Everyone’s Favorite New Bully Is So Entertaining!

She’s at it again! Surely you recall the fabulous YouTube video capturing Shelby’s first time in the rain from outside her home in San Francisco! That video was beyond adorable and it’s still getting thousands of views each day.

Most people have found themselves watching the video over and over just out of shear delight! Alex Hobbs at Woman’s Day magazine couldn’t resist doing a write up on everyone’s new favorite English Bulldog!

It’s now clear Bulldogs are capable of dazzling us entertainment hungry Americans anytime they want, so I don’t blame Shelby’s owner for keeping the camera rolling at all times! Here’s more video gold you can’t help but replay half a dozen times.

Watch below. Then, Quickly Go Hide Your Go-Pro Camera!!

Bulldog Puppy eats Go-Pro

 

Brody

Brody

Brody, Strangled on Easter Sunday

written by: Daniel Weese on Facebook

On Easter Sunday, Kahla Ellis, a married woman of Prescott, Arizona decided to celebrate the holiday at the home of a nearby family member. Her holiday began with Easter egg hunts, honey-baked ham and a horrifying call from the neighbors telling her she had better get home quick!

The neighbors rang in the middle of her meal. They told her the police were all over the place and Kahla’s home was the center of their attention. Kahla immediately left family and friends, fearing what she might find when she arrived home.

Getting out of her car, a police officer suddenly approached Kahla with only three words, “Your dog’s dead.” Police then led her to the lifeless body of her beloved Bulldog, Brody. He was given to Kahla as a Birthday present from her Grandpa and known as “Brody Bear” to those who cared most deeply for him. So what happened?

How Could This Happen?

Believe me, after reading the details to Brody’s death, you’re most pressing question will be: how could this happen? Police were busy questioning the neighbor boy about the incident. His family, like Kahla’s, was celebrating Easter and were outside. The 12 year-old boy claimed he shot his nerf gun over Kahla’s fence and promptly decided to retrieve his missing ammunition.

The boy, peering over the fence, saw three Bulldogs. He said he waited until the dogs moved away from the area before he entered Kahla’s yard. Once the dogs moved to a spot closer to their house he jumped over. According to the boy, after jumping over the fence, the three dogs approached him. He claims Brody became aggressive and attacked. The thought of Brody running up to the boy to play was no stretch of the imagination for Kahla, but to attack the boy? “That’s not Brody”, Kahla said.

Every detail of this occurrence is not yet clear, but the boy reportedly “grabbed Brody’s collar and twisted it.” The twisted collar then began to constrict Brody’s airway, soon leading to death. “Brody was left for dead”, Kahla sadly stated.

Like I said earlier in the story, you’re probably now asking yourself how in the world such a thing could happen?! I mean physically, how does a 12 year-old boy twist a 70lb Bulldog’s collar so tightly, with such force, that it causes suffocation?! Wouldn’t this dog put up a literal fight for his life? I am a quite healthy, some would say “strapping”, 30 year old man. I have three Bulldogs myself, and I honestly don’t know if I could muster the strength to bring death upon a 70lb dog in this way.

By the way, when I asked Kahla to describe the boy in stature she stated that he was actually sort of small, more like the size of a nine year-old. The boy suffered some scratches to his legs, but if Brody really was an aggressive Bulldog why were there no bite marks? Even through the pains of death, poor Brody wouldn’t bite the child. 

There’s one other fact about the incident that can’t be linked to Brody’s death, but I thought is worth mentioning. Police found a knife in the small alley between Kahla’s and the boy’s house. There were no lacerations found on Brody.

Brody + The Family Cat

Brody + The Family Cat

Something Doesn’t Add Up.

According to Kahla, the young man involved has been officially charged with trespassing. Yep that’s it. A misdemeanor. A transgression of this kind usually brings about a swift slap to the wrist from those wielding the force of justice.

