Sister with a big heart
IN Amy Bax’s eyes she has two daughters – Edie, her two- year- old daughter and just as special is her four- year- old Maltese cross Jack Russell, Lottie, who has defi nitely taken on her role as a big sister to Edie with gusto and by the sounds of it, a tremendous amount of patience.
You seem to be very enamoured of Lottie, have you always grown up with dogs?
I got my fi rst dog, Tilly, when I was eight years old. She lived to quite an old age and I remember she passed away on a Wednesday and it was only a couple days later and I said to my husband, Matthew, “right, we’re going to the Dog’s Home to get another dog!”. I just couldn’t be without one. So we went and there was heaps of mastiffs and staffi es, which aren’t my cup of tea in the slightest but as we were walking down looking inside each pen, at the very end there was this very fat and very old looking Pomeranian and the sun was shining directly on her like it was a sign from the heavens so we took her home and named her Coco Chanel Mademoiselle and she lived with us for four years until she passed away.
Soon after there was an ad in the newspaper for Lottie’s litter and so we got her a little over four years ago. As you can tell, I like scraggly rough looking dogs, I abhor little cute toy dogs!
What’s her personality like?
She is very, and I mean very, protective of Edie and I. She absolutely hates other dogs. She’s quite funny though – she has no problems squaring up to a huge rottweiler but is absolutely petrifi ed of dogs smaller than her.
There is one exception though and that’s my Mum’s miniature fox terrier, Ernie. When it comes to Ernie, Lottie is just an out and out bully to him. If I leave Lottie at Mum’s place and Mum goes out of the house and leaves them alone then Lottie won’t even let Ernie out of the room he’s in at the time. She’ll just stand by the door and won’t let him past. Ernie gets really anxious ( probably from the constant bullying from Lottie) and so Mum puts him in a ThunderShirt sometimes. ( ThunderShirts are special animal coats used on dogs with anxiety caused by thunderstorms, travel, separation and so on).
And once Lottie wouldn’t let Ernie off the bed so he tried to crawl down off it at the back of the bed but the Velcro on the ThunderShirt came undone and stuck onto a blanket on the bed and poor Ernie was just left hanging mid- air in his ThunderShirt until Mum came home.
She does, however get along swimmingly with your two- year- old daughter Edie?
They get on amazingly, they are actually like two sisters. Edie’s really good at walking now and she’s seen us walking Lottie on the lead so she spends most of the day walking Lottie around on her lead inside the house.
Edie loves having her in her cot and Lottie is just so patient with her; Edie could do anything to Lottie and she wouldn’t have the slightest care. I think though that when Edie goes to the grandparents for a short stay you can see just a little hint of relief on Lottie’s face when she gets to just sit on the couch and do nothing … I can defi nitely empathise with her there!
What’s great about having Lottie?
Defi nitely the relationship she has with Edie. The three of us go everywhere together. I’m just dog mad and so are all my friends so we usually base all our social outings around doing something with them all together, which is fantastic.