Teenager Savannah’s morning routine is not like most. The person kissing her goodbye before school isn’t just her mum. It’s also her best friend Frog. The family’s pet rooster.
Savannah is 13. Like any teenager, she goes to school. While it’s normally mum or dad who do the daily school run, Savannah gets dropped off and picked up by someone a little different - her pet rooster Frog.
When Frog met Savannah
Frog has always been a little different. Right from the beginning when he came into the Burns family’s lives as a hatchling, Frog had a way about him. And a hop. There was no walking so the family named him Frog.
He also chose to socialise with his humans instead of the other chickens. But most notable was his attachment with Savannah.
From early on, Savannah would take him everywhere. She went about her daily tasks with Frog in tow - from dishes, to laundry, to TV, to playtime. Frog went where Savannah went.
Rooster walks big sister to school
Now, there’s no coming between Frog and Savannah.
Without fail, every morning when Savannah walks to the school bus stop at the end of her driveway, Frog is right there with her. Receiving her morning goodbye hug and peck, Savannah then makes her way to school.
Holley Burns, Savannah’s mother said Frog will wait with Savannah at the end of their driveway until she gets on the bus. “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.”
And then just like most parents around 3pm on weekdays, Frog is right there to greet Savannah.
Holley says the family rooster hears the school bus coming and will race as fast as he can down the driveway to greet her. And if Savannah and her brother are slow to get off the bus, Frog simply gets on in a bid to hurry them along.
“Our bus driver is really good — he knows to watch out for Frog. He makes sure they’re in the clear before they leave,” she said.
Savannah & Frog: animal whisperers
Holley says she is not surprised Frog has such a strong attachment with Savannah, whom she calls an animal whisperer. “She can walk up to anything, and it’s just instant — all animals are attracted to her,” Holley said.
But it seems Frog also has attachment to the Burns family dog, Casper.
Casper was adopted by the Burns family last year. Not long after being taken in, Casper was hiding away in the laundry terrified of the storm outside. Frog decided he would keep Casper company. Holly said it was almost like Frog was saying, “Hey, it’s OK. Don’t worry about it. Nothing is going to happen to you in the house.”
Since then, Frog and Casper have become great friends and love to play.
“I don’t think he thinks he’s a rooster,” she said.
Holley says it can get quite interesting when people meet Frog for the first time, especially when he starts running at them. She says most people think ‘Oh my God, he’s going to attack me’. “But he’ll greet you in the driveway and say, ‘Hey, I’m here! How are you doing?’”
It seems Frog just has a thing for humans. But one human in particular. His Savannah.
“He’s a very big member of our family — or a very small member of our family," Holley said.
"I don’t know what they’d do without each other.”
Story, photos & video credit: Holley Burns