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

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Lola the adolescent

4.4.17  Something has shifted on the Lola axis.  Yesterday Lola ratcheted up the naughtiness but she also tugged on our heart strings.  One minute Andy was telling her off severely, the next he was playing her favourite tickling game in a bid to cheer her up.  It was the first time I had felt really … Continue reading Lola the adolescent

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

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

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’

On being disrespected

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

First walk

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

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

Annoying Behaviours

2.2.17 I think I can say we’ve had a better day.  I’m not sure why I think that as we’ve had the full range of Annoying Behaviours (AB).  In fact, Lola has been concentrating on developing a new AB which involves running away from me with some illicit item she has picked up.  We have … Continue reading Annoying Behaviours

Lola does have some good points

1.2.17 As I stood in the garden in the mizzle for the umpteenth time, in the dark, watching Lola lying nonchalantly on the wet grass, chewing away, rather than getting on with visiting ‘Lola’s corner’ to do her stuff, I reflected that I really need to think more positively about this whole Lola puppy business.  … Continue reading Lola does have some good points