“Want to go for a ride?”
This was a common phrase we would say to our English Bulldog, Marley, registered name “Addicted to Mary Jane”. Tristan and I didn’t choose her name because she only came into our lives just short of a year ago. We adopted Marley on September 23, 2014.
We were told she was six years old and had 2-3 litters of puppy at a place called Addicted 2 Bulldogs. However her past didn’t matter because she was ours and she was adorable. She loved us & we loved her.
Every morning I would say “Marley, let’s go to work” and she would kind of saunter out of her bed. Then I would ask “Marley, want to go for a ride?” and she would sprint out the door. For a bulldog, her sprint was seriously impressive.
Marley loved her rides. Her loyalty may have dependent on that alone, but she stuck with us, that’s unless of course someone else offered her a ride.
September 18, 2015, Marley passed away from what we think was a stroke. She was our first dog and was a part of our hearts. Tristan & I’s home feels a bit more empty. While her death was unexpected and sad, her last year of life was a fantastic one.
How many dogs can say they have 3 dog beds & a human couch to choose from to sleep on?
I am comforted by the fact that she passed away VERY loved and comfortable.
Here are some of my favorite pictures:
#MarleyDog #EnglishBulldogs A photo posted by Marie Bowers Stagg (@marieb41) on
These two are hanging out in heaven now. Greta (white bulldog) passed away last spring after a misdiagnosis after her C-Section. She had 8 beautiful puppies, one is now part of my parents’ lives.
A bulldog never misses a meal. The Duke & Greta, my parents’ bulldogs were often guests in our home.
Beg Much? #EnglishBulldogs #Beggers #BulldogBabysitting A photo posted by Marie Bowers Stagg (@marieb41) on
She always knew when I was sad & how to make me feel better.
Marley didn’t command leadership, puppies just followed. After Greta passed away, Marley didn’t take a motherly role but she also made sure no harm came to the puppies. The puppies’ knew that.
Follow the leader! #EnglishBulldogs #MarleyDog #bulldogsofinstagram A photo posted by Marie Bowers Stagg (@marieb41) on
Bulldog life is exhausting.
She also knew how to wash her feet.
#MarleyDog likes clean feet #EnglishBulldogs A video posted by Marie Bowers Stagg (@marieb41) on
She was loved & she will be missed. RIP Marley.
#MarleyDog & I enjoying a beautiful spring day. #Fertilizing #ORag #Agchat A photo posted by Marie Bowers Stagg (@marieb41) on
A photo posted by Marie Bowers Stagg (@marieb41) on