The Bulldog is known to be a mascot for many things like sport clubs and universities. But probably the oldest and most well known mascot is the Navy and Army Bulldog. So how did the Bulldog become the Marine, Navy & Army mascot?
The year was 1917 when America declared war against Germany and joined allied forces in France in World War I. The first real test in battle for the United States Marine Corps was the battle at Belleau Wood in 1918.
The Germans had advanced to within 50 miles of Paris. The battle raged for almost a month before the Marines were finally victorious. General Pershing said it was the most important battle fought by American forces since the Civil War. It was during the battle of Belleau Wood where the fighting spirit of the Marines and soon to be mascot, the English Bulldog, became synonymous.
A number of English Bulldogs
have received worldwide publicity, and became real stars!
I will include the following V.I.B.’s
‘Very Important Bulldogs‘
in this blog:
• Celebrity Bulldog owners
• Bulldogs known for their skateboarding talents
• Bulldogs known for their performances on TV or in Movies • Bulldogs known through a heroic deed • Bulldogs known as the mascot of a sports club or business
Celebrity Bulldog owners
The English Bulldog is also a beloved pet
among the stars and celebrities.
Many people with a fast and hectic life
choose an English Bulldog as their pet.
The bulldog seems to have
a calming and relaxing effect on their owners …
… or are the celebs the ones really being owned here?
Some of these celebrities
put their Bulldog in the spotlight
in such a way that
the bulldog itself is now a global star.
A list of famous people owned by Bulldogs 😉
Chris Brown and his Bulldog Diamond
Jason Aldean Joe Jonas and his Bulldog Winston
John Legend knows that being a celeb
does not exclude you from the crazy things
you will do for your Bully. He even hosted
a wedding party for his two Bulldogs
I ♥ how the groom is
almost bursting out of his wedding suit 😀
Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit (Rockband)
has a bulldog named Bizkit.
Fred takes Bizkit everywhere he goes
and also comes along with the band on tour.
Michael Jackson and his Bulldog Large in 1985
Ozzy Osbourne Pete Wentz
Pete Wentz, singer, has a bulldog
who featured in the music video
The Take Over, The Breaks Over
and was also a ring bearer at their wedding
Pink (Singer)had a bulldog named Elvis,
that she got from Lisa Marie Presley,
daughter of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley.
Tragically Elvis drowned in the pool.
Although Elvis was a good swimmer at one point he got in trouble.
Pink and her ex husband Carey Hart
have tried to resuscitate but to with no success.
Pink has a tattoo of Elvis on her arm.
Adam Sandler (Actor) has three Bulldogs:
Matzoball, Meat Ball and Babu.
Meatball was his first Bulldog and was present
at his wedding as ring bearer in full costume.
Furthermore, Meat Ball also appeared
in the comedy movie Little Nicky.
Check out this video of Meatball having fun at the Beach.
Wait for the slip and roll! 😀
Brad Pitt and his Bulldog, Jacques.
Pitt says, “I’m a firm believer
Bulldog owners are kindred spirits.
Mostly because we can and will have
very serious conversations about
snorts, farts, shit consistency, crusty eyes,
crusty noses, puke, and various forms of gas
with other Bulldog owners.”
He might look tough on screen
but in real life Danny Trejo is a real softie
when it comes to animals and especially dogs
Typically cast as a tough guy or hardened criminal,
Danny is all heart when it comes to caring for his animals,
promoting the vital importance of spay/neuter
and encouraging fans to adopt their pets from local shelters.
I do see a resemblance …
Dennis Quaid and his Bulldog Peaches
Drea de Matteo
Jeremy Piven and his Bulldog Blue Jessica Biel
Reese Witherspoon Reese Witherspoon, had a bulldog named Frank Sinatra
and is now owned by a little puppy named Lou
Actor from Criminal Minds, owns two English Bulldogs,
one named Shug and the other named Moe.
Will Smith his Daughter Willow Smith
with their Bulldog Rockefeller
Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer, most decorated Olympian of all time and his Bulldog Herman
As said many people with a fast and hectic life
choose an English Bulldog.
Valentino Rossi is an excellent example.
Valentino Rossi is an Italian motorcycle racer with several world titles and Grand Prix victories to his name,
making it one of the most successful motorcycle racers ever.
This is what he said in an interview about
his love for the English Bulldog.
Quote V. Rossie:
‘They say that dogs are the best friends of man.
Well, that’s right. I have two English bulldogs.
A boy and a girl, she called Cesare and Cecilia.
I have a special relationship with them,
sometimes I even talk to them.
When I see them, they always make me very happy.
Even in difficult times they have a very calming effect on me.’
In 2000 I suddenly thought: f*ck,
I need to have a dog.
By that time I did not have a dog for over almost ten years.
I’ve long looked for what kind of dog I would take.
There was one that made my friends house into a mess
and others were too large.
Eventually it became an English bulldog.
I drove to Reggio Emilia a famous breeder of these dogs
and I bought a boy, that I named Guido.
