Verne is a box turtle Character in the movie "Over the Hedge". He does not have much emotion when he talks and has his own ways of doing the daily tasks, which everyone else goes for. He is genuinely caring for his family and will do anything to protect them. He is best known for his "tingling" tail when a situation is not right.
Verne was found as a stray by a member of the public and taken to the local shelter. We don't know Verne's history, but he came to our program with a number of health issues - including an intestinal blockage that required immediate surgery, ear infection, and a severe case of heartworms.
Adoption Fee: $200
Breed: Bulldog Mix
Sex: Male (Neutered)
Age: 3 to 6 Years
Weight: 60 to 70 lbs.
Color: Blue with White
Verne had several health issues that needed addressed upon arrival in our program. The most important was an emergency surgery for a blockage that was about to kill him. Verne recovered quickly from the procedure and we then tended to his ears, feet and skin issues. Last but not least, Verne underwent heartworm treatment.
Overall, the prognostic is excellent but we are asking potential adopters to keep in mind that due to his genetic background (Bulldog) Verne might still be prone to health issues throughout his life. Hips, ears, skin, etc. might require management via medicated bathes, special diets, joint supplements and possible pain meds later in life.
Due to his deformed front feet and possible hip issues, Verne would not make the best running pal. We also believe he may be hard of hearing. He does notice loud sounds but when he is deep asleep he will not be startled awake by everyday noises.
Needless to say, the little guy has made a significant dent in our medical fund. We could use all the help we can get for his care. Even if you can’t adopt this sweetheart, you can still help by donating for his care.
Verne's stocky built will remind you of a pig or a hippo. In fact, we're not convinced he's all dog!
Verne has short legs and a bulldog body. He's not a large dog but he is very stocky, big boned and heavy. His front paws are a bit deformed, with big toes going upwards, which gives him a clumsy gate. Where a tail would be, there is a squiggle of wrinkles instead.
We believe those deformities are due to unethical breeding. We call him the little mutant! But it doesn't matter, he's full of love and sweet as can be. Verne is a low rider with a squishy block head. He looks like a walking little clown.
Until recently Verne was fostered in a home with two adults, a toddler and a baby. There are other pets in the home but he was kept separate from them.
Verne spent most of his time in his foster mom's home-office where she claims he was trouble at all. Verne does fine in a crate and doesn't complain, however he prefers the comfy couch in the room.
He enjoyed the large yard with chain link fence and wasn't interested in escaping. He's very chill and content to just hang out.
Verne is mostly housebroken but has had a couple of accidents while adjusting to his new environment.
UPDATE: Verne lost his foster home in April due to the quarantine that changed the foster family's schedule. He is now back at MPR's shelter.
As Verne goes through his heartworm treatment, he sleeps most of the day and is pretty low energy. His energy level will likely go up a bit as he recovers, but he's most definitely a couch potato!
Verne is very easy-going and laid back. The only time he'll give you some sass is if you forget to feed him! But even then, a single bark to let you know he's hungry.
Verne is convinced that he's a lapdog even though he's really too big for it. He'll warm your heart with his big soulful eyes, and before you know it, he'll be precariously balanced across your lap.
Verne is definitely a bit lazy. He takes some coaxing in the mornings to get out of bed to go out and potty. Verne's idea of the perfect day is probably snuggled up on his favorite human's lap.
Behavior with people:
Verne has been friendly with everyone he's met and shows no signs of anxiety or mistrust. He probably wouldn't make a great guard dog! Due to his low energy, he's also not overwhelming when meeting new people. He simply waddles up and gives a little sniff, then immediately seeks cuddling opportunities!
Behavior with children:
Verne is fostered in a home with 2 children, ages 2 and 4 year old, who are well accustomed to treating dogs respectfully. While we never recommend that dog owners allow their children to climb on or rough house with dogs, we think Verne would do well in a home with respectful children!
Verne is sweet and kind to all people that he meets, including children. He sometimes tilts his head to the side out of curiosity in seeing the kids in his foster home. This gentle soul would be a great family dog!
Behavior with other dogs:
Verne has not been introduced to the resident dogs in his foster home, but also does not bark or act aggressively when seeing other dogs walk by. At this time, we dont know if Verne could share a home with other dogs or not.
Behavior with other animals:
We think Verne may have a high prey drive and recommend a home without small animals. When Verne was at the vet's office he became VERY excited when seeing the resident cat. He also became agitated when seeing the resident chickens at his foster home. He briefly met the cat and didn't have a positive reaction. While he may not be the most threatening or physically capable, we still recommend caution around cats or other small animals for the safety of everyone involved.
Verne doesn't know any tricks, unless you count snuggling! He can be a bit stubborn, but he's very food motivated. His foster mom sometimes wonders if he's hard of hearing or has 'selective hearing' (aka -- "I hear you, but I'm not going outside.")
Verne is a very unique looking dog, but his best attribute is definitely his resilient soul and his snuggling expertise! This boy would love a home where he can cuddle on someone's lap all day. He's a gentle, sweetheart of a dog who deserves a chance to be spoiled rotten.