Is there more to this story? Is it possible someone else played a part in Brody’s untimely death? Could it be someone larger and more capable hopped that fence and strangled Brody? Kahla and I both agreed, something just doesn’t seem to add up.

What are your thoughts on the boy’s punishment?

I hope that when considering the events in this story my readers remember the boy is a minor and he may even be reading this article. I for one believe it’s possible the punishment that’s so far been ascribed to this boy may not be sufficient. At the end of the day, that boy trespassed onto his neighbor’s property and killed their pet.

Some, finding the way in which Brody was killed to be quite disturbing, have said the 12 year-old may even need professional help. However, this story is not meant to create a witch hunt. No name-calling please.

Looking Forward

I don’t put much stock in the popular phrase, “time heals all wounds.” No, it doesn’t. A loss like this, the loss of a loved one, stays with a family. Kahla agrees no amount of time, money, or even the addition of another dog could ever replace Brody. The wounds her family’s received run deep. This was, “Brody Bear”, a Bulldog who, like all English Bulldogs, “loved hard” as Kahla put it. Brody loved hard and his family loved him back.

Kahla and her Husband have opened a Go Fund Me campaign in hopes of bringing closure to their tragedy.

I asked Kahla what her main goal was when starting the Go Fund Me campaign.

Well I set the goal to raise awareness for animal cruelty and also to pay for legal funds. My husband and I want to donate any extra funds to an organization for animal abuse/cruelty. All in all we want people to be aware that your dog isn’t always safe in your own backyard. These individuals took a member of our family and we will never fully heal unless we know for sure they get the proper punishment.

- Kahla Ellis

To those who would consider donating to this family in memory of Brody, you may visit the Justice For Brody GoFundMe page.

English Bulldog Chemically Burned Head to Tail

written by: Daniel Weese

9 Month old Primrose beginning down her long road to recovery

9 Month old Primrose beginning down her long road to recovery

Do you remember Primrose? Think back to the early part of 2014. Scrolling through your facebook feed, the sight of her scorched body was more terrible than any Bulldog lover would ever hope to behold.

At only 9 months old, “Prim” was taken in for treatment and rehabilitation by Rescue Ohio Bulldogs after being chemically burned from head to toe.

How Did This Happen

It’s always the first question in a person’s mind-how could something like this happen?! Once the photo of her burned, nearly-hairless body was first posted to facebook, everyone assumed she had been a victim of mistreatment or abuse. Her picture was shocking!

Surprisingly, Prim’s burns were precipitated by her owner’s attempt to help her recover from a severe case of mange. A mixture of borax and hydrogen peroxide was hoped to rid her body of invading mites. Unfortunately something went wrong and more harm ensued.

To make matters worse, it was also discovered that Primrose would need a Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO). This operation was deemed necessary to relieve extreme pain and discomfort of the hip socket; however, due to the destructive mange canvassing Prim’s body, her surgery would be postponed for several months.

Still, amidst the trials, hope shone through for Prim in the form of a new-found friendship. A woman named Lacey, who held a position at the assisting vet’s office, quickly bonded with Prim. Lacey was determined to complete the necessary steps to provide a “furever home” for her. Surely, Lacey admired Prim’s boldness of heart in the shadow of despair, not to mention her adorable puppy face 🙂

Primrose a Successful Bulldog Rescue

Primrose after treatment.

Primrose Today

It’s been nearly a year since Prim’s accident. Thanks to Rescue Ohio Bulldogs along with an experienced crew of veterinarians, support from many other volunteers and friends of the ROEB campaign, this extraordinary bully’s burns have since been healed completely.

Primrose is just one of many success stories filed away at the Rescue Ohio English Bulldog ministry. Can we call it a ministry? Yes, I think we can. Isn’t that just what the gracious volunteers of ROEB are doing? Put simply, they’re ministering to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of Bulldogs who have found themselves in crummy circumstances.

Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs on Facebook

Sadly, more than ever, Bulldogs are being abandoned, abused, neglected and just flat-out given up on. They’re all too often a product of today’s wasteful culture.

Thank you ROEB. It’s your selfless efforts. driven by love and kindness to a struggling breed of dogs that we all love and apprecieate so much.

A Word From Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs

Thank you for following Primrose’s amazing recovery story!

ROEB is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that operates on the kind donations of our supporters and through tireless fundraising efforts. Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome English Bulldogs in Ohio and the surrounding states.

We are committed to finding loving, responsible homes for each dog that we take into our hearts. It isn’t an easy job taking in the many Bulldogs which come into our care for a number of reasons. However, we dedicate our time, love, and effort to finding these amazing dogs their “furever homes” with families who will provide long-lasting and unconditional love.

Donate to ROEB    Adopt    Volunteer    Foster    Order a ROEB 2015 Calendar

Please join me in donating to this wonderful organization. Even a small gift of only a few dollars can really add up!

- a friendly challenge from the author, Daniel Weese

Therapy Bulldog Cheers Hearts

written by: Daniel Weese on Facebook

English Bulldog Therapy Dog

Summer Camp for Burn Survivors

Meet Margie, a Bulldog out of Wisconsin. She had her start in the arena and like her father, Ch. Cherokee Legend Rock, Margie is a prize- winning Bulldog. After some very successful years performing in the ring, Margie’s owners wanted to breed her in hopes of preserving what they considered to be a Bulldog of superb quality.

Sadly, it was discovered Margie was infertile. Margie’s true calling was waiting just around the corner.

Margie the show dog is retired, but in some ways, her most important work has only just begun. For the last two years, Margie, with help from her owner Andy, has been visiting the less fortunate in Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

When I get her blue vest out she knows it’s time to go. She gets so excited and starts running around in circles. Everyone knows Margie by name, but I’m just the man at the other end of the leash, Andy said as he laughed.

Big Dog in a Little Bed

Andy also found humor in telling me that often times the patients request Margie be put into the bed with them. These beds are small and narrow, but Margie isn’t bashful. It’s true, no sooner than a few minutes after she’s squeezes into bed with one of the patients and snuggles up close to be pet, Margie’s snoring on top of the poor person. Anyone who has an English Bulldog would instantly agree, “That’s a Bulldog thing.”

Like Margie on Facebook!

Margie’s extremely accomplished and dedicated as a therapy dog and recently made it into Therapy Dogs Magazine. Andy said of Margie’s dedication, whether it be blistering heat or shivering cold temperatures, she insists on making her rounds.

You always hear her snorting and breathing, those short legs carrying her heavy frame down the long hallways. She’s not your ordinary therapy dog.

Margie is stationed on the second floor of Waukesha with cancer patients, but she also visits a summer camp for young burn victims and participates in the Read with Rover program in local schools and day-cares.

Margie Saved That Girl

When asked if he could recall a moment when he felt Margie had been most influential to a person in need, a time when he thought, ” that experience made it all worth while”, Andy had no shortage of inspirational stories.

Andy quickly brought to mind a little girl, maybe 5 years old. She had been admitted for close to two weeks when someone at the hospital specifically requested Margie come for a special visit. Most of Margie’s work is done with adults, so Andy was surprised to see a little girl when he arrived. . They walked into the room and Margie quickly became acquainted with the girl and her mother. The little girl, sick of her bed, decided she would like to play with Margie on the floor. The nurse unhooked her from the machines and helped her off the bed, plopping her down beside Margie.

Therapy Bulldog

With Her Official Therapy Dog Vest

In only a few moments the two had become friends and the girl was giggling and showering Margie with kisses to the face. Suddenly, the young girl’s Mother imposed. She asked her daughter, “Wouldn’t it be fun for you and Margie to eat some pudding together?”  The girl smiled and agreed.

