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    Bless you for saving her! With lots of love and patience. She will realize she's got it made with you all and wouldn't have to worry about being hurt again. Hate that they waited so long!! It's going to be nothing but the best for her from here on out with you guys loving and spoiling her!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltpyro View Post
    Its been a long while since I've posted, but I wanted to let you all know that last night we drove out to Temecula CA to pick up a sweet 2 year old bully named Winnie. I'll make the back story short.

    After my wife and I got our two bullies, her niece (14 at the time) decided that she had to have a bulldog. We tried to talk her and her family out of it knowing that 1) they were never good to their pets (not the first dog they have had to give up) 2) she was just getting into high school, so she would no time to spend with the dog. Well our effort to change their minds didn't work and she ended up getting this bulldog anyway. From the beginning we told them that if they had any issues or questions to call us. A couple of months go by and we hear nothing about the dog except for the occasional she is doing ok after we ask about her. One day we get a call from my wife's sister in law saying their German Shepard had attacked Winnie and left huge gashes on top of her head. So naturally we told them to let us take the dog since their other dog refused to get along with her. They told us no and that they would handle it. Fast forward about a year (last night) and we get a phone call and its them asking us to take the dog and that they can't handle both dogs because the German Shepard was going to kill the bully. So of course we jumped into the car and drove out the get her.

    I really wish they would have given her to us so much sooner. This poor dog is so terrified of everything around her. Any noise makes her try to hide in the corner of her condo (crate). If you try to pet her she will tuck down down and pee. She growls if you are with in arms length of her and make eye contact. She already nipped at one of our two bullies. I know that she can be save and taught to be a good dog again and that we have only had her for the night, but I just felt so bad I had to tell you all and if anyone has any advise I'm all ears.

    One more thing to add, and I think God was working for us here. On our way home we decided to stop by Petsmart to get her some chew toys and a walking harness. While I am in line waiting to pay I see our old trainer from when we took our girls to Petsmart for training. So I told her the story and she is going to help us with her. Here come to miracle part. We actually got stuck in heavy traffic before getting to the store (naturally we complained about it). After talking to our old trainer we found out that Petsmart had fired all of the training staff back in March and this was the first time she had been back to the store since she was let go. If we had missed the traffic we would have been in and out of the store before she had got there.

    So anyways keep Winnie in your prayers and I will get some pictures tonight after we all go to the vet for her check up.

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    It sounds like Winnie had rough start in life and you've saved her life by taking her in. Thank YOU, God works in strange ways.

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    What Wonderful people you are for taking in this Precious Baby, with loads of Love and Care I am sure she will come around, I feel like she was being abused. God Bless You and Winnie.

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    Ok small update, day two. Winnie seems to be getting a little more used to the new home. She seems very anxious all the time, especially when the other two bullies are nearby. We got her previous vet records and there is a lot of the word aggression mentioned in them, both at the owners house and reports of her trying to bite the vet. She also tried to bite our vet last night when we took her.

    What kind of worries me is that in the three years we have had our bullies we have never seen them bite at or nip anything. They have always been the most understanding animals I have ever seen. Kids, other dogs, even strangers and they just take everything in stride... Until Winnie, since she has been nipping at them, I have seen them strike back, which is just way out of character for them. Before this I would have told anyone that my dogs didn't even know how to be mean or strike at anything. Made me sad to see it really.

    We have basically confined our selves to the kitchen area where it is tile since she pees a lot. But we are seeing that our first two bullies are starting to be afraid of her and trying to hide in other parts of the house.

    Any suggestions???

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    Bless her... that poor baby just doesn't know any better. She doesn't know love, or what it feels to be safe. The only support I can offer is that this will definitely take time. This is all new to everyone in the family. Winnie needs to adjust to her new home, her siblings need to adjust to her being there.... it will all take time. A suggestion for them getting along is try taking them on a walk together, all 3... I know that things will get better as the days go by, and she realizes there is nothing to be scared of. I know its hard, hang in there.... soon enough she will turn a corner. Just think of how scared you would be in a totally new place, esp coming from where she came from. Hugs.

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    I know you are in a tough spot, not wanting your babies to be mistreated, and then wanting to help Winnie. Poor girl probably only way she knows how to react to other dogs. Winnie is a beauty, so I hope your trainer can work magic with her.


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    It sounds like Winnie has spent her whole life, being mistreated, by both her owners,and the German Shepherd. She has not got any self confidence, and more dogs bite out of fear than anything. She has(I'm guessing) been totally on her own,living in the stress of that house and that is all she knows. I understand that it is awful to see your
    sweet dogs act mean,but now they are not going to let her rule. I know it will take quite a while for her to trust,as she has probably lived in fear,since a pup. I would suggest getting a large metal "playpen" -playpen-jpgto put her in for awhile,until she has some time to adjust. Put a puppy pad in there(you said she pees alot),and a crate. She may feel more secure. She can see everything,but not feel so vulnerable as in the open. give a few toys,and a security blanket in the crate. It will take time for her to adjust to a GOOD life.
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    You guys did a wonderful thing taking her in and in time she will settle in and learn how to love. She's deifnitely had a very rough life so far but now will know what its like to be loved and give love back.

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    Tincture of time, love, and patience. Our Bentley was essentially a rescue. We have had him a year now...he is finally going to my wife's lap but not mine. Lots of prayers to you and Winnie.

    Keep in mind Winnie's world has been turned upside down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltpyro View Post
    Ok small update, day two. Winnie seems to be getting a little more used to the new home. She seems very anxious all the time, especially when the other two bullies are nearby. We got her previous vet records and there is a lot of the word aggression mentioned in them, both at the owners house and reports of her trying to bite the vet. She also tried to bite our vet last night when we took her.

    What kind of worries me is that in the three years we have had our bullies we have never seen them bite at or nip anything. They have always been the most understanding animals I have ever seen. Kids, other dogs, even strangers and they just take everything in stride... Until Winnie, since she has been nipping at them, I have seen them strike back, which is just way out of character for them. Before this I would have told anyone that my dogs didn't even know how to be mean or strike at anything. Made me sad to see it really.

    We have basically confined our selves to the kitchen area where it is tile since she pees a lot. But we are seeing that our first two bullies are starting to be afraid of her and trying to hide in other parts of the house.

    Any suggestions???

    FYI here is a pic of Winnie




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    If you are not using it try --- 'nothing in life is free' with her and take them for walks together --- do not force any interaction for now, keep them separate for a couple days or a week and slowly integrate, and let them get a sense of each other. Walks are your best friend right now to get them to pack up. Winnie may be in pain or scared or she could have a high dominance level that will need you to get a trainer in to help you identify her triggers and body language so you can respond/correct before she makes a more
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    Quote Originally Posted by harveyspecter View Post
    We should meet. We just live next door to you in Yorba Linda.
    That would be awesome, Bully play date lol.

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