My name is Bessie!

American Bulldog Dog for adoption in Bradenton, Florida - Bessie
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Bessie's Info...

I am already spayed, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, not good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

Bessie's Story...

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 ATTENTION, Please: Anyone interested in Our Miss Bessie, Please read her whole bio before applying.

Our Miss Bessie has now been with us for almost 4 months and making progress. Bessie's story (as much as we know) of her past is sad but short. Bessie was in Polk County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray for 30 days.

 There Bessie stayed curled up in a ball shaking like a locomotive engine. She was so frightened she could not even stand up. During her 30 day stay staff would go into her run and sit down beside her trying to comfort her. Bessie would lift her head up high enough to slide it into her visitor's lap and there she would leave her head while being patted and rubbed. For 30 days the staff all tried to convince Bessie that she was Okay but Bessie could not move forward. Our Gentle Giant was to devastated and frightened to move forward. Every sound, every movement from a person or animal scared her beyond words, she just froze and then would shake beyond description. Bessie would only eat, drink and potty after all the staff was gone for the night. In the morning when people started coming into work at the kennels there would be Bessie back in the right hand rear corner of the run all curled up shaking away.

 The day I went to pick Our Miss Bessie up, she had to be carried to the car. She was so scared she became a (shaking) lump of Jell-O on the ground. She was so scared and just the saddest dog I have seen in a long time. For the first time in my many years of rescuing I had a dog in my arms that had no excitement, no feeling of change or any hint of being saved. She was just heavy shivering weight. The picture in my mind at that moment was that if I loosened one of my arms she would have just flowed down like a glass of water splashing onto the ground. The words from my mouth, Well Miss Bessie, we have a whole new adventure ahead of us and it's called a New Life. Today is your Birthday (Oct. 28, 2015).

 The first month of love and rehab was very scary for Bessie. It was as though she thought you were always mad at her. She did everything with her head down and very slowly. She was afraid to walk into another room, she was afraid to go outside, she was afraid of her crate, she was afraid to eat, she was afraid of new people coming into the house, she was too afraid to walk more than a couple of houses down the street. Everything frightened her. But each day I saw improvement. She had stopped shaking and she was very delighted to have all the little dogs at the house around her. “Heck”, Miss Bessie even loves the 3 cats at our home. None of them frighten her; they actually made her a little braver. Miss Bessie is always one of the first to welcome any new 4 legged foster brothers or sisters that come in. Bessie eats her food although she is more of a grazer. She now loves her crate, loves her toys, and loves to lie in the big bed with all of us. Miss Bessie has made very good progress but she remains a shy girl. Miss Bessie walks beautifully on a leash but can become frightened by the unexpected. It has become much easier to walk her through any scared moments. Our Miss Bessie is shy when meeting people she does not know but she is very gentle.

 We discovered if Bessie has another dog walking with her she just goes with the flow and the scardy cat moments don't happen. We know that our Miss Bessie would love to have another large friendly dog to run and play with. Here at the house she is limited to how she can play with all the 6 small dogs here (Bessie has 70 pounds on some of them). The yard here at the house is small (fenced in) to small for her to get the exercise she needs. Our walks don't exercise her enough. She needs to run and have fun in the sun with another large companion dog.

 Miss Bessie will do best in a home on the quieter side. Busy and noisy in her time of bonding and adjustment could set her back a bit. The adoption of Miss Bessie truly will be an adoption of love, patience, commitment and breathing the life into her that she so deserves. Our Miss Bessie is a very sweet loving gentle giant albeit shy; Bessie does not have a bad bone in her body. She just needs the love of a wonderful family that wants the love of a wonderful dog in return.


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The following has been or will be done for this dog...
- Basic Exam by Veterinarian
- Spayed or Neutered
- Heartworm Tested
- Placed on heartworm preventive
- Micro-chipped
- Intestinal Parasite Exam and medication
- Vaccinations
- Placed on Flea preventive


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or call us at (941) 301-4875


1. E-mail us for an application.
2. Fill out an application, COMPLETELY, and return it to us.
3. Once your application is received, it will be forwarded to a volunteer to set up a home visit and check your references at a time convenient to the volunteer. 
4. Once you are approved for a dog, you will be invited to meet the dog at a date and time convenient to the foster family or at an adoption event.
5. If after meeting the dog the foster family and you decide the dog is a good match for your family, the foster family will finalize the adoption.



If your application has been approved, but the dog you applied for is no longer available, please take the time and look over our adoptable dogs again. We will make every effort to find the right dog for an approved applicant.

We look forward to finding you a new forever family member.

Facts about Bessie

  • Breed: American Bulldog
  • Color: White - With Brown Or Chocolate
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 9309282

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Bessie, a Bradenton American Bulldog dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a American Bulldog for sale in Bradenton, or seeking a American Bulldog dog from a breeder in Bradenton.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Bradenton already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Bradenton breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even American Bulldog breeders who help with American Bulldog rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Bradenton paves the way for another one to be saved.