At this point the nurses and the little girl’s mom were getting curiously excited. Andy stood there, Margie’s leash in hand, allowing Margie to work her magic.

Realizing the pudding was gone, mom quickly announced, “I know, how about we try some jello?” Once again, the girl thought that was a splendid idea. Margie and her new friend playfully ate through the jello just as they did the pudding.

It was this moment

Andy was enjoying the interaction, but from the Mother’s excitement, he could tell there was something more going on inside that cramped hospital room. This visit was anything but typical but it was time for Andy and Margie to say their goodbyes.

The girl’s mom followed Andy and Margie into the hallway. Andy presumed she had walked out to thank them one last time for coming. Tears streaming down her face, she joyfully exclaimed to Andy,

Before Margie came today, my little girl hadn’t eaten anything for a whole week!

Andy never learned the details of the girl’s medical condition, but he was determined if there was ever a time he felt fulfilled in the work he and Margie were doing, surely that day was the day.

Here’s how your dog can get involved. TherapyDogsInc

I personally spent 10 days in the burn unit of Akron Children’s Hospital after receiving 3rd degree burns from my knees down to my toes. I can say from experience, that with each new therapy dog I saw, my spirit was revived. The use of dogs in therapy has been proven to allow for more effective physical and mental healing. Seeing and petting the dogs during my time in the burn unit brought me tears of joy and hope.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you and your Bulldog could redeem the time helping those in need like Margie does? Take a few minutes to learn more about Margie and her exciting work as a therapy dog. Andy has a few more incredible stories I’m sure he would love to share with you.

Visit her facebook page. Who knows, maybe your Bully can bring smiles back to the lives of hurting people in your local hospital or senior center!

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You've Got to See This!

You’ve Got to See This!

English Bulldog Thieves

English Bulldog Thieves of Related Story

Dec. 10th 2014

written by : Daniel Weese on Facebook ( ie. face-it you’re-addicted)

Angry Bulldog Mama Chases Down Kidnappers

Out of nowhere a man crept onto her lawn and continued quickly up the stairs of her front porch nabbing her Bulldog, Maximus. It was a “scary moment”, said Rosa Miller of Carlisle, PA.

“Scary moment..a guy just came up to my front porch grabbed Maximus. Ran and jumped into the bed of a waiting ford pickup. I screamed grabbed my keys and ran to follow. The guy dumped Maximus out before leaving the neighborhood. He’s fine, sleeping it off right now. Police said it’s the same scheme as following the ups or FedEx delivery trucks and stealing packages only this time it was an English bulldog. Please watch your babies closely this season!!”

- Rosa Miller

Bulldog Thefts Occurrences on The Rise

After hearing her incredible story, I had to contact Rosa. She couldn’t be reached for a comment, but later said,

“Maximus never saw the guy. I was walking to door to let him in from doing his business. He never left my sight. The man walked right up on my porch behind maximus and grabbed him. He had the nerve to look me in the eye and smile at me. That face will before ever etched in my mind .unfortunately he had no distinguishable features.”

- Rosa Miller

I was amazed to hear that after witnessing her beloved bully snatched by an unknown assailant Rosa, in only a split second, jumped into her vehicle and ran down her Bulldog’s captures. No doubt Rosa’s hands were trembling from fear! Her mind was likely filled with anger and confusion as she sped down the road in pursuit. Thankfully, her bold action made the thugs think twice before moving ahead with their rotten scheme. So far, the criminals have not been brought in by police. Who would do such a thing?! Why?

Looking at the response from the police, it would seem this sort of crime is nothing new and during the holidays, these atrocities are always on the rise. So who’s watching you and your Bulldog? Go ahead and google this topic. You’ll see theft of Bulldogs is a very real danger. It makes you wonder doesn’t it? How many slimeballs are cruising the neighborhood looking for high priced pets like ours. They probably figure there’s no reason to limit their “work” to just doorside packages, but to snatch up anything of value which they can carry into their vehicle and quickly trade for cash. Maybe it’s not the cash, but the most popular four-legged companion in america they want.

