May the 4th be With You

May the 4th be with You

Star Wars,  the film series began on May 25, 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars.  The movie became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and after the 1st movie many other followed.

Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

I think we can all agree that Star Wars is a movie with a major impact and a huge worldwide fanbase. I think there is just one thing that can make Star Wars even better …
How? Well ..duh… with Bulldogs of course. The Star Wars movies are known for all the different characters and there is no creature on this earth with more character than the Bulldog.

Below a couple of auditions for the next Star Wars movie 😀







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Happy Easter EveryBully!

From all the Baggy Bulldogs or in this case Baggy Bunnies
We wish you all a Happy Easter ♥

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Easter Bully, soft and white
Hopping quickly out of sight,
Thank you for the eggs you bring,
At Eastertime we welcome spring,
Easter Bunny,
soft and white,
Hopping quickly out of sight.

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Raising a Bulldog Puppy

Raising a Bulldog

Many people think that the English Bulldog can hardly be trained. This is a misunderstanding. The English Bulldog is eager to learn, but is also stubborn and requires some knowledge from the bulldog owners. The strict approach works counterproductive with a bulldog. The bulldog was bred to persevere and have a high pain threshold. Therefore a tough approach would be ineffective. In the education of a bulldog it is important to know that despite its tough appearance a bulldog is very sensitive to moods and voices. The correct and most effective way of educating is to reward good or desired behavior. In this way the bulldog is positively motivated to learn.

There are some important precepts in the education of the bulldog:

  • Be consistent in correcting undesirable behavior. When you let the dog get on the couch some of the time you are giving the wrong message
  • Make sure that not only the wrong behavior is consistently corrected but also ensure that good behavior is rewarded
  • Try different rewards. A nice hug, sometimes a snack or a toy prevents your bulldog will only listen when it sees that you have a reward
  • Start training from the beginning
  • Correcting wrong behaviour may only occure at the moment of misbehaviour, subsequent punishment is useless. You will only confuse the dog and break their
    trust. A dog has a short memory and will not understand what he did wrong. Every dog has the natural urge to please their owner; it is your job to show him what you
    want. Set rules with your family to ensure that they all follow the same training rules.
  • Take the pace of the bulldog into account. Do not expect too much too quickly or for him to react straight away to your command.
  • The education of a dog is similar to educating a child. You are never done; do not stop after the puppy training or after reaching a certain age. The bulldog with its
    stubborn nature will test his boundaries.
  • I advise both novice and experienced dog owners to go to puppy and/or dog training. Not only to learn basic commands but also to socialise with other dogs and
    build a learn-, work-, follow-relationship between dog and owner


The Bulldog and children


Bulldogs are ideal as a family dog and get along with children of all ages. It is important that parents take responsibility from the start by teaching their children bulldogs are living beings and not toys. Bulldogs are naturally good natured, loyal and are very tolerant with their calm and compliant character.
Of course every parent always has to keep an eye on children and animals. Bulldogs can be a bit clumsy in their behaviour which could overturn a small child. Try to engage your children as much as possible in the upbringing and care of the dog. This not only ensures that children learn responsibility but also creates a close bond between children and dogs. Teach your children clearly what is and is not allowed. For example, teach them to leave the dog alone when it is sleeping or eating. And explain what a dog likes and dislikes in terms of touch. If you have a bulldog and you are expecting a child try to include your dog in this happy time. Especially in the daily activities after the arrival of the new baby. Let the dog sniff the baby’s scent so he gets accustomed to their smell. And of course, do not forget to give the dog some quality time in this period. Never leave your children, especially infants and toddlers, alone with a dog. A dog may scare due to their unexpected or uncontrollable movements, for instance a pull on the dog’s tail or ears. The English Bulldog is a perfect family dog and a perfect pet for children. For more cute pictures of Bulldogs and Babies check out the Photocollection:
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The Bulldog and other dogs 


Bulldogs are social dogs by nature towards both humans and animals. Their behaviour towards other dogs is the same as towards people. Bulldogs are known for their quiet and calm demeanor.
It should be noted that sometimes it is the other dog that responds different towards the bulldog. This is because of the bulldog’s general posture that can be interpreted by other dogs as dominant.
The same applies to the grunting sounds of a bulldog. Bulldog will rarely start a fight, as previously mentioned. If they are forced to fight, they will not want to lose face and defend themselves. Bulldogs play with a lot of enthusiasm and therefore they can be a little rough in their behavior. They are great playmates for other dogs, have a great sense of humor and are very tolerant. Overall the bulldog is very social with other dogs and is a welcome guest on the dog playing fields.

