Duke


American Bulldog
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Age: 7 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Nicknames:
Dukie, Dukers

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
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Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

Birthday:
August 4th 2006

Likes:
cuddling

Pet-Peeves:
big aggressive male dogs

Favorite Toy:
double ended nylabone

Favorite Food:
Duke has food allergies so he only eats Cannidae

Favorite Walk:
around petsmart where people give him treats

Best Tricks:
Jump, Duke can leap into the air higher than you would expect

Arrival Story:
When we bought our first house last year the first thing I wanted to do was adopt a dog. I wanted a big dog that would make me feel safe home alone with the kids all day, and I had always loved American bulldogs. They just seemed like the perfect breed to have with a family. I was suprised when I opened the paper one day about a month after moving to find an add for two 1yr old American bulldogs free to good home. I called and they still had one dog for adoption. So that night the whole family went to meet Duke. I fell in love with him imediately. He had a hard start in life but was such a sweet heart. His "family" were very irresponsible pet owners. They purchased two american bulldog puppies and brought them home to a house that already had a 5yr old intact male pitbull. Everyone got along fine for the first 6 months, but when the puppies started to develop testosterone the pit became threatened. He started picking on and bullying the puppies until one day he pinned one in a corner and feeling afraid the puppy fought back. The pit was fine, but had to have stitches in one ear and the family decided that the puppies had to go. They kept them locked outside in the back yard, not really interacting with them other than to feed them or yell at them for barking so Duke came to us with no training at all and slightly fearful of women. Today you would not know how Duke started his life. He is a perfect gentleman. He loves children, and rarely meets a person he doesn't like. He is very gentle and friendly with other dogs but is still a bit fearful of large dominant male dogs. He is more than I ever could have hoped for in a dog.

Bio:
Duke shares his birthday with my oldest son who thinks it is the coolest thing ever. Duke is my favorite running partner, he is a real gentleman on a leash though he had never been on a leash before we adopted him. He is very smart and learns very quickly.

Forums Motto:
Hero Dog

The Last Forum I Posted In:
What are legitimate reasons for re - homing a dog?

I've Been On Dogster Since:
May 29th 2008 More than 6 years!

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Dogster Id:
792579


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It's hard to be Duke


The park

May 14th 2009 4:15 pm
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I would say life is pretty good for me. Last year I finally found a family that treats me well. No more sleeping outside on the hard concrete, shivering in the cold and suffocating in the heat. No more being bullied by other dogs. I do miss my brother, but life is good. I have plenty of chewy toys, good food every day (though I wish they would give me more from that table sometimes) and plenty of walks. But best of all I have a little boy that loves me.

Well I knew when this new family brought me home that I had to do something really special so they wouldn't decide to dump me too. I didn't know what the expected of a house dog, I'd never been one before, but they seemed really fond of the tiniest family member, so I decided to make friends. Now it hasn't always been easy being friends with a "toddler" as the family calls him. He lays on top of me (not that I really mind, it's kind of cozy), pulls my tail, and he even bit me once. But there are a good many fringe benefits too. He isn't nearly as stingy with his food as the big people are, and he gives the best hugs. I have to admit there is really something special about him. I found myself wanting to make him happy, and take care of him.

I think I've been doing a good job. I follow him everywhere he goes, even if I don't really want to. And as a reward the new family has let me be a full time part of their life, I even get to share their bed. But I didn't realize just how much trouble such a little person could be until we went for our daily walk the other day.

We took our normal 1 mile walk and stopped at the park to let my little boy play. He's getting really big now and it is alot harder for me to follow him everywhere. I don't like climbing up on those "slides" he likes so well. So I stayed with mom and watched him from the other side of the playground. But something wasn't right. I could hear and smell another dog coming, and he didn't seem friendly. Mom didn't hear him right away but I knew he was there. Then Mom saw him, he was headed right for my little boy. I love Mom, but she isn't the fastest runner in the world (don't tell her I said that). Luckily as she sprinted towards the other end of the playground she forgot my leash. I felt the tension drop and I ran. That dog was going to hurt my baby and I couldn't let it happen.

I got there just in time. By dog he hit me hard. I think I suprised him because he bounced off my shoulder and rolled across the grass. I could hear Mom shouting behind us, I wanted to tell her to stay back, humans really need to learn to understand dog. The other dog got back up and made to come at us again so I warned him to get away from my family. He was big but he didn't have as much worth fighting for as I do. He ran off as Mom reached us. I thought about chasing him, but I had to check to make sure my little boy was ok. Silly kid didn't even realize how dangerous it all was. He just giggled when I sniffed him. My shoulder was really hurting. Then he hugged me and said "I love you Dukie".

Yeah, there is something special about that little guy.

 
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