Lovely 4-y-o Lottie will soon be looking for a forever home...26.09.16

by Paul
(Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey)

Lovely Lottie is a spayed female black + silver mini schnauzer who turned 4 this June. Her current home is near Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey. She's full of beans, and was recently given a clean bill of health by the vet (during her visit for annual inoculation and general check-up). She's obedient, very affectionate, and well socialised with other dogs - she's even used to meeting deer and horses, and is fairly indifferent to both. Not so rabbits, squirrels, and birds - all of whom she chases with great energy but (thankfully) little skill. Interestingly, Lottie displays some male characteristics, such as scent marking (which is quite unusual in female dogs).
She's very keen to please and craves praise and reward, making her fabulously trainable. She is micro-chipped, in excellent health, and comes with a Kennel Club pedigree certificate, full vaccination record, wire crate, fabric crate (for travel/car), and various other bits + pieces.

On the downside, she suffers terribly from separation anxiety, and cannot be left alone in the house for any length of time (although she will happily remain as quiet as a mouse in her crate in the car when out shopping). She tends to be quite 'clingy', having only lived with a single person previously - but she might well relax in a family environment. She is also quite wary of people she doesn't know, and may bark when they try to touch or handle her - but she will soon become very friendly after a few meetings, especially if strangers wait for her to come to them rather than them trying to approach her too soon.

All in all, she's a super dog, with great potential to flourish in the right environment. Be warned though - I must insist on being extremely picky about who has the privilege of owning Lottie. The sad truth is that she has been re-homed once before, at about a year and four months - roughly 3 years ago. Her first owner wasn't properly suited to dog ownership, being a single woman who worked office hours - so Lottie was left for long periods. My mother took her on after her previous schnauzer passed on - but she's recently been diagnosed with dementia, and has also suddenly become much less vigorous, so can no longer exercise Lottie properly.

As she’s been re-homed once already, I feel I have a duty of care to find Lottie the perfect forever home. Previous dog ownership is a must (preferably schnauzers, preferably more than one). Please don't enquire if you are a first-time owner, or if you live in rented accommodation (as she needs stability in her new home).
I will need to be convinced that Lottie will never be left alone for longer than an hour or so, that she will enjoy daily long walks, and have access to a reasonable sized garden. I believe she would thrive in a family environment, or in the company of other non-aggressive dogs - or better still, both ! Lottie's never lived with children before though, and I don't think she'd be suitable for a home with children under the age of around 10 or 11 - and even then, they would have to understand that she's wary of being handled until she's familiar with new people. Lottie is not an aggressive or dangerous dog by any means - but it's only fair to point out that she might bark or even nip at a child who is trying to be too friendly too soon. Once properly acquainted though, she absolutely loves physical touch, and responds with great enthusiasm.

I would love to keep in touch with whoever takes Lottie into their home, and hopefully even see her once in a while (after a suitable period of separation, of course) - so ideally her new home will be within driving distance of her current home in Surrey. I can't say exactly when she will be ready to move on as I'm currently looking for a suitable care home for my mother, and I wouldn't want to separate them before those arrangements are in place - but I think it'll be within the next few weeks. Ideally I would like to arrange to meet any prospective owners and take Lottie for a walk together, and it feels like now is the right time to get the ball rolling.

Lottie really is a fantastic dog, and I will miss her terribly - but she needs and deserves a perfect new home, and soon. So if you're interested, (and not in a hurry) then please get in touch with any questions you may have and a few words about why Lottie might enjoy life with you, and we'll take it from there. But please - experienced dog owners only, and the more of the above criteria you can meet, the better. Please forgive me for being so very fussy, but I owe it to this lovely dog.
paul.granger.ppg@gmail.com

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Oct 29, 2016
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Great news!
by: Linda and Max

Fab news, Paul and well done to you for taking the time to find Lottie the perfect home.
Good luck to you all.

Oct 27, 2016
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Happy Lottie
by: Tina and Dexter

Yay! Go Lottie!
Fantastic news and well done Paul to being so dedicated to finding Lottie just the right home xx
I hope we get to hear updates on Lottie and her wonderful new life.
Thank you for showing there are plenty of decent, kind dog people amongst the dross who capture the headlines πŸ‘
😘🐾

Oct 26, 2016
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Lottie has now found her new home !
by: Paul

Dear schnauzer lovers,

Thank you all for your enquiries and kind words - the news is that Lottie has found her new home now. I handed her over yesterday to a family of five who have a female mini schnauzer (Lula) almost exactly the same age as Lottie. The children are all young adults and have grown up with dogs - and they've always been a two-dog family. Their second schnauzer Sadie passed away earlier in the year, so Lula is used to having a canine companion, meaning that Lottie's integration into the household is likely to go smoothly, and that she has a very good prospect of a happy and fulfilling life in her new home.

