Doggos have their own quirks, no doubt about it. But have you ever laid eyes on a puppy that’s actually green? And don’t fret, this little pup didn’t turn green because her owners went all out for St. Patrick’s Day.
Canucks Audra Rhys and Trevor Mosher from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, got a real surprise just before St. Paddy’s: a green puppy!
Freya, their lady valley bulldog—kind of a mix between a boxer and bulldog—gave birth to something strange on January 27th. It was a black sac, and they thought the pup inside was a goner because it looked different from the other seven healthy pups that Freya popped out in clear sacs.
“We started to dry her off and noticed she was green and immediately again thought there was something wrong. So we Googled, ‘My puppy is green, what’s wrong,'” Rhys told Global News. Lucky for them, green pups are pretty rare but otherwise normally healthy.
Veterinary reproduction whiz Bronwyn Crane, DVM, MS, from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, spilled the beans on how rare this is.
“I don’t know if I can find an exact rate of occurrence, but I would suspect it is [less than] 1:10,000,” she spilled to Global News, throwing in that she’d never seen a green pup before.
Why this happens? Well, we’re not entirely sure, but some pups with light fur might get a bit of green pizzazz due to a pigment called biliverdin during their growing days.
Biliverdin is the same stuff that turns bruises green, and sometimes it sneaks into the placenta and fluid around pups, making their fur take on an accidental St. Paddy’s hue. (Just to be clear: no post-birth green dye job going on here.)
Little Fiona, named after that friendly character from Shrek, is truly something. But get this, she’s not the only green pup stealing the spotlight.
Back in 2012, a golden-green Labrador named Hulk was born in Lancashire, England. Then there were the “Hulk pups” that showed up in Spain in 2014.
More recently, a green golden retriever pup named Forest appeared in the Scottish Highlands in 2017. And don’t forget about baby Pistachio, who landed on the Italian island of Sardinia in 2020.
Pistachio’s human shared with the BBC that he hoped his green furball, wearing the color of luck and hope, would bring everyone a dose of positivity during those tough times.
Fiona might not be the very first green pup on the block, but Rhys thinks she hit the jackpot being part of this unusual story. But, bummer alert, green pups don’t stay green for long as they grow up.
Rhys let us in on the scoop that Fiona used to be a light lime green, but the color’s fading fast. “She maybe has a week, maybe two or so, before it is completely unnoticeable,” Rhys told Daily Paws.
According to Rhys, they’re planning on keeping Fiona or finding her a forever home with a family