Size matters little for Lottie
Battery Point’s Karen Powell believes West Highland Terriers are widely underestimated and usually thrown in the category of ‘ girly’ dogs. However, Karen’s 16- month- old Westie, Lottie, is a crime- fi ghting canine and shows she’s anything but a toy poo
How would you describe Lottie’s personality? She’s a real tom- boy, up for anything. We have a farm out at Richmond and she jumps up on the front with me when we go motorbike riding.
David and James ( Karen’s two sons) go tuna- fi shing regularly and she loves going out on the boat with them – she’s a real water dog. When they set anchor close to shore she jumps off the boat and swims in.
Lottie is my personal trainer as well, if I don’t take her for a run for at least one hour every morning up at the Cascade Gardens she’ll sit in her bed and sulk.
Westies are very personable dogs as well. If I’m planning on taking her down to the dog park close to where we live all I need to say to her is, “Want to go see your friends?” and instantly her ears prick up. Lottie’s as white as snow. She must get extremely dirty? Being such an active dog she does get a bit dirty from time to time but because she loves water so much it’s never a problem.
If we’ve been for a run together and Lottie has got a bit muddy, I just wash the grime off with the shower hose in the bathroom. That said she usually just jumps in the shower with me ... there’s no doubt she’s very spoilt. She’s had a very eventful 16 months since you’ve had her. For sure. The boys took her up to the farm when she was younger and then drove home and forgot they had taken her up with them. They got about halfway back to Hobart before they realised and rushed back, but Lottie was just sitting there patiently without a care in the world.
Then on a really warm night in summer Lottie just kept persistently barking all night and fi nally I succumbed and got up to see if everything was all right.
We own a shed on the waterfront directly below our house and there was a car parked in front of it and people were trying to break into it.
Lottie had been able to hear them because it was such a still night, so I called the police and they caught the offenders. If it hadn’t been for Lottie the super sleuth then I never would have woken up and we would have most likely been robbed. What do you love about having Lottie? Well,` apart from being an excellent guard dog, because of her size I can take her everywhere with me – and she insists on it. All the family just love her. I think having her is very therapeutic.