Dog: Shorty
Age:  9-10 years old
Weight: 78 lbs
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Nicknames:  Pop Tart, Short stuff, Shorty McShorty, Potato, Dude, Sir, Morty
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 currently has a very timid canine foster sister who he bullies and tries to intimidate.  A dog with a different response to his nonsense would turn into an ugly scene for sure.
Good with cats? Yes and no…He chases them and tries to intimidate them or, completely ignores them.  I guess we are still trying to figure it out.  His foster home manages his time with the cats very closely.
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.
IQ: There’s a light on up there!
Favorite things: Sitting or napping by your side being pet, being brushed, snacks, and meal time, following his foster mom everywhere!
Good at: meeting people, staying in a crate, riding in a car, listening..when he wants to!
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 was immediately put on supplements and a gentle pain medication which seem to be giving him some relief.  He is unable to get up steps, get in the car on his own, or go on walks.  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 SAD 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.  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 recently was able to get himself up on a low sitting couch and he is loving it!

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 which you can imagine he’s not in the way at all snoring away while she tries to get back and forth between the stove and counter.  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 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 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 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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