When LeRoy the Frenchie was a Puppy

Throughout my life, I have had the pleasure of owning 8 different dogs, including my two present lovelies; Bebop the Pug and LeRoy the French Bulldog. This is the story of LeRoy when he was a puppy…

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LeRoy is the first dog who was a puppy when I got him. He was just eight weeks old and he was the cutest little thing I had ever seen and has turned into the best dog I have ever had and I can only guess it’s because I had him from the beginning. He was also the first dog that I didn’t “rescue”…

However, LeRoy was the runt of the litter, the last pup left, and clearly meant for me. Due to improper breeding, he also had a string of health issues and because of it, I feel like he was a rescue because had we not taken him, his fate may have been much different.

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To give you an idea of his size …Bebop was 3 years old here and full grown and LeRoy must have been at least three months old here because he was wearing his first collar that was so big at first, I used a ribbon instead.

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Unfortunately, LeRoy was bittersweet. He was a replacement for my Boston Terrier, Billy, who had been hit by a car and died 7 days prior, on my 28th birthday. Billy was only two years old. When I look at these puppy pictures of LeRoy, emotions that I did not know were still floating around surface and turn into tears. It marks such a difficult time in my life.

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LeRoy is super sensitive to my emotional state. He gets very worried if I am upset. I just had a realization recently that this could possibly result from my massive crying spells due to the sudden loss of the other dog, Billy. LeRoy would just lie on my chest while I sobbed and petted him. It was quite apparent that I was already in love with the new puppy but still a wreck over the loss of Billy.

But I tend to overthink everything of course, and LeRoy is very well adjusted, and the best dog ever.

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My Boys.

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Just one of the toys.

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He was so perfect, he peed in hearts #finditineverything {a more recent update here}

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About a year old here…

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Brothers from another mother …love each other {they’re the same size now – about 20lbs each}

He’s my little little

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And the love of my life…

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

53 Comments

  • The Lil Bee

    November 2, 2008 |

    Oh, what a sweet little baby! Losing a pet is absolutely devastating. I’m so happy you were able to pick your head up and get a new little pup. It’s important to grieve, but think how much happier your life is with this little guy in it:) Sorry it is still hard for you. x

  • cuileann

    November 2, 2008 |

    Aw, soo cute!

  • sparkleandglitter

    November 2, 2008 |

    Adorable!

  • ~alison

    November 2, 2008 |

    he is so freakin’ cute. But I do feel the sadness in these pics of you and Pep with LeRoy. I thought before I got to your comments about the mixed feelings that – this time was very emotional.

    Aww – little.

  • Fifi Flowers

    November 2, 2008 |

    THey are ADORBALE!
    Thank you for stopping by… Debbie’s Dirty Dancing VIRTUAL trip is in the works.
    You have an idea… I’d love to hear it.
    Enjoy your day!
    Fifi

  • Ben

    November 2, 2008 |

    I support gratuitous puppy posts.

  • Mrs.D

    November 2, 2008 |

    Awww… cute puppy pics! And is that you with the uber-blonde hair?

  • Franco

    November 3, 2008 |

    aww so freaking cute.
    dogs are amazing

  • Steph Corwin

    November 3, 2008 |

    Aww I love puppies, and SO FREAKING ADORABLE. Wow these pictures made me want a new one..

  • transienttravels

    November 3, 2008 |

    Losing a pet is devastating.

    Your new little guy and your pug are both adorable 🙂

  • SHILL

    November 3, 2008 |

    how adorable! i lost mine, and never have the guts to have another, its just too painful 🙁

  • Miss Anne

    November 3, 2008 |

    i.want.him.

    seriously… cutest little muffin ever!

    I just wanna smooch his face off. 🙂

  • AndreaLeigh

    November 3, 2008 |

    He is adorable! I can’t imagine the pain of losing a pet. You are justified in however you feel because they are your feelings. Hey, I cry when I even think of something happening to my chis.

  • La Belette Rouge

    November 3, 2008 |

    Thank you, Maegan, for posting all those adorable pictures. OMG!! He is such a cutey.

