Blue Shirt Day

Take action against bullying, animal abuse and other issues.

Here are a few important issues you can take action on today and this upcoming week.

Blue Shirt Day

Monday, October 1 is Blue Shirt Day. You can order a special shirt just for the day here, but you can also simply wear a blue shirt and ask everyone else to wear one in solidarity against bullying. You can also ask local schools and businesses to participate, offer to serve as a mentor for both children who are bullied as well as bullies who could use some guidance, and model appropriate respectful behavior to children every day.

Protect elephants

Click here to send a message to the USDA and ask that they pass regulations that help protect elephants. Although these rules were agreed upon years ago, they have been stalled by special interest groups who would benefit from the rules not being enforced and stand to make a profit otherwise. Circuses especially stand to lose a lot of money from these regulations, since they would probably stop many harmful elephant “rides.” It’s very important that the USDA hear from us!

You can also watch the brief documentary, “Juliette’s Journey,” about a teen who strives to help elephants. After learning about Juliette, you’ll never think that you’re just one person who can’t do anything again! The video is free and available on YouTube.

Tell Samsung no more child labor

The Samsung products in your home may have been made at the hands of children. A recent investigation proved that several children were working in a Chinese factory that produced Samsung (and other brand) products. Like the adults in the workshop, these children receive few days off—maybe three a month, if that—and work 11 hours a day, making only 70 percent of the wages adult workers are paid. They are also breaking the law, as these are violations of Chinese labor laws (as well as American ones). Ask Samsung to stop using child labor to make their products at Change.org here.

Ban the gas chamber for animals

If you love animals and it breaks your heart that the gas chamber is often used in pet shelters to put them to sleep, click here to get a script to use and call your local representative to ask that such chambers be outlawed. To send an e-mail message, click here. Like the elephant actions above, this one is provided by In Defense of Animals.

Easy bulldog training

Because of bulldog’s ability to become mischievous, it is important that this breed of dog receives the proper training in order to have a dog that behaves well. When training your bulldog, there are a few things you want to keep in mind. This breed is very loyal to their owner, so it is best if you alone train your bulldog. If you have a large family, it is a good idea to choose the one person who takes care of the dog the most, to be the primary trainer.

Of course, everyone can discipline the dog when they are doing something, such as trying to grab food off the table. However; when it comes to the major commands, you’ll have the most success if one person is in charge of commanding the bulldog.  It is best to start the training when the bulldog is still a little puppy. However; if you have to start the training later on in the bulldog’s life, you just need to have patience and be persistent with the training. The dog can be hardheaded when you’re trying to change the behavior he is familiar with, but if you keep up with it, he will eventually catch on and begin listening to his commands.

An important command to teach your bulldog is not to jump. The dogs tend to get very excited, but often do not realize that their large size can easily knock someone over. Other than that, you just want to teach your bulldog the basic commands that will make your relationship with your bulldog a more pleasant one. 

Two bulldogs may be better than one

As I’ve talked about in the past, and many of you bulldog owners know, bulldogs need a lot of attention or they can act out in ways that are destructive. But, what if you have to go to work for the day and leave your bulldog alone? We can be great pet owners, but anyone with a career cannot possibly spend all day home with their dog, it’s not realistic. Also, for those who do work from home, we all need some time to do what we have to do without needing a dog trailing behind us. So, how can you put an end to this?

I’ve talked to many people who are faithful bulldog owners. They informed me that the absolute best thing you can do for your bulldog is get them a friend. If you can handle the responsibility, you may want to get another dog to keep your bulldog happy. This will give them the constant companionship they crave, give you some free time and also prevent them from causing mischief when you not home. When you bulldog has a friend to turn to during times of boredom, all of their bold behavior will disappear.

From people experience, bulldogs do best with other bulldogs. You should also try to introduce them while they are just puppies. However, if you have an older bulldog that you wish to get a companion for, you should get a younger puppy. A younger puppy is less intimidating for your bulldog and their less likely to become territorial when you bring the little guy home. Two bulldogs can be much better than one and twice the fun. 

