ADOPTING AN OLDER LOWCHEN

by Anne Budd, Lowchen owner
 

Our first Lowchen was 4 ½ years old when she joined us. We had never adopted an adult dog before, but Meg took us under her wing and became our pack leader. She was quiet and gentle and we learned from her that we could walk around the block, or the Glenridge Quarry (frequented by dogs of all sizes and their owners) or the beaches of Nova Scotia and her behaviour was impeccable. We followed Meg's example, say "Hello" and exchange greetings with anyone, dog or human, who's willing. Meg was clearly a shining example of good showring behaviour - gracious acceptance and no backbiting!

 Meg, in return, quickly learned to ask at the back door for bathroom breaks in the garden. A quiet, easy-going dog, she would stay in her crate, without a fuss, when needed, and if we left her loose in the living room, usually lying on the chesterfield, that's exactly where we found her when we returned from our shopping trips, etc. The house was always undisturbed.

She waited patiently outside the bathroom door while I got dressed in the mornings to make sure we headed straight for the front door for our morning walk. Inclement weather was no excuse. Meg was a tough little trouper, making certain that I always got my daily exercise. At night, she slept quietly, mostly in her crate with the door unlatched, so she could let herself out for a morning cuddle. Although I did hear from friends she took over their bed when visiting!  

A seasoned traveller, this probably reflected her days as a show dog, Meg snoozed away the ten hour journey to visit family, and shared a home with our son's family and Border Collie without any problems. One day, when our baby granddaughter was staying with us, I noticed that Elsa and Meg were sitting side by side and Meg's eyes were beginning to "pop out of her head", so I took a closer look and found Elsa's hand was tangled in and gripping tight on to Meg's fur. This little dog, that hadn't been raised with children, hadn't made a sound or moved an inch. Meg simply sat and waited to be rescued. I was impressed!


Meg made us feel loved, she made us laugh, and even though we hadn't been with her for the early years of her life, we missed her so much when she died. Meg brought so much to us that we'd like to think show dogs can become part of a family and be a beloved everyday pet. So, if anyone needs a friend, but doesn't have the time for all the puppy training and good habits that must be taught, please consider contacting a breeder and persuading them to part with one of these gems.

Anne Budd © 2011
 
And the Lowchen love affair continues...
Understandably, three households were devastated upon hearing that Anne and Victor’s treasured pet, Meg, had died. The placement of Meg in the Budd home had been made, in no small part, as a result of our Löwchen’s “interview” visit to their home. Initially, the Budds had felt that a pup was their first choice, but upon meeting the fun-loving Nala, an older pet was given strong consideration. We couldn’t believe our good fortune to receive a call a week, or so, later from the excited Budd family that Donna Cullen had presented them with Nala’s retired, international champion mother! Holidays became a breeze as the “girls” could be cared for by loving families.

 


And now for the happy rest of the story: Within a week of Meg’s passing, Donna carefully sent out hints that a four month old female was Anne and Victor’s, for the asking. Aware that Donalen Löwchen are seldom available and that there was no shortage of stories about the sweet nature of this four month old, the Budds welcomed “Lady Jane” to their home.

Anne and Victor have started to wonder if their entire family has become unconsciously affected by an interest in lions. Their first grandchild was named Elsa, a name shared by the Born Free lioness!  Indeed, the good times continue to roll on!

~The Pringle Pride