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    Default Re: My EB is kind of vacant

    Agree with the others... give her some time. I tagged Chris, she has a rescue, Mabel that is starting to come out of her shell and may be able to help you understand or give some pointers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alohadaisy View Post
    New bully owner, we rescued a 2-3 year old EB about 2 weeks ago. She's very enthusiastic first thing in the morning - snuffling and snorting and she goes running through the house then she mellows out. For the rest of the day she spends it watching me make her food, eating her food or sleeping. She'll get up every once and a while and will just sit and stare into nothingness for a long period. I have never heard her bark, growl or whine. The only noise she makes is her snorting and snuffling. She's very mellow and submissive, she'll patiently let me poke and prod her for all her daily maintenance of wrinkle cleaning, eye treatments, skin treatments, foot soaking, etc. We have another dog who was not at all pleased when Daisy joined our family and she would growl and snap at her. Daisy would just crawl on her belly and be as inoffensive as possible. The other dog is coming around finally and sniffing her and let Daisy sniff her back (big progress, she never lets anyone sniff her). Daisy was checked out at the vet, no sickness or parasites but definitely under-fed, she was very skinny for a bulldog.

    I am wondering what kind of toys might interest her or how I can draw her into play. I worry about her being bored. I tried a Nylabone but she was not interested in it at all. She got a big rawhide bone that she'll chew on a little but will otherwise ignore. She's a rather careful eater - chews her food and carefully chews up any bones in her meal instead of attempting to wolf it down. She likes pets and cuddles, she'll come find me to get pets through out the day. She doesn't like to go outside, she will go into the yard to do her business then run directly back to the door.

    Thank you, Christine, for tagging me (sending you LOVE)...

    Hello and welcome to EBN...GOD bless you for rescuing Daisy and giving her a
    loving home. As a new EB owner, there is a big learning curve but you have EBN
    to help you learn fast I have rehomed two bullies by now, Cami has been here
    a year at the end of this month. Both of them took some time to adjust, trust and
    show their true selves to me. Both were just as sweet as could be and both minded
    well but it was a revelation how much MORE they had to give once they finally gave
    me their heart...it made me tear up as I wrote this, remembering! Since Daisy is a
    rescue, you have no idea what her background is or how she's been treated. It's to
    her credit how very sweet/loving she is AND...she may be older, like 4 or 5 yrs old.
    Brutus had been rehomed many times & didn't know how to play, with people or toys.
    He was learning tho and was a great bully in every way, such a gentleman and such a
    big goofball. Once he opened up to us, he made us laugh so often and was very gentle
    to Mother who has Alzheimer's and would drag him across the room to lay beside her,
    thinking he was her Pug and fat with puppies and scold him, it was hilarious!

    Cami was a former breeder/bitch for a kind & reputable Breeder and then adopted out
    when retired. Sadly, they got divorced and neither could keep her so I took her. She's 6
    now and is much like Daisy, very lazy and when her business is done, she too, scampers
    indoors immediately. She will not walk or even stay outdoors, she hates outdoors! It took
    Cami even longer than Brutus to open up, we really bonded deeply just 3 or 4 months back.
    That doesn't mean we weren't close or she wasn't loving, she was but more reserved longer.

    Like I said, wait until Daisy adjusts a bit more, your other dog has fully accepted her and she
    knows that your home IS really her home, she'll steal your heart with her love & loyalty.
    Read the great articles under Forums and learn about this awesome breed, they are so very
    different. Please continue to share your journey & how Daisy grows with your love. GOD bless!



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    Thank you. It really still blows my mind that someone would dump her like they did. Just left in the middle of the road, in the pitch black, no concept of the danger of cars and starved. She's so incredibly sweet. Some of that bully stubbornness is coming out regards to going outside but even so, you can't help but look at her and laugh.

    I know I have a kong around somewhere - we got it for my other dog but she wasn't interested. Maybe Daisy will like it. They are getting along better and better now. Daisy pretty much sleeps all day, alternating spots from sunny patch, to bed, to tile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alohadaisy View Post
    Thanks folks. She's really quite adorable, but definitely not like any dog I've known. She hanging out on the front lanai of her own accord this morning getting some sunshine. Maybe she'd like a smaller chew toy, she was picking up bits of sticks out there.

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    Welcome! Daisy sounds very much like our Mabel. When you are used to "play machines" like we were, this was a rough transition. I seemed to think Mabel was missing something because she never played or barked. @savemejeebus is right, after a while she may warm up to your routine and undergo a change, but she may never be what you expected from a dog. That said, you will also warm up to her routine and love her even more!

    Not knowing about Daisy's past I think her behavior may indicate she never had an opportunity to play with toys. Mabel is completely disinterested too. When I put treats in a Kong, she ignores it--unless it's peanut butter. We had to stop that because when she licks anything like that for too long, the stuffing comes out of her nose--a huge mess. We took her to Petco and let her walk the toy aisle and bought anything she seemed to like. Nope. That didn't work either. What we found is a large section of elk antler. It is the only thing she likes. She plays keep-away for about 3 minutes, then retreats to a quiet place and chews for about 20 minutes--and not every day. Her extreme facial features, while part of her charm, don't give her much stamina for any kind of activity.

