Tuesday, June 3

Looky! LU!

We got an update on one of our lovely creamy girls this week. Her name is Lu, and she is a vision! She looks so cool and sweet in the dark green fresh grass. If you'd like to know more about her, check out her bio here.

"I guess all frenchies look a little like pigs and Lu is no exception. The thing is, even pigs themselves, don't sound as much like pigs as Lu does. She snorts almost 24/7. Snorting, we've discovered, is another language that Lu speaks fluently. It's not just random snorting. Many of the snorts mean something and we recognize a pattern to it. When you walk into her room, for instance, she lets out lo-o-o-ng welcoming snorts, as if to say, "H-E-E-E-Y-Y! I'm so glad to see you! Could you pick me up please?" When one of our dogs gets too nosey around her pen, she gives off short warning snorts followed by a disapproving huff. I can just imagine she's thinking, "Hey! Hey! Hey! Don't even think about sniffing anything I've got, you filthy beast!"
And it's like the long huff at the end is her way of counting to ten while trying not to lose her cool. If I'm on the phone she behaves like most children vying for Mommy's attention. Her snorts gradually get louder and louder and louder. I know she's saying, "Excuse me. I hate to bother you, but I've been patiently awaiting your arrival all day. I would really like a little attention if that's o.k." Inevitably the person on the other end of the phone says, "Is that your foster dog? Oh my God. She sounds so funny." But my favorite snorting pattern is when she's in my lap and she's enjoying all the hugs and kisses. That's when her snorts are low and rhythmical, like a cat purring. In order to love on her while you're watching television, you have to turn up the volume, but it's so worth it.
It's those moments that make you so proud to be in the presence of a French Pig, I mean Bulldog.

We felt Lu was a bit thin when we got her and like any good pig parents, we've been trying to fatten her up. The vet who surrendered her had been feeding her 2 cups of food a day, but admitted that Lu frequently walked away from her food without eating. Lu weighed 22 lbs. and we have a male Frenchie who weighs 32 lbs., who eats less per day. We assumed Lu was walking away, because she just wasn't hungry enough for that much food. We immediately began feeding her the same amount we feed our big boy (1- 1/4 cups) and she never once left a single morsel in her bowl. Two months into her stay with us, we went to the vet and were shocked to discover she'd LOST 2 lbs.!! The vet thinks she simply has a high metabolism and that she needs to eat more than the average pig, um...dog, her size. So we've increased her food another 1/4 cup per day. So far, she's still eating every morsel. Whoever adopts her should know, Lu looks like a pig, sounds like a pig and apparently eats like a pig."

And just what is wrong with that may we ask? huffs
The Frog Pigcess


Anonymous said...

Love that description of the Frenchie snort language! Of the 4 Frenchies currently in our house, 2 are active snort-talkers, and 1 is a "closet" snort-talker (hers are so soft, if you don't listen closely, you don't know she's doing it). Between the snorts and the expressive faces of these little pigs -- er, dogs -- they are such a funny breed!

Anonymous said...

I love the description of LU! FBRN volunteers are not just great foster parents but talented writers and photographers too! :)

Hail to the Frog Pig-cess!