Smart, sensitive, loyal, playful and affectionate are just a handful of words that can be used to describe Bull Terriers. These gorgeous dogs are, however, often totally misunderstood by their owners and they find themselves surrendered and dumped at shelters as a result.
I went through to Adorabull Bull Terrier Rescue and Rehab to photograph a few of the dogs they have in their care waiting for forever homes. Many of the dogs I met were not socialised with other dogs or cats as puppies and are subsequently hostile towards them, so need to be placed on their own which makes finding a new home for them rather challenging.
A couple of the dogs had issues as a result of being abandoned or abused, but I can say that all of them are delightful and in the right home would make wonderful companions. There are important lessons to be learned from breed specific rescue organisations. Namely that it’s imperative to have a full understanding of the dog breed you want to own before you take the plunge and buy or preferably adopt. If the Bull Terriers I photographed had been socialised as pups, taken for training and their needs understood and met, most of them would not have found themselves at a rescue organisation. Do your research before you adopt and if you’re not sure that you can cope with the specific demands of a dog breed, get a mixed breed dog.
Adorabull do excellent work, not only rescuing unwanted Bull Terriers, they also rehabilitate them so they can be re-introduced to a home environment and settle in happily. You’ll have got the gist that I’m very passionate about promoting adoption of dogs and I appreciate that some people have an affinity for particular dog breeds. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find your dog breed of choice at a shelter or breed specific rescue organisation without having to buy from a breeder, just use google.
I have to say that the dog that caught my attention at Adorabull was Bolt, a Bull Terrier mix. I have a particular fondness for mutts, so Bolt would be my favourite by default. Bolt is the size of a small pony, is missing an eye and is an enormous love bug.
To find out more about Adorabull Bull Terrier Rescue & Rehab please visit their website – www.adorabullterrier.com