I had a special and intimate relationship with him.
For the love I pasted a sticker on my bike from him,
so he always was with me during the race.
I had Guido for over eight years,
unfortunately he didn’t live long due to heart failure.
Guido died last year, just before the race in Malaysia.
I had a very hard time, but luckily I was home when he died.
It would have been much heavier if I was not there,
so I could make him one last salute.
I then went to Malaysia, where I raced home
and drove directly to Reggio Emilia.
I called the breeder and said I was coming.
I looked and found a boy and named him Cesare.
I also saw that he had a sister from the same litter.
I thought, f*ck, this time I just take two.
I’m glad I did because two dogs are better than one.
They both love to have a friend to play with.
Carol Gardner from Zelda Wisdom Paris Hilton (famous rich girl)
Truman Capote (writer)
Warren Harding (29th president of the USA)
White House kennel master Wilson Jackson
introduces Laddie Boy to Oh Boy, an English bulldog.
Oh Boy was given as a gift to Florence Harding
after she moved into the White House.
A lot of people think Winston Churchill (British Politician)
owned Bulldogs, in fact Sir Churchill owned Poodles.
Churchill got his nickname the Bulldog
for being very persistant and never giving up.
The English Bulldog is not known for its sportsmanship
but there is one sport in which they excel, skateboarding!
Across the world there are skateboarding Bulldogs
and some even became global celebrities by skating.
Some of the most famous skateboarding Bulldogs are
Tyson, Otto and Tillman.
These Bulldogs have a glorious sporting career behind them
and are still skating.
The bulldog has a sort of natural aptitude for skateboarding,
they will not only stand on it and skate off
but also do turns and tricks
by moving their weight on the board,
just like human skaters do.
Otto the Bulldog living in Lima, Peru,
is recordholder in the guiness book of records
by setting the record for the longest human tunnel
traveled through by a dog skateboarder
The Bulldogs in movies and on TV
Jake and the Fatman (and Bulldog Max)
Jake and the Fatman is an American detective series
with William Conrad and Joe Penny.
The series ran from 1987 to 1992.
William Conrad played Jason Lochinvar “Fatman” McCabe,
a prosecutor. He is usually accompanied by his English bulldog Max.
He works with the younger detective Jake Styles (played by Joe Penny)
and assistant officer Derek Mitchell (Alan Campbell).
Little Nicky Little Nicky is a silly comedy.
Satan (Harvey Keitel) decides that his youngest son,
Nicky (Adam Sandler), should be ruler of the underworld.
His other two sons are blazing over there!
The two devils go to New York and then all hell breaks loose!
Nicky is the only one who can stop his brothers.
With the help of a talking bulldog he tries fervently to master
all the strange human habits, like eating, drinking and sleeping.
The faith of humanity lies in the hands
of a devil who behaves like an angel!
Shamsky rom Everybody Loves Raymond
From the Movie Leatherheads
Napoleon the Bulldog
English Bulldogs are not known as good swimmers.
Because of their heavy build and short legs
they have to work extra hard to keep
their heads above the water.
Especially since Bulldogs are known as poor swimmers
that is what makes the following extra special:
A bulldog owner from Michigan USA
was walking his dog when his bulldog, Napoleon,
suddenly yank hard and started to run to a nearby lake.
The owner of Napoleon hurried after him
and he saw Napoleon coming back
from the water with something in his mouth.
In his mouth he seemed to have a kind of cloth bag.
Napoleon dragged the bag out of the water and brought it to his boss.
His owner suddenly heard soft meows coming from the bag.
It appeared that there were six kittens in the bag,
two of them unfortunately did not survive
but because of the heroic intervention of Napoleon
four kittens were rescued and they all found good homes.
Martin Bolton with Bulldogs Mille (left) and Alfie
Businessman Martin Bolton, 33,
was out for his nightly walk near his home in Essex,
when a man holding a craft knife
tried to grab one of his pedigree bulldogs.
Mr Bolton was slashed a dozen times
on the arm and leg as he fought off the robber
and believes he would have been killed
if his three-year-old dog Alfie
had not sunk his teeth into the man’s leg.
“It was horrendous,” Mr Bolton said.
He slashed at me and my older dog Alfie
just went mad and grabbed his leg
and the robber fell to the floor.
“Alfie is the quiet one,
he doesn’t bark and is so placid and gentle.
He has never done anything like that before,
he saved me, I dread to think what would have happened
if Alfie hadn’t bit him. I think it was just instinct,
he was protecting his owner.”
The robber fled in a scruffy white Transit van
with an accomplice and Mr Bolton crouched into a ditch
with his dogs until the police arrived.
He was treated in hospital for a broken finger,
a dozen cuts and slashes to his arms and his leg.
Mr Bolton, who runs a family engineering company
and has three young children, added:
“It all happened so quickly, I didn’t realise
I had been cut until I saw the blood on my hands.
My trousers were slashed to piece and my white jumper
was covered in blood.
