Our Untrained Bulldog


dreamstime_s_61457120You’ve seen the videos of bulldogs surfing, riding a skateboard, or rolling down a hill. Mine does none of that.

When Diesel was young, around 9 weeks old, I didn’t think he liked me. I obviously did not understand bulldogs because that unhappy look became the stern typical bulldog look.

Of course, my husband reminds me that when we first got our bulldog I was taking an aromatherapy course and I involved with my projects. He endured. He knew where my trial products were stored and he stared at the drawer every night until I opened a bottle for him to sniff. He loved the lavender concoctions.

I never trained our boy to do the correct things, like sit, stay, or don’t jump on people. He does – or does not do – all of this on his own, but not because I’ve trained him. Instead, I taught him “Brain Waves.” Yes, he thinks it is a normal thing to put his forehead against mine while we stare into each other’s eyes.

He recently learned how to “shake” paws, but instead of a high-five (which I sometimes get him to do), he puts his paw in my hand and I have to rub it, count his toes, and talk to him in a soothing voice. He loves it. I think I do too.

He also has a turkey leg. When he was a pup he was trained by our elder female boxer to go outside and do his duty. She was a very obedient dog. Out they would go, and back in they came. No fencing, out in the country. One day he barreled in through back door and quickly walked by me. I reached down to touch the cute little independant bellow. His back leg shot out like a tiny turkey leg, straight out. He stood rigid on all 3’s. It was funny, you had to have been there. I ended up laughing with tears streaming down my face. To this day, his favorite thing is a rub on the front side of his turkey leg. He’ll flop over and fall asleep, snoring seconds later, after a late night turkey leg rub.

I know, this blog post is like hearing long stories about someone else’s children, which is nice for short periods of time, but eventually…yawn.

I want 2 or 3 bulldogs, but I have enough on my plate for now. Someday…someday.

If you want a well-behaved dog, this is the one to get. If you want a dog that does not drool. This is not the dog to get. If you want a dog that seldom needs maintenance. This is not the breed to get (I will explain in another blog post). If you want loyalty, this is the dog to get. If you want a dog that snores. This is the dog to get.

I love my boy.

What is your favorite dog breed? BTW…I like mutts too. Me and the dog from the third floor touch noses when she walks down the stairs. Yes, we go nose-to-nose when she reaches my level and she now expects it. Our lovely gift from God, animals for companionship and fun.


11 thoughts on “Our Untrained Bulldog

  1. venessaknizley says:

    We just recently had to put down our Golden Retriever. She was a sweetie, but her mellow nature was almost too mellow. She never played with the kids and was a horrible guard dog. She just wanted to be loved on… she was very good for that. We were thinking of getting a German shepherd next. It’ll be a little while before we get one, but I’m pretty excited. I’ve heard they can be great family dogs if you’re able to socialize them properly.

    • Mary Humphrey says:

      I am sorry you had to part with your Golden Retriever. It sounds like she was a gentle companion.

      I am also fond of the German Shepherd breed. They are regal when socialized correctly. Beautiful and smart, and a great family dog.

  2. dulseandrugosa says:

    Great post- I’m a mutt lover. Now when people ask me what kind of dog I have I say “Puerto Rican Streetdog” I’m pretty sure in New England it will be a breed soon because we have such great rescue operations.

    • Mary Humphrey says:

      Cute! You know, I came “this” close to adopting a dog a few weeks ago. I have no room for another dog, so I felt sad leaving this one behind. The sign said beagle boxer and another type of mix. I said, “A mutt, and beautifully sweet.” Glad you have great rescue operations in your area. I am seriously thinking about starting one in the near future.

Your comments are welcome! Join the discussion:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s