Lola is a very high energy bulldog, and her activity level is even more striking when you factor in that she is on the North side of 9 years old. For those who have never had an English bully, they're wonderful family members that generally have their mind made up on what they're going to do. And they also break your heart because they do not live long, mostly from all the crappy genetic legacy that keeps being bred into them (breathing problems, skin issues, bad knees, hips, etc). We were lucky that Mr. Bishi lived to 12.5, which is an awesome run. Maggie and Big Tuna both passed at 8.5 and 8, respectively.
Lol would play around 6 to 7 hours a day if one were so inclined ton engage with her. And along with playing come the vocals that only a bully can make. Those of you who share your lives with a bully breed will understand this. Bulldogs sometimes make sounds that would never be mistaken for a dog. The sound is similar to what we imagine an alien or alien - human hybrid might utter. I believe that is the sound they're going for.
I've posted a short clip so you get an idea of the demanding nature of Lola's rants. Wouldn't trade her for the world, though.
Joie at the Humane Society's Mutt March
At the Humane Society's Mutt March, we had the pleasure of having our booth right beside The Stuart Fence company. We had a chance to chat with Chet Richmond, president of Stuart Fence and later, we had a chance to chat with Julie and meet Joie, their rescue dog.
Stuart Fence has been in business since 2003 and they install all types of fences and gates for both residential and commercial properties. But their is another layer to what they do and who they are. Turns out both Chet and Julie are passionate about dogs - and when people are really passionate about animals, it tells you a lot about their character and what kind of people they are. As Julie stated, "Not having animals in our lives would mean we'd be missing out of love without the animals to share it with."
Julie's favorite breed is "rescued Cocker Spaniel" and, as it turns out, she is also involved in rescue work. "After we adopted Jypsie from a rescue in 2016, I got involved with transporting furbabies for rescues. Transports take the animals from shelters or owner surrenders and bring them to rescue or fosters...or even sometimes approved adopters."
Now, we all know how fostering typically works. You foster an rescue with the intention of finding it a home, and before you know it, you have another family member. Julie also ended up fostering as well. "We also foster to help get them reay for "furever" homes, as some have no idea what it is like to be safe, loved, and in a home."
Dogs have also been in Julie and Chet's lives. In fact, when Julie showed up later, she had with her Joie, a rescue they adopted from Palm Beach County Animal Control in June of 2009. Joie couldn't have looked happier and I suspect, so are Chet and Julie. Chet and Julie can be reached at 772-288-1151 or you can visit stuartfence.com.
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