Fur Dates: Lottie is Looking for Love
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted.
Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
“Hiya! My name’s Lottie and I’m well single! Looking for a new bestie and someone to run around the streets with causing mischief.”
My friends describe me as: “Life and sooooul! The party don’t start till I arrive! All my bitches know the truth. I have so much energy for my age so hopefully you would keep up. I’ve been in my fair share of, let’s say ‘incompatible’ relationships and I’m ready to feel at home with someone for once.”
My weakness: “I know everyone loves dogs, but I just don’t. I’ve had some bad experiences with them and would rather just chill out with no pets.”
I am looking to meet: “Meat? Did someone say meat? Oh, chicken, beef, liver’s pretty good. And sausages yes please! Oh my god though, have you ever tried this thing called pâté? WOOF!
I’m not a fussy eater to be perfectly honest, I may as well admit it. I will lick your plate clean if you’d let me. I do have a bit of a thing for turkey and I’ve even been known to eat the bones! I know, it grosses some people out. But if that doesn’t put you off then maybe we’re meant to be.”
Co-dependent?: “I’m not going to lie, I love nothing more than a cuddle and a lot of company. But I don’t need to be the centre of attention and I quite enjoy my own space for a couple of hours at a time. Any longer than that though and I start to get a bit needy! Embarrassing but true.
I’m the type to be waiting for you by the door with a big kiss and a hug every day. Just don’t expect there to be any food left for you on the table. I’m a greedy cow!”
Kids: “I’ve had some yeah! I love hanging out with them and their friends as long as they’re over 8 years old otherwise I get a bit irritable. They’re a nightmare as babies and toddlers in my opinion. But each to their own right?”
Don’t judge a staffy by it’s collar
There is still huge stigma attached to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed, making up for 90% of dogs up for adoption at All Dogs Matter. This is down to irresponsible owners creating a reputation for the breed by exploiting their strong jaw and stocky build for fighting and over breeding. Because of their reputation, Staffies are cheap and attract less committed owners. They often endure a lot of abuse, yet remain loving loyal and forgiving to humans. Staffies are often abandoned and taken to kennels where they have just seven days for their owner to claim them before they are put to sleep. 80% of stray dogs are Staffordshire Bull Terriers, a particularly kind and loving breed with unfortunate, misplaced bad press.
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