(Baby the Puppy)

This is the last image ever taken of Baby. It was his last fun car ride the day before he went to heaven. But he and I would rather you celebrate his life, rather than cry over his passing. That's how I hope people will feel about me when I'm gone. 

Here's the first image I ever took of him. Because of his beautiful coat, I asked why he wasn't the pick of the litter. The breeder was honest and told me it was because everyone was afraid that his nose would stay pink. Heck, I didn't know anything about bulldogs except that I loved all of them, so that didn't matter to me. In fact, I think he looked pretty cute with the pink nose. As you know, it did finally turned black.

Here he is with mom and this littermates. He's the one with the blue collar trying to get a quick bite to eat. 

Here he is sleeping on the first toy he ever had. He looks so sweet and innocent, but he was really a little STINK!

I built a little ramp for him so he could walk up and onto the futon. He got pretty good at climbing this. He loved to chew on my arms and this gave him an attack route. I have hundreds of little teeth scars on my forearms that I wouldn't trade for the world. 

He looks innocent enough, but one evening, he wasn't in his usual spot, so I went looking for him. I'd recently gone through a divorce, so Baby and I slept for a time on an air mattress. When I finally found him, he was having a ball chewing tiny holes in the bed. I picked him up and said, "Looks like we'll be sleeping on the floor tonight." Didn't bother him one bit. LOL

You can begin to see by his eyes that he's thinking he's the boss, and he really was. 

He chewed up everything he could find, including my shoes, belts and furniture!

He was especially fond of solving puzzles. 

He grew fond of sleeping under the futon.

Or anywhere else he decided to sleep.

Here's Delilah with one of Baby's puppy images on the monitor. Baby is smelling some roses I put over my first bulldog's grave. I used the little bulldog statue to temporarily mark Baby's grave. My plan is to carve a stone bulldog that can endure the outdoor elements and use that as a permanent marker.

And he matured so fast! 

He was an athlete, too. If I threw a tennis ball just right so it bounced from the floor to the wall and back, he could grab it coming off the wall. 

This photo was taken when Baby was 8 months old. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this for the first time! I said to myself, "This is going to be a famous dog someday!" I didn't know how this would be, but it happened and I'm thankful to God for engineering the events that led to his fame. 

Here's a recent image of George. He was laughing when I returned to the car after making a purchase at a convenience store. I asked him what was so funny and he replied, "I got bored, so I started telling myself jokes and I told one I'd never heard before."

This is BeeBee the Bulldog! I go and visit her every weekend. Now you know the answer to the mystery?

She was born a little princess, and she'll someday be famous, too.

The image doesn't do this one justice. This is a 3-dimensional hologram frosted in layers within a crystal. You'd just have to see it in person to appreciate it. It might someday be worth a fortune, because this is the only one in the world.

This was just sold to the highest bidder, Mie Larson in Denmark. But when all was said and done, Mie sent $250 for the painting. It will be hung in her restaurant. It's gratifying to know that even after Baby's gone to heaven, he's still helping abandoned bulldogs. If you have any Baby memorabilia, it might be worth something, someday.

Right after I posted this page, Carol Gardner, Zelda's mom sent this mail to me. Zelda is a bulldog  famous for posing for greeting cards, books, calendars, etc. 

Beautiful photos of Baby.  Thank you for sharing them with us.  Zelda sat in front of the monitor and looked at every image with great interest. Just goes to show you how smart these bulldogs are!
Thanks also for sharing the photos of BeeBee.  Zelda's pal ZeeZee was especially intrigued with BeeBee's pictures.  We hope that when BeeBee comes home with you that you will send us a photo to add to 'Zelda's Friends'.  She is ador-a-bull!!!!!
In the meantime, Dan, our thoughts are with you.  We love Baby too and know BeeBee is one lucky bulldog to have you for a 'dad'.
Licks and lots of love,
Carol, Zelda, Zoe and ZeeZee


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