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    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.

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    Welcome to the world of bulldogs! Hard to believe, but Daisy sounds like many bullies here. Since she's a little bit older, she will be mellow and will spend most of the day sleeping. Expect up to 18 hours! Seeing she just joined the family, let her get familiar with your routines and other dogs. Eventually she'll be comfortable enough and realize that it is fun to play. The type of toy depends on each pup …. one of my guys can only have indestructible toys such as antlers and jolly eggs, the other loves stuffies (and won't destroy them).

    Try to include her when you play with your other pup, and be as enthusiastic and have joyful energy as you can … she'll sense that. Playing tug-o-war works for my guys. Go for as much walks together, etc, etc. G'luck! Daisy sounds like a doll!
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    Ftse does much the same as Daisy does he sleeps most of the day having little plays here and there but mostly sleeps, he likes nylabones, stuffiness and anything that squeaks.
    Daisy sounds normal to me.


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    I have never had a rescue that has stayed at the house, and I will tag some members that have more experience. Sounds to me like a normal bully though, and I would give her more time to adjust to her new home… there is NO telling what she came from before. Good luck, and Thanks for giving her a new home!!!

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    Sounds like she still needs some time to adjust. If she watches you prepare her food and enjoys eating she may like the kong wobbler - you can put her favourite treats in it and she can play and work to get them out. My bully is food driven and he loves it. Best of luck!

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    She sounds like "the perfect dog' to me. Wanna' swap for the "wild bunch?!"Some dogs never had a home where they had toys and even a place to play. She has only been with you 2 weeks, and it sounds like it is going pretty well. I had a rescue,though it wasn't a bulldog-who was 2 years old, and didn't know a thing about toys. He would duck his head and flinch and close his eyes if I moved my arm to fast. It took him awhile to learn about toys, and it was so great when every once in awhile, he started to play. She just sounds very mellow, and she may always be that way-or after awhile, she may open up a little!
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    Thank you for rescuing Daisy In October 2010 me and my husband rescued a female bulldog named Joey who had just turned 3 years old. Joey has always been pretty laid back, she gets her moments where she takes a toy and goes mad with it for a few minutes but then she's done. In the mornings when I get up she sometimes don't even recognizes that I'm up, she just keeps sleeping until I start cutting the "morning apple" up, lol. Basically the only thing apart from the occasional 2 minute toy madness the one thing that can get her going is food and if someone swim in the pool... she goes absolutely MAD. Where we live now we don't have a pool though, but I think it's about finding the things that excites her She's not been with you for very long, I think she'll probably get more comfortable in time. And also if this is your very first bulldog you will wonder what is up Bulldogs are different from any other breed I've had, and I've been around a few. My parents had a x-breed of hunting dogs when I grew up and my grandparents had a dachshund, when I moved to my own place I had a Jack Russel and right now besides the bulldogs we have a Pug, a Shar Pei mix, a Chihuahua mix and a Jack Russel mix. And when I met my husband he had pitbulls... Bulldogs seems the happiest when they can just be with you, they don't need things to happen ALL the time like many other breeds. As long as she's gotten an OK on her health check up I don't think you have anything to worry about Her personality will show more and more in time but I doubt she'll ever be the crazy hyper Labrador type of person

    One only thing I can think of that made Joey less active is the fact that she had hip dysplasia, so if Daisy hasn't had an x-ray to check her hips that might be a good idea. With Joey we noticed she lost her patience with our other dogs as she probably hurt playing, also she couldn't go for long walks. But that doesn't have to be the case with Daisy, not at all
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    She sounds absolutely wonderful welcome to the wonderful world of EB's. The love we receive from these gentle giants is immeasurable. Thank you for your selfless act and rescuing a fur baby. Their snorts and snuffles and snores soon become our lullaby's and can't sleep or function properly without them. She sounds like she has wonderful manners. Watch the rawhide closely if she swallows too large a piece it can cause an obstruction so please be very careful when she is chewing on it watch her closely.

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    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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    Ace loves empty water bottles, especially on tile floor cause they go all over the place. I always take the wrapper off and the plastic ring that is left from the cap when you open it. I had 3 toys when we first got Ace. He wouldn't care much for them. Slowly, I've been adding to the collection and I think I'm up to about 10. He will grab whatever he feels like and plays with it for a few minutes, then goes grabs the other and repeats until I have a living room full of dog toys. LOL
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    My dogs love laser pointers and chase the little red dot around until they are dead tired. They get more exercise doing than anything else they do. She sounds like a love though. Congrats!

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    Bless you for rescuing her. It takes some time for them to come out of their shell. So just give her some time to get used to every thing. She sounds wonderful, and so sweet. Kongs are good toys and Nylabones are good chew toys. Rawhides are bad for bullies and can be deadly, also pigs ears and bully sticks.
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