    This has been an adjustment for us (having had boxers and bullmastiffs) but she has never met a stranger on two legs--and has a legion of followers here in town--including the pizza delivery guy who asks for her every time he makes a delivery.

    Daisy has an advantage in that she has a fur sister who might demonstrate how to play. Give her time. Keep us updated on her progress. We don't regret for a minute adopting Mabel. Thanks for giving Daisy a home where she will be loved and cared for. As you all get to know each other you will find there is nothing being owned by a bulldog!




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    Hi, like everyone has said welcome to the world of bullies, she sounds like a typical normal bully to me. I have two EBs, a male and a female, they are siblings and litter mates. My male Bulldozer is the most laid back, quiet, sweet guy. He doesn't like to walk, he loves to sleep, and cuddle beside me, and he will play a little bit, but prefers to play quietly by himself on the floor, he eats slowly, and waits so patiently for me to put his food dish on the floor. His sister Blossom is the total opposite, she's the Taz, eats like its her last meal, and inhales it, she would walk for hours if I let her, and she is in play mode all the time. She will cuddle too, but not until she's been crazy for a while first. Maybe daisy is just more laid back, or she just needs more time to get used to her new home. Thank you for rescuing her, and giving her a loving forever home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikinggirl View Post
    Hi, like everyone has said welcome to the world of bullies, she sounds like a typical normal bully to me. I have two EBs, a male and a female, they are siblings and litter mates. My male Bulldozer is the most laid back, quiet, sweet guy. He doesn't like to walk, he loves to sleep, and cuddle beside me, and he will play a little bit, but prefers to play quietly by himself on the floor, he eats slowly, and waits so patiently for me to put his food dish on the floor. His sister Blossom is the total opposite, she's the Taz, eats like its her last meal, and inhales it, she would walk for hours if I let her, and she is in play mode all the time. She will cuddle too, but not until she's been crazy for a while first. Maybe daisy is just more laid back, or she just needs more time to get used to her new home. Thank you for rescuing her, and giving her a loving forever home.

    I guess my Izzy is Blossom's twin sister!!!!

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    She sounds like a wonderful dog! Maybe go outside and try to around with her and engage her a bit? But she does sound pretty perfect already

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    I wish I could get her to step more than 3 feet from any of the doors willingly! She really doesn't like outside. I don't know if maybe it's because it all smells like my other dog and Daisy is trying to respect boundaries?

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    @Manydogs lol I was thinking the same thing. My Rambo is like a kid goes goes and goes more makes my other Jack Russell's even go we had enough lol then he will just drop😳

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    I just recently adopted a rescue, too! I'm still trying to figure her out.

    The first couple of days we went on some good walks then she refused to go. She was better after I got a block or so from the house, but then she refused to even budge. I tried luring her with treats or pets & scratches. Turns out she had a minor injury on the bottom of her foot and walking had aggravated it. The rescue hadn't said anything about it. And those first couple of days, maybe she was just following along even though it hurt her foot and once she got a little settle she said "No way."

    The new situation has also caused a big allergy flare up. Again, the rescue didn't think she needed any food restrictions. She was doing well on a certain type of kibble, so I continued that. But they said whatever treats were fine. So maybe the allergy flare up is stress or maybe different kinds of treats. The vet told me to stick to no grain everything and only one animal protein source.

    Basically, everything that we thought might be one thing is possibly different. And I think it takes several weeks to learn all about your new pup and get into a routine with her. She's probably really overwhelmed with another new home (even if she was in foster care for a while after coming in off the street), just like my girl.

    I'd take her to the vet soon, just on general principle. Both because the vet may notice some things you don't and because if she's fine, then the vet has a chance to get to know her when she's healthy.

    For now, we've discovered that she likes to run a bit in the back yard, so she's getting a little exercise. I think she really needs it to stop her from turning into antsy, obnoxious dog. For toys, when I introduce something new she ignores it. But smear a tiny bit of peanut butter on it, and it's her new BFF. Even days later, she'll still be chomping on it.

    And now I'm going to go wrestle a 50 lb. bully to give her some ear drops.

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    @ZuleikaD I think we have a lot in common! I'm dealing with allergies for Daisy too. Our vet also advised limited ingredient food. After reading and reading I decided to try raw since it's hard and expensive to get the good kibble here. Overall we are having good results - the skin on her body has healed and her fur is growing back. I think I am dealing with a yeast problem that may be the root of her allergies. Externally it's her ears and feet. The detox phase sucks. I wonder if her feet are sensitive to the feel of the grass? She chews her paws and legs raw on top if I let her, drying and powdering stop her.

    I tried taking her food dish out to the yard and could only get her to come 3 feet onto the grass. Trying to lure her further results in her turning tail and running back to the door. No treat has been enough to entice her away from the door, it's the craziest thing. The first few days we had her she had no issue about going for a short walk or going into the yard. Now, nope, not doing it.

    We are going to the vet again next week for a checkup and help trimming her nails.

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