Hello Friends! Today we have a very, very special guest… one of my best friends in the whole wide world Franny! Franny is a longtime pet owner who has one of the most adorable dogs ever! I’m very excited to have her interviewed for the site so please give her a nice warm welcome!
Hello Franny! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
I am an actor and playwright in my early 30s, with a crazy schedule and an adorable schnoodle roommate!
How many years have you been a pet owner?
I have grown up with dogs and a few short term pet friends from the age of 3 so over 30 years!
How many pets have you had and what were their names?
There were various tiny fish and sea monkeys, a hamster named Teddy, a budgie named Gloria Celine (I asked my dad for names of brilliant singers, I assume he went with Estefan and Dion, it was the early 90s), a short-lived fostering of a few love birds but the main squeeze pets were always dogs. Gracie was a beautiful and gentle rescue pup, we think she was part collie or flat-coat retriever who lived until her 14th year. Next was Pete, a rascally super-smart tri-colour Australian shepherd/collie mix who could run and hike for hours on end took the next 12 years. Now there’s Pops!
My parents decided to get a pup about 6 months after Pete passed away. Pete was a real character with beautiful colouring and could never be replaced – so they went a whole new direction with a cream-coloured schnoodle! My sister suggested naming her Poppy as she came home on Remembrance Day. She is 17 lbs now but started out at only 3 lbs! She could walk under low-lying furniture without ducking. We’d never seen such a tiny dog!
Poppy is an adorable pup who seems like she can be mischevious, can you tell us a bit about her personality?
Poppy has inherited her poodle dad’s smarts and her schnauzer mom’s moustache. She is very loving and snuggly, but she also likes her alone time and will spend hours napping in the guest bedroom all on her own. She doesn’t like to be picked up unless she decides it, so we have learned to read her body language: if she sidles up beside you, that’s an invitation to go up. If you reach down for her while she’s facing you, she’ll back up and run away!
What is your favourite thing about her?
She has a very comforting presence and her wavy curly schnoodle fur is SO SOFT! I bought a faux fur coat of my own to match hers.
When Poppy was 2 years old, she started having major health issues. We suddenly realized how lucky we were that Pete and Gracie both happened to be very healthy, robust dogs, just by chance. Poppy got very snappy and irritable and started staring up at the ceiling, lifting her head, rolling her eyes repeatedly. At first, she was suspected to have epilepsy and these were a form of seizure but when she wasn’t responding to medication, the veterinary neurologist suggested it could be a gastrointestinal issue and these might be ways she was exhibiting and expressing pain. We changed her diet and the symptoms cleared up within weeks. It was like a miracle! She went back to her happy self, was able to be petted and snuggled again and all the odd behaviours stopped. Now she only eats her kibble, carrots, water, and a pill with dinner that is essentially Tums for dogs – no treats at all and we have to watch her like a hawk on walks and in the yard. But one year later and she is doing great! I would highly recommend looking at gastro causes and ruling those out completely if you are seeing any of Poppy’s old symptoms in your dog.
What are Poppy’s favourite toys?
She has more toys than most children but her favourite is her stuffed hedgehog. She likes to groom him by licking his ears and he spends the winters next to her on her dog bed in front of the fire place. She is also known to turn on the Roomba vacuum by pushing the start button with her paw, for some entertainment.
What can Poppy be seen doing when you’re not around?
Sleeping! It’s her second favourite thing, after eating.
Baby, I was born that way! I remember being a bit nervous of Gracie at first, she was a high energy 1 year old puppy and I was only a toddler – we were the same height! But once I got used to her, she was my best friend. She would lie on my bed until I fell asleep every night, then when my sister came, she’d lie with her first then visit me for my bedtime, then sleep under my parents’ bed. I don’t know what it’s like to grow up without a dog!
If you could have any other animal what would it be and why?
I love chameleons! A chameleon walking on you with it’s crazy grabby toes feels like the world’s tiniest massage. If I could have one that only ate fruit and vegetables, I would in a heartbeat but they eat crickets and I can’t feed a little critter to a bigger critter – especially one that expresses it’s displeasure by chirping.
If you are getting a puppy, make sure you have time for it! Puppies need to go out every 2 hours or so and require lots of attention, socialization, boundaries and love – for years! Try adopting a more senior dog first, they can be hard to place but very loving and lonely if an owner has died or had to leave suddenly. Fostering is also a good way to provide short-term care for dogs in housing transition, you can see what it’s like without committing to an animal that you need to re-home if it doesn’t work out.
Do you have anything you want to leave our readers off with?
*CW: domestic abuse
There is a free program in Guelph that provides temporary foster homes for pets whose owners are leaving abusive situations or have sudden/unexpected medical emergencies and cannot care for their animals. Often, people stay in dangerous home conditions because they fear for their pets once they leave and Pet Protect Guelph has been created specifically to help pets and people caught in this terrible circumstance along with medical emergency pet support and low income pet owners. There’s a great article about it here, including how to access the program or volunteer to foster.
I want to take some time to thank Franny for being part of this project! It’s great to learn more about Poppy, especially because to this day… I still haven’t met her! We need to fix that! As always if you are interested in being interviewed for Supawcute please let us know! We also accept guest posts about your pets as well as run a Pet Showcase every so often which will give you a shout out to your blog or pet related social media! Hope you all have a great day, and stay in touch to see who we get to interview next!