I was worried the dogs had been cut.”
He believes the robbers may have been
laying in wait for his nightly walk
so they could snatch his £4,000 pedigree dogs,
Alfie, and 18-month-old Millie.
Alfie was awarded for his bravery
with a t-bone steak.
The dog may hold the key to catching the robber
Police have taken a sample of what they believe
to be the assailant’s blood from his mouth.
Mr Bolton, who was given two police commendations
for helping detain a man who was attacking a female police officer,
said: “We moved away from London to get away from things like this,
to keep the children away from knife crime and stabbing.
I cannot believe something like this has happened here.”
Roxanne the Bulldog
An English Bulldog named Roxanne
saved her family from a blazing fire.
The fire was believed to have started in an office
on the first floor of the family home.
Roxanne began barking around 1:30am as the fire began.
Kevin Herlihy, the 24-year-old son of Susan and Michael,
had been in bed with Roxanne when the whole thing started.
Kevin, Susan and Michael Herlihy are all alive and well today,
thanks to some quick thinking by Roxanne their English bulldog.
As a fire broke out in their home while they slept,
Roxanne was awakened by it
and managed to bark her warning out,
waking everyone up and managing to get everyone,
including herself out safely.
When Kevin awoke to Roxanne barking her little head off,
he noticed the blaze was really beginning to pick up speed.
He knew time was short, and thanks to Roxanne,
was able to get everyone out safely.
No one was injured in the fire.
The blaze grew so big, it took almost 50 firefighters
and seven fire trucks to get things under control.
Way to go Roxanne!
The Bulldog mascots
The Bulldog is known to most people,
usually they remember the funny and striking appearance.
The Bulldog as a breed is a symbol of strength and perseverance.
This is one of the reasons why the bulldog became
a mascot or symbol of one of many brands, sports teams, etc.
Below some of these famous Bulldog mascots and logos.
Jack the Bulldog mascot of the Georgetown University
Uga the Bulldog, the mascot of the Univeristy of Georgia
Uga is one of the world’s most famous Bulldog mascots.
He has starred on the cover of the Sports Illustrated
and has played a supporting role
in the movie Midnight in the Garden with Clint Eastwood.
He made himself extra popular with the fans
when he stood at the sideline and ran on the field
to tackle a member of the opposing team.
Tupper the official mascot to Bryant University in Smithfield
You can find Tupper on Twitter: @BryantTuppy
The English Bulldog is the mascot and logo of the U.S. Marine Corps
Since 1922, the United States Marine Corps
has used Bulldogs as its official mascots.
U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler
introduced the first Marine mascot, named “Pvt Jiggs,”
who lived at Marine Barracks, Quantico.
He quickly rose in the ranks to Sergeant Major.
He was the first in a series of Bulldog mascots.
The current mascot is the 16th, in a series of mascots
and is named “Chesty” in honor of famed
Marine Lieutenant General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller Jr.
This Bully lives at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.,
where he appears in weekly parades.
But there are stories even before 1922
stating the Marine was using the Bulldog as it’s mascot
dating back somewhere in the start of the 1st world war.
Where Americans were fighting the Germans
and where the marines with grea fighting spirits
were soon described as Bulldogs.
The first unofficial mascot was King Bulwark.
He was an English Bulldog pup sired by Rob Roy,
another well known and famous English Bulldog.
King Bulwarks, born May 22, 1922, changed his name
and the pup’s royal registered name was quickly changed to Jiggs.
Private Jiggs was enlisted into the United States Marine Corps
at a formal ceremony on October 14, 1922
by Brigadier General Smedley Butler.
Jiggs quickly rose through the ranks.
His promotion to corporal
came less than three weeks after his enlistment.
On New Year’s Day 1924, he was given the rank of Sergeant,
and promoted to Sergeant Major in July 1924.
Jiggs was kind of a rebel.
He was court-martialed several times
for lack of proper manners, but he was always forgiven
and his rank reinstated.
The pampered pooch lived his life in the limelight,
even starring with Lon Chaney in the 1926 movie, “Tell It To the Marines.”
In 1927 Jiggs passed away and many Bulldog mascots
would follow in his pawprints.
Jiggs was burried with full military honors
and was mourned thoughout the Marine corps.
Since 1957, new mascots were named Chesty,
a tribute to Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, Jr.,
the most decorated Marine in history
who earned five Navy Crosses
throughout his military career.
On July 5, 1957 the first Chesty,
decked out in specially made Dress Blues,
made his first public appearance
at the very first Friday Evening Parade
at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC
and immediately won the hearts of the media.
The official Marine Corps motto is:
Semper Fidelis (Semper Fi)
meaning Always Faithful.
The English Bulldog is loyal, tenacious, resolute and faithful,
with a never give up attitude, which is why
the Bulldog is the perfect mascot for the Marine Corps.
President Obama greeting Tillman as the Marine Mascot.
Chesty the new Marine Corps Mascot
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