Take These Steps to Protect Your Bulldog

Stolen Bulldog Last Seen Mar 2014

Another Stolen Bulldog Last Seen Mar 2014

My advise to you, fellow Bulldog lovers is to take a few, long overdue steps to ensure your Bully stays home for the holidays. Where does your Bulldog do his business? Thinking back, we were sort of careless.

We used to let our Bulldogs out the front door of our home, but recently decided to only let them out the back door so passers by wouldn’t see our valuable family members. Lots of people have a plaque or sign with a picture of their Bulldog near the front porch or on the door. While these Bulldog themed signs and doormats are beautiful and fun, I think they convey a dangerous message should the wrong person see them.

Think of all the people coming to your door throughout any given month and consider whether it’s a good idea they know you own one of the most expensive and heavily desired pets in America.

Related Article: Facebook Puppy Scams Rising

Oh and no offense to the pizza guy, but when you’ve ordered take out and the stranger carrying your food comes to the door, don’t let your bully greet him. Hide your Bulldog in the next room until he’s left. Maybe that last one comes off a little nutty, but if it saves your family from losing one of it’s most loved members to a dognapping, why not do it.

One last way to make sure your Bulldog stays with you this Christmas is to consider who you’re “friending” on facebook. These people see all the pictures you upload of your precious bully and we all know most crimes are linked to a family member or friend so be sure you choose your facebook friends wisely.

 

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You've Got to See This!

You’ve Got to See This!

 

Man Allows Bulldog to Play With Chain Saws + Climb Ladders!

Yikes! Makes you wonder what the man lets his Bulldog do that he hasn’t showed the public! I saw another one of these videos just today. Actually, it doesn’t involve anything as crazy as a gas powered chain saw and it’s a common activity among Bulldog owners; however, a number of Bulldog enthusiasts have shunned this practice. You’ve probably already tried it with your Bulldog.

bulldog on swingYou know the YouTube video that starts out with dad, strapping his Bulldog into a swing at the park? Mixed emotions quickly flood the comments section below a video like this. He begins to push. Back and forth, higher and higher. The swinging bully looks as though he’s on cloud nine and loving every minute! Your heart cries out, “what if he falls out of the swing or hurts his back in that meant for a child contraption?” What makes me cringe is the image in my mind of a Bulldog’s weighty body pushing too heavily on his tailbone at the base of the seat and hurting him in some way!

How do these types of videos make you feel? Many of us laugh almost uncontrollably at the irony of a Bulldog in a child’s swing not knowing the possible danger or pain the Bulldog may be facing. Some don’t see any real chance of harm in it. For others, they become instantly enraged at the apparent carelessness of the Bulldog’s owner claiming, “These people are so stupid! I hate lunatics like this!”

No doubt, it will surprise some who read this to know that we, just last year, filmed our own Bulldog, Lily, climbing up the thin, yellow rungs on our kids’ play set. The rungs are similar to that of a ladder and with the 8 of them combined, they reach around 5 foot high.

We didn’t train Lily to climb. Actually, when she hears the kids having a good time on the play set she loves to join in by getting as close to the action as possible. This sometimes means scaling the dangerous 5 foot ladder. Well, only somewhat dangerous in my opinion. My family and I have always been so proud of her climbing abilities and finally decided to film her routine and share it with our fans. Some kept silent, but more expressed a deep seated anger toward us for allowing Lily to climb. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but in short, Lily attempted to climb up the rungs eventually falling about 5 foot down. Thankfully she didn’t injure herself.

So how do we tell when we’ve crossed the line? When does harmless become harmful and outright irresponsible? Are some of us guilty of sacrificing our Bulldogs’ well being just to get a few laughs and likes on facebook? What’s the craziest thing you let your Bulldog do?