Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Bulldog Training


It's not been all plain sailing.....
But Winifred has now settled into our cottage and  into our lives.
She remains a hefty, spatially unaware, clumsy dog
Who is surprisingly over active for a breed which has often been labelled lazy and lethargic
some of this may be connected to the fact that her attachment to me is incredibly strong, so
Where I go, she goes , but I am sure that most of her " constant need to be on the go" is a result of an over inquisitive nature
She is a watcher.. And constantly needs to be " in the loop"

She has come to adore her daily walks with the other dogs and will line up  impatiently when the leads are picked up, stamping her fat feet on the mat in excited anticipation
She has now accepted Albert as one of the pack after he had whooped her arse after being cornered in the bathroom
She understands that Meg has top dog position on my knee at all times
And she likes to nip your toes when she is feeling particularly playful.

But, for the most part she will sit right in front of me. Still and alert
With her heavy brown eyes watching mine
I would pay a kings ransom to find out what 
She thinks about
In that big sad bulldog head of hers



54 comments:

  1. Love......that's it just love.....:)

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  2. She gets me every time with her little face. I now know the charm of her breed.

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  3. John, she has certainly become a leading lady on your blog. I don't recall you ever telling us her background when you were deliberating about taking her.

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  4. Hefty, spatially unaware, and clumsy? Sounds like my aunt.

    Kidding. Kinda. Winifred is lucky to have your caring and loving home.

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  5. Sheer poetry John. I smiled at her being spatially unaware. I understand that.

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  6. She's looking at you and thinking 'I love you John'.

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  7. She is such a sweetie :-)

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  8. They know they are still living in the "Garden of Eden" and they are sad that we can't see it anymore.

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  9. you could just post about winnie constantly and i would never tire of it. i just love her.

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  10. Have you a scotch egg in your hand as she watches you? one of our dog's eyes follow every fork full of food, he loves me or could it be food so much. So glad she has been given a loving home just in time for wet walks and that wet dog smell to fill the house as well as all those muddy wet paws.

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  11. She's thinking "he's mine and I'll protect him!" or you bitches go find your own?

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  12. She's thinking "I love you"
    or maybe "what time's dinner?"

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  13. Possibly thinking "This chap is a pushover for big sad brown eyes...I'm just going to keep staring at him. He'll give me anything...anything."

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  14. She's thinking, "I wonder what he thinks in that small sad human head of his."

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  15. John,

    I truly think your sweet Bulldog is just happy you took her in. She has a home where she's appreciated.

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  16. She is wonderful. I often think that about our dog, Kane. What is going on in that head? He's my shadow, too.

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  17. She's a softy...just like you

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  18. Awww bless ... she sounds lovely.

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  19. She is thinking: "Will you forgive me if I fart?"

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  20. Well from here John, she looks like she is in LOVE....with you!
    I'd say she is very grateful and doesn't ever want to lose you.

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  21. That was wonderfully written, John. You said it beautifully.

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  22. Just plain sweet. What a nice thing to read at the beginning of the day. I can't get enough of your stories about your animals, particularly Winifred.

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  23. For a minute there I thought you were describing me , , , :-)

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  24. Wonderfully written. I think she is thinking "he looks just like my Dad".

    Every time I see her it makes me want a Bulldog of my own, we are supposed to be getting a Border Collie next ... I wonder if I can get Lovely Hubby VERY drunk before we go to pick it up .... hehehe :-)

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  25. Wonderful homage to your Winnie. Those soulful eyes--a world of thoughts and questions may hide there. Or maybe just one or two.

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  26. She thinks you are her Knight in shining armour, and you are !
    ~Jo

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  27. I will confess that I do not find her breed appealing in the least, but every time I see a bulldog I think fondly of you and Winnie and Constance. I am glad she is bringing you so much joy and, it seems, vice versa.

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  28. I know what she's thinking........Why's he watching this crap when he can stare into my lovely brown eyes?!

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  29. Lovely post, and perfect photo to go with it. Very heartwarming to know she has a happy home.

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  30. She has hero worship that you took her in and saved her.

    Are you the one that feeds her? lol

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  31. Isn't she lovely! She has a lot of that special lurv for you. Weeee!

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  32. I was reading this post as my boss walked by, she sighed and said she is super cute.

    One of these days you will find the bulldog and cat sleeping together.

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  33. She loves you... simple.

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  34. With your description of Winifred, my ancestry became much clearer.
    And yes, those eyes are filled with love.

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  35. Since you are the pack leader and now that she is one of the pack maybe she looks to you to find out what she can do to please you, what you want, or not tick you off, or are you going to drop some food, or something like that? My dobermans used to watch me with that look also. I used to wonder what they thought about too.

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    1. Hello Callie..long time no hear x

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  36. She's thinking, Thank God John gave me such a nice home. But why does he do those horrible things with Chris?

    Love,
    Janie

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  37. Awww she is wooing you. :) What a big ball of love.

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  38. Aw what a lovely face, I only ever get that look of pure love and adoration from my dog.

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  39. Really glad to hear she is fitting in so well with everyone, John. ♥

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  40. I think it's love, and she's happy right where she is.

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  41. What a sweet, sweet face.

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  42. She is thinking that she hit the jackpot in getting you as an owner and friend. Are you feeding her any Scotch Eggs, John?

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  43. Oh how wonderful..she is now officially part of the family.. I had a bulldog when I was little..I adored her and she adored me. These kind of dogs are so loyal.. She is probably thanking you and thanking you with those big brown eyes..
    ta ta for now from Iowa:)

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  44. I think she loves you and her new and exciting life. Walks, crazy neighbors, chickens, sheep, rabbit, geese, badgers and doggie family.
    Life is gud.
    My hamish is like that if I move two inches he is up and ready to move. Everyone calls him my shadow

    cheers, parsnip

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  45. What a lovely mug

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  46. She's probably thinking - When is he going to give me one?

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  47. She's thinking, "I can read your mind. Why can't you read mine?!"

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