The First Few Days With Penny

We went on our 2-hour car journey to pick up Penny very prepared. We had made sure everything was 100% dog proof, we had leads, collars, harness’ ready for her. We had her food and treats she was used to. In the car we had lots and lots of treats her new lead, harness and collar, Frankie and water.

At DBARC everyone was very helpful and they even gave us food and a collar. We were mainly dealt with by two lovely ladies called Janet and Julie. They were very helpful in terms of telling us about her scan and everything else. We told them that we wanted her regardless of her scan result.

In the car Penny just stared at us while Frankie was asleep.

About half way we stopped at a service station for both dogs to go to the toilet, but that was when we realised what we had taken on as Penny completely froze.


When we got home Frankie immediately tried to wrestle with Penny, but she did not know how to. Frankie then went up to Penny with a tug-of-war toy in her mouth and tried to get Penny to grab the other end so that she would tug it, Penny didn’t know how to. This is when Frankie realised Penny wasn’t a normal dog. Frankie sat back and observed Penny’s behaviour and quirks, from things like getting scared of sudden movements to walking into mirrors and see-through doors. After Frankie had thoroughly observed Penny she decided to go and help her out and assumed the roles of older sister and teacher.

Later that evening we gave both dogs a bone which were Frankie’s favourite bones, but Penny could not chew it but just licked it. We wondered why this was and assumed that it was because her jaw was too weak. But when she had her first vet appointment the vet told us that all of her teeth were completely flat and partly rotted away from chewing on bars, especially her canines, so she probably won’t be able to eat any hard foods such as hard bones and dry food. However, she loves chews such as dentastix which she can chew on easily.

The next day we took her on a walk to a local field. We noticed that she froze with fear at the start of all walks. We also noticed that Penny would follow everyone and anyone who she thought had food and clearly couldn’t grasp what an owner was. Luckily, we had a 50-metre-long lead which meant that she could be free, but we had a way of restraining her if needs be.

From Day 1 she has always been very good at recall, but we think that that was because she associated the word ‘Penny’ with treats straight away. We didn’t trust her really at first because we didn’t trust that she wouldn’t get scared by people and sounds and run off.

In the evenings Frankie will come and sleep on our ‘dog sofa’ while we watch TV, read a book or go on our electronics however Penny just sat peering at us through a window or through a doorway observing our behaviour. She seemed fascinated by us but didn’t know what to do, so she would just sit and stare. We brought her into our living room but we soon realised that we needed to let her make her own decisions how ever long it took.


Meet Penny!

Penny is a 3-5-year-old puppy farm rescue dog. She is a salt and pepper Miniature Schnauzer. She was rescued by Many Tears Rescue rescue from a puppy farm. She was spayed about 3 months ago but we do not know when she was rescued. Her ‘gotcha day’ is the 7th of July 2018 but her birthday on her registration form is 3rd of July which is the same as mine! Penny was signed over to  DBARC (Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre) by Many Tears. At DBARC Penny was diagnosed with a minor heart murmur which she went for a scan for at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists. The murmur was diagnosed as very minor so did not need a further scan or treatment. She was also microchipped and vaccinated. This was all funded by  Schnauzerfest which I urge everyone to support so that more lives like Penny’s can be saved. It is estimated that Penny had anywhere from 3-8 litters in her time in the puppy farm.
Frankie is really enjoying teaching Penny how to be a dog. One evening Penny went to grab some food off my mum’s plate and Frankie told her off!
We don’t know Penny’s full personality yet, but we have seen little glimpses of her being very friendly to people and other animals. She seems to be quite a goofy dog as well as she likes to play with my hand by spinning it around in circles with her muzzle. She also does a lot of play bows at very random things. She is also greedy, but she can’t really control that if she was starved in a puppy farm. She is also quite jumpy around sudden movements and noises.
Penny and I already have quite a strong bond as she also follows me around just like Frankie and she also will chase me if I run!
Penny seems to LOVE food, treats and bones. But now she is seeming to become a bit choosey and is developing favourites and will just stand there if she wants something else. Penny loves having freedom when she goes on walks and has already started going off the lead. She also seems to love going in water and drinks water a lot which surprised us as it took quite a while for Frankie to enjoy water. We don’t think Penny was given much water in the puppy farm as she has this obsession.
Penny’s behaviour is a lot different to Frankie’s as she will bark at the slightest movement or sound. Penny also jumps up and down when she barks which Frankie doesn’t do. Penny will also do a little dance when she wants a treat and stomps around! Penny has also started howling for fun such as when I come home after going out she will come to the door and do a ‘woohoo’ sound at the same time as Frankie. As I’m writing this Frankie just wandered in with Penny following her which I think is Penny learning what to do from Frankie.
I will do a separate blog post on Penny’s journey so you can see how she has been affected by a puppy farm and how she develops.


Meet Frankie!

Frankie is a 3 year old miniature schnauzer who was born on the 6th of August 2015.She is a pure bred black schnauzer with hints of grey coming through. Her ‘gotcha day’ is the 1st of October 2015. Frankie’s ‘doggy’ parents were pure bred schnauzers too. Her mum was black, and her dad was salt and pepper. Frankie is a 6th generation schnauzer according to her KC assured breeder.

Some of Frankie’s favourite things are toys, food and walks on the beach (as seen in the picture below!).

Frankie has really helped me learn about the different behaviour of dogs especially when with other dogs. Frankie has always loved the company of other dogs especially schnauzers. Frankie has really opened my eyes to the dog world.
Frankie is my first dog and has definitely changed my life forever in terms of dogs and careers.

I have trained Frankie from a very young age and I have done all the dog training available in Cardiff. I have taken Frankie to many ‘fun dog shows’ and have taken part in the ring craft activities. Frankie won best in show after I won best junior handler at Fonmon fun dog show. She has also won best in show at our local dog show to raise money for our local community, but not to mention we were the only dog and handler that showed up! Frankie also came second at a Funday to raise money for our local Dogs Trust. When Frankie was younger I used to want to show Frankie at Crufts and different dog shows but then I realised the terrible things the Kennel  Club were doing in terms of Puppy farming. Every year my family and I along with my friend Olivia travel up to Crufts in the NEC building in Birmingham. We don’t go to support Crufts as such, but we go to buy toys, treats and bones for Frankie that you cannot buy elsewhere. Crufts isn’t all bad.

I have worked very hard with Frankie over the years to bring her up to the best of her ability, she now knows 26 commands varying from sit, to crawl, to jump, to dance etc.
Frankie is very fun loving and even taught me how to wrestle with her because she loves it so much!

Frankie is also very friendly especially around young children and the elderly who she seems to go up to and be very calm and friendly around. She doesn’t care if toddlers pull her tail or her ears or her hair, we just think that she likes the attention she gets and likes to see how she lights up their faces.

In general Frankie is a very healthy dog (apart from the time she ate chocolate and had to go to the vets to get her stomach pumped!)

Frankie and I have a very strong bond and relationship, she follows me everywhere, if I run she will run after me and will track me if we play hide and seek!

Frankie is a stroppy schnauzer who always wants to be carried on the ‘boring parts’ of walks! She strops when she gets her collar and harness on, she strops if it rains, she strops on the way home from a walk and she strops if our other schnauzer Penny gets carried!