Frog, the rooster, walks his favorite person, 13-year-old Savannah, to the bus stop every morning.
“He will stay with her at the end of the driveway until she gets on the bus,” Holley Burns, Savannah’s mother said. “He will then just come back and do his adventures with us and our daily routines until it’s time to meet her when she gets home.”
Frog runs as fast as his little legs will carry him to meet Savannah when the bus brings her back home.
Frog came to live with the Burns family in Atlanta, Texas in February 2017. Instantly everyone immediately noticed that he was different. He not only had feathers on his feet, but he had an unusual way of moving, which earned him his name.
“He didn’t walk — he hopped,” Burns said. “My son was like, ‘It’s hopping like a frog. We should name him ‘Frog.’”
The funniest thing about Frog was who he chose to socialize with. He preferred to spend his time with people, Savannah in particular, instead of hanging out with other chickens.
“He was very attentive,” Burns said. “He wasn’t interested in what the chickens were doing, he was interested in what the humans were doing.”
Savannah started carrying Frog around when he was just a small chicken. They would do chores together and their bond grew.
“She’d take him to the laundry room and he’d watch attentively,” Burns said. “She’d go and wash dishes and she’d set him up on the counter and he’d watch her wash the dishes.”
The pair was inseparable. “Everything is Frog and Savannah,” Burns said. “She pulls him in a wagon. Wherever she goes, he’s right behind her. He gets up on the bunk beds with her. He’ll sit and watch TV with her.”
Burns is not surprised that Frog bonded with her daughter. “She’s what I call an animal whisperer,” Burns said. “She can walk up to anything, and it’s just instant — all animals are attracted to her.”
However, she’s never met a rooster quite like Frog. “I don’t think he thinks he’s a rooster,” Burns said.
Frog also has a canine best friend, Casper the dog who was abandoned in a McDonald’s parking lot last year, when the Burns family found him, they brought him home to live with them.
“Casper was really terrified of storms, and Frog saw him cuddled up in the laundry room,” Burns said. “So Frog cuddled up beside him. He was like, ‘Hey, it’s OK. Don’t worry about it. Nothing is going to happen to you in the house.’”
Frog and Casper have been best friends ever since. “They’ll play together,” Burns said. “Frog will jump on top of Casper, and Casper will lie on top of him, like, ‘OK, what are you doing?’”
The Burns family is used to Frog’s unusual ways, but when people meet Frog for the first time are sometimes unsure about him.
“When people see a rooster running at them, everybody’s first instinct is, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to attack me,’” Burns said. “But he’ll greet you in the driveway and say, ‘Hey, I’m here! How are you doing?’”
Savannah’s bus driver fell in love with Frog.
“It’s gotten to the point that if they [Savannah and her brother] don’t get off the school bus on time, he [Frog] will get on the school bus,” Burns said. “Our bus driver is really good — he knows to watch out for Frog. He makes sure they’re in the clear before they leave.”
Savannah loves Frog the most and the feeling is clearly mutual.
“I don’t know what they’d do without each other, truthfully,” Burns said. “He’s a very big member of our family — or a very small member of our family.”
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