Lots to love about Lottie
American bulldog Lottie almost didn’t make it into the Percy family’s home, but now they couldn’t imagine life without her.
MORGAN Percy’s family pet, 18- month- old American bulldog Lottie, is an excitable animal and probably doesn’t know how strong she is. When she bounded up to greet me it was reminiscent of being tackled by a rugby prop.
How did Lottie end up being your family’s dog?
It had been 16 years since our family had last had a dog and my younger brother Samuel was online and found Lottie for sale – she was the last pup in the litter. Samuel and I had to convince Dad to let us get her and even the night before we went to pick her up Dad still said no, but Mum and Samuel went and got her the next day anyhow. They took her straight to Dad’s work and he fell in love with her in a second. By the time I had fi nished work that evening and got home, I walked into our house and Lottie was asleep on Dad’s lap. Since then you usually catch him in the morning playing with her on the ground or sharing his Vegemite toast with her.
Describe her personality.
As you can tell, she’s very strong and athletic. We’re blessed with a massive backyard so she can run to her heart’s content. Lottie loves chasing the ball and loves wrestling with us as well. She’s a toy destroyer as well; we bought all these really expensive chewy toys from [ dog whisperer] Cesar Milan’s website and she just destroyed them in hours. After making that mistake we went and bought her a $ 3 toy from Kmart and that took at least a couple weeks before we had to throw it out. If there are no toys she reverts to Darcy’s [ Morgan’s boyfriend] shoes, particularly his expensive ones and brings them out one at a time and chews on them until they’re unrecognisable.
Breeds like Lottie’s have reputation of being fairly intimidating and are often with viewed by those who don’t know them with extreme caution and often suspicion … has Lottie experienced anything in that regard?
[ Laughing] Just the other day we were walking her down at Montrose Bay and she’s just so strong and was tugging on the lead a little and this man was walking towards us and saw Lottie pulling on her lead and with a concerned look of panic, quickly did a 180 and started walking back the way he came. It’s nonsense though, she’s the most loving dog you could fi nd. I’ll admit though she makes for a very good guard dog.
What’s great about having Lottie?
After not having a dog in the family for such a long time she’s made so much of a difference. She’s always a talking point and it’s just great coming home and having someone always excited to see you.