I am very happy to introduce the newest member of our family and my latest photography subject, Lola! We welcomed her into our family almost two weeks ago.
|I call this her school picture pose|
Getting a dog is something Tejano and I have talked about for as long as I can remember. Even before we talked about having kids, we knew we wanted a dog- but our apartment in San Francisco did not allow pets so we put it on our "someday" list, along with chickens...
Although it wasn't something we could do right away, we talked about what wanted in a dog. We wanted one from a shelter/rescue and one that would be a part of our family, sleeping with Little Potato, going out for walk/runs with me, that kind of thing. The main thing we debated about was the breed (Tejano has soft spot for English bulldogs) and the age. There are pros and cons to getting a puppy or an older dog (the biggest puppy con for me was house training).
And then one day I was browsing Facebook, as I tend to do while Little Potato is napping in my arms, when I saw a photo posted by a friend of some puppies in need of a home. There was something about the photos that drew me in, so I asked for more information. While I waited for my friend to respond, I texted Tejano and showed him the picture. We wrote back and forth for a while and came to the conclusion that if the situation was right, we were ready to have a dog.
When my friend responded to my questions a few minutes later, she sealed the deal. The puppies (four females) had been rescued by her sister near a canal out in the country. They had managed to survive a massive heatwave and within a couple of days of being rescued, were adjusting well to life with a family. My friend and her sister, who have many years of experience rescuing animals and caring for them, estimated that the puppies were between 10 to 12 weeks old and were a mix of English Lab and Australian Shepherd. The next day I met my friend at a local pet store and she helped me get ready with everything I would need to bring home a puppy, along with some advice on puppy training. I was about as excited and nervous as I had been before Little Potato arrived. Within a couple of days of reading that Facebook post, Lola was home with us.
|How can anyone resist that face?|
Because she was rescued, we don't know anything about her past. In the last couple of weeks we've pieced together as much of a story as we can based on my friend's previous experiences and what Lola shows us.
Our suspicion is that before the puppies were abandoned near (possibly in) the canal, they were abused and neglected. Lola is very friendly and mild mannered but she becomes particularly alert at the sound of certain truck engines and I've also noticed she is hesitant around men wearing hats. In doing online photo searches and from what others have told us, she looks like a cross between a Lab, Australian Shepherd, and Pit Bull.
So far, Lola has proven to be a perfect match for our family. She sleeps most of the day, is careful with Little Potato, and is eager to fit in. We're still working on the house training thing and there was one day I left her in the backyard and she made it out through a loose board in the fence. Luckily, she was found by a neighbor, and through the neighborhood Facebook page, was reunited with our family.
I'm still adjusting to life with a toddler and a puppy (and five chickens) and there have been some mornings where there isn't enough coffee in the world to prepare me for the day. But she's one of us now and I know we'll figure it out.
|Little Potato reading to Lola|