Lottie is a small crossbreed aged around two years old. Before we go any further it’s important to say that Lottie is paralysed and will need a home experienced with caring for a paraplegic dog. It is not just a case of getting a set of wheels (which is in progress) but Lottie is doubly incontinent and this comes with a higher level of care and dedication. She will need someone with a vet that is understanding and compassionate towards disabled dogs who won’t write her off and want to put her to sleep the minute she walks through their door! So, harsh realities out of the way, let me tell you about Lottie.

During a trip to Romania in August I was out on a dog walk when I heard what sounded like two beatings of something and then heard a dog scream. I only knew the vague direction of the yelp and found nothing. Later that evening we got a call to say could we go and get a dog from the middle of a road very close to that spot. There we found Lottie who clearly could not use her back legs. Whether the two incidents were related or not we will never know but it will always haunt me. We took her to the outbif hours vets immediately and got her maggot infested wounds sorted and she has X-rays on her spine. She later went for a second opinion at a specialist vet and both determined that no surgery would ever make her walk again.

Lottie is an absolute gem. She is initially wary of being hit but when she knows you she’s an absolute poppet. No matter what anyone tells you, disabled dogs can have a very good quality of life and Lottie is a happy little dog who wants to live. She has her bladder expressed every three hours throughout the day which only takes seconds. She gets on ok with other dogs but can obviously feel a bit vulnerable with her disability so small calmer dogs would be ok. She would be absolutely fine as an only dog. She has lived with cats with no problems. Lottie is clearly a bigger commitment than an able bodied dog so people must think long and hard before applying. Of course people with experience with disabled dogs would be ideal but also anyone with veterinary or nursing experience would have a good idea of what’s needed to give her the best quality of life. The area that Lottie was found in is an area known to us for sheer horror stories to animals.

It’s tragic that she can no longer walk unaided but in actual fact she’s safer and better cared for now than she ever would have been there. Maybe they threw her out after they disabled her….. that makes them monsters of pure evil…. but ironically it may be the vile act that that actually saved her life. How sad is it to have to say that?

Lottie fostered Filby Norfolk.

If you are interested please message or call between 9am to 5pm Mon – Fri or 9am to 4pm Sat. Tel 07788251197 / 07899844524.

Our adoption fee is on average £350, dependant on the dog, they are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless the dog is too young to be neutered).

Adoption Policy

When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog. If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle-in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs). The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period.

Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up safety measure.

The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging. If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm.

Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted. Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer.

Retractable / extendable leads must never be used on our dogs.

Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.

Fences and gates must be 5ft min & secure. All dogs are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless the dog is too young to be neutered).

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