Watching Lola work her way through life and now watching Evie experiencing the big wide world has really driven home to us how much Lola struggled on a daily basis with basic doggie behaviours and what we perceive is ‘normal’ for them.Read More
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It has been a while since I have felt able to write anything relating to our beautiful dog Lola. Losing her has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to experience and we miss her every day.Read More
Since her previous incident Lola had been living life quite happily, going on trips to the park, the beach, to family’s houses. She didn’t even seem too put off by what had occurred. We did notice that she had stopped being as submissive when other dogs were around and was instead standing up for herself a little bit more. We, along with everyone else who saw this happen, thought that it was a good thing that she wasn’t getting pushed around anymore. Looking back I see that these were the early signs of a dog that had learned a new way to deal with a situation she was unsure of, but I nor anyone else realised how undesirable this behaviour would become.Read More
A dog that guards food and/or toys is exhibiting an instinctive behaviour. In the dog world they don't tend to just let another member of their pack borrow or take what they are currently enjoying. In a domesticated dog though this natural behaviour is unacceptable and can potentially cause injury.Read More
Let me start by saying that this is extremely difficult for me to write. Each incident upset me more than I realised at the time. Clearly if they had such an impact on me then I can only begin to imagine how they affected Lola, especially being the nervous, fearful, anxious dog that she was already. None of these incidents were caused any significant physical injury but sometimes it is the unseen ‘afflictions’ that can have unwanted long lasting effectsRead More
When Lola came to live with us, at about 4 months of age, I vividly remember first noticing the onset of one of her obsessive behaviours, shadow chasing. When she was a puppy and still learning right from wrong we kept her outside when we couldn’t watch her 100% of the time. After we had eaten our dinner though we would head outside to play a game, have a wrestle or just a cuddle. It was during one of these innocent interactions when my husband and I were sitting on the ground, so we could be at her level, that I recall Lola noticing, then pawing at and finally chasing any moving shadow. Who would have thought that these seemingly normal puppy behaviours of discovering new things, investigating these new things and interacting with these new things would turn into a full blown obsession in the months and years to followed.Read More
When we first met Lola I remember thinking that’s a slightly intense pup but they are all like that aren’t they? I mean she had been living at the vets for a couple of weeks so of course she was going to be a little ‘stir crazy’. Her constant attention seeking, high pitched bark and inability to relax unless utterly exhausted seemed like normal puppy behaviour…Read More