.
    It does hurt my feelings, but I don't let it bother me, it's my home, and I truly love and enjoy my dogs. Like Cali Doll said not everyone will think they are beautiful, or understand what we know and love. I get some people who make comments like " they're ugly dogs", " they're so ugly, they're cute, " they have a face only a mother could love", or " why would you ever choose a dog that can't go outside or play long, they are so lazy", but I get other people who go gaga when they see them and want to pet them and love on them. I have one lady in my complex who loves my dogs so much, she lays on the ground and lets them lick and slime her, she shares food with them and always has a big smile when she sees them.
    I look at it this way, we are the lucky ones that we get to have these beautiful animals in our life and we know the beauty and love of an EB. Just enjoy your baby, and maybe when your family meet Bella, she will win them over.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    I don't really care what other's think. What matters is that I love mine and I love EB. Any dogs for that matter !

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    I have gone thru this w/some of our extended family… honestly I could care LESS what they think. My grandmother thought it was "cruel" that I gave my diabetic cat insulin shots… Lol Some people do not like animals period, so I don't expect them to understand… IMO it's a character flaw.

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    Do not concern yourself with them liking or disliking.... as long as you and hubby love her.. end of story. also, if they come to you home, let them know, she owns the house as much as you and she will not be gated or told not to do something she normally does.

    We have parties and on the invite we specifically state 'We have to Bulldogs that own the house and are very kid and people friendly'.... I believe there have been some that do not attend because of it, but ya know what -- party was still great !

    The one thing we do have, and was a plan coming into our new home -- the guest bedroom is off limits to the pups. This way if anyone stays over that one room is doggie free
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    My immediate and extended family is obsessed with frank. My mom asks for pictures and videos of him almost every day. My boyfriends family loves him too. Even his one aunt who is very much NOT a dog person admitted he was awfully cute and sweet. My parents didn't fall in love with him until they met him though, I really think your family will be equally as charmed when they actually get to see her in person and see how sweet she is


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    Everyone likes Castor, even though we don't come from dog-loving families. They may have wondered about us getting a dog in the first place and then choosing a breed with known health issues, but they all like him and respect our decision. I would say the only family member who didn't immediately take a liking to him was my brother's dog but now she too tolerates her young cousin!

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    This is a good thing to show them....

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    I don't care what anyone thinks especially my faimly. My bully lives here you don't so there is the door if you don't like it.
    Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.

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    I'm really hoping that they come around once they meet her. I've already warned my mom that she's allowed on the couch or pretty much wherever she wants. I won't be crating her just because the company doesn't like her...it's her house. My grandparents are totally NOT dog people so it will be interesting :p We are going to have a house full for my son's 5th birthday.
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    At first , it took my mom awhile getting used to. When my mom cam over Pork Chop(f) barked at her and my mom got scared of her. As time went on Pork Chop(f) got used to my mom. My dad was different, she adapted well and my dad liked her right away. In the public, I get comments like "she's ugly and cute" only a face a mother can love" etc.. I love this girl, she's my first dog in almost 45 years of my life . I have no regrets getting a rescue she's living life like a queen.

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