Most Bullmastiff Breeders try to place
their puppies in appropriate homes.
Homes that show the true intention of taking proper care of the puppy for it’s
entire life - Good Homes.
Initially, the new owners are thrilled at the arrival of their new Bullmastiff
puppy. Images of long walks and
wrestling matches run through a new owner’s mind.
The “ooohhhs” and “aaahhhs” of all their friends and families are
addictive. And they take their cute
little “purebred” Bullmastiff puppy every where to show off.
Remember rushing home from work just to be with your
Bullmastiff buddy? The excitement
of being able to come home and enjoy the company of someone that really
But, then somehow, that initial excitement begins to fade.
The little potty accidents in the house become frustrating fits of anger
for you. After all, this “dog” is one (1) year old – he/she should
know by now to not use the bathroom in the house, right?! Remember that cute little tactic you used to laugh at when
he/she whacked you with their paw or nipped at your arm when they wanted some
attention? Kinda hurts when they do
it now, huh?
You cannot frequent those after work parties because you
have to hurry home to feed the dog and let him/her out in order to avoid “the
mess”. And by the time all
that is taken care of, well, everyone would have gone home for the evening and
you would have missed out on all the fun.
What about those on-the-fly weekend trips you used to take
all the time? Now you have to find
someone to take care of your Bullmastiff while you are gone.
And well, those kenneling fees and kennel shots sure are not cheap!
Not to mention, it is hard finding a kennel that can accommodate
kenneling a dog the size of a Bullmastiff.
So, lately, you have been turning down those trips because – no one will
be home to watch the dog.
You don’t take your Bullmastiff out for walks anymore.
You barely acknowledge his/her existence in the house unless something
And somehow, this
inside dog you used to enjoy the company of so much, has become another
permanent landscaping fixture in your backyard.
And to your neighbors’ demise, not a quiet fixture at that.
Your Bullmastiff is a little over two (2) years old, and
now how do you feel about him/her?
Are you still excited to come home and be with your best buddy? Or has this become a necessary chore that inhibits you from
enjoying the rest of your life?
Do you feel it?
No matter how many excuses you want to blame on your
Bullmastiff – this is what it comes down to.
You are tired of living your life around the restrictions of owning a
Now I mentioned that initially, you presented yourself as a
Good Home to the Bullmastiff Breeder.
You bought the crate, you feed him/her decent food, got him/her their
yearly shots, and maybe even took your Bullmastiff through basic obedience
training. This all seemed so easy
in the beginning – before you actually owned the dog for an extended amount of
time. After all, you would think
that after spending around $1000 for this puppy, you would keep him/her forever
But, that does not matter now. What matters is getting rid of this restriction on your
life. And the most convenient
option – put him/her in the local shelter or open the gate and let him/her run
off into the night. You are sure
that someone else will pick them up and take them home right? After all, this is a purebred!
They really won’t be put to sleep or get hit by a car or shot – that
won’t happen to “your” Bullmastiff, right?
After all, you “just don’t have time” for him/her anymore and it
“wouldn’t be fair to the dog”. Or
his/her habits are “beyond your control” and you are “scared of your own pet”.
And of course, you are way too embarrassed to simply return
your Bullmastiff back to the breeder from which you bought him/her originally
There are hundreds of other excuses you can make up to
justify your means of escaping your Bullmastiff pet. This is exactly what it
comes down to – escaping your responsibility of being a Bullmastiff Owner.
But, there should have only been one solution to this whole
ordeal – you – as a presumably mature adult(s) – should have put a bit more
thought into adopting this Bullmastiff BEFORE you exchanged money, took the
puppy, and walked out of that breeder’s house.
This is a typically Good Home, Gone Bad.
Could this be you in the future?
Has this been you in the past?
Set your ego aside and take this to heart….
A Bullmastiff is not a toy that you can turn on or off at
your convenience. This breed
requires time, money, patience, and understanding beyond what you will ever be
able to achieve or tolerate from another human being or even another animal.
Once you accept ownership of this breed, this is for the life of the
Bullmastiff – not for the convenience of yours.
You believe the Bullmastiff is the
Right Breed for you. Now, are
you sure you are the Right Owner for the Bullmastiff?
- written by Sophie