Dan Nykolayko’s pooch Cherie is a celebrity of sorts in the local French bulldog community.  She’s a world-class surfer with 26,100 followers on her Instagram.

But Sunday morning she was just one of about two dozen members of So Cal’s French Beachdogs who held their monthly meet-up at Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach.

Nykolayko joked that French bulldogs are superior to English bulldogs because they are in better shape. “They don’t get tired after running 10 feet.”

There were a couple bulldogs of the English variety at Rosie’s on Sunday, but a 50-yard stretch of the shoreline belonged to the Frenchies. Great Danes and labs and dobermans stayed clear.

The pet owners talked among themselves about keeping their pets healthy, in particular about the diet for their Frenchies and what’s going to be best for each dog’s delicate digestive system.

To be blunt, French bulldogs are known to fart.

A lot.

More than a lot.

“We’ve been gassed out of our home more than a few times,” said Nykolayko.

“We’ve considered buying gas masks,” joked Danny Penschonok. “Always, always roll down your window if you’re taking a French bulldog for a ride.”

All kidding aside, Penschonok would want no other kind of dog. “When we go for a walk, people are always stopping us and asking about the breed. They get a lot of attention.”

Most of the attention on Sunday went towards Gumbo, however.  Eric Bustillo’s French bulldog suffered a serious back injury.  Gumbo lost the use of his hind legs. Bustillo took Gumbo to the Veterinary Neurology Center in Tustin and the dog was fitted with  a pair of wheels.

Three of the Frenchies on the beach studied this strange bulldog when he arrived.

Gumbo ignored them and took off on a run along the shoreline, handily beating them in a 50-yard dash.

An English bulldog showed his face at So Cal’s French Beachdogs monthly meet up at Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach on Sunday, January 6, 2019. More than two dozen French bulldogs attended this month’s event. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Bulldog footprints dot the shoreline during the meet-up. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Matt Elias’s French bulldog grabbed a stick away from his girlfriend’s English bulldog. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Matt Elias’s French bulldog grabbed a stick away from his girlfriend’s English bulldog. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A bulldog shows his profile while having his portrait taken. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

So Cal’s French Beachdogs pose with their pups. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A club member shows off her bulldog backpack. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Winnie demonstrates proper dog show countenance. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Three-month-old Bailey displays the proper “bat ear” pose on the shore of Rosie’s Dog Beach. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A French bulldog takes off dashing along the shore. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A husky plays with four French bulldogs that surrounded him. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A trio of French bulldogs takes off on a race along the oceanfront. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Brianna Acosta gets a five-dog hug. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Dan Nykolayko’s French bulldog, Cherie, is somewhat of a celebrity. She’s a surfing dog and her Instagram has 26,100 followers. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Dan Nykolayko gets a kiss from Cherie, his French bulldog. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A French bulldog named Blu checks out a sculpture. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Gumbo, a 3-year-old bulldog suffered a back injury. Owner Eric Bustillo had him fixed up at the Veterinary Neurology Center in Tustin. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Gumbo leads in a race along the shore. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Gumbo took a stroll along the shore during So Cal’s French Beachdogs monthly meet up at Rosie’s Dog Beach. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A French bulldog with a Superman cape appears to be looking for some help while in a tussle. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

French bulldogs play in the sand. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

A bulldog dug a hole in the sand. Photo by Bill Alkofer, contributing photographer.

Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.

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