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The rescue Dachshund that became a therapy dog then an influencer

Pops is a very busy dog

Katie Collier

Posted 2 months ago

Pops posing for the camera. (Image: Charlie Osman)

By Katie Collier

We love to hear that dogs are well loved and living the life they deserve. Meet Pops, the nine-year-old Dachshund who was rescued from her “horrific past” at a puppy farm when she was about three years old and now gets all the love and attention that a dog should.  

Pops lives in Cranbrook, Kent, with her two canine companions, Puggy Smalls the Pug and Pomegranate the Pomeranian. She also lives with her loving owners, Charlie Osman and her partner, Nick Ettridge, who spent a lot of time living in London including in Hackney Wick before they moved to Kent.  

The Dachshund spends her time at dog photoshoots with her famous ‘dog husband’ Puggy and the pair do campaigns with brands.  

Charlie said: “She’s a rescue and she came from a pretty horrific past so I think that is probably why I am a little OTT (over the top) with her and I’m almost making up for lost time and trying to teach her that humans aren’t all bad. I just want to give her the best life possible.” 

The former part-time art dealer worked in London but since Pops has become even more popular, she is now her full-time agent and works alongside Nick who is the photographer and videographer of the team.  

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When opportunities arise for the dogs, Charlie and Nick enjoy travelling to photoshoots and try to make an adventure out of it by staying away from home in an Airbnb.  

The 34-year-old said: “I think me and my partner know that the dogs aren’t going to be here forever so we know that this lifestyle won’t last forever. The way we’re looking at it is just really enjoy it while we can and if an opportunity comes up, we drop everything and go.”


Charlie with Pops, Puggy Smalls and Pomegranate. (Image: Charlie Osman)

Pops and Puggy Smalls often receive gifts from brands but their owners recognised they didn’t need to keep them all. They decided to donate them to Mayhew Cats and Dogs Home and this is when Charlie and Nick heard about the work of therapy dogs who are part of the Home’s Therapaws programme.  

Their Dachshund was assessed and after passing the training “with flying colours” she became a therapy dog for the elderly who were staying in Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, London. While living in London, Pops spent her time visiting those in the elderly care unit each week, giving cuddles to whoever needed them. Charlie said they both miss it now.  

Pops has had problems of her own to face too. She was diagnosed with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) which is common in Dachshunds. One day her owners saw a change in her back legs and thought it could be a sign of the disease as “it looked like she was drunk on her back legs.” 

She was kept at the vets overnight and by the next day she had lost all bladder and bowel control and was completely paralysed. The vet decided to give Pops an emergency MRI scan and during this Charlie was called by the vets who said she had a very urgent decision to make. If further immediate action wasn’t taken, Pops would have died.  

Charlie was told there was a 50/50 chance that Pops would walk again but even if she couldn’t there would be no pain for her anymore so they decided to go ahead with it. After two weeks Charlie and her family were delighted to see Pops stand up and start to wobble across the garden.  

The recovery process included months of hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and laser therapy. Pops has recovered well and now only gets a bit achy in the winter months but she wears a jumper to help with the cold.   

Charlie said: “She’s one of the lucky ones.” 

You can follow the adventures of Pops on Instagram.

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