There’s ‘a whole Lottie love’ again this week, but this time I’m feeling it from our wonderful staff at CM Health. Thank you all so much for your help and advice on how to turn the new addition to our family, a puppy called Lottie, from terror to terrier. Last week’s blog post was by far my most popular ever and I was overwhelmed by emails containing suggestions, anecdotes and even photos of the beloved pets in our lives.
One response that took me by surprise was sent in by my eldest daughter, Bethan, who is currently studying in Palmerston North. Her suggestion on how to train Lottie: talk to your eldest daughter! Given that she’s studying to be a vet and recently completed a paper on Animal Behaviour, I have to concede that it is a good one. Clearly I also need to work on my father-daughter communication skills.
Given the popularity of the post, I’ll add regular updates on Lottie’s progress to the topics I cover in my blog. The latest news is that after two short weeks, she’s made herself a permanent member of our family and I can’t imagine a Lottie-less life (although our 12 year old cat Millie views the new addition with disdain). I have also taken onboard the advice from a staff member who emailed me and have bought Lottie a toy rat which we’ve nicknamed Carmen. Lottie thoroughly enjoys hunting and ‘killing’ Carmen several times a day and I no longer have to chase her around the house to reclaim my footwear before leaving for work so we are making some progress.