Dog: Shorty
Age:  9-11 years old
Weight: 78 lbs
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Nicknames:  Shorty McShorty, Potato, Dude, Sir, Buddy
Good with other dogs?: He would prefer to be an only dog.  We know he doesn’t do well with other males.  He has been okay with females in the past.  He previously lived with a timid female who ignored his occasional attempts at being a bully.  A dog with a different response to his nonsense would turn into an ugly scene for sure.  He would be best as an only dog but would do okay with a female with the same vibe and a very experienced bulldog owner.
Good with cats? Yes and no…He tries to bully them sometimes or will completely ignore them.
Good with children? No kids at all.  Maybe a very dog-savvy older teen/young adult.
Activity Preference: He will go out to go potty and walk to the food bowl. No playing catch or walks for this boy.  Shorty does like to chew a bone and sometimes will even grab a stuffy. He enjoys putting his leash and collar on and going for a “walk” which is really just going on the front patio.
IQ: There’s a light on up there!
Favorite things: Sitting or napping by your side being pet, laying his big noggin on you, being brushed, snacks, and meal time, following his foster mom everywhere!
Good at: meeting people, staying in a crate, riding in a car, being your most faithful sidekick!  Shorty is so easy to care for.  He doesn’t chew anything, he doesn’t have accidents in the house, he is not a barker, he doesn’t jump up.
Ideal home: Shorty isn’t much of a “lets go for a walk” dog and does enjoy laying outside on the patio so a fenced yard would be preferred, no steps in the home or outside, a home where bulldog quirks are appreciated
Health issues: Shorty has arthritis and is doing well on joint supplements and an anti-inflammatory. He is unable to get up steps or get in the car on his own but he does like to go for a ride.  He’s content staying in the house and having a fenced back yard to explore at his leisure.  His hearing isn’t the greatest and his eyesight might be a little weak but he does really well.  Sometimes talking to him is like talking to your 90 year old grandpa “SHORTY! SHORTY! I SAID DO YOU WANT TO GO OUTSIDE?…repeat. LOL


Shorty arrived to ABR after a life of neglect and living outside.  At first, he reminded his foster mom of Eeyore.  He seemed a little sad and defeated.  That’s all behind him now!  He’s enjoying lots of love and attention and knows the security of a safe, comfy home.  He seeks out attention all the time and wags that little nub in excitement when saying hello to his foster family.  He even will give you a sloppy, stinky bulldog kiss!  In true bulldog form his belly can tell time and he will let you know when it is breakfast and dinner time!  He’s a good boy for a bath and ear cleanings and loves being brushed! Shorty is very cuddly and will snuggle right up next to you or on you and fall asleep.  His snoring ranges from chainsaw to a cat purr.  He has difficulty with steps so a home without them would be best.  His foster home does not have any steps that he has to use and he’s happy with that!  He’s good in the car but does need a lift in and out of the car.  He’s able to get himself up on a low sitting couch and prefers to be right by your side. He’s an absolute mush-face! What a lovebug!

Shorty has made it his job to attach himself to his foster mom and follow her everywhere she goes (except upstairs of course).  He will escort her to the bathroom, shower, kitchen, backyard, and lay himself down right as close as he can to her.  He likes to position himself directly under her while cooking.  He has taken on the task of being the welcome wagon to everyone of his foster family members when they come home.  He wags his adorable little nub so fast and uses that big noggin to oh so gently (NOT!) urge you to say hello.  He enjoys sitting at the front door and surveying his kingdom and watching the peasants walking by! LOL. His foster family really loves this boy and hopes he finds his forever home soon.  It would amazing to have Shorty enjoy his twilight years having loads of love and affection lavished on him!

He doesn’t hold back when he has a complaint to issue!  If a meal is late, or he’s gated in another room, or you are not focusing all of your attention on him then he will let you know! He has a couple different barks and its up to you to learn what means what and quick!

Shorty is a funny dude with a typical bulldog brain. He’s very easy to love and seeing him flourish in a loving home has been a wonderful experience.  He does have what his foster home calls his “cranky” or “bad mood” times.  On some days he’s just a cranky pants.  But don’t we all have those days!  They are few and far between and they kinda make you laugh.

Shorty has had a really bad life and we will let all the quirks slide because of that.  He’s really a pretty easy man to have around and doesn’t ask for too much.  When he plops down that big beefy body and gives you those deep brown eyes you’ll melt.  So, if you love bulldogs and are looking for a very affectionate, loyal, beefcake BFF and your home matches his needs, please consider submitting an application for this adorable grandpaw!

He’s a big, beautiful potato!

Shorty is in Philadelphia, PA and waiting for you!
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