One of our favorite cart dogs (who are we kidding, they’re all our favorites) is zooming onto the available page and it’s gorgeous Vernon! After suffering a back injury leaving him hind-leg paralyzed, this 6-year-old fawn Frenchie was tearfully surrendered when his previous owner’s demanding work schedule did not allow sufficient time for Vernon’s care. He has aced his time in foster care and is ready to find his forever home.
Despite surgery, acupuncture and physical therapy, Vernon has not regained use of his back legs, but that doesn’t stop him from scooting all around the house or zooming around outside in his cart! Dogs are amazingly resilient and Vernon is no exception. He is incontinent of urine due to his paralysis and wears a belly band. This needs to be frequently changed and he needs time to “air out” so he doesn’t suffer any urine scalding. His foster mom has tried to keep him on a regular number 2 elimination schedule and takes him outside to perform these duties. Any future family must be okay with the occasional present he may leave inside the house.
Vernon currently lives with other dogs and likes to play tug with one of his canine foster brothers – similar-size or calmer, larger dogs would be the best match to prevent further future injury. We think Vernon also wouldn’t mind being an only dog.
Vernon doesn’t really realize his limitations (what limitations?). He is an energetic and friendly guy, cruising at top speeds in his cart around the neighborhood and always has to be where the action is. He follows foster dad around everywhere and is the first one to greet foster mom when she gets home from work. He loves to play with stuffed toys and will absolutely entertain a game of fetch. He doesn’t necessarily need a fenced yard in his new home but he does need to be supervised when outside. House or apartment, he could probably thrive anywhere. But keep in mind he needs to be carried up and down all stairs! Vernon is a pretty quiet guy, unless it’s feeding time, then your neighbor’s might be alerted by his barking. He is currently fed in a crate, not because he has shown any signs of protecting his food, but because he gets pretty excited when it’s time to eat. Who doesn’t, really?
Like most Frenchies, Vernon is used to receiving all the attention. And now with his hind-leg paralysis, he requires a bit more care and attention, so someone who is home most of the time would be ideal for him. He could most likely adapt to an office as long as the other officemates don’t mind him being employee of the month every single month. He has done well with his fosters’ granddaughter when she comes to visit but does greet her with excitement then settles so perhaps older, respectful kids would be the best match.
“Vernon was very loved but the circumstances his former owner was in just didn’t allow for him to receive the attention and care he needs. He adjusted very quickly to our household routine and seems like he has lived her for years. He fit right in. Vernon is a busy body who always has to be where the action is; he has FOMO (fear of missing out). He loves other dogs and people but I think his most favorite thing is meal time. Our hope is that there is someone out there who recognizes what a special guy he is and is willing to give him a chance at his happily ever after. You know what I mean Vern?? (I say that to him all the time.)”
Vernon is probably a bit too big to fit under the seat on an airplane so if a loving little shadow sounds like a great addition to your family, submit an application and plan your trip to Southern California. Vernon does really well on car rides and he can be your ride or die bestie. He looks forward to being someone’s own “Vern” soon and thanks you for your support.
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
FBRN dogs are in foster care in people’s private homes. For the foster families’ safety, we do not disclose specific locations and we do not set up meet and greets prior to applications. For detailed information about the dogs in our care, please read the extensive bios on each dog.