a few months ago i lost a son at 36 weeks of the pregnancy,it has been a very hard time for our family.i have a 6 and 7 year old children.their hearts r also broke,but with counceling we are getting through..we are in desperate need of a puppy or a small,maybe medium dog to keep indoors and love.a bulldog would be the dog of my dreams but we cannot afford one.the dog would have to be cheap or free.we live in southern. illinois..if anyone on here knows a website or anyone who can help us please feel free to contact us at ************ or call **************.thank you so so much....kimberly
* removed personal info, phone number. Please use the ads to yur left, also check petfinder. It is true, no dog is truly free, there is always vet care, food, etc to provide so think this decision through before leaping.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 6/10/2008 3:00:15 AM*** Reason: Removed personal info
I'm very sorry about your tragic loss. I would advise you to go to a shelter, because there are so many dogs being put to sleep. Bearing in mind though, that you still have to pay for worming, dog food and sometimes medical bills. Perhaps with your sudden and unexpected loss you might be best to save up a little bit; so that you're prepared for everything that comes along with owning a puppy. Once again, my sincere sympathy to you and your family. (hugs)
I thought the same thing Catlover. I just do not understand some people. They say they can not afford a Bulldog. Then how in the HECK are they going to be able to afford the upkeep. Bulldogs are a high maintenance breed. There are no such things as "FREE" dogs anyway. Even if you do not pay any money initially for the dog. There are still going to be expenses such as food, vet care, collars, leashes, toys, treats, etc. And Heaven forbid the unexpected trip to the emergency vet which could be so costly that just looking at the bill could cause you to suck your teeth up through your eyeballs !
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Regardless of the fact that the OP may or may not be sincere, she did say that she couldn't afford a bulldog so the issue of whether she can afford the upkeep of one is irrelevant.
However, I would question someone who would request a free dog - maybe they want to breed the dog to make money? Who knows but anyone who is looking for a 'cheap' dog should go look in a shelter or humane society as the dogs will be spayed or neutered and the adoption fees are just for the care for the dog. If someone is not willing to even do that for a dog, then their intentions are questionable. I'm not trying to be insensitive and I feel bad for the OP for losing a baby but if they can't afford a dog, how can they afford another child? I guess that sounds awful but I suppose I'm a little cynical.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
I am not so glad I saw this post....I really hope for the sake of the OP she has not read your replies. Maybe I am too nieve, but I work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and see first hand the absolute despair these parents go through when they lose a baby...I can't believe some of the replies I have read. I am terribly upset by the things people feel they need to reply. There are some things that are better left unsaid. I feel most of the replies here are just those things....If you feel this woman is making up this story....don't reply...God forbid she actually lost a baby at 36 weeks everyone should feel ashamed of themselves..
I agree Maxpup. I remember the guy who was trying to get a free Bulldog. His spelling and sentence structure was different to the OP's. I've been told that I'm euphoric, and eutopian,on this forum. I prefer to call myself compassionate and empathetic towards certain people, the OP being one of them. No we don't know for certain that the story is true. What if it is?
Asking for a free dog is not completely a selfish or "unable to pay for them" type of thing. Both my pups were free. They were rescued from up in Northern Saskatchewan. One was being beaten to death by kids with a stick at 5 weeks old, the other was left in an abandonned house, where the people blocked the drains, chained the dogs and left the water running. Eventually with Minus 40C weather, not including windchill, the water froze and their paws along with it. 10 were discovered, 5 needed to be put down, and they were only a few weeks old. Both were free, had their first shots, complete deworming, and they even paid for the spaying/neutering of the dogs. On average, they find 10 a week. She gives them free to good homes, she scouts them out, she does a meet and greet first and even does check-ups on them for the first year of their lives. Just because you want to get a pet for free does NOT BY ANY MEANS imply that you cannot afford their upkeep. People show their dogs, then when they are done, they get rid of them, euthanasia or the "old-Yeller" style, but if they sincerly care about their pets, they breed them, and/or sell them. Asking for a free dog is usually like asking to rescue. Somebody doesn't want it, and giving it over to a shelter means paying a surrender fee. Some people would rather not pay more for it then they have to.
Mandagee, thankyou for saving those poor little dogs. I have a feeling I know where they came from. I do want to clarify though that I don't dispose of my retired breeding dogs in the manner you have suggested. Our dogs are part of our family, and since I have a large family, with large yards; so far we havn't even had to take a retired dog out of the family, or further than extremely close friends.
Oh come off. You'd have to live in a box to not see it's a sob story. Boo hoo.. poor me... oh hey.. by they way.. does anyone have a free bulldog laying around I could have? If they had left out the baby part would you respond differently?
If you cant afford a dog, how can you expect someone to afford a baby? Geez. People need to wake up.
