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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bully Breeds

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Bullies are great volunteers and working dogs.
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Bully breeds are no strangers to community service; it's common to find them working with police, customs agents, drug-enforcement officers and rescue operations. One of the most famous public service dogs was Popsicle, an abandoned bully breed pup who was discovered by a Buffalo, New York officer and subsequently trained to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. According to U.S. Customs Today magazine, Popsicle once intercepted 140 million dollars worth of cocaine, which was the dog's biggest bust until his retirement in 2002.

Bully breeds also serve in therapy roles. For example, some of the bullies who were part of Vick's infamous dog-fighting ring have been rehabilitated to work with patients at a cancer treatment facility in Mountain View, Calif. These dogs work under the guidance of Marthina McClay, a certified dog trainer and founder of the bully breed advocacy group, Our Pack.

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