Bull Terrier Rescue Club of Southwest Florida Inc.                       We are an all volunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
About

President :  Carolyn Kimbrell


    My name is Carolyn Kimbrell and I am the President of Bull Terrier Rescue Club of Southwest, Fl. Inc,  I was born and raised in Atlanta GA.  I was always an animal lover since I was very young,  In 1993, I met my husband Robert, who had a Bull Terrier named Mr. Bully.  He was a very special bully. He was deaf, and knew sign language.  It was love at first sight.  I had never met such an amazing breed with such great temperament and personality.  We lost him in 1996.
     Since then we have had 3 more Bull Terriers, Jasper, Maggie , and LuLu.  I have been very active with Bull Terrier Rescue since 2002 ,when we adopted Jasper, our now 12 year old , deaf  boy.  I have been the Rescue Chairman for the Bull Terrier Club of Tampa Bay and have decided to start my own rescue because of my passion and love for this very special breed.




We have been at it for a long time.  This picture of Carolyn was taken in 2004.  We raised money over the Christmas Holidays to buy food for the local animal shelter.  Our little Toyota pickup was filled to capacity.
Secretary:  Victoryia Hydzik
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Treasurer:  Joan Spangler
    
    I grew up with dogs, all kind of dogs, but my aunt, Amy Madarasz always owned English Bull Terriers that I thought were "strange -looking" but that I really liked. So I decided that when the time came that I could own a dog of my own, it would have to be a Bull Terrier,  My husband thought they were just "too ugly" and wanted a Kuvasz instead.  However, the latter did not fit into our little VW bug so the Bull Terrier Won. And so did we.  Our first Bull Terrier we purchased from a breeder cost us $250 and was rather tall.  Awfully sweet but a holy terror until we figured out that his energy needed to be spent by taking him for 4 mile walks 2X a day. We currently have  to rescues, Sasha (our problem child) and Abigail. My love for the Bull Terrier results in my active involvement in rescue  this wonderful breed. 
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Growing up, I always had a great love of dogs and other animals, and was fortunate enough to own  and care  for many large breed  dogs.   I work professionally as an creative /art ditrector and marketing mangager, and have a love of all things "bull terrier art."
     The 1980's and the popularity of "Spuds McKinzey,"  was my first real introduction to Bull Terriers.  My late husband and I were fascinated with the breed and talked about adopting a Bull Terrier  for many years. Then in 2005,   I became a bullie mom with my first puppy, the white Zulu.  My great love for the breed continued to grow.   
     In 2007,  I decided it was time for a female Bullie.  I went back to visit my friends, family and the breeder in South Africa and to pick out a little girl.  I couldn't make a decision on which puppy to bring home, so I borught back two little female liter mates.   In a crazy twist of fate, this turned out to be a good decision, as one of the girls was diagnosed with congenital kidney disease at nine months.   Zanzi (which means the wind off the sea in the Zulu language), became the first dog in Florida to receive a kidney transplant.  I gave her a year of life and would make the same decision regarding such  surgery again in a heartbeat.
     Since 2005,  I have been involved in many aspects of Bull Terrier rescue including following up for dogs at risk,  home visits, fostering and marketing of rescue efforts.  My love and knowledge of this wonderful breed has expanded greatly in the last seven years. 
Member At Large  Jennifer O'brien
  I was first introduced to the breed through my stepfather. Up until then, I have never heard of a bull terrier. He had a brindle female bully named Fida. It did not take long to fall in love with this wonderful breed. I have lots of fond memories and stories about beloved Fida as a child so when I became an adult, it was no question what breed I was going to get. I knew there would be no way I could convince my husband to get a puppy of any kind so I turned to a rescue.

     The best part of getting a rescue bull terrier is you are providing to a dog a loving home, that they might not have had before, and a second chance and they come potty trained and house trained as an added bonus. This is when I met Carolyn and from that visit, we went home with new friendships and our first rescue bull terrier, Boomer, who was one of the sweetest bull terriers. We have since lost our Boomie and have gotten another rescue bullie, Auggie, also through Carolyn. I am now, together with Auggie, working on converting other family members and friends into bull terrier lovers. I have to admit, Auggie is doing much better at it and no wonder, who can resist those brown eyes, that face, the funny antics, the bully talk, the curiosity and unconditional love



Thank you,

Victoryia















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Member At large  Vince Seco
      My Name is Vince Seco, for 30 years I lived in Wheaton, Illinois. I transferred down to Sarasota Florida with Federal Express in 1987. We got our first Bull Terrier in 1988. My wife Carol and I had Jake for a short 10 years. With help we found Glenna Wright and she had a rescue that had a litter and that's when we got 8 week old Elwood. He was a great dog and lived to 14 years old. We decided we wanted an older dog and off to Arkansas again to get our 1 year old Blake from Glenna. I have over 25 years of Bull Terrier experience and still learning. I have always had a love for all animals and after meeting Robert and Carolyn knew if I could help them in anyway, I would. Bull Terriers are not for everyone and Carolyn makes sure they go to a caring and loving home. I am proud to be a part of this group. Thanks Vince