The timing seemed right to add a family member. We recently moved into a house with a yard and close to parks. I've always wanted a doggie. Don't get me wrong, I love my cats. Most of them are strays that we took in and they are more than happy. We love them to death. But they are not into walking or going on trips. I have been feeling a little depressed and lonely lately and a sweet little dog to hang out with me and go on walks seemed like the perfect solution! I was starting to feel more anxious about leaving the house! It was a mess. Yep, I must sound like a real hot mess! Anyway, it is fact that pets can help with depression and I could think of nothing more that I wanted than a dog. More specifically, I wanted to rescue a shelter dog that is older and may appear un-adoptable for people with less patience or young kids. I want to save every animal I see but let's be realistic. After carefully considering if I have the time, resources and knowledge to take care of a dog and socialize a dog with our cats. We started looking and eventually found Lola!
At first, I spotted an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier mix but after visiting her and choosing her, she got sick. And then she got worse. It was a little worrisome and gave us time to consider future medical bills and that Jack Russell's don't usually get along with cats. We picked her on Tuesday and by Thursday, I was feeling pretty discouraged as our pick up date kept getting delayed. I looked at an adoption video of an old fat rat terrier named Lola and fell in love a little. But my heart was still set on the Jack Russell and I actually felt guilty for looking at other dogs! But by Friday, things had gotten worse and I realized it was probably not meant to be. Lola was the one. Her fat potbelly pig belly and sweet nature won me over. So I brought her home last night!
|In the car at the shelter parking lot|
She is 11 years old which is not too super old for Rat Terriers because they can live into their twenties. She was surrendered initially because her owner couldn't afford her. She was in pretty rough shape and needed lots of medications, dental work and a cyst removed from her eyelid. She appeared to not be given enough activity too. Her breed is very active so I knew she would jump at the chance to go to the park with me. All her tests came back good so she was healthy. She was then adopted. But they gave her back after two weeks. The reason they gave was that she was not housebroken. It was mentioned that she was tied up outside and left closed up in a room by herself at night. She may have also been roughly disciplined after accidents and became a little poop shy. Let's be real, they were not the right family for her and she unfortunately got the blame.
Well, from the moment I put her in my car until now, she has been perfect. No accidents and a loyal companion. She sat in the front seat with me and laid down while we drove. She went on a walk right away, before we went into the house to wear her out before meeting the cats. She heeled. She did her thing and loved it. We are going really slow with the cats and so far we have just witnessed some growling and she has already slowed down on that. No lunging and no fights. We fed her early in the evening and walked her again. This dog loves to walk. In fact, she won't do her business until she is at least walked down the street. I have a feeling this is something she was not being given in her last home which is how she got the "not housebroken" label. So far so good and I have been sticking to a schedule she would be on when I go back to work on Monday. Let Lola's record be cleared!
She slept with me all night, with the cat even visiting a couple times. She didn't move and no accidents! It seems like she just needed a schedule and activity. I kept her on the leash in the house on the first night. Today, she is already off the leash. She either sits on the rug and waits for me, follows me or sits with me on the couch. She snores, is crazy for belly rubs, knows all the important commands, tolerates anything being done to her, wiggles, waddles and wags her tiny tail when I go to her. She also takes her duty of keeping crumbs off the floor very seriously.
She is unbelievably perfect! I highly recommend adopting a senior dog. We are going to purchase pet health insurance for her so we don't have to worry about vet bills. Otherwise, you can end up with an attentive and grateful pup that will be your instant buddy. You might have to carry them up the stairs when they are too tired but they will show their appreciation every day if you give them a forever home. Senior animals are often not adopted and their potential ignored. We love Lola already! I am happy to have her in my life and provide her with a good one! Thank you, Oregon Humane Society!
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