Well i dont give a darn what anyone on this forum thinks about me or what i post. I say what i feel and too bad if the OP doesnt like it. I am just being honest as i do have first hand experience with the bully breeds, both English and French. I foster for a Bulldog rescue, so i DO have experience in the breed. They ARE a high maintenance breed. The Bully that i have now is three years old and has eye issues. She will be going in soon for entropian surgery in both eyes. I wont even get into the cost of the surgery, because it is mind boggling. Not including the cost of all the medication she has been on since i have been fostering her. Not all bullies have issues when they are young, but they certainly CAN and DO develope as the get older, and if you can not afford the initial cost of the dog, how are you going to afford the cost of vet care that will be a 75 % change it will end up needing.
Sorry if some of you dont like the answer, but having dealt with this breed, i see it on a first hand basis. Would i like to have an English Bulldog ? Heck ya ! We were going to adopt Daisy ourselves until my husband passed away and i just could not afford the medical expenses that she has incured. Even after her surgery she will need to be on meds the rest of her life. I am not saying all Bulldogs have issues, but anyone giving one away for free, would send the red flag waving for me. It more than likely has medical issues, or the owners would sell the dog and not give it away.
People that deal with rescue and fostering end up caring for the Bullies that people " had to have " until the vet bills started accumulating and they could not afford to keep the dog. I am not a rude person. I am forthright, and the OP is not my concern. The dogs are. A free Bulldog will not come without issues and if you can not afford the cost of the dog, then you can not afford the vet bills that will come with the dog. Period.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
"Puppymillers dont show their dogs, and show people dont kill their dogs. Think the info was a bit backwards."
Obviously my dear, you come from a protected world, like the charman of all worlds. Dont you read the news and hear about sick people dragging dogs? people selling their Championship dogs, or just trying to get their name on something, check out Kijiji my dear!. How about people feeding their dogs stricknine, a known rat killer, yet it makes a coat healthy and shiny, only to have a dog die within 5 years of it;s life! Show judges have heard and CAUGHT this. Your protected world is miles away from mine. People are neglected here, they dont give a care about their kids, and their kids abuse little animals. Even heard of Jeffery Dahmer? or Ted Bundy? both were known to torture and kill animals, and actually, so were many others, but lets not get into that. Yes, puppy mills exist, I dont deny the fact, but the sad part is, that upon being discovered, many of those pups are shot dead by police or Euthanised, shelters simply can't deal. Puppymillers dont show their dogs, I'm aware, they sell them for a quick buck. Know those puppies at a pet store your kids cry and beg you for? Guess where they come from! But I said SOME, that means a smal part of the population where people actually have a registered dog that they show for kicks to get a picture, a name, or even a rep for and then shoot out the front door and leave it to be picked up. And as bad as it sounds, I have heard of people taking their dogs to the back 40 and picking them off like you would a deer. Their loyal friends, who waited patiently for them to come home, and who loved unconditionally. My dear, fact is, you may love your dog, they may be a part of your family, they may eat at your table and sleep in your bed, but that is your dog, you care for it and love it no matter how many fancy shoes it eats of yours. just not all people are created equally. People mistreat their kids, what makes you think that there are not some people out there who would mistreat a dog and know that the worst penalty they can get by law is a slap on the wrist, a fine, and a ban from owning a (CERTAIN) animal for a set period of time. Honey, wake up and look around you. I've seen what some do to puppies, they skin em alive and stab em to trees, why you ask? cause they have no concept of caring because they themselves are neglected. You were loved, you;ve had a family who have/do loved you, same as myself and anybody on here who was raised with love in their childhood or has been able to reason at a young age. Some kids are not as fortunate, and it is these who harm and torture their animals, or rather, animals in general.
I got my facts straight cause I know what I've seen, I've taken a walk around the block so to speak and opened my eyes to the world, It's about time you do the same.
Mandagee, I have a question for you about giving dogs strychnine to make their coats healthy, and shiny. Do you know of this personally, or know someone who does it? If you do, it should be reported to the police. I've never heard of it, and I'm not far away from you, as the crow flies, Manitoba. I'm wondering if you have got the right drug. Just curious.
Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted BundY......WTH does that have THING to do with Show breeders and Puppymillers?! You guessed it, nothing.
I am FAR from sheltered.....I hae raised ans hown dogs my entire life (we go into into just how many years that is, lol)My mother has raised and shown her entire life of 70 yrs, My late grandfather also raise/showed dogs. Lets ad the number of years I have been involved with rescue, the local shelters, assisted in ASPCA. I know the show world, I know the puppymillers world, as I have had a huge number of their train wrecks come through here.
While I am in NO WAY stating that ALL sho people are of stable minds and ALL are innocent of wrong doings of any sort. Your statements and accsations are making the geneal show world out to be evil, when in truth when you follow these stories 90% will not trace back to a true show kennel.
A typical action of a show kennels retired breeders and show dogs are to have them spayed/neutered and placed in a select pet home.
As a side note:Hats off to you for rescuing the dogs you have that I have seen mentioned in your posts, we need more compassionate people in this world.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.