Bulldogs bring smiles during tough times

Last updated on April 20th, 2022 at 08:05 pm

Central Bark Doggy Daycare, 5780 W. Hemlock, Milwaukee, will host the third annual ‘National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day’ on Saturday April 25

Central Bark Doggy Daycare, 5780 W. Hemlock, Milwaukee, will host the third annual ‘National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day’ on Saturday April 25 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The event begins with a Bulldog parade and later moves inside to highlight local nonprofit agencies that are doing work helping others.

Milwaukee native, and bulldog owner Jackie Valent, initiated the formation of the national event in Milwaukee. Valent wrote the children’s book, “Stinky the Bulldog,” a book about a bulldog who is eager to make friends but is unable to because of his unusual appearance. The inspiration for “Stinky the Bulldog” came from her observations of people and their reactions to superficial characteristics and diversity, she said. She started the event to encourage diversity and acceptance among everyone.

“Bulldogs get a bad rap. People look at them and judge them as mean or aggressive when they are just lovable couch potatoes,” Valent said. “People are judged every day in similar ways. This is an opportunity to celebrate the differences in all through our fabulous bulldogs.”

The event is expected to attract more than 50 bulldogs, and will feature treats for dogs and humans, and will offer an opportunity to give back to the community. Participants are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items to be donated to local food banks.

Stinky the bulldog will also be present, to begin the parade and “pawtograph” copies of the book. Participants will also have an opportunity to hear from various local nonprofits to learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to give back to others.

If you are looking to own English bulldogs, you may visit sites like https://www.americanlisted.com/michigan_22/pets_and_animals_47/english+bulldogs/ to buy one.

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