Breed: English Bulldog
Weight: 57 pounds
Foster Location: Altoona, Iowa
Adoption Fee: $450
Other Dogs: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Demeanor: Sweet, gentle, playful
Energy Level: mostly low, but loves to play
Health Issues: pressure sores, which are healing with antibiotics, and a deformity on the front left leg likely from an old injury, while it doesn’t cause any issues for him he may benefit from joint medications to prevent joint stiffness in the future.
Behavioral Issues: None at this time
Morton is the sweetest guy ever!! He came to us from a commercial breeder and quickly learned the luxuries of living the lucky life of freedom! Initially, Morton accepted pets and belly rubs, but he was hesitant to explore his new home. He often cowered when someone walked towards him. Although he still does this at times it is becoming less and less with each day. Morton has been neutered, had a dental cleaning with one tooth extraction, is microchipped, and is up to date on vaccines. He came with pressure sores on his hind legs likely from laying in a kennel for so long during the first part of his life. Since beginning treatment, they are looking much better and should heal up soon.
Over the time he’s spent with his foster mom, dad, and hooman siblings he’s learned how much fun it is to run around a big yard! Morton is surprisingly very fast! He loves his tennis balls and is a champ at playing fetch! A home with a fenced-in yard would be preferable! After an exhausting session of fetch, Morton loves taking naps on the couch and sleeping with his mom and dad. Sometimes he likes to rest his big heavy head on Mom's pillow and spoon her. He’s quite fond of snuggling! He does great in his crate and would be fine in there all night as well, but if you ask him I bet he’d tell you he prefers a cushy bed. Morton has had play dates with other dogs and he mostly just co-exists with them. He does well with his kitty sister, but sometimes she hisses at him and he doesn’t love that. He has chased her a couple of times to get her back, but other than that he leaves her alone. He adores kids! He’s very gentle with them and has so much fun running around the yard with them. If you’re looking for a dog to be your shadow, this is your guy! He just loves to be with people.
Morton will need a family that is patient with him when it comes to stairs. A home with a lot of stairs may not be the best for him. He does excellent going up and down a few deck steps to go potty but shows zero interest in walking up or down the basement stairs. We’ve tried coaxing him with all sorts of treats and he still says “Nope”. He also needs patience with a leash. It’s not his favorite thing and gets nervous about going on car rides, however, once he’s in the car he does fantastic! Morton's jaw protrudes which makes eating and drinking extra messy! Keep a mop around his food and water dish. Morton rarely barks, but when he does it’s to alert us of someone coming to the house or maybe just a shadow in the window. Morton is completely potty trained!
He has left an imprint on our hearts already! He’s a very special boy! He needs a family that will tell him often how handsome he is and give him a lot of attention! If this sounds like a good fit for your family, please apply for this sweet boy!
While in foster care, all our dogs are thoroughly vetted. Any discovered medical issues will be disclosed above. Our Lucky Bulldogs (and their smushie-faced buddies) are cleared by their vet for adoption prior to us accepting applications. All our dogs will be up to date on Rabies & DHPP vaccinations, up to date on Heartworm preventative after a negative Heartworm test, and spayed or neutered prior to being adopted out to their forever homes. Often times, our dogs are given dentals and sometimes nare-widening surgery if needed while under anesthesia. All surgical and medical history we have will be shared with adopters. Further details can be discussed with the foster volunteer during the phone interview for the applications that are chosen to proceed to the phone interview part of the adoption process.
All our dogs are crate trained unless otherwise noted on their "All About" pages.
We typically will accept applications for our available dogs for 1-2 weeks except in cases of overwhelming popularity where we may stop accepting new applicants sooner. Once we have stopped accepting applications, we will review them and proceed with a phone call with our top applications to chat about the dog being applied for, go over the adoption process, and answer any questions the potential adopter has. After phone calls take place, we will decide on our top applicant choice and proceed to contact them to schedule a home visit (in person or via video chat), and check vet and personal references before the adoption is ready to be completed. This process can take up to 6 weeks, but we do notify all applicants of the outcome.