Bulldog The Gardener Enjoys Inserting Himself Into Appropriate Holes


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In the spring of 2021, Caitlin and her boyfriend Grant began excavating a drainage ditch behind their home because they were confident it would be the ideal size for water runoff.

They were unaware that Franklin, their oddball bulldog, would fit just well in the hole.

Credit: CAITLIN W.

“While Grant was digging the 20-foot-long trench, Franklin just hopped down into it and laid down,” Caitlin told The Dodo. “He just kept burrowing down, and if someone picked him up … he would immediately jump back in.”

Franklin, who was adopted in 2020, has been Caitlin’s constant companion while working from home. The spirited dog loves his family and always wants to be part of any and all activities — especially if those activities happen to involve digging holes.

The bulldog from Alabama enjoys hanging out on the porch swing and going to pottery class with Caitlin, where he quickly makes friends. That is, if he isn’t busy using his bulldog-sized tunnel network to get to far-off places.

Credit: CAITLIN W.

“He’s just the cutest, funniest little ball of fur,” Caitlin said. “His personality is huge.”

Since digging the original trench, Caitlin and Grant have dug plenty of new holes, for gardens and plants, but mostly for Franklin.

Perhaps Franklin likes the cozy feeling of being snuggled in a cool burrow. Perhaps he likes the secret vantage point he gets, almost blending in with the ground. Perhaps he likes to pretend he’s a beautiful, freshly planted gardenia. Caitlin thinks Franklin’s main goal is just to be involved — to have a special place of his own.

Credit: CAITLIN W.

For Franklin, anywhere he can be with his family is his favorite place. And if that spot happens to involve a hole? Even better.


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