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    Hello Everyone,
    I am new here and to the English Bulldog breed. I am not new to dogs though, I have been involved with Great Danes heavily for about 10 years. I am currently without a Dane, but share my home with a beautiful rescued German Shepherd and a rotten-to-the-core Brittany. Back to why Im here. I have a life long friend who just got married. Her husband owns a 3yr old English Bulldog whom Ive met a few times. Rex is a big lug of a dog with zero manners. His life consists of being crated and being on a tie out, he isn't given much attention past that. They are never home (both are military and work 1.5hrs from where they live). So Rex just sits there. Well, they finally agreed that this is not fair to him and have offered him to me. I agreed. He isn't here yet, but should be within a week or so. I have a few questions (if this is not the right place to ask, would you direct me to where I should?)

    I raw feed my German Shepherd and Brittany. I am assuming it is ok to raw feed English Bulldogs too? He is currently kibble-fed, and I honestly don't know they brand, but would guess Dog Chow or similar...

    How much exercise can a Bully handle? I bike with my Brittany, but walk my German Shepherd (he is old, and has poor hips). Rex is energetic, but rather pudgy. He needs to burn energy, but I don't want to over work his short legs/joints.

    Are there any tips or pointers you can give me as a new Bully Mom? Any specific to English Bulldogs?

    Thank you! I will post more when he gets here, and will of course have pictures
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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    aw good thing you are getting this guy out of that situation. bulldogs LOVE people so i'm sure being home alone all of the time makes him a sad bully. bulldogs are all different on how much exercise they can do. some only a walk and they are set but others even do agility with their bulldogs so you'll have to see what he can handle. and i do not raw feed my bully but i know that @GatorRay @karenben and @savemejeebus raw feed their bully if you have any questions about that.
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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    It is so obvious you are well educated about dogs in general. Bullies have a tendency to have numerous allergies, raw it not a problem, just watch the indrediants.

    As far as exercise. I have two bullies and both are capable at different levels. Bella is small for her age and the youngest, so she is very active and can handle a lot of running around and play. Abby is older, has bad joints and can hardly get up the stairs.
    My suggestion would be to start slowly and see what he can handle.

    He is very lucky to have you as a new mom and you will soon be addicted to bullies and everything bullies. They are addicting. Now we will all expect photos once you have him as all yours.
    Welcome to the site

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    How lucky is he!! Welcome to the site..I'm sure we will be able to learn from you too..and it will be great to watch Rex become a valued family member..yes ..we have a few raw feeders..they will jump in..again..thanks for giving Rex a great future! @karenben...@savemejeebus

    Also @GatorRay has a great blog going on her raw feeding experiences..you can find it under blogs!..

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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    Welcome to the site and congrats on your new bully. Don't know were you live but they can not handle hot weather, so if it's hot out do not walk them. wait until late afternoon or early morning when it's cooler. In the summer we do not walk ours as bullies do not require much exercise but we live in Texas and it's been 102 deg F. every day here. They do not swim either so if you have a pool keep a close eye out or get a life jacket for him as they do love the water. Ask @GatorRay as she raw feds and can tell you all about it. have fun with your bully as they will steal your heart, and if you have any other quistions just ask away, someone here will know the answer. Oh I almost forgot, when you do get your bully we do require pics.
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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! I will start slow with Rex's exercise. Being that he has been forced to live rather stagnetly for a while, Im sure he is plenty out of shape. We will start slow and build up from there. I am very glad to hear they can tolerate raw food. I assumed they could, but wanted to make sure I wasn't over looking something. My 2 dogs have flourished on the diet, so Im very excited to see what it can do for him. Thank you SO much for the heads up on swimming, that never occurred to me. While we don't have a pool, we do frequent the river and lake. I will get him a life jacket ASAP, and keep a good eye on him.

    Thank you!

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    Hi and I bet your excited about Rex coming to live with you. Everyone is already pointing you in the right direction and shouting out to those that can help with Raw feeding. Rex will soon show you why we are all so enthusiastic about this wonderful, loving breed. Can't wait for those pics xx

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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    I can't add any more or better advice than has already been given, so I'll just chime in with the usual request we have for all new members

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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    Here is a picture of him. He is still with his currently family (hence the tie-out), but thats his smooshy mug!
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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    What a handsome fella!

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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    Hi and welcome! So glad you found us! It's so great that you were able to convince your friends of giving their (soon to be your) bully a better life.

    I'm one of the members here that rawfeeds and, yes, they flourish with the diet too. Since you're already experienced there's nothing much to add, except that your bully may only require to 2% of his weight to eat instead of the higher 3% range. I know my Stig had runny poops in the beginning because I gave him a tad too much.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. We're always happy to help here!

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    Default Re: Hello, New here and to Bullies

    He's such a handsome bully, thanks for the pic.
    Have a Great Bully Day.
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