By Jordan Hill
Writer, TODAY MAGAZINE
Lee and Peggy Taylor, both natives of Alma, have bullied their way into the bulldog breeding industry.
Barnyard Bullys was created three years ago in the backyard of the Taylor’s home.
During a conversation with friends, someone said that ‘everything Lee does, he does so many feet from the barn.’
“I went ‘that’s it, Barnyard Bullys,’” Peggy said.
For Lee, it’s work away from work, as he is co-owner of Georgia Mill Supply. For Peggy, it’s a full-time job.
The Taylors ship dogs to all 50 states in the U.S. The farthest they have shipped in the U.S. is Colorado. Outside of the U.S., the Taylors have shipped as far as the Netherlands.
To get the word around the world to other dog lovers, the Taylors make new friends at dog shows and rely on their website http://www.barnyardbullys.com
“It’s surprising when you go to shows and people come over to your booth and they’re like, ‘That’s Raindrop!’ (ABKC Champion) and then they’ll start pulling other people in because they’ve been looking at our dogs,” Peggy said. “People have stalked our website and then want to come visit. It just blows me away.”
At the current time Barnyard Bullys houses 30 dogs: 10 French bulldogs and 20 American bulldogs.
While names such as Rain Drop, Bruce Wee, R2, Hummer, Dirty Little Secret, and Umbrella may not sound like ordinary dog names, they’re household names for Barnyard Bullys. Lee points at Peggy and said, “She comes up with all of them.”
Peggy replied, “I don’t think they’re weird at all.”
Barnyard Bullys sell puppies and dogs as show dogs or as family pets.
“Most people want a show dog,” Peggy said. “There’s a lot of money and extra work involved in the showing.”
Despite the stereotype that the bulldog breed has as being mean and hurtful, Barnyard Bullys proves the stereotype wrong.
“People are blown away at shows when they see how gentle and docile the breed is,” Peggy said. “I think you have to train them to be mean.”
Lee Taylor believes it is a challenge to create perfect bullies, a challenge that is often defeated by Barnyard Bullys. One of their puppies champed out at nine months, “which is kind of amazing,” Peggy said. “I cry every time we sell one (a pup).”
Lee said jokingly, “She’s in the wrong business.”
However hard the work is and however time-consuming the dogs can be, the Taylors have a love for the job that they do.
“If I’m having a really bad day and I’m in a bad mood and just can’t find the love, you can always find the love on the yard,” Peggy said. “You’re all they’ve (the dogs) got. The dogs and the companionship is the best part of breeding dogs. ”
Published in TODAY MAGAZINE