Meet a rooster named Frog, who lives with 13-year-old Savannah and her family in Atlanta, Texas.
Savannah is Frog’s most favorite human, and he makes sure she gets safely on and off the school bus day after day.
When Savannah is at home, Frog is by her side, helping her with chores, sitting on her head and just generally thinking he is more of a lap dog than a rooster.
“He will stay with her at the end of the driveway until she gets on the bus,” Holley Burns, Savannah’s mother, told The Dodo.
“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 is able to pinpoint exactly when he needs to race down the driveway to meet Savannah after school.
“He hears the bus stop a few houses down on the county road,” Burns said. “And then he’s running down to the end of the driveway before it gets there. Every day.”
Frog has lived with Savannah’s family since February 2017. “We raised Frog from a hatchling,” the “About” page on his Facebook account reads. “He quickly became much different from the other chicks.”
At first, the family didn’t realize Frog was a “he” — a common occurrence when raising chicks. “At first we thought Frog was a hen, till he grew older,” the About page continued. “Then we realized our sweet hen was a rooster!
His family noticed right away that the rooster’s gait was unusual for a bird, which is how he ended up with his unusual name.
“He didn’t walk — he hopped,” Burns said. “My son was like, ‘It’s hopping like a frog. We should name him ‘Frog.’”
Right away, Frog paid close attention to what his human family was doing each day, learning their routines. He took a liking to Savannah, who would carry him around as she did her daily chores.
“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.”
“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.”
Frog is a constant companion to Savannah, behaving much more like a dog than a rooster.
“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 said that Savannah has a gift for making animals feel loved and comfortable around her.
“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.”
Burns said that Frog’s behavior is very unusual, and his friendly greetings catch newcomers off guard.
“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?’”
By now, Frog has befriended Savannah’s bus driver, who knows that if Savannah and her brother are late getting off the bus, the rooster is going to hop inside to inspect.
“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.”
The bond between Savannah and her rooster is adorable and genuine and has even started making a difference in the surrounding community. Savannah and Frog are working together to help others by selling “Frog the Rooster” merchandise online, using the money to give back to the community.
“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.”