    I am so sorry you lost your old friend, but LeRoy is quite a pal to get you through those hard times. He clearly loves you so and it is obvious that the feeling is mutual.

  • Cris M.

    November 3, 2008 |

    ohhh! what a beautiful little thing! lovely!

  • LENORENEVERMORE

    November 3, 2008 |

    SWEET beyond sweet… I’m getting a toothache hee! Wish all puppies would not grow up… 😉
    ~Lovely week to you beautiful!

  • merc3069

    November 3, 2008 |

    OMG I cannot get enough of the pics!

  • Rachel

    November 3, 2008 |

    Cute pics! Those eyes just melt your heart.

    And Billy…I know how you feel. Our Boston Terrier got hit by a car last year…Rascal…sad sad time. And then came Brutus…helps with the mourning process but you still miss them sooo much!

  • Baking With Plath

    November 3, 2008 |

    Such cute puppies!!

    Losing a pet always hurts immensely. I still get upset when I think about my little dog who died almost three years ago. It still hurts and probably always will. It’s wonderful that you have LeRoy there to help cheer you up, though. He seems like such a sweet little one!

  • Lo

    November 3, 2008 |

    We just lost our dog Zach, a 10 yr old lab, in February. And we still can’t bring ourselves to get another doggie. It still hurts like fire in your throat. I love Leroy’s baby pictures.

  • Megan

    November 3, 2008 |

    Cuteee pictures! I am sorry about what happened..dogs are family, and when you lose one–you never really get over it. On a happier note, I love your hair in that picture..I totally want to dye mine bleach blonde..I am just waiting until it grows out more!

  • ~Trish~

    November 3, 2008 |

    I had to put down my Bailey (who was 13) in March, I waited until June to get a new puppy but your right, they can just make you so happy no matter what mood your in!

  • AT THE PICKLED HUTCH

    November 3, 2008 |

    Hey Maegan,
    Losing your puppy only to be replaced with LeRoy who is not the same but totally adorable is just the the definition of “bittersweet”. It will get easier but he won’t be forgotten. I think tears are cleansing.
    Lisa & Alfie

  • Leigh

    November 3, 2008 |

    Yes agree bittersweet and soo adorable.. The love for animals is something else, they love us so unconditionally which makes it so hard when they go.

  • Jan

    November 3, 2008 |

    So cute. I love the little little. We just lost our little toy poodle a month ago. The ache is still there so deeply. I don’t think it will ever go all away.

  • Kellie

    November 3, 2008 |

    He is such a cute little bugger! I think losing a pet will always be sad to think back on. Unfortunately it’s just something we have to deal w/ if we want to have little fur balls in our lives. It’s hard, but I think it’s so worth it to be able to share and better your life.

  • hautepocket

    November 3, 2008 |

    I can not handle how F-ing cute they are. My favorite is them cuddled together on the green puppy bed. SO CUTE.

  • Bar-b

    November 3, 2008 |

    afreakindorable maegan. What cute ears!!! I love both of them.

    I would love to have a puppy in the house in like 16 years 😉

  • High-Heeled Foot in the door

    November 3, 2008 |

    Adorable. I want one! What cute puppy pics.

  • Lump

    November 3, 2008 |

    oh so so so sweet.

  • New Girl on Post

    November 3, 2008 |

    He’s adorable!

    I know what you mean though about losing a dog. We lost our family Chihuahua about a year before I got my current Min-Pin, Boomer.

    When I picked him out at the shelter there was a dog there that looked exactly like our Chihuahua and I cried all the way home because I felt guilty I hadn’t picked out that dog.

    Now I realize how hard it would have been to have a daily reminder of a pet I had lost.

  • Muthering Heights

    November 3, 2008 |

    Your doge are SO ADORABLE!! I love the pictures of them palling around together!

  • Evil Mr. Peppers

    November 3, 2008 |

    To bad you can’t post one of his farts.

  • ...love Maegan

    November 3, 2008 |

    ahahahhahahahaha. the stinkiest farts ever.