Helping your bulldogs skin

During the winter months, bulldogs are known for getting dry skin. They often ‘chew’ on themselves as if they have fleas, but actually they are just trying to itch themself and their teeth are the only option they have. Dry skin on your bulldog is just as uncomfortable as it is on us, if not more. They don’t have the option of bathing and applying lotion each day, so the cases of dry skin can get extreme. How can you help cure dry skin on your bulldog?

The most important part of curing your bulldog’s dry skin is a deep moisturizing shampoo. You want to use enough shampoo that you can get near the skin and use your nails or a brush to help remove the dry skin. Be sure to rinse all of the shampoo off and allow the hair to air dry instead of using a towel. Allowing the hair to air dry will keep most of the moisture locked into the skin.

One you remove most the dry skin, you’ll want to use a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar. Yes, your dog will smell for a little while, but the mixture will get rid of any dead skin that is left behind and prevent new skin from drying out. You should also brush your dog every other day in order to break up any dry skin that is caught underneath. You can take to your local groomer about the best shampoo and brush to use on your dog and they’ll be more than happy to give you a few useful tips.  

Mischievous Bulldog

Bulldogs are one of the greatest pets if you have a lot of time to devote to the animal. They are well-behaved, protective and a great family animal. However, if a bulldog doesn’t get enough attention from his owners, he can go from bad to worse in a very short amount of time. While I’m sure not every single solitary bulldog has completed some of these destructive acts, from the stories I’ve heard, many have.

According to one story I heard, the owners made the mistake of leaving their bulldog home while they went away for the weekend. They left a large self-feeder dish and water bowl so that he wouldn’t run out. They also had a large doggie door and a fenced in yard so the dog could come and go as he pleased. Well, while he was generally a wonderfully behaved dog, when they came home, their house was absolutely trashed. The stuffing was ripped from the couch and cushions, shoes were chewed up, things were knocked down- it was an absolutely mess.

From what I’ve gathered when reading about this particular breed, bulldogs are great, but only for those who have a lot of time to devote to them. When they are left alone for long hours or don’t get the attention they seek, the bulldog will become destructive in order to gain the attention they are looking for. So, if your someone whose thinking about getting a bulldog, be sure you have a lot of time to spend with it and if you’re going away for the weekend- find a sitter. 

English VS American Bulldog

The American and English bulldog both come from the same line, but differ greatly in appearance. While the English bulldog is short, stubby and wrinkly; the American bulldog is slimmer and has a face that reminds me somewhat of a pit-bull. Did you know there are a few others factors that make the English and the American bulldog each unique from one another?

The American bulldog doesn’t have as much of a breathing problem as the English bulldog because of their different face shapes. While the English bulldog is typically used as only a family pet, the American bulldog is often used as a drug dog and gang busting. The slimmer body figure of the American bulldog makes them able to run quicker, jump higher and have a much higher overall energy than the American bulldog.

The English bulldog is typically a better pet for children because of their loving temperate. The American bulldog is a sweet dog as well, but the English is more likely to bond and protect a child. Both English and American bulldogs make good house watch dogs, but the American may have the advantage in this area because of their ability to move at a faster rate.

Both American and English bulldogs are loving animals and are equally found as members of the family. My favorite would have to be the English bulldog because I adore their stumpy bodies and adorable faces, but worry about the breathing problems that could exist with this type of bulldog. 

Bulldog personality

Bulldogs are by far my favorite type of dog for a number of reasons. For one they look adorable. There is something about their chubby little faces that just steals my heart. Although many feel that they have a mean look about them, bulldogs actually have a unique personality that makes them a great dog to own.

The breed is somewhat hardheaded and is harder to train than your typical dog, but they are known to be very affectionate to their owners. A bulldog loves to cuddle and is sure to give you that doggy love you’ve been searching for. Bulldogs love children and try to get the most attention from them that they can. This makes them a great dog for those who have children and want a dog to protect them, as bulldogs can be very protective of their owners, while never thinking of harming them.

Bulldogs are somewhat known for their destructive behavior, however, this is just an attention seeking act. If they are not getting the attention they are looking for, they will cause mischief as a way to receive that attention. Because of this factor, it is important that you only choose one of these dogs if you have a lot of time to spend with them. They are also great watch dogs because they do not like strangers much and tend to bark loudly if they approach. Next to a lab, I think a bulldog is the best choice for a large family who is looking for some good company. 

