Bulldogs

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 2)

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“I went on Petfinder (which is like online dating).

She had a great profile photo and first person story.  So, we went on a first date, which was a walk in Central Park.

She was standoffish because she had a really tough start.

She was found pregnant, roaming the streets of the Bronx and taken to a kill shelter.

They gave her an abortion and she was going to be put down that week.

A foster family rescued her, but couldn’t keep her, so she bounced around 3 or 4 homes before I got her.

Her last foster home was with a pit bull activist who helped her socialize and become more at ease.”

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Sheba Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 1)

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“I always had a dog growing up and then once I got to college I kept telling my friends I was going to get a dog.

6 years went by and I still didn’t have a dog.

I landed my first good paying job and my best friend said, why don’t you have a dog.

2 weeks later I got Nikki.

I knew I wanted to adopt and I knew I wanted a pit bull because there are so many of them that need a home.”

Olive, the French Bulldog that wants to play 24/7 (part 6)

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“Since having Olive our best moments have been since we moved.

A few years ago I had a falling out with a good friend was grateful to have Olive as a comfort.

It was nice to have something enjoyable that occupied my time and thoughts, like taking her on long walks and having her wait for me after a long day or night at work.

She is affectionate and it’s great to have a dog that loves me as much as I love her, even though she can be a pain in the butt.”

Olive, the French Bulldog that wants to play 24/7 (part 5)

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“I bought Olive a pack n play collapsable playpen and took her everywhere, until she tried to jump out.

That lasted for a few months.

She still has the energy of a puppy at three years old.

I take her on really long walks and to the dog park everyday so she can work off her energy.

It’s been a lot easier since we moved to Manhattan, because we live right by Central Park and a dog run is conveniently nearby, too.”

Olive, the French Bulldog that wants to play 24/7 (part 3)

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“Someone at my dog park in New Jersey, had a Frenchie who I really liked and I reached out to their breeder and she was about to have a litter.

She told me that I needed to reserve a dog, because they bred very conservatively and would be spoken for quickly.

At the time I wanted a male, but when she sent me photos of the litter, I fell in love with Olive’s face and knew she was the puppy for me.”

Olive, the French Bulldog that wants to play 24/7 (part 1)

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“I got Olive because my last dog died and I was still living at home, but was considering moving out on my own.

I was doing research on good apartment dogs and French Bulldogs came up a few times.

I also thought they were very cute.

People said they were quiet and calm.

Olive is the opposite.”

Jojo, the Beloved French Bulldog, Shared by Two People (part 5)

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“Jojo is like a service or therapy dog.

He came with me to the Dr. for my annual physical and when the Dr. tested my knee reflexes with a medical hammer, Jojo started growling at him, thinking I was in danger.

he would protect me at any and all costs.

As a single person, getting outside my own head and taking care of another being fulfill my life.”

Jojo, the Beloved French Bulldog, Shared by Two People (part 3)

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“Jojo became more and more of a shared dog, and we consider it joint custody.

Two things changed  everything with Jojo and me.

Hiking and biking.

We started to go on the bus to Harriman State Park and hike all day.

We got there at 10:30 a.m. and left at 5:00 p.m.

I bike everywhere, so I bought a dog carrier that I attached to my bike and we are a team.

We rode to down to the battery along the river and then up to the little red lighthouse at the George Washington Bridge.”

Susu, the French Bulldog that provided comfort and stability (part 5)

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“It’s hard to leave any dog behind.

You can’t communicate with them and tell them you will back.

I leave her with either a family member or a friend that she has a relationship with.

When we see each other for the first time after I return, there is no calming her down.

She doesn’t even bark, she wiggles and licks my hands.

I can’t pet her right away, I just let her lick my hands and do her thing.

It’s the one time I let her lick me excessively.

It’s the best feeling to come home to her.

I reminds me just how much I mean to her and she means to me.”

Susu, the French Bulldog that provided comfort and stability (part 2)

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“I saw this white Frenchie and I had no intention a buying a dog, as I just moved to Las Vegas a month earlier and wasn’t settled yet.

But, I did–I walked out with Susu.

My immediate reaction when I got home was, what did I do?

I felt like a single mom, but luckily I had a lot of friends and family in Vegas and they were there when I needed it.

I quickly realized it was the best decision I could have made.

It was the perfect time.”