If you’ve perused DogBuddy’s Instagram feed, you may recognise the Frenchie star of this DogBuddy Story. Percy’s been a regular Doggy Day Care visitor at DogBuddy’s London HQ for a little while now. We aren’t the only lucky ones who get to see him on a regular basis though. When he’s not tirelessly asking for play time, he’s hanging out with DogBuddy dog sitter Connor in Shoreditch, East London.
Percy’s doggy fact file
Breed: French Bulldog
Favourite Treat: Weirdly, Rich Tea biscuits
Best Trick: sleep horizontally on the bed and taking up the maximum amount of space
Naughtiest habit: refusing, 100%, to go out in the rain
Percy’s story hasn’t always been a happy one, but thanks to his loving owners, and a few furry friends he’s made at Doggy Day Care, he’s a new dog.
Percy’s human dad, Nathan, told us how he and his partner fell in love with Frenchies, fittingly whilst on holiday in France.
“We got our first dog 14 years ago after seeing a plump, white French Bulldog asleep on a cushion on the counter of a florists shop in Cannes. We had no idea what breed he was but we knew we had to have one. French bulldogs were incredibly rare in the UK at the time but we managed to track down a breeder in the North East of England
Mortimer sadly died in 2016 at the ripe old age of 13; quite the innings for a French Bulldog. Then, unexpectedly, Mortimer’s breeders got in touch to ask if Nathan would consider adopting another Frenchie…
“We were not at all sure thinking it was too soon but, Mick and Chris said they had selected the right dog for before and knew that Percy was the right dog for us now.
When we first met Percy he was wild – running round like a mad thing and seemingly totally out of control but … he was beautiful and Mick and Chris said he was the right dog for us and we trusted them so took the plunge. At the time all we knew was he suffered from severe separation anxiety but slowly it became clear that he had other issues including a fear of loud noises, cowering at the sight of his collar and lead and an almost pathological fear of rain.
And what impact has being at Doggy Day Care had on Percy’s anxiety?
He has become much more confident – he has stopped looking back to see where I am when I drop him off. He also used to be obsessed with other dogs and would drop onto his tummy when out walking when he saw other dogs were approaching. Now he ignores them and walks on by – as long as it’s not raining of course!
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