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Winnie *Special Needs* D170281

English Bulldog (short coat) / Female / Baby

Details about Winnie *Special Needs* D170281

  • ID D170281
  • Adopted for Adoption
  • Dog
  • White with Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
  • Coatlength: Short
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Cats: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

More about Winnie *Special Needs* D170281

  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Fence: Any Type
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only

Name: Winnie
Age: DOB 11/29/16
Gender: Female
Breed: English Bulldog
Weight: 15 pounds
Dog friendly: Yes-Needs canine companion
Cat friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: Yes
House trained: No-Wears diaper
Crate trained: No
Energy level: TBD
History: Breeder released for vet care
Adoption Fee: $500

From the Foster:


Winnie is the most incredible dog I have ever met. I don't say it lightly, and even though I won't say she has 'been through' alot in her little life, as everything she is is all she has ever known, but perhaps her handicapped nature has set her apart from the rest, just a little bit.

Winnie and her sister Beans were born with Spina Bifida, a condition that affects the development and proper formation of the spine. You can read more about it below, but basically, it is inoperable, it causes Winnie to have bowel incontinence.


Some things you need to know about Winnie:

  • She is learning “how to” urinate and seems to have some control over her urine but she will wear diapers for the rest of her life, and will likely have chronic bladder infections, especially this first year.    While it is likely that Winnie may be able to be potty trained to urinate for the most part outside she has no feeling in her rear end so will likely always be bowel incontinent for life.   I’m happy to discuss this and what it involves with potential adopters, but you can not depend on Winnie to clean her feces out she does need help in that department.  

  • Since she is showing signs she can urinate by herself she needs someone that will continue to work on her with this but someone that is comfortable expressing her in the future if that is something she needs.

  • Winnie has the POTENTIAL to be PARTIALLY potty trained on a schedule.  She will never be able to feel when she needs to poop.  In order to be partially trained she needs a patient adopter that will work with her to be on a specific schedule and the ability to get outside often.  A yard/fence would be the best for this to happen for Winnie.  

  • Winnie needs to be fed a high quality food.  Right now Fromm Grain Free Salmon has worked best for her.

  • Winnie has not been a fan of the  crate, this is something that we are trying to work on.  She is baby gated in our master bathroom with her dog bed and a few toys when we have to leave her at home.  She can be vocal when she is left alone so shared walls likely wouldn't be the best for this little lady. 

  • Winnie would thrive with other canine buddies.   She has a connection with other dogs that I have never seen in any of my other 70+ fosters.  A buddy that would play and snuggle with her.  A buddy that is ok with her sassy little bulldog girl personality and will tolerate her play style  but is respectful of her handicaps (see below bullet).  

  • Winnie has a vulnerable/weak spot in her spine that is not protected by bone/vertebrae.  This leaves her more vulnerable to spinal cord damage than other dogs.  Due to this her play should be monitored and she can not live with a rough and tumble type dog.   Due to this she should also be monitored in her interactions with children and may do better with older/respectful children.   

  • Winnie LOVES, LOVES, and I mean LOVES her humans.  She would like to be with them 24/7 if she could.   She loves to snuggle with anyone she can and is a napping expert (with her humans of course).  

  • Winnie needs a home with an atypical schedule.  She needs humans that are either able to work from home, bring her to work with them, or at the very least be able to come home DAILY to change her diaper.  She can not be left in her diaper 8-9+ hours while her humans are at work.

  • Breed experience….While it is not required that Winnie is adopted to a home with past English Bulldog experience please research the breed before applying.  Winnie will have added expenses due to her Spina Bifida (UTI’s, etc.) but this breed is a breed that is prone to health issues in even healthy English Bulldogs.  They can be extremely expensive medically to own.  


Any prospective home understands that she will have extensive ongoing medical needs, and therefore costs. I would love to see a home that would commit to having her see Dr. Winsor at Inver Grove for his expertise in the breed, but this isn't a deal breaker.

ONLY A LOCAL HOME will be considered for adoption, thank you for understanding this due to her medical condition.


I have Spina Bifida, you can learn more here: