As my husband well knows: I am a rehasher. I like to bring up incidents that irked me months ago to prove my point. Over and over and over. Even when a discussion is resolved, I’ll add: “And another thing…”
It is very annoying.
Which brings me to another bulldog post. (Hopefully the last.) I just want to thank you for hanging in there with me on this topic. I have received tons of smart advice, hilarious stories and a supportive email from a friend who has a bulldog and the whole family loves her. The mom AND the dog.
This past week, I have been feeling a little guilt about only showing the downside of bulldog ownership. Especially about the anal glands trump card. (If I am not feeling badly about something, then I am not happy. Special shout out to my 12 years of Catholic schooling.)
So anyway, here’s the latest:
Begrudgingly, I open the email and there is a sweet picture of Cranberry the bulldog. Trying to keep an open mind, I scroll down to read more and discover that the poor pup has a congenial defect that leaves her unable to walk. The heartbreaking story goes on and on about how two kind pilots flew Cranberry across the county so she could be cared for by the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue.
From the website:
Her elbows are completely dislocated; the bones in her legs are subsequently bent, swayed and unattached at her ankles. As she grows, the bones have no room to extend as her ankles are also deformed and actually face backwards, so the bones continue to bend and buckle. She can not walk on her front legs, but rather scoots. Her back legs work just perfectly. Plus, she has a little cherry eye, but that is no big deal. We will tack that down in a later surgery.
But her spirit is as spunky as can be! She doesn’t know walking any other way so she scoots, scoots, scoots around the house terrorizing the other older bullies in her foster home! She tries to get them to play; she tugs at their jowls, gives them the puppy growl and otherwise is your typical rowdy young gal! She is so smart that she knows to go on potty pads on command.
Here is Cranberry in action:
I can’t believe what I am reading. Or watching.
My first reaction was my bad habit of nervous giggling: there is no way my friend read this whole thing before she sent it over to me. Really, she would not have chosen this crippled dog to convince me of being a pet owner.
I open Pat’s second email: “I am so sorry I sent you this link… the poor pup is handicapped…. never mind.”
Then I started thinking: maybe this is some sort of sign. (Yes, I was stone sober but also in the throws of PMS.) I swear, I am not being snarky here, Eileen and I would have the best of both worlds. We could make a difference by adopting Cranberry!
The sweet thing would not need to go out for walks and wouldn’t be able to run away. She couldn’t jump on furniture or travel our stairs to where the rest of the house is carpeted. She’s potty-trained to go on a pee pad. I have plenty of practice changing diapers. And honestly, I’ll be back tending to diapers before we know it. (It’s a race to see who will be wearing Depends first: Tom with irritable bowel syndrome or me after birthing two kids.)
The reality is that we could never have the resources or time to keep up with Cranberry’s medical care. And I am kidding myself that an immobile dog would be less work.
I told Eileen about Cranberry and she was in tears. We decided to contact the Chicago Bulldog Rescue and see how we can volunteer. We also offered to pet-sit our friend’s dog for a test drive. From there, we will see if our family is ready to foster or eventually rescue another type of dog.
Now that is really the best of both worlds.
CEBR could use your help as we take the best possible care of our bullies. Our 2010 average cost of care (medical only) for bulldogs in our rescue program was $803 per dog! Won’t you please help with a tax-deductible donation?
You can donate online at our secure site at shopcebr.com. We accept all major credit and debit cards and there are several ways that you can contribute:
- Sign up for our Rescue Angel Pledge Program
- Make a Memorial Donation Gift
- Get a Special Occasion Gift Card
- Make a donation of any size to our general medical fund
- Donate to our Catastrophic Care Fund for a specific bully in our care (when appicable)
If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to Chicago English Bulldog Rescue and send it to:
Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, Inc. NFP
P.O. Box 06470 | Chicago, IL 60606-0470
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