Time is fast running out, as in just under two weeks time Lola’s family have to move into shared accommodation with no room available for Lola!
Lola’s mum has painstakingly put this profile together in the hope it will secure a loving home for this beautiful girl
A Day In The Life Of Lola
‘Lola is a seven year old bull-pei (English Bulldog, Shar-Pei cross). She has been micro chipped and has a full vaccination history. She has been neutered. She has also had her regular flea and worming treatments.
Lola sleeps downstairs in the kitchen in an open bed. We have a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs. In the morning when she hears people getting up she sits at the bottom of the stairs and waits.
When we come downstairs Lola is happy to see us but doesn’t jump up. She goes out in the garden to go to the toilet then comes in for her breakfast. Lola waits expectantly for her breakfast. When we put the bowl on the floor she sits and gives her paw on command. She will not start her food until she has done this part of her routine.
She usually has two walks 30mins to 45 mins each day. When she walks she has a no pull-harness as she is quite strong. This makes walks very manageable. She can walk next to the pram. When we have tried training Lola to walk with less pulling she has made good progress with a consistent approach. Lola is not sociable with other dogs and if we pass closely to another dog she will pull and growl. She is usually quite happy to pass another dog on the opposite side of the street. When in unavoidable close quarters with other dogs she can respond to the sit command with a treat to focus on as they pass. Lola will sit and wait at roadsides. She is not used to being off the lead but has used an extendable lead to give her more freedom when walking in grassed areas. Lola pulls if she sees cats.
During the day Lola spends a lot of time sleeping in her crate (with the door open so she can come and go as she pleases). She has been trained to be in her crate with the door shut for a few hours at a time while we are in the house and is happy with this. Since having our baby 4 months ago we have created consistent boundaries for Lola and she has responded really well to these. If Lola comes too close to the baby while he is on the floor playing we point and say ‘away’. She turns and goes away a significant distance. Lola is now really good with the baby toys. If we leave her in the room with baby toys on the floor, she doesn’t touch them at all. She now also no longer becomes excited by noisy, squeaky toys as she has learned these are not for her. We are really pleased with this and it demonstrates her ability to adapt her behavior with calm but firm, consistent boundaries.
When visitors come to the house Lola becomes excited. She will jump up at new visitors but will respond to them if they use the ‘sit’ command, sitting and waiting for some attention, wagging her tail. She usually settles down within 10 minutes and is back to relaxing. If visitors come to the house repeatedly and offer no attention to her, she learns this and settles very quickly when they arrive, not jumping up as much.
When we first introduced Lola to our 5 year old niece who is not confident with dogs, Lola found it difficult to leave her alone. We spent time taking Lola and our niece out for walks together and allowing our niece to pet Lola while on the lead, for example when she sat to cross roads. Over a relatively short period of time Lola learned our niece would not respond to her and now, after the initial excitement period our niece can walk around the house and Lola will potter around calmly after her. Lola does find our 2 year old nephew more of a challenge as he is much louder and runs around a lot. We have been really pleased with how Lola has responded to our own baby and feel that had she remained with us and seen the gradual changes in him she would have been fine with him.
When we go out and leave Lola in the house she displays some anxious behavior, barking at the door and running up and down the hall. She usually does this for about 20 minutes then settles down to sleep. She does bark at the postman and window cleaners. We have a neighbour who pops in to let Lola out if we are out for a whole day. She has however in the past been left for a working day and been ok. She is fully house trained.
Lola is not offered food from plates or the table when we eat. She will either continue to sleep when we eat our food or sit under the table if we have visitors and it is a little more noisy. She doesn’t beg for food.
Lola has her dinner at about 6pm. She usually has her evening walk before this. She then usually settles down in her crate for the evening. When we go to bed Lola goes out into the garden to go to the toilet and then usually settles in her kitchen bed without being told.
Lola is lovable and enjoys being stroked. She can be excitable but responds really well to firm and consistent boundaries. She also likes to have routines.
We feel Lola would make a super pet some someone with older children or a couple with the time to give her. She would be best with someone who has experience with dogs or is prepared to put the time into consistency for her’.
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Lola’s mum was hopeful that another rescue would take her in, as her name has steadily moved towards the top of their waiting list. Sadly today, the rescue has rejected Lola, after being informed the dog has suffered a urine infection (cured with a course of antibiotics) and a cruciate ligament problem (repaired with hydrotherapy, not surgery) as she will be difficult to insure?!! This rejection today, at such a late stage in their removal plans (which are not of their choice) has thrown Lola’s family into turmoil and panic…