Lola’s existence before to being rescued might be summed up in one word: terrible.
The pit dog spent her days resting on a concrete floor in a dark, dank garage where she was tied up for eight years. She was never released off her chain and received no attention or veterinary treatment.
Lola was finally spotted by a woman, who then contacted the New York-area animal care charity AMA Animal Rescue. When a team of rescuers came, they talked Lola’s owner into giving her up.
After everything Lola had been through, no one would blame her if she was hostile or aggressive toward people. But Lola was the exact opposite — she was friendly and sweet, and couldn’t stop wagging her tail when the rescue team found her.
“We called her ‘wiggly butt,’” Michele Walsh, a volunteer with AMA, told The Dodo. “She was wagging her cute little tail, super friendly, giving kisses and so happy to meet her rescuers. She let them take her off this chain, and they walked right out with her.”
The first thing the team did was get Lola to Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, where she got a few tumors surgically removed. Then Lola went into foster care for a few months before being adopted by Charlène von Saher, who lives in Manhattan.
Lola has been with von Saher for seven weeks now, but it only took Lola a few days to settle into her new digs — and relax.
According to von Saher, “She found out where her tiny beds were, and what was soft and what was comfy for her.”
She sleeps on the bed, the couch, and even the patio furniture.
Lola will also rearrange things to get extra comfortable, von Saher said.
“She actually took a throw pillow off of my bed, and put it into her dog bed,” von Saher said. “When I came home, her head was on it — she literally made herself a little bed in her bed with my pillow. It was like ‘The Princess and the Pea’ — I guess she liked having multiple cushions underneath her.”
Lola has even been observed by von Saher dozing across two dog beds.
or by piling dog beds one atop the other.
Von Saher recalled: “Lola had moved the smaller bed on top of the other bed and positioned herself on top of it when I arrived back. “It was hilarious. When I entered, I was in shock.
Lola like the sun as well, something she undoubtedly learned while chained up in the dim garage.
One thing’s for sure — Lola has taught von Saher the importance of relaxing. And von Saher has loved seeing Lola become a spoiled, happy dog.
“I think she looks better and better each day,” von Saher said. “They always say, ‘When you adopt a dog, you’re really saving two.’ That’s because you’re taking one, and you’re opening up a space for another dog to come into the shelter or the rescue group.”
“I absolutely adore her,” von Saher added. “She’s added so much to my life already.”