Today, April 21, 2012, is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day!  If you have never heard of this National Holiday you are probably

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Awwwwwe! Aren't they adorable!

wondering just what is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day?  It is a day that recognizes the beauty of Bulldogs, even though their looks are droopy and wrinkly!  This day challenges people as it conveys a message of acceptance and celebrates the differences in people.   Bulldogs have saggy skin and an incredible underbite that makes them look like they have perpetual frowns all of the time.  Their big stout bodies suggest sluggishness and their drooling and slobbering is well…just kind of gross.  National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day was created to show people that there is beauty in all human beings whether you are short, tall, large or small.   This is a day that we should look within ourselves and examine how we treat others that are of a different race, gender, appearance, lifestyle, physical ability, national origin or religion.   If people can see beyond the looks and aggressive ancestry of a Bulldog, they can look within themselves and celebrate the beauty and value in all creatures.

Bulldogs are one of the very few dogs that are used as mascots.  For example, one of our local high school’s mascots is the Bulldog.  I would like to think that the reason the Bulldog is used as a mascot is because they are very tenacious!

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Annual Bulldog Bash For Our Fall Sports

 

The Bulldog is also a symbol of the United Kingdom and is a popular mascot for professional sports teams, university, secondary schools, military institutions and many other organizations including the following:

If you have a Bulldog you should go out and buy him a new toy or a special treat on this National Holiday.  Take him for a walk in the park, or on a special outing or do something that all Bulldogs love…give him a belly scratch!

You might enjoy these fun facts about the Bulldog:

  • Bulldogs are descendants of the ancient Asiatic Mastiff.  This Mastiff was very intelligent and the first written record of this breed was in Mesopotamia in 4000 B.C.  This Mastiff was strong-jawed in order to help man defend himself and his livestock.
  • There are several types of Bulldogs:  English Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier and the Olde English Bulldogge.  Related to the Bulldog are the Boxer, small French Bulldog and Boston Terrier.
  • Franklin Roosevelt and Helen Keller both owned Pit Bulls.
  • Sergeant Stubby was a Pit Bull that was a decorated WWII hero.
  • Dogs that fall under the Bulldog umbrella that have received a bad wrap lately:  Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  Studies have shown that other breeds of dogs are far more likely to bite than these terriers.
  • The English Bulldog, French Bulldog, and Boston Terrier are flatter-faced Bulldogs and need to have their face folds cleaned to prevent skin problems.

Have you secretly wanted a Bulldog? Consider getting your new furry friend from a Bulldog rescue.  Some Bulldog rescue groups in the country are:  Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network, Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, Lone Star Bulldog Club, MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue, San Diego Bulldog Rescue, Southern California Bulldog Rescue and HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue.  Rescue a Bulldog today and give him a new ‘furever’ home!

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