The Bulldog and other pets

Bulldogs are also social towards other pets like cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. However, the owner has to learn both dog and pet to get accustomed to each other. Especially in the case of small animals like guinea pigs, a dog may inadvertently do damage. Most dogs go well with other pets. The easiest way is to let them grow up together but they can also be introduced to new pets. Ive had a Bulldog who was so in love with guinea pigs, she thought they were puppies and kept licking them and moaning in front of the cage her way of asking she could be with them. Ive seen Bulldogs who were friends with parrots, goats, pigs, iguanas, donkeys and the list goed on.



I am Your Dog

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I am your dog, and I have a little something I’d like to whisper in your ear.
I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise.
It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours?
They are slightly cloudy now.  That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.
You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine?  Do you see a spirit?
A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world?
A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time?
That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me.

So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of another of my kind, passing.
Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat.
Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end,
when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes.
Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week.
Someday you will shed the water from your eyes that humans have when deep grief fills their souls
and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just “One more day” with me.
Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have NOW, together.

So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do you see?
If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart.
Come to me not as “alpha” or as “trainer” or even “Mom or Dad,” come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another’s eyes, and talk.
I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself or even life in general.
You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am.

I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls.
I do not think of you as a “Dog on two feet” — I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, on the floor.  Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes.
Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears.
Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self.
We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.

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A little Boy and his Bull

Dave introduces Bella the Bulldog. A cute video of a loving boy talking about his dog…I think he uses the word cute, kind and nice about seven times and in the mean time he is giving his dog kisses and hugs..Now how cute is that?
I say we all give a comment and thumbs on youtube for David and Bella!




Bulldogs in Cartoons

Bulldogs you see them everywhere…in advertising, in movies and series…and in cartoons. The best known Bulldog Cartoon is probably Spike & Tyke. Spike (occasionally refferred to as Butch) and Tyke are characters from the Tom & Jerry cartoons created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Spike is a big Bulldog who hates cats but is a softie when it comes to mice. Spike had a few weaknesses that Tom tries to capitalize on; his possessiveness about his bone and his ticklishness. Tyke is Spike’s son and known as a sweet and loveable puppy.
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Here’s a collection of Bulldogs in Cartoons.


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The Character of the English Bulldog

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General characteristics 
The Bulldogs are not just remarkable dogs in appearance; they may have an even more striking character. The bulldogs’ character can be described as friendly, social, calm, balanced, compassionate, stubborn, proud and persevering. I personally believe that their friendly and peaceful nature largely determine their character. It doesn’t matter what you call it, but Bulldogs have a unique way of life where the motto is; relax, chill and a ‘no worries mentality “.

The Peaceful Bulldog 
It is due to their character what makes the bulldog so unique. You could almost say that Bulldogs have a soothing and calming effect on their owners. A nice detail is that many of those owners have a fast or hectic life and find peace and relaxation with their bulldogs. For example, the high-speed motor racer Valentino Rossi is a big bulldog fan and owner. A perfect example of two extremes matching perfectly together. For more information about famous bulldog owners I refer you to the topic: Famous Bulldogs. Another example showing the relaxed attitude of a bulldog is that a bulldog is a rare barker. A bulldog will rarely use his voice to clarify disputes.


The energy of a Bulldog 

A statement often heard is that bulldogs are lazy dogs.  Their characteristics like their calm and relaxed nature is often mistaken for laziness or a lack of energy.
These are false accusations; bulldogs just use their energy very thoughtful.
If bulldogs feel like it the will go for the full 100% and they are one big ball of energy.
The bulldog is certainly not a lazy dog. A bulldog has to see the purpose of his energy use and does not see much reason to hurry itself.

With the false idea of a lazy bulldog a lot of owners take an English Bulldog for the wrong reasons. They think the bulldog doesn’t need/and doesn’t like to walk. This is just an excuse for lazy dog owners. When the bulldog only walks a few minutes a day outside, not getting enough exercise and getting overweight it causes the dog both physically and mentally an unhealthy situation.


The intelligence of a Bulldog
Due to the earlier mentioned characteristics, bulldogs are often underestimated in terms of intelligence. Bulldogs need to see the purpose of an action. They will follow all commands but in bulldog rate (so it might take a little longer). This does not mean that bulldogs are unintelligent dogs. There are several Bulldogs that made it to the highest level in obedience training and also have achieved them in agility competitions.

The Bulldog and routine 
Bulldogs are dogs who are very committed to routine and structure in their daily life. Bulldogs often get upset when they deviate from their daily routine. For example, my mother’s bulldog Teun walked the same route through the park every day, when my mother needed to post a letter and had to deviate from the usual route, Teun wouldn’t move and would look in the direction he would normally take. Most Bulldogs are not that fond of change. This may be with the smallest things like moving furniture in the house. This is why it is very important in the upbringing of bulldogs to let them get used to changes.  Let your bulldog gain as much experience as possible in an early stage by letting them get used to public transport, sleeping in different places, walking various routes and so on. This way you can ensure that bulldogs can easily adept in different situations. For more training tips check out the training section.