Lottie adopts Sorrel & Bruce (2 cats!)
Lottie now lives in London with Clare and Lee and their two cats...
"Lottie came into our lives only a few months ago, but has has made quite the impact! We have always been cat people but I (Clare) had started hankering for a dog a few years back and after an operation last November with a long recovery found myself wanting more, my cats are my world and I adore them but Lottie is my companion (Lee's alright too...).
We approached Irene and Steve after hearing how amazing Podencos could be with cats, even with their reputation as a hunting breed. We wanted to adopt a rescue dog but had found it difficult finding anywhere that would come and visit us for a cat home check or would be willing to give us the support we felt we needed to do the introduction on our own. Neither of us had owned dogs ourselves so it had been a long time since we were children with pet dogs that were really cared for by our parents hahahahah.
After a call with Irene I was comforted to understand more about the breed and the Pods she thought off the bat might be well suited to our home and lifestyle, in particular the cats. The process was in motion and we were delighted.
We loved the pictures we were sent and instantly fell for Lottie, we were ecstatic to hear she had passed the thorough cat checks and test Irene and Steve carry out and of course messaged back to confirmed Lottie as ours straight away.
When Lottie arrived after her long drive she was visibly nervous but eventually made it in to the house and sat with me, not too much coaxing from Steve required! I was hooked. Steve took the time and patience to sit with me and talk through the introduction and tips and tricks for making the integration a successful one. When we initiated the first meeting Lottie showed excitement but no signs of aggression which was a huge relief, he was finally free to leave us.
As time has gone on and by sticking to Hope for Podencos's advice we now have a happy house with both cats and dog living in harmony. We may have been a little lucky as it only took a few weeks of care when the picture you see here was taken, but I have heard from many other Pod owners that they too have done this. Lottie is respectful of the cats, they are the boss's, but neither of our cats had lived with a dog before and neither are particularly bolshy so imagine how it could be done with more typical cats, easy peasy!
Our next adventure is Canicross, using the dog to make me more healthy and conquer my need to give up smoking, its hilarious and should be tried by all, Lottie excels which I am told is typical of the breed and sighthounds in general.
We thank you both for everything, you are an amazing charity and do great things for these beautiful, loving, funny dogs, our world has changed but only for the better!"