The owners were notified numerous times by the shelter to reclaim their dog, but they never responded. Bernie remained at the shelter for a month, during which time he was treated for an ear infection, seborrhea on his chest and belly, and sores on his feet. He was eventually spotted by a volunteer for Pugalug Pug Rescue from Toronto, who was at the shelter to pick up a foster Pug. A French Bulldog owner herself, she immediately spotted the little dog, and contacted the French Bulldog Last Chance Rescue.
Bernie is a rescue placement!
Bernie is a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix!
Date posted: 01/07/2013
Date last updated: 01/07/2013
Location: Beramsville, Ontario, Canada
Age: 3 years old
Gender: Neutered Male
Weight: 26 lbs.
Color: Brindle with a distinctive white collar.
Health Concerns: He has allergies, he was on Prednisone until the snow came, and he is on Prescription Z/D for food allergies. It seems to be the only food that doesn’t give him diarrhea and itchy feet (including raw).
His tear ducts pop in and out (cherry eye). They are in most of the time, but when he is playing they sometimes pop out and a quick rub alongside his eye pops them back in.
Does Bernie like kids? He loves all people, big and small. He is very high energy and plays rough though, so we would recommend no children under 12 years.
Does Bernie like cats? We don’t know if he has ever been with cats. He is prey driven, so we would not recommend cats.
Does Bernie like other dogs? He is great with the resident smaller dogs. He is nervous of large dogs. He doesn’t trust them and has an “attack before being attacked” attitude.
Personality and Activity Level: Bernie has two speeds, either full out or out cold. He has the high energy of a Boston Terrier. You can throw a ball for hours and he would never get tired. When you are watching T.V. he will be on the couch fast asleep beside you.
What are the dog’s favorite toys or things to do? He LOVES his bones and balls. As long as he is with you he is happy. He hates to be left alone. He is a great retriever and will play fetch all day.
Housebroken? Yes, never had an accident in the house.
Crate trained? He has been in one, but hates it and has major anxiety about it. He poops in the crate he is so upset.
Has Bernie had any training? Yes, his foster home has been working with him and he knows many commands.
Triggers for aggression: Bernie is food aggressive. He gets tied to the kitchen door at meal time and he is okay with it. When he is done he knows to sit and wait for everyone else to finish. When all the bowls are lifted he comes off his leash and all is well. But, if he isn’t on the leash he will try to get into everyone’s bowl to eat theirs and fights ensue.
Cost to Acquire: 500.00
View is online photo gallery – he’s cute as a button!
What you read here is based on Bernie’s observed behavior while in his current foster home
Bernie needs to be part of an active household, with people who are active and willing to take him everywhere with them. He needs someone who is willing to treat his allergies and pay attention to his diet and veterinary needs. He would be great with a single person, a couple, or a family with older kids, as long as they are people who aren’t going to always crate him and who will let him be where they are in the house – including the bed! He LOVES bed time and knows when bed time is and will be up on the bed before his foster parents even get there.
Someone who is home all day would be optimal, but he could also do well with someone who works, but can come home at lunch or have a pet sitter/dog walker at midday. Bernie cannot tolerate spending time in a crate or languishing all day with nothing to do. He could even manage going to work with his new owner, as long as he was properly exercised first.
Bernie can be placed with other medium size dogs, that can handle rough play. Bernie is all or nothing kind of guy. An older dog or handicapped dog would be completely overwhelmed by Bernie.
Bernie’s best scenario is a fenced yard due to his previous experience of wandering the streets. His activity level is much too high to be cooped up in a small apartment with no yard.
Bernie would be a wonderful little dog for a family that could enjoy and appreciate his level of activity. His foster mom says of Bernie
“He is a great dog and learns very quickly. He is so smart he picks things up himself. For instance he now knows when he is lying in my spot on the couch he knows to move over one cushion when he sees me come into the room; and I never taught him that. I have never told him to move; I would normally sit somewhere else if he was in my spot.
It took me two weeks to teach him to sit, down, shake, kiss, and fetch. Most dogs would take closer to a month to master all the commands. That is why I would love a home that wants to do agility with him because it would be a great outlet for his high energy as well.”
If you would like to adopt Bernie, please contact us at email@example.com, and we’ll send you an application!
Bernie is posted for adoption on Last Chance French Bulldog Rescue.