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.