For those of you who have been on my website, you may have noticed that I have a photo with my French bulldog Coco. Since we’re still getting to know each other, I thought that I might tell you a little bit more about her.
Coco is my 8-year-old French bulldog (also referred to as a ‘frenchie’ by many people). I’ve had her since she was merely 1 month old. I purchased her one summer in Paris when I was still a student, just before I moved to Florence for a year. Having just spent three years in London studying with no pets, and having grown up since the age of 6 with English bulldogs, I was in need of a companion.
Our story starts off in a typical way; I was just looking and wasn’t really sure that I wanted to get a dog straight away. I was definitely set on a French bulldog, as I love their huge ears and little stout bodies. Their character and needs, also fit my lifestyle perfectly, as well as being great apartment dogs. One day, I went to a pet shop in the outskirts of Paris to see what puppies they had (yes, in 2009 puppies were still sold in shops in France). When I got to puppy corner I saw a transparent glass box filled with sawdust and a little black and white head with huge satellite-like ears was staring into my eyes. I melted. She was so little! I asked if I could see her and carry her, and when they brought her out and gave her to me, I fell in love. I put her little body against my chest and she instantly nuzzled into my neck and fell asleep. Her little body was resting in my cupped hand. After just sitting in the shop like this for an hour, I realised that I should go. My head was trying to convince my heart that this wasn’t the right time, etc.
A couple of days later, I realised that I couldn’t stop thinking of her. I kept looking at that photograph that I had taken of her and had even found a name for her: Coco. At the time, I was reading Coco Chanel’s biography (a woman that I admire) and with her black and white colour, she was completely in tune with the brand! One morning, I woke up and made the decision to go purchase her! I was so happy and excited! She very quickly adapted to her new life, and a few months later we moved to Florence where her favourite game was to chase the pigeons at the Duomo.
Since then, we have moved to London, lived in various flats and enjoyed every minute of it. We have of course had some low moments when her health wasn’t always at it’s best, but we have always pulled through together. At the end of the day, she always helps me too when I’m a bit under the weather with her kind and understanding eyes. You may think that I’m crazy, but she is in a way my baby, yes I’m one of those crazy dog people! But the love you get from your dog is irreplaceable. Coco may not be a working member of La Fête, but she has been present every step of the way of the creation, whether it be on my knees at my desk or in her bed in my study fast asleep, and I thought it important for you to know her.
Photography by Emily Ricard