I always felt that the ideal home for Lottie would be with a family and another dog, and I just couldn't resist this opportunity - despite the fact that I've had to disappoint some very kind people, many of whom could have provided Lottie with a loving new home. Unfortunately it was inevitable that I would have to deliver bad news to all but one of the lovely people I've met recently. It's been pretty traumatic for me too - but Lottie comes first, and I think this is the best outcome for her.

Thank you again for showing so much kindness and generosity, and I wish you all well finding that perfect canine companion or new home for your dog. And thank you to Linda & Max too for this fabulous website.

Best wishes to you all,

Paul.

Oct 19, 2016
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Lottie!
by: Lynette Williams

We lost our miniture schnauzer 'Monty' in May this year, we rescued him here in Spain at 3 years old & He lived until 11yrs. Previously we had a giant schnauzer 'Buster' who lived until heart problems at 10 years old. I know you wanted you wanted someone near by to Surrey, but I couldn't not let a chance go by of getting another Schauzer to love. We live in rural Spain with lots of land & well fenced in, we have another rescue small dog who misses Monty dreadfully as they played together all day. I've only just seen the page about Lottie, so might be to late, but just wanted to try as I've been looking for a schnauzer since Monty died. Hope we may be considered as we are a retired couple with no small children visiting. Long walks not a problem. Plus you could visit him whenever you wanted. Thank you.
williams.lynette4@ gmail.com

Oct 11, 2016
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Willow and jeannie
by: Anonymous

Hi Paul and Lottie. We would love to have you Lottie to join us. My Mum loves me dearly and looks after me very well. You would be truly loved and addored. We go for lots of walks and we have lots of lovely furry friends to play with. Home life is great I even have my own sofa. Do ask Paul to contact my Mum so he could see how well you could be looked after .
Thank you for reading this.
Willow and Jeannie

jeannie6249@hotmail.co.uk

Oct 02, 2016
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Please email Lottie enquiries to Paul.
by: Paul

Dear schnauzer lovers,

Thanks for the interest in Lottie. I'm considering the offers carefully - but as I said I intend to be very picky as the poor dog has been re-homed once before.

If you want to enquire about Lottie, please email me at paul.granger.ppg@gmail.com. By all means leave a comment here too, but I'd prefer not to correspond (with phone numbers etc) on this open forum.

Good luck to all of you - either looking to adopt, or to re-home. And many thanks to Linda & Max for this wonderful website.

Oct 01, 2016
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Good luck Lottie xx
by: Tina

What a lucky girl to have such a careful and thoughtful owner. I would have her in a heartbeat as a companion for my Mini, Dexter who is 8. But we live in a flat for over 55's and that is clearly not what you're looking for. I hope you'll keep us updated on her new life. Good luck Tina 😘 & Dex 🐾

Oct 01, 2016
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max the shnauzer/ adoption for lottie
by: christine o,neill

I am looking for agirl miniature shnauzer for my grand daguhter. she lostn hers two weeks ago and is devastated. she,s 28 yrs old and she lives in kingston on thames. hers was called ellie and she had her for 10years, she also was a rescue from horndean in hampshire so didnt know for sure how old she was when then. but she had ten lovely years with my gr.daughter, lottie sounds perfect for her. I hope you will consider us... kind regards mrs c o,neill...

Oct 01, 2016
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Lottie's new home
by: Susan

We lost our 16 year old Schnauzer in June and would love to offer Lottie a home. She would be shared with my retired parents and have the best of both worlds - someone who is always there during the day and someone who can give her the exercise she needs at her age. If you would like to talk to us about giving Lottie a forever home please email me at susan.armstrong@talktalk.net

Sep 30, 2016
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by: Anonymous

I have always owned Schnauzers and airways loved themI am getting older by the hour!!but I would love to look after Lottie. I have a large garden overlooking a meadow and a river so she would have plenty of excercise which will be good for me to!!.
I do hope you might consider me as possible owner of her.i shall await your reply.
Sincerely,
Joan.

Sep 26, 2016
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lovely Lottie
by: Linda and Max

Lottie really is a beauty, poor thing and so sorry to hear of your family illness.
We can quite understand you being so fussy, good for you, and we hope you find a perfect forever home for Lottie, she deserves it.
Somewhere out there is the perfect home for her - maybe with a married couple?
It may be checking recent posts in the Rescue section, I think we have had one or two from retired people who have had schnauzers before.
Good luck to you both.

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