Marine’s Bulldog Looking For Loving Home


Although the English bulldog is a symbol of the U.S. Marines, this ten-month-old American bulldog definitely shows the character and qualities to represent the U.S. Marines. She is dedicated, loyal, and strong.

Marine Reserve Sgt. Michael Sanchez was reactivated in October and had to say goodbye to his family and his beloved bulldog Nellie when he left.

The Chicago area family decided to put Nellie up for adoption because Sanchez’s wife said it would be too difficult to care for her two sons and the dog by herself.

Sanchez could not bear to drop Nellie off at a shelter, so he brought his dog to a boarding facility where the owner was moved by his story and decided to take in Nellie and find her home.

Judi Schnur, owner of the boarding facility, said, “It just pulled at my heart that they had to give Nellie up, so I agreed to take her in here, at our facility, and promised that we would find a good home for her.”

But there was another challenge to finding Nellie a good home. It was found out that she had hip dysplasia, which caused two prospective adoptions to fall through. The cost of Nellie’s surgery would be anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000.

This did not deter Schnur from helping Nellie and decided that she would do whatever it took to raise money for Nellie’s operation.

She stated, “While that young Marine is serving our country, I plan to fight for Nellie until we raise enough money to have her medical problems fixed. And when she has recovered from her medical ordeal, someone will be very lucky to have her as a member of their family.”

One veterinarian has offered up his services to provide possible alternatives to a complete hip replacement, and another veterinarian has volunteered to provide at least six rehabilitation visits at no cost following Nellie’s surgery.

Schnur said that once Nellie has her surgery, she should definitely be able to find a loving home.

“It’s clear she wants to romp around and run with the other dogs who stay here, but her condition slows her down quite a bit,” Schnur said. “It’s hard to watch her try so hard to keep up with the others.”

For more information about helping Nellie, you can call 708-636-3647.

Source: Chicago Tribune(Thanks Debbie)

11 Responses to “Marine’s Bulldog Looking For Loving Home”

  1. Lynne says:

    I hope some kind soul steps forward to foster the dog until the Marine gets home. It would be nice to see the entire family reunited.

  2. NH says:

    I hope the poor pup gets adopted by a kind & loving family. One who will take care of it forever, no matter what the circumstances.

  3. roguester says:

    I can’t believe his wife said it would be “too hard” to take care of the dog while her husband was gone off to serve his country. Guess better for her to say it ahead of time than wait for him to leave and then she takes the dog to a shelter.

    Hope the dog finds a good forever home.

  4. Tanya says:

    NH, i’m glad you’re perfect and above everyone else who has real life situations that cannot and should not be judged.

    I don’t know how much you know about being a soldier’s wife, but with two small kids, and no dad around, i can see where (cost, time, frustration level) it would be for the dog’s best interest to find him a loving home - without any judgement like you laid upon the woman’s shoulders.

    Try dealing with two kids who don’t know when (or even if) thier dad will be home; who don’t have the money for good quality life (unless you think we really pay our soldiers enough to risk thier lives and raise a family).

    Roguester - many soldier’s wives can barely make it on thier income for their own kids; many don’t know how to do all the things you need done in a day and still make sure the kids are the primary focus.

    glad to know you love our soldiers so much, you blame the wives for trying to survive in truly ugly situations.

  5. Tina says:

    I sure hope this soldier returns home unharmed. Imagine how hard it will be for his wife to cope with a physically or mentally disabled human when she couldn’t manage a dog.

    Probably the dog’s best interests are being met by the adoption situation and I understand that woman’s life is challenging…but if her husband loves the dog and she loves her husband, I think she’s has an obligation to take care of the ENTIRE family while he’s away. Yes, I’m being judgmental but that’s how we establish moral standards in society.

    And, just a reminder, the wife’s not totally a victim here - she chose to marry a military man and she chose to birth 2 children.

  6. straybaby says:


    just exactly were they thinking when they got the dog on top of the 2 kids? that he would always be stateside during wartime and have plenty of money?!

    this has NOTHING to do with loving soldiers or not, but everything to do with RESPONSIBILITY and PLANNING.

  7. Dianne says:


    Exactly! I was a military wife for 21 years. NEVER would I have even IMAGINED giving up our pets! What a crappy excuse!
    We [baby daughter, doberman, myself] LIVED in a Motel 6 in CA. for MONTHS ..because military temporary housing would not allow pets. I searched for a rental while my husband was at sea…and found a place.

    Our “fur babies” were/are a part of the family.
    And I sure hope that this bulldog gets to be a part of a family.

  8. Sharon says:

    I hope the dog finds a good home and that the soldier and his kids find a new wife and mom who feels up to the task of being a parent and puts family first. This lady will be shacking up with the first guy she sees once her husband is gone. Her words and actions tell you what kind of person she is.

  9. Pam says:

    Why hasn’t someone contacted a Bulldog Rescue? That way the poor dog would be matched to a great home, but would be safe in a foster home until he was placed.

  10. Nora and Rufus says:

    Tanya, I hope the dog gets a better home, and THANKS to Itchmo. The wife obviously is too preoccupied and self centered (and maybe a little jealous) to care for the poor soldiers beloved dog. What a bitch (I mean the wife). Millions of other soldiers wives do not have a problem making sure the family pet is cared for right along with the kids. PERIOD. THEY GO TOGETHER. They manage to keep a job, the kids and the dogs. The example she just set for the kids is detrimental in itself.

  11. Sylvia says:

    Someone who finds a dog too difficult to care for probably shouldn’t be caring for two children if this is actually true - she probably just didn’t want the dog - in any case she is an idiot and the dog is way better off with someone who will love and take care of her. Hopefully when her husband comes back he will not even consider getting another pet while he is still married to this pathetic moron.

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