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Can I Bring My Bulldog To USC to Live with Me?

When the time comes for kids to go to college, the changes that have to happen can sometimes be difficult and heartbreaking. Leaving family and friends for a new place can be scary and intimidating. Many new students feel alone and have a difficult time dealing with their emotions due to the changes.

This is exactly where I found myself when I left for college. I knew I could not take friends or family but I thought I might have a chance of bringing my Bulldog which has been by my side for years. Sadly, because I was going to be staying in the dorms USC’s pet policy only allows for small fish. Even after hearing that I was still considering trying to sneak my beloved bulldog in, but quickly got shut down by my parents. The only way it would have worked we be if my parents wanted to pay for an apartment instead of the dorm which was not going to happen, so I had to come to terms that we’d be saying goodbye.

Why Our Bulldogs Provide Comfort

brown bulldog on grass

The reason is simple. Bulldogs, like many other dogs are loyal, protective and love to be around us. They follow us where we go and never leave us for a better opportunity like a boyfriend of girlfriend might. Their nature is to love and protect their owners which they do very well making them feel like a member of the family.

3 Tips for Adjusting to College Life without your Bulldog

While many students might not admit it, feeling home sick is totally normal and part of the college experience. It’s part of growing up and becoming an adult.

The first tip I could give you would be to get out of your comfort zone and meet some new people fast. Most people have those same nervous home-sick feelings just like you and the quickest way to get rid of them is to make at least one new friend so you don’t feel so alone.

Tip 2 would be to find a good tutoring program to help you adjust to a more demanding school schedule. Many new students have meltdowns when trying to juggle so many different subjects while being away from family support. I personally went through this and with my parents help we found a great tutoring program called Buffalo Academy. Mori, the founder made me feel very welcomed and comfortable. He matched me with a perfect tutor that had already graduated from USC and had taken my courses, so she knew what to expect. That alone completely changed everything, making me so much more confident to excel in my college career.

My third and final tip would be to embrace the fear that life throws at you. Most of the things we dread in life are imagined situations that never come to pass. Every person lets fear stop them from doing certain things. Stop and think the next time you feel that fear in the pit of your stomach and know your in a time a decision and that decision means you need to act bravely and dive in head first before you talk yourself out of it.

If you are as attached to your bulldog like I was when I left for college, just know that your fury friend will be waiting and excited to greet you when you return.

How To Perform CPR on Bulldogs

It’s every Bulldog’s owners worst nightmare. If you found your Bulldog lying flat on the ground, not breathing and unresponsive, would you know what to do? Sadly most people would not know how to handle the situation and probably try to rush to the vet which would take far too much time.

If you find yourself in a life or death situation in a race against the clock, these are the things you need to do in order to have the best chance to save your Bulldog’s life.

3 Steps to Follow when preforming CPR on Your Bulldog

  1. Position your dog on their right side so that their heart is pointing up to you and check their pulse and breathing by placing your hand over their heart and their paws.
  2. If you don’t feel a pulse, check their airway to see if there is anything blocking it. Then pull their tongue forward to help clear the airway.
  3. If they are still unresponsive, hold their mouth shut with one hand so that air does not come out and and blow into their nose 5 quick breathes. You should see movement in their chest if you are performing it correctly. Wait a few seconds, then start the quick breathes again. In between breathes, with you hands together pump their chest with 10 quick compressions. It can take up to a couple minutes to get a response.

While these steps can of course not guarantee to save your Bulldog’s life, it will give them a fighting chance of survival. Below is a great video showing a real life situation of performing these steps correctly to save a Bulldog’s life.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry

Being prepared with lifesaving skills is one thing that most people just don’t make a priority. It’s something we see on TV and think that it won’t happen us, so we don’t take the time to get properly trained in CPR. Don’t you think spending a couple hours with a trained CPR Instructor is worth it? You will leave the class with so much confidence knowing that you now know how to properly respond in a emergency situation. Finding a good CPR instructor is not hard at all either. If you do a quick google search for CPR classes in your area I’m sure you will find one close. I’m personally from South Orange County, Ca and I found a great instructor named Scott through his company, A Hero For Life. Like most CPR instructors, he mainly teaches CPR for saving your fellow humans but he also gave me instructor for small and large dogs as well.

In conclusion, it’s a wise decision to take a couple hours out of your life to learn how to save one. As dog owners we feel responsible for our four legged friends like we do our own children, and if we lose them to a situation we could have resolved by knowing proper CPR, it’s heartbreaking. Be safe and prepared, get trained by a professional so you can go into a emergency situation with confidence and not fear.

Raw Food To Keep Your Bulldog Healthy

In todays world there are so many options to choose from when it comes to dog food, so it can be very confusing when making choice. Do you go with the most expensive bag in the store, or should you cook for your dog, or should they eat raw meat like wolves in the wild. In this post we will not cover a specific type of food but some additional supplements you can add to their food to enhance their nutrition and overall health.

Why Raw Food is Good For Dogs

To begin, it’s important to understand that this is a very debatable topic. Some people swear by a raw food diet fro dogs and others say it can be dangerous for their health.

Dogs are very different from humans, obviously. If you go back just 100 years, dog food as we know it (the dry stuff you can buy in bags) did not exist. So what did dogs eat before that? They ate a mixture of raw and cooked food (mainly left overs from their human masters).

If you do decide to start your dog on a raw diet, it is recommended to feed them a mixture of organ meats, muscle meats, ground bones, raw eggs and some raw yogurt.

The video below gives insight into how raw dog food is made. There are many different ways, this is just one example.

Resource for Raw Dog Food

There are so many options on the market today for dog food it could make your head spin. I recommend you make it yourself, but if you have a really busy life and don’t have the time, Darwin’s natural pet products has some great options.

In closing, it’s important to remember that this is a debatable topic that you will find many different opinions on. The only way to know what works best for your dog is to try them out.

Interesting Facts about Bulldogs

Okay, so you might be thinking, all dogs are lovable, and of course you are right. But there is something about bulldogs that sets them apart. In this post I’ll cover some of the history and features of bulldogs you won’t find in other breeds.

Bull Baiting

This might upset some people, but remember this was over 100 years ago. Bull baiting was a blood sport where a full sized bull would be tied to a post on a leash while 1 or more bull dogs would attempt to take the bull dog down. It sounds brutal I know, but this is what people in England did for entertainment back then and is how the bull dog we know and love today got it name.

Rolls & Rolls

The most obvious and instantly recognizable features of bull dogs are their rolls of skin giving them that adorable look. It’s important to remember that if you own or are thinking of getting a bull dog that their rolls do trap dirt and bacteria and need extra grooming attention.

Bull Dogs can Skateboard

If you have not seen the video below than you really should take a look. Otto the bull dog is just amazing, not only able to ride a skateboard on his own but can actually put his paw down on the ground to push himself faster like a human would use their foot. I know that this is not normal but it’s really amazing to watch and displays how smart these dogs really are. You can see the whole story on Otto’s world record at the Guinness World Records site.