french bulldog

Jojo, the Beloved French Bulldog, Shared by Two People (part 1)

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“I just kept walking by the store where Jojo would come to work with his mom, because I would see him sitting on the sofa by the window.

I started to go in  and sit with him, and he would play with me.

Then, I started walking him and taking him to the dog park to play.

After the dog run, I started taking him to Central Park for at least an hour at a time.

From one hour it turned into an afternoon, and then I began keeping him for an entire day.”

Susu, the French Bulldog that provided comfort and stability (part 5)

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“It’s hard to leave any dog behind.

You can’t communicate with them and tell them you will back.

I leave her with either a family member or a friend that she has a relationship with.

When we see each other for the first time after I return, there is no calming her down.

She doesn’t even bark, she wiggles and licks my hands.

I can’t pet her right away, I just let her lick my hands and do her thing.

It’s the one time I let her lick me excessively.

It’s the best feeling to come home to her.

I reminds me just how much I mean to her and she means to me.”

Susu, the French Bulldog that provided comfort and stability (part 2)

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“I saw this white Frenchie and I had no intention a buying a dog, as I just moved to Las Vegas a month earlier and wasn’t settled yet.

But, I did–I walked out with Susu.

My immediate reaction when I got home was, what did I do?

I felt like a single mom, but luckily I had a lot of friends and family in Vegas and they were there when I needed it.

I quickly realized it was the best decision I could have made.

It was the perfect time.”

Susu, the French Bulldog that provided comfort and stability (part 1)

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“I think I’ve always been attracted to Frenchies.

I had just made a move to Las Vegas.

I was single and I planned to be there for a while, so I thought it was time to get the dog that I always wanted.

I got Susu on the spur of the moment.

Looking back, I would love to have gone through a breeder or adopted a rescue, but I was young and naive, so I got Susu at a pet store.

I had just gone through a tough breakup and my sister and I walked into a pet store just to look around, hoping it would cheer me up.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 5)

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“Time is malleable in your head but seeing something tangible, like the growth and aging of a dog helps to serve as a point of reference.

Sometimes my sister’s passing feels like yesterday, and other times it seems like a long time ago.

Ellie helps me focus on the time at hand.

She is pretty much my dog, so she is my job.

I would recommend people who are going through something emotional, like a drastic change in their life to get a dog.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 4)

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“Ellie has created new thoughts.

While I am sad about my sister, it’s also okay to be happy about having a puppy.

I want to be there for Ellie.

She depends on me, and that helps put things in perspective.

Watching her live in the moment with no past or future has been helpful.

Watching her grow has also been valuable because I realize how much time has gone by since my sister’s accident.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 3)

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“I pretty much knew at that moment that I wanted her.

That was in August and I picked her up a month later.

Ellie has been great for my parents and me.

It’s a new life in our house.

I think it’s good to keep busy when you are grieving.

Before I got Ellie, I was just alone, thinking about my sister all the time.

Ellie is a responsibility so she has helped me get out of my house physically, as well as my head emotionally.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 2)

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“One of my friends researched French Bulldog breeders online and found one up in the Bronx in an area called, Country Club, near the water.

My friend, my sister’s boyfriend and I went to the breeder’s house and she had two left in  a litter up for adoption.

There was a little cream puppy and a little blue puppy.

The blue ones can go for up to $15,000, so I didn’t think she was in my price range and I didn’t ask about her.

After hearing my personal story (because I had to fill out a form explaining why I wanted a Frenchie on her website before even being eligible for one of her pups), she offered to sell me the Ellie, for the price of the cream puppy.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 1)

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“I’d been wanting a Frenchie for a few years.

They are like clowns; they have funny temperaments.

I was a college student so I couldn’t afford to get a dog, and I didn’t have the time to care for one either.

I graduated from college last May and then a few weeks after that, my sister died in a car accident.

She was 20 years old.

My parents thought it was time for me to get a dog.

I wasn’t working yet, so I had a lot of free time.”

Bruce, the fearless French Bulldog (part 4)

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“Bruce really just changed my perspective on NYC.

He introduced me to a new community.

I love all the people in the dog park, but also, people on the street have been much nicer to me.

That has all made me less lonely.

I’ve had lots of dogs in my life, growing up in Missouri.

With Bruce, it’s different.

He’s 100% mine, and he needs me just as much as I need him.”