  • dolcechic

    November 3, 2008 |

    He is so adorable! I totally feel you on this issue. I lost my Ricky 5 days after my birthday. I’d had him since he was a baby and he was like my child. I really think some things are just harder to get over than others. I get so sad just thinking about him. He will always have a special place in your heart, which is wonderful 🙂

  • Megkathleen

    November 3, 2008 |

    Such a cute little puppy! The pics with both dogs are especially cute.

  • Nicole Leigh

    November 3, 2008 |

    I read the Billy post earlier. It made my cry. Your nuggets of love are very cute!

  • mermaid

    November 3, 2008 |

    leroy is the sweetest thing i have ever seen! i’m sorry about your other doggie… i know what it’s like to lose your pet who you consider one of your family.

    at least you had this little guy to cheer you up!!

  • ~alison

    November 4, 2008 |

    Agreed – he DOES have the stinkiest farts EVER!

  • Chris

    November 4, 2008 |

    These are absolutely adorable pix. He looks like a real sweetheart. And I don’t know how long it takes to get over this stuff. I still get weepy when I think of my dog, Duke, who died back in ’97. He was probably one of the best dogs I’ve ever had, and my family members would probably all agree. He died too young and too tragically (pancreatic cancer), and it was very, very hard. We treated him like one of us, and it was like losing a family member. It was especially hard for me, because he was “my dog” and he slept in my room/on my bed, and went on adventures with me in the car all the time.

    So yeah, it’s hard, and I’m not sure if it ever goes away. But then there’s all the good memories, which come to the surface more than the sadness (I hope).

  • Nicole Marie

    November 4, 2008 |

    Oh my goodness I WANT one I NEED one.
    I’m sorry about your other dog. I love how no matter how bad my day is, coming through the front door and seeing the little thing bounding toward you with so much love just makes anyones day.

  • Yaya

    November 4, 2008 |

    Ha! Those ears!!

  • jae

    November 4, 2008 |

    Those pictures are a little little too cute! I don’t think you’ll ever get over it. I just wish for you less grief and more happy memories as time goes on. Sweet post.

  • Savvy Mode SG

    November 4, 2008 |

    i think my heart just melted.

  • LBluca77

    November 4, 2008 |

    Oh my god they are so cute. Now I want a dog.

  • Lilly Holiday

    November 4, 2008 |

    that is so cute it hurts my face!!!

  • caroline

    November 6, 2008 |

    ahhhh too cute to deal. i’ve got a puggie too and i’m starting to think he needs a little frenchie friend!

  • NeverEZme

    November 6, 2008 |

    We have an Old English/English Bull Dog. She is just like her breed. Bull headed, but we love her.One day we will have a Fenchie.
    We just recently lost our Border Collie. It is so hard not to think of her every day! She too was a wonderful dog.

  • Jules

    November 6, 2008 |

    this is one of the cutest puppies i’ve ever seen!
    PS – thanks for the funny comments about the lighting posted on my blog! they do look like weapons!

  • hello gorgeous

    November 6, 2008 |

    He’s so adorable! So sad about your other dog.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • Jennifer Ramos

    November 8, 2008 |

    I totally know what its like to lose a pet….this little LEROY is such a cutie! I have 2 boxers and if I got a 3rd one…it would be a frenchie. : )

    Jen Ramos
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  • Jennifer Ramos

    November 8, 2008 |

    P.S. where did you get your frenchie??? Leave me that response, if you dont mind on my blog pleasssse. thanks! : )

  • Iva

    June 12, 2009 |

    WOW! He truly is ADORABLE! I am really sorry for your loss though, loosing a pet is horrible, my little Maltese is 17 now, and things aren’t going too well right now. 🙁 I know its a matter of time now and I just dont think life will ever be the same again after she is gone. My lab was with me 18 years and I will never forget him. I really am sorry. Doggies are truly amazing parts of the family! 🙂

    (wow! your hair was really different then!) 🙂 always so beautiful though!