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“So can I have a dog then”......
November 2, 2017
probably not what my dad was expecting to hear from a 9 year old me, when he told me that he and mum were splitting up. Dad is allergic to dogs, so a dog was completely out of the question until this point. I’m sure my Dad was relieved that it wasn’t a same day swap. A Dad-out, dog-in situation, but not long after Dad moved out, Sweep moved in – a salt and pepper Miniature Schnauzer puppy. I fell in love with him instantly and soon learned what a fantastic breed the Miniature Schnauzer is.
Back then in the late 1980’s, before the internet and social media, a Schnauzer, in my neck of the woods was practically unheard of. We rarely bumped into any other Schnauzers out on walks and most people didn’t know what breed Sweep was. Since then, their popularity has grown and now they seem to be everywhere and I for one, understand why.
At first glance of a Schnauzer, you may think they resemble grumpy old men, with their bushy eyebrows, beards and stern square stature. But looks can be so deceiving. They are a highly intelligent, fearless, attentive, fun loving and loyal breed.
They are what you could describe as compact dogs. I would say a perfect size. Their size means they don't need big spaces to live in. They can sit on your knee and you can just about still see the TV between their ears, however they do have high energy levels and require daily exercise.
The terrier in them means they love to be outdoors, sniffing smells, chasing squirrels and barking at strangers (human or animal). A Schnauzer does love the sound of their own voice.
As it turned out, Dad didn’t suffer with his allergy too much around Sweep. Schnauzers are known as a non-moulting breed, so we would often spend our time together chasing Sweep round the house and garden, which would inevitably tire us out before Sweep! Their minimal moulting coats make them a popular choice for dog lovers with allergies or those who can't abide dog hair (I fit into the latter category!) but they do require regular grooming which can be costly.
When Sweep went over Rainbow Bridge, mum found the house far too quiet and soon brought home Poppy, another salt and pepper mini. By this time, I had moved into my own place but loved visiting and of course Poppy sitting when mum went on holiday.
Poppy was very similar to Sweep with her traits, but she was a lot more loving. Sweep was his own man. Very independent and aloof, yet loyal. He'd sit across the room keeping a close eye on me rather than sitting on my knee like Poppy did.
Poppy was a sweetheart, although she did have issues. When she was a puppy she encountered an incident with some children which left her fearful of them for the rest of her life. Generally though, Schnauzers are good with children but as with any breed, careful supervision, handling and teaching is required for both child and puppy.
We later discovered that Poppy came from a puppy farm. She was a lucky one. She came to a loving home and thankfully was in good health and lived a long and happy life (14 years). Unfortunately due to the increased popularity of the breed and the high price tag of a puppy, the unscrupulous people in our societ