Where has the time gone? It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago we were choosing Lola before our first holiday to Disney World back in 2014. I can’t believe she is two years old already.
We’ve been so lucky with her since she arrived with us at 10 weeks old. She adapted to toilet, sleep and crate training so well, and has been a joy to have around. Don’t get me wrong she has tested us with her naughty times, like when she digs in the garden, or chewed our shoes if we left them out for her. Our furniture and wooden skirting boards and table legs have all escaped unscathed however which I am thankful for. She has only really managed to ruin the rug in the lounge after her digging incident where she decided to throw up all over my rug. It wasn’t pleasant and the rug didn’t make it!
Her lead training has been a slow process and she still likes to pull when we’re out and about sometimes, but having the right lead on helps with that. We are able to leave her alone without her being naughty or whining for attention, and she is intelligent enough to know when she is being naughty.
One of our favourite places to take her is Hengistbury Head as she gets a great run off the lead, gets to enjoy the water and sand as well as grassy areas, but there are plenty of other places we like to take her as well as just around the corner to the park.
Aside from when we had Lola spayed, we have been lucky that she hasn’t had to take many trips to the vets. There was one incident where she ate something that really disagreed with her and she ended up on antibiotics, but thankfully that has been it. If anyone knows a way to stop a Labrador eating anything and everything then I would love to hear it.
Lola really is a joy to have around and we all really missed her whilst we were on holiday earlier this year, but our next holiday has been booked to include her in our adventures so we’re all looking forward to that.
People I speak to say have differing opinions on when a Labrador will calm down in terms of behaviour. Some say two years and other say five years, but the general consensus is that when they calm down they are very soppy and docile. Lola is amazing at home and her behaviour now is brilliant, she will listen to every command we give her. Out and about is still a slightly different story, her recall is fine if we have a ball or treat in our hands, but if she spots something interesting then we don’t stand a chance of getting her attention even when we know she can hear us!
I wouldn’t change her for anything, she’s such a joy to have and has a great bond with Miss A. Happy Birthday Lola.