Dozer is a 3 year old, English Bulldog, who I purchased when he was 3 months old. I did buy him form a pet store, which I do not usually condone, due to the fact that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Dozer was given to the store on consignment from a breeder who due to the tragic deaths of both his mother and brother ended up with too many litters of puppies. My mother had actually been in contact with the breeder, the day before when she saw an ad in the paper, knowing I was looking for a bulldog pup. Well Dozer won my heart instantly he is a kisser and a cuddle bug. He loves to be as close to you as he can be, even if that means you can't breath. I am so glad that I was the one who found him in the pet store instead of someone else.
After taking him to the vet after we found out he had Demodectic Mange and Giardia, both curable but expensive, especially the mange. The reason I say I am am thankful I found him is because I feel someone else may not have put the time and money in to make sure he got the proper care and may have even returned him to the store or put him in a shelter. He is fee of all illnesses, but does suffer from allergies and sensitive skin, but we treat that with children's benedryl. He also has the typical bulldog tummy and feeding him breed specific food has worked wonders.
Most recently Dozer suffered an ACL tear in both his hind legs. We opted to not do surgery and took him to My Pets Brace where they showed us why he was getting the tears and how the brace would help him. They also said that they saw a lot of these injuries because of the snowy winter we had, from dogs running through the snow. He did have tears in both hind legs but the left leg was worse so it was recommended that we go with the brace on the left leg and then the right leg should start healing itself, with some of the stress removed. I did in fact work, Dozer still wears the brace we we go for walks and play time to prevent re-injury. The brace is the bright blue thing you will see him wearing in the pictures.
ANYWAY....even with everything he is a joy and not your typical bulldog he actually prefers to run and go for walks then lay around. He is what we call a busy dog, always doing something. The pictures you see of him lying down, that lasted about 30 seconds. He will put anything in his mouth, thankfully he learned a few commands early that help with that like, leave it.