‘Hanni-bulldog Lecter’ wears creepy mask as she keeps eating poisonous insects
A cheeky French bulldog hilariously named "Hannibull-dog Lecter" has to wear a creepy mask when she goes out as she can't stop eating poisonous insects.
Little Olive kept giving herself a bad tummy with her secret snacking of grasshoppers, with her owners saying she was munching on them "like they're skittles".
Owner Megan Lasuzzo, 32, said she had to do something to stop her pup from getting poorly as Olive just couldn't resist scranning the creepy crawlies.
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So, Megan took to Amazon and found a dog mask which is usually used by vets and groomers – for just $13 (£10.63).
Little did she know, however, just how much her dog would look like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter.
"She's our little Hannibull-dog Lecter!," said Megan, who lives in Texas with her husband and their two French bulldogs Olive, two, and Valentino, nine.
"She's not allowed to eat them because it gives her an upset tummy – they give her diarrhoea – but she eats them like skittles so she has to wear this mask.
"She can still open her mouth and breathe and pant; the mask really just makes her less accurate at hunting, capturing and consuming the grasshoppers."
Olive doesn't wear the mask for long and is supervised when she does.
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Megan said she noticed last year that her back garden had a lot of grasshoppers, but didn't realise Olive was eating them up.
"We began monitoring her closely outside and realised what she was doing. Anything that jumps around captures her attention and must be stopped!," she said.
"We noticed her actively hunting them and eating them. The problem is she wouldn’t stop at just one, and then later that evening, her tummy didn’t agree with them as well.
"Ever since then, we never leave out of our sights while in the backyard. She doesn’t always get the mask treatment, only when she’s feeling especially murderous!
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"It’s more so used as a training tool to get her to stop. It’s a work in progress – she still wants to eradicate all the grasshoppers."
Olive's tummy returned back to normal after Megan thwarted her grasshopper-heavy diet.
Megan added: "We also get a lot of comments about how she looks like and some really clever comments like 'she was born in the barkness' or 'houndable lecter' or 'Hannibal licktor'."
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