3rd Prettiest Bitch

2.5.17 Lola has embarked upon her glittering prize-winning career. She won 3rd place in the very first dog show she entered – for Prettiest Bitch. Being new to dogs, this sounded a bit like something from the mean streets of New York so it seemed somewhat out of place in the genteel, soggy surroundings of … Continue reading 3rd Prettiest Bitch

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Banned from the garden

1.5.17  I am reaching peak stress.  Andy has re-seeded our garden (trying to cover all the urine spots) and we have been banned from it for at least two weeks.  That was over a week ago and it has been an incredibly frustrating time.  The first day Lola couldn’t go in the garden it took … Continue reading Banned from the garden

Training class trauma

30.3.17  Nursing a whisky, mainlining chocolates (or I would be if it wasn’t Lent), sitting here an emotional wreck on the edge of tears: yes, it’s been another puppy training or, as I like to call it, owner humiliation class.  Each week seems to be progressively worse.  This week the demon trainer took me to … Continue reading Training class trauma

Pushing the boundaries

24.3.17  Slightly disappointingly, Lola is no longer afraid of footballs.  In fact, she has gone from being afraid of footballs to ruining football games in one fell swoop.  Two days ago she started playing with the old, deflated football we had left out for her to get used to, so Charlie and I started kicking … Continue reading Pushing the boundaries

Puppy trauma

22.3.17 A friend told me today that they were taking the plunge and getting a puppy.  I was shocked and deduced she hadn’t really been listening to everything I’d told her about looking after Lola and had simply seen her fluffy loveliness and thought what a wonderful thing a puppy was.  In fact, I’m sure … Continue reading Puppy trauma

Snack snobbery

13.3.17  Lola is a snack snob.  This realisation dawned on me today after having spent a couple of sessions trying to drag (sorry, walk) her to and from school.  I could sense how much our trainer would have disapproved if she’d seen me and I’m not sure I will confess to her on Thursday night … Continue reading Snack snobbery

A day in the life of Lola

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

Going on a play date

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

The joy of the ‘walk’

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’

No going back

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