Why are So Many High School Sports Teams Bulldogs?

Have you ever noticed that “bulldogs” seems to be an extremely popular name for college and high school sports teams?  I grew up near a town who had their own bulldogs, but I see mention of bulldogs in the news quite frequently.  In fact, when I research for this blog, most of the stories that come up are about bulldogs sports teams.  I wonder why that is.

In news stories for just the past 24 hours, there is mention of the Georgia Bulldogs, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Hampton Bulldogs, Boston Bulldogs, Fresno State Bulldogs, and a few others.  I don’t know how many other teams there are, but I know it’s quite a lot.  What is it about bulldogs that sports teams try to emulate?

I mean, bulldogs are fantastic animals, but they’re not exactly what I would call athletic.  Nor are they particularly focused.  Bulldogs just love to have a good time, relaxing with their families and enjoying the finer things in life.  When it comes to running, swimming or playing hard, bulldogs are not anywhere near the top of the list.

So why is it that all of these teams choose to be bulldogs?  My best guess is the bulldog looks ferocious, like he might be a tough competitor.  Have any of the people responsible for naming teams actually met a bulldog?  I bet the answer is no.   When you look up personality traits for bulldogs, one of the most common things mentioned is how un-athletic they are.

What do you think?  What’s in a bulldog that makes it such a great team name?

Bulldog Colors

Of the many things that make English Bulldogs so loveable, the myriad colors they come in is surely one of the most fun things about them.  According to the breed standard from the American Kennel Club, bulldogs are accepted in six different color varieties, which includes patterns as well.  Listed below are the AKC color standards, in order of preference:

Red Brindle
The red brindle is a common brindle, but in the beautiful red tones that mark the bulldog’s unique appearance.

All Other Brindles
All other brindles would include brown, black, golden and anything else that is not “red”.

Solid White
Unique and stunning, a solid white bulldog is sure to draw attention.

Solid Red, Fawn or Fallow
These solid colors are the only solid colors (not counting white) that are fully accepted by the AKC.

Piebald
Piebald is a unique patterning of a solid color and white, similar to a pinto horse.  Piebalds patches can be a solid color or a brindle.

Inferior Qualities of all of the Foregoing
When there is dilution or muddying of the color genes but they still reflect one of the above colors, they will be allowed.

Black is frowned upon and can be a detriment in the show ring, unless it occurs as part of piebald patches.

The sheer variety available in these colors and patterns make each litter of bulldog puppies a surprise waiting to happen.  Bulldogs really do come in a wide range of colors, and while some may not be up to show standards, they sure do make for interesting and beautiful pets.

Common Health Problems with Bulldogs

Bulldogs are a great companion breed; full of character and a perpetual puppy attitude that instantly endears them to almost everyone they meet.  If you are here, you probably already know how wonderful bulldogs can be.  What you may not be aware of are some very serious potential health problems that plague some bulldogs.  Understanding the risks when you get a bulldog can help you be prepared and prevent heartache down the road.

Elongated Soft Palate
Officially known as Brachycephalic syndrome, elongated soft palates in bulldogs can lead to breathing trouble because part of the palate extends into the air passages, making the passage smaller.  Breathing troubles such as exercise intolerance, excessive snoring and difficulty cooling off can all be caused by elongated soft palates.

Allergies
Bulldogs can be more susceptible to allergies, which can cause misery during allergy season.  There are medications to treat allergies in dogs, however, so be watchful of signs such as itching, hives, and occasionally sneezing or watery eyes.

Hip Dysplasia
Though more common in larger breeds, bulldogs can suffer from hip dysplasia, a condition where the hip tries to separate from the pelvic bone.  This can cause severe pain and difficulty walking.  It can be treated with medicines, diet and surgery if necessary.

Other Health Problems
In addition to those common issues, less common problems that plague bulldogs include dermatitis, mange, eye lid anomalies and heart problems. 

All animals have the potential for health problems, so consider all the risks and benefits of bringing home a bulldog, not just the eventual chance they may develop a health problem such as those listed above.

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