3.3.17 Puppy training last night was a watershed moment. I think it was actually more about training us than training Lola. I felt a mixture of shame (I had to confess that I was using dog biscuits as treats, rather than chicken or ham) and pride (Lola didn’t bark once and was very well behaved). … Continue reading Training
28.2.17 Lola grabbed my dressing gown this morning. It made me realise that she hardly ever bites my dressing gown any more. Or even us – although Amelia gets annoyed when she goes for her legs as Amelia is usually in leggings so there is no loose material to grab and she often gets Amelia’s … Continue reading A day in the life of Lola
Having given it some thought, I decided that I would move towards a point at which I would consider letting Lola off the lead in a controlled environment once I was confident she would come when called. Having outlined this position to Amelia and her friends as they played in the massive field behind the … Continue reading Freedom!
21.2.17 Three months old and Lola had her first proper visit to someone else’s house yesterday. And not just anyone’s. It was Buddy’s house. Buddy is the one year old Jack Russell that Lola met on Saturday and had so much fun with. I was really interested to see how Lola would be outside her … Continue reading Going on a play date
19.2.17 Lola had an amazing day yesterday! It was a fairly calm morning for her, except that Amelia took her for a walk on her own along the road. I wouldn’t really have been keen for Amelia to go walking on her own without Lola, and I’m not too sure who I’m more worried about, … Continue reading Party time!
16.2.17 Walking has made a world of difference to Lola. Possibly, walking combined with aging. Lola is now over 12 weeks old and I can see lights going on in her brain. She is trying really hard to understand what is required of her (except for when she is 'walking', better known as sniffing or … Continue reading The joy of the ‘walk’
11.2.17 Yesterday we took Lola out into the big wide world (well, the market town of Petersfield) for the first time. We went as a family and our initial plan was for one of us to stand outside each shop with her. This plan faltered at the first hurdle, the sports shop. The inevitable time … Continue reading First trip out
9.2.17 Lola seems to have turned a corner. She is calmer and less bitey. I think it is due to exhaustion given her exciting new regime of walks twice a day on the school run. Her walks are erratic affairs. She sniffs around then starts walking forwards a bit then runs as fast as she/we … Continue reading On being disrespected
7.2.17 It was First Walk day yesterday, the moment I’ve been waiting for since we got Lola. The initial walk was more of an extended sniff. Lola was particularly excited to come across her first lamppost. I could practically see the neurons kicking off in her brain. Unfortunately, instead of being worn out when she … Continue reading First walk
5.2.17 I’ve been having flashes of the love that I’ll feel for Lola. They largely dissipated this morning at 5am (it is Sunday after all and I would dearly love to be in bed). Having taken her out for her last garden visit at the early time of 9pm, as neither of us was feeling … Continue reading No going back