Bulldogs are surprisingly great pets to take on the road, as Jake Owen has learned. For years, Vern (right) was his No. 1 touring partner, but the older dog now stays at home while Merle takes his seat on the tour bus. “Hi. My name is Merle. I’m basically a bad a—. I taught the honeybadger everything it knows. Try me. Come at me bro,” Owen tweeted with a picture of the new dog last October. More often than not, one will find both of these tough dogs sacked out wherever they fall.