2/20/2014 UPDATE: The meeting went great and Lola is on her way to her new home!
2/20/2014 UPDATE: If all goes well, Lola has a new home.
Funny little Lola would probably be a great companion for any active family that loves Airedales AND has the time and energy to exercise and train a young Airedale. She adores all people and loves to play with other dogs and a friendly, active male Airedale would be a great companion. She does insist on being first in everything — you know “What Lola Wants, Lola Gets.” Foster mom has to toss toys for her to chase so she can give her own Airedale some loving … otherwise, little Miss Lola is shoving her way right in. A dog already in the home that was jealous of the attention or had any toy or food aggression issues would not be a good match.
Although she is very young (about 20 months old), she is really very good for such a youngster. As always, a basic obedience course is always a good idea with a youngster.
We are looking for a family in Tucson or Phoenix that will keep her lean and give her regular exercise.
Also on Lola’s “must” list for an adopter is to be allowed on the furniture 🙂
A dog door would be a bonus as she loves to whip in and out at will.
We don’t know where Lola started off, but her most recent owners said that they got her from a friend and she was about 20 months old (the vet thinks she might be 18 months based on her glistening white teeth).
Lola was kept in the back yard during the day and crated at night. It just wasn’t enough exercise for an active young Airedale. She has obviously never been mistreated — she has no fears, adores all people and is very used to being allowed on the furniture as her right.
When she first came in, she had a slight limp. Dr. Boulay, the board certified orthopedic vet who has fixed so many of our broken Airedales, took a look at her and her xrays. She does have hip dysplacia, but it is his opinion that as long as she is kept lean and well exercised, she will probably never have a problem with her hips. After a week of running around the acreage of her foster home, the limp was completely gone. In fact, she has really beautiful movement. Dr. Boulay says that the best exercise for her would be walks and short hikes, plus playing with other dogs and chasing balls and toys. Swimming would be great, but not necessary. If surgery ever did become necessary, we have set aside the funds to have that done as long as it is done by a vet of our choosing. For that reason, we want to place her either in Tucson or Phoenix. Other than that, she doesn’t really need any vet care that every other well cared for dog doesn’t get.
Lola is a very pretty little thing, except for her funky flying nun ears, although we happen to think they are cute.
She is adorable when she sits up like a person in the chair and watches TV!
Her only bad habits are that if you aren’t doing anything and she thinks you should be playing with her, she will mouth your hands and keep offering you her paws. That is cute unless you happen to be wearing shorts! We just keep a supply of stuffed toys at hand. She loves to chase after them and then will self-amuse for a long time, tossing it around and pouncing on it.
She also loves to steal dirty socks, but she doesn’t hurt them .. just carries them off and “loves” them a little. She also enjoys pre-shredding the junk mail — a “job” she loves.
She loves playing with other dogs, although her first greeting is a little too enthusiastic .. she nose pokes the other dog. She is very responsive to correction and she gets along fine with the other Airedales in her foster home.
We don’t know if Lola has been around kids. Real little kids would not be a good idea because she needs consistent enforcement of the four-on-the floor rule. But, she would love an older kid who loved to throw her toys and balls for her.
If anyone is interested, let us know. The usual application and home visit process will be required before a meeting is scheduled.
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