Wonderful Winston

First dog of the year for 2018 is Winston.

Winston loves cuddles and just wants a sofa he can snuggle down on with you.


A little bit about Winston

Winston arrived at SDR with a chronic ear infection which meant that he spent more than his fair share of time in isolation getting him well. One of the things that is keeping his ear troubles at bay is the grain free food that he’s now on.

Winston is a truly fantastic boy that loves playing and interacting with his handler(s), which he has built wonderful bonds with.  He will back into you to have his back scratched and pad his back paws up and down in enjoyment. When playing and interacting with you, he is gentle despite his size.  He will wrestle and play with you and again he is very gentle when doing so.





  • People
  • Butt Scratches
  • Sleeping on the bed


Pet Peeves

  • Having to walk in the rain
  • Other animals that want to eat my dinner
  • Being told that I’m bigger than an average lapdog


A Message from Winston: 

I am an Olde Tyme Bulldog mix (sorry not sure of the mix) but let me tell you some information about Olde Tyme Bulldog as we are quite unique.

The Olde Tyme Bulldog is a cousin of the English Bulldog and they were first developed to recreate the type of bulldog of times long past both in appearance and temperament.

Old Tyme Bulldogs are extremely kind and typically love being in a home environment where there are children which is another reason why they make such great family pets.

When an Old Tyme Bulldog moves, they do so with purpose albeit at their own pace. They don’t do much in a hurry and their gait is powerful and strong while at the same time showing must determination.

The Olde Tyme Bulldog is known to be an extremely calm dog and one that is both loyal and brave. They move at a gentle pace, but with tremendous power. They form extremely strong ties with their owners and as such do not like to be left on their own for long periods of time.

The Old Tyme Bulldog is an easy-going character which means they like to take their time about things and this includes whether it is worth chasing another animal. In short, like their English Bulldog cousins they do not have high prey drives.

When they are puppies, an Old Tyme Bulldog is boisterous and playful. As they mature they remain quite rambunctious and enjoy playing interactive games with the people they love. However, care should be taken not to over things more especially during the hotter weather because all Bulldogs are more susceptible to overheating very quickly which could prove life threatening.

Old Tyme Bulldogs are very adaptable and providing they are given enough mental stimulation and daily exercise, they are just as happy living in an apartment in town as they would be living in a big house in the country.

An Old Tyme Bulldog has a very distinct voice and when they bark, everyone knows about it. With this said, they are not known to be excessive barkers and therefore do not generally just “bark” for the sake of it.

Because of their build and the fact they are brachycephalic, Old Tyme Bulldogs are not nature swimmers and it would be fair to say that many bulldogs have trouble staying afloat. As such, care should always be taken when walking a dog anywhere near more dangerous watercourses, just in case they fall in.

Old Tyme Bulldogs boast having short, close lying coats and as such they are low maintenance on the grooming front. A weekly brush and wipe over with a chamois leather is all it takes to keep their coats in good condition with a nice sheen on it. They shed steadily throughout the year only more so during the Spring and then again in the Autumn when more frequent grooming is usually necessary to stay on top of things and to remove dead and shed hair from a dog’s coat. The folds around a dog’s head and on muzzles should be regularly cleaned to avoid any build-up of dirt and debris which could lead to sores developing in them. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax builds up, it can lead to a painful infection which can be hard to clear up. In short, prevention is often easier than cure with ear infections.



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