Vern is an estimated 2 year old black male greyhound found as a stray along the county roads near Vernon, TX by good samaritan Ashley, who is a traveling nurse. She had tried to catch him on her way to an appointment, but was unsuccessful. When she returned he was close to the same spot, as he was limping with an injured right rear leg. He was scared but finally trusted her when she said "load up", and he laid down right by her rear door for her to lift him into her car. Ashley took him to the vet and proceeded to call GALT. Vern is indeed a lucky, lucky boy to have been at the right place at the right time. Medical evaluations revealed Vern had a positive titer to Ehrlichia Canis. He received the appropriate treatment, and now has a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, which indicates successful treatment. Vern's foot has also healed from a suspected infection. It is not known at this time if Vern is small animal or cat tolerant.

After several months on the Injured Reserve List, Vern’s toe is healed and his skin and coat are greytly improved! This fella is not only handsome, he’s a smart boy who learns quickly. He enjoys the company of other dogs in the home and is house trained. He hasn’t been on a lot of walks due to his toe injury, but I can say that he doesn’t pull so much as he rambles from side to side. He will be fine with some practice. He loves to get in the truck and go for rides and he is an excellent passenger. He will lie down for the whole trip.

Vern is not overly playful. He likes to play with his stuffy toys, but he plays with them behind a baby gate because one of his housemates is very possessive of stuffies. He really doesn’t engage too energetically with the other dogs. He prefers to take in the sights and sounds when outdoors. If anything, he’s a bit of a fun cop. He will bark at the other dogs when they start acting like the idiots they are.

Being a stray, Vern is VERY food motivated to the point where I have to hold him because he tries to eat out of the bowl before it’s put down. He may always be this way. The poor guy didn't know where the next meal would come from before he was brought to GALT.

Vern gets crated alongside one of our other greyhounds when we leave the house. He will bark for a bit, and then settles down once he realizes we have left the house. Due to his being a bit vocal, Vern should not live in an apartment.

Overall, Vern is rather low key for a young male greyhound. He’s been a joy to foster and has been accepted by the pack. Vern’s ideal home will have other dogs to keep him company, a box full of toys and lots of love to make him feel secure. He is a wonderful boy who has rebounded remarkably from his time spent on the run as a stray.

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