OK - I finally got a Flip video camera and have captured the entire process of getting our bulldog Stella to bite the lemon halves, and how the lemon juice then breaks up her phlegm, allowing her to breathe easier! Its kind of gross - but it beats the hell out of having a bulldog with pneumonia or just not feeling well. The phlegm she spit up in this video is relatively small compared to what I have seen come out of her. After a few of these events, she is generally feeling and breathing MUCH better!
Just a nasty reminder of the wonders the lemons work for Stella - here is another picture of a recent spit up she had of phlegm. She usually spits up a few of these before she is feeling all better. Last night I was up with her at 3 a.m. as she was awake and seemed to not be able to rest well. The minute I got out of bed, she jumped down and ran for the stairs to head to the kitchen, wagging her tail faster than you can imagine. She knew I was going to go down and get her a lemon, and she started biting it and licking it immediately - I swear she knows its good for her, and sorry to sound dramatic, but I think they help keep her alive and happy.