After 16 years together, I said good-bye to my faithful protector Bubba.  An Old English Bulldog crossed with a Yellow Lab.  He was wide like a Bulldog and tall like a Lab.  I saw an ad in the paper in 1992.  I went to this place.  To my disgust when I arrived, it was a typical back yard breeder.  Profiting from the suffering of innocent animals.

In their yard was 6 doghouses, chained to all 6 doghouses were momma dogs.  About 4 of these momma’s had puppies, and the others were expecting.  Feces, urine and mud surrounded these moms and pups.  I think this is when I really started my journey into animal rescue.

I have always loved and respected all animals.  When we lived in Thailand in the 1970’s, there were many homeless dogs.  As a child I fed them and always wished for my own.  We would see dead dogs floating in the clongs (rivers) and I would cry and have nightmares.  Maybe my path had already been chosen.

I took Bubba home from this BYB, I could not leave him.  I only wish I had enough money to take all of them all out of this nightmare they were living.  At 8 weeks old he was infested with fleas, and I had never seen a puppy so full of worms in my life – and to this day with all the rescue I do,  I still haven’t seen a  worse case of infestation yet.

I called the Vancouver Humane Society and reported these people.  They were investigated.  I understand some of the animals were confiscated.  But Bubba was now in my family.

He is the reason I became a certified dog trainer.  At 8 weeks old he would attack anything that moved, including myself.  He chewed through the walls of our home, and was very destructive. His training began immediately.  I hired a trainer and through her I found my other path in life.

Bubba was one of the most difficult, dominant, aggressive dogs I have ever met. I would walk him at 2 in the morning to avoid incident with people and other dogs.  His entire life was consistent and disciplined.  Or should I say for his entire life I had to be consistent and disciplined LOL.

We have spent a wonderful 16 years together, with no accidents or incidents.  He has lived with many other dogs – small dogs….that’s what he liked the most.  Little dogs were his friends, and so were cats.

He had a massive seizure on March the 1st.  He was paralyzed on his entire left side.  He could no longer move, or get up.  He was disoriented, and was now completely incontinent.  I had to make the decision that I held off making for about 4 years.

This is how long it has been since he slowly started deteriorating from a 130lb strong, big, muscle dog – to an 90 lb old man who needed constant help from his human companions.

Thank you to the vet that came to my home to send Bubba to doggie heaven.  And a giant thank-you to “Until We Meet Again” Pet Cremation Services of North Vancouver for being there for us at such short notice – and being so wonderful to deal with on this sad day.

Rest In Peace my Big Bad Bubba Boy. I love you, and will never forget you.


Bubba enjoying our yard 2000


  1. Hilary said,

    April 12, 2008 at 12:11 pm


    I cried when I saw this and my heart goes out to you. Thank you for being such an amazing person to all our animal friends and thank you for not giving up on the ones that need the love the most. Your energy is amazing. I hope this finds you well.


  2. dhanametta said,

    April 12, 2008 at 2:01 pm


    Thank you so much for your compassion and supportive words. Your comment has made my eyes well up with tears.


  3. carly said,

    April 20, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    i am sorry to hear of your loss.i too had gotten 2 dogs(brother and sis)from the same litter.the couple i got them from were also byb.last year due to unforseen circumstances i had to give up the dogs.i left them with the friend i was living with(and when i had to move out).my boy was given to another very loving home.as for his sister(she is in heaven)got very sick from a broken heart and cancer.she had been thru so much in her 3 1/2 years of life.she first was close to death at a year old due to being poisoned(either food or chemicals of some sort).after recovering from that,she needed eye surgery on both eyes or she would go blind.i wanted her to see.so the friend i was living with and i decided she needs her sight(had ingrowing eyelashes). she then was diagnosed as having a yeast infection.so we switched both dogs to a no grain only diet.they were both happy and healthy until things changed when i gave her brother to a loving home and she had to stay(my friend really loved her).2 months later i found out she passed away.now im sure shes up there playing with all the doggies including your bubba. my heart goes out to you and for what you do for these innocent four legged “fur babies”

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