It’s hard to believe but Lola has been with us for two months now. When she first arrived home, she was so tiny, and now she weighs a ton. I’m not actually sure how heavy she is at the moment, but I know it’s too heavy for me to carry down the stairs as I found out when she escaped up there earlier today.
In the time we have had Lola, we’ve been through ups and downs with her. She settled in well, and despite puppy behaviour that drives me to distraction sometimes, we have on the whole had a very positive puppy experience with her.
Her first walk out on a lead was in the pouring down rain and I felt so sorry for her, but even though she looked like a drowned rat she didn’t seem to mind. I soon discovered through that week of wet weather that my welly boots had sprung a leak so I need to buy some new ones before the Winter sets in.
Thankfully the weather improved and we’ve managed to enjoy some sunny walks since, and as soon as we managed to gain the confidence with her being off lead it’s been even better.
It’s difficult now to think of life without her, and our daily routine is adapting well to fitting everyone in after a rocky start. She likes to sit in the back seat with a harness and seat belt when we go out in the car, so our next plan for the future is to find plenty of days out to incorporate her with the family, so we can go off on our adventures and see more of this country.
The training has been going well, and despite her not wanting to travel around cones when we were attempting to train with those in the garden, by going out on walks around the roads, she is learning quickly to weave in and out of the metal barriers at the ends of footpaths.
She’s brilliant at fetching her ball and bringing it back, but not to good at dropping it. She will sit on command, but we’re still working on laying down. I can’t fault her sleeping at night (touches wood), and she is great in her crate when we go out.
Our next aim is to get her to come back and keep her attention when we’re out in a big open space. The sight of people, dogs or balls and she’s off her tail wagging wanting to play and say hello. Just a shame not everyone wants to say hello back!
I can’t believe she was this small when we first brought her home
This is Lola two months on.