New here, so I'll say hello. I'm a computer graphics artist for my father's small business. My husband and I live in a fairly small town near Indianapolis. We've owned a couple of dogs in the past and currently own two mini-lop rabbits. My husband and I are adopting an English Bulldog puppy here in a few weeks and I've signed up to ask for some advice (see the discussion forums for more info on that). The first dog I got as "my very own" was a male English Bulldog, 9-months old, named Ditka when I was 17. I had nine wonderful years with him till he passed away from old age and health complications. Just before that happened, we adopted a humane society mix breed (English Bulldog and something else....Beagle, Basset?? we're not sure), about 9-months old again. He was quite the wild one, with a very young spirit that kept him looking and acting like a puppy for 5 years. But he recently hurt his back during the night and just before surgery, he seized several times and the vets, after a couple of hours, were unable to revive him again. We were heartbroken to lose him so young and I dealt with it by looking forward to bringing another pup into our lives. We wanted to raise a puppy from very young this time around and the timing is perfect for that. We looked at several breeds but just have a heart for those wrinkly tubby bulldogs I'm so used to. We discovered a small-family breeder not too far from us that just had a litter of "miniature" English Bulldogs -- full-blooded ones (not hybrids) that typically get to the size of 30-40lbs. We've opted for a female who will be spayed since breeding bulldogs is a very involved and risky process for the inexperienced. We should be able to pick her up on December 16th -- a nice Christmas present Thanks and I'll see you around the boards!