Squishy. All Boy. All Love-a-bull!
Greetings. My name is Forest. And yes, I do believe “life is like a box of chocolates!” Hey wait, I’m not supposed to eat chocolate! Anyway, I’m a silly little 4 year old boy in a compact little package! I’m short, squat and cute as a bug in a rug!
You see I came to CEBR from a puppy mill as part of Project Mercy. I was known only by my number (#406) which is why my name is “Forest”…kind of sounds like “406” but is much more charming to suit my personality! At this particular puppy mill (and boy was it awful), I was used as a stud dog to make puppies that were then sold to pet stores. This mill was miserable. I spent my life in a cage in an old trailer, filthy, infected. Just gross! And here’s the kicker, they were breeding me to the other females on site, and it turns out that I have a genetic heart condition that I was passing along to my offspring. Who knows how many bully pups this has affected?
So here’s what you need to know about handsome ole’ me. I am a sweet little guy with a gentle heart (but one that also doesn’t work perfectly). I have periods of being peppy and energetic, but still spend most of time in my “puppy house,” (I guess you humans call it a crate). I go in their all the time when the door is open and just watch the world go by. I am starting to get more brave and venture out every now and again. I will walk very gentle, I don’t want anyone to notice, I tip-toe around my foster home, then, when they spot me and say “hi Forest” I turn around and high tail it back to my house! Whew…exploring is scary and exhausting work!
I have recently been to the cardiologist as upon my first exam in rescue they noticed that I had a fairly noticeable heart murmur. Lo and behold I suffer from a condition called sub-aortic stenosis which basically means there is a thickening in the artery that causes my heart to work harder to pump blood. I am now on medication to help alleviate the pressure on my heart and stabilize my condition and the good doc says that with good care I should have a 75-100% chance at a normal life (I’ll take those odds considering where I came from!)
I was a bit of a mess when I came to rescue. I had worms, chronic dry eye and a urinary tract infection to boot! But now I’m feeling great and the medicine has worked and I am a-okay! I take 1 pill a day for my heart and get eye drops in the morning and evening. My new home will have to keep these up (forever) so please know this. But I’m easy and let you do it with no fuss. I am up to date on my vaccines and microchipped and waiting for the perfect forever home!
Let’s talk about my forever home. As with many puppy mill dogs, I will definitely need a home with another “mentor dog.” I am still learning the ropes about how to be a pet in a home. It helps me to have furry siblings around to show me that it’s ok to explore, it’s ok to go in the yard, and it’s ok to get affection. They really soothe me and I am great with them. I have even started to initiate play and have picked up a bone or two in the past 2 days which has delighted my foster mom!
But you must be patient with me as I’m not potty trained yet. I will lift my leg to mark my territory so my foster mom is working with me using a belly band. I’m slowly getting the drift but it will take time. I generally do #2 in the yard though…I picked that up pretty quickly! And I picked up stairs quickly too. I don’t do them very fast, but I can go up and down with no problems. But a leash? Heck no! I’m not sure what that thing is but it makes me nervous and I pancake to the floor the minute you put it on me. So for now, my ride is a red wagon. I look like a stud riding around town in my hot wheels!
If you are looking for a lover boy with a big heart, short legs and a long tongue – I’m your man!
See you soon.
I've Been Adopted!
To view more available English Bulldogs from this rescue, click this link ---> Chicago English Bulldog Rescue
Last edited by bullmama; 11-29-2014 at 12:30 PM.
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