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Cliff

6.5

Go on. You know I'm adorable.


Pet's breed: English Bulldog
Pet's age: 6 months
Your pet gets in trouble when: Cliff rarely gets in trouble and is eager to please, but he definitely gets in trouble when he chews shoes or the few times he has had an accident when we've left him sleep with us in our bed. We can't help but have him snoring next to us!
Your pet gets praise when: He loves learning new tricks and always gets praise for trying. He already knows sit, lay down, stay, wait, shake, hi five, roll over, look at me, jump, and hop on your skateboard!
Describe your pet's perfect day. Cliff is an adrenaline junkie but his day doesn't start before 10am. Don't even try. He loves sleeping in, then slowly getting up and going outside for a stretch and to go potty. Afterwards he'll come inside for some breakfast and then he'll get spunky. He will go for a "car ride" to the skatepark to skate, chase some kids, and watch the older skaters skate down the rails and in the pools. Then he'll go home for some lunch and a nap. Afterwards he'll play fetch in the backyard or get together with some other dogs to run around. By night time he's ready for some dinner and then to curl up on the couch and watch some TV.
What makes your pet special? Cliff was born with a cleft palate. His breeder feared he might have to be put down but learned from her Vet that surgery would help him live a great life. She said that from day one he was special. He was 1 of 7 puppies and was the first to stand by a week. By the time the others were standing, Cliff had learned to walk and run! My wife and I bought Cliff and his brother Griffin. Tragically Griffin passed away after two incredible but very short weeks. We were heart broken and Cliff clearly missed his brother. The day afterwards we decided to take him on a walk to clear all of our minds. On a whim, I brought along a skateboard. Amazingly he jumped right on it! That week I gave him his own board and put the last picture taken of him and his brother on the bottom with "In Memory of Griffin" written on it. He skates on it every day. At only 6 months we can't wait to see what else this incredible dog accomplishes. He still has issues from his cleft palate and has had several respiratory infections, sneezes constantly, etc. but you'd never know it based on his infectious energy, confidence, and courage. It sounds cheesy but I've learned to have a better outlook when things are tough because of this amazing puppy. We are sure Griffin is very proud of him!
Submitted by Sean from Roswell On 2/18/2012  · This has been rated 117 times.

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