Lola hasn’t had an easy life. Rescued from the side of the road by a good Samaritan who took her to an emergency clinic, it was found that she was underweight and starving on top of having an old spinal surgery that has left her paralyzed in the back legs. After her diagnosis, Lola was transferred to Austin Animal Center. Due to the nature of her injuries, AAC decided it best to send her our way.
Once in our care, foster mom Chris took her in. Chris shares that even though Lola is both bladder and fecal incontinent due to being paralyzed, she was one of the easiest and sweetest fosters she’s ever had. She knew it wouldn’t be long before she found her forever home, and she was right. Shortly after, Reagan came into Lola’s life.
Reagan made the decision to get a dog from APA! and began to create a list of potential pack members, which Lola was on. All her scores and notes fit with what he was looking for, but being a first time dog owner, he wasn’t sure if he’d be the best fit to provide Lola with the delicate care she needs. Nonetheless, he decided to schedule a meet and greet.
From the moment the pair met, Reagan fell in love; but the thought of adopting her brought on some hesitation: “On my list of pros and cons for each dog, Lola had the highest score for the pros … but she also had the single most invasive con on the list. Chris made it a point to say that it was a valid concern and that I didn't need to feel like I had to rescue her. As I thought about my [future as a dog parent] more and more, I couldn't imagine any dog on my list other than Lola, and there eventually came a point when I realized that I didn't feel like I needed to rescue her… I just knew she was the dog for me. There was just going to be a little more work involved.”
Despite his concerns, Reagan and Lola have beautifully adjusted to life together. When asked how Lola’s ailments affect her daily life, he said that she doesn’t even seem to notice: “If I don't keep a close eye on her when I'm on my couch, she'll try to jump up on her own. If she isn't in her cart, wood floors are a little scary to walk on, but a couple well-placed rugs help her get across. My apartment is an interior designer's worst nightmare because none of the rugs even remotely match, but it lets her move a bit more freely. Also, since her tail doesn't work, her ears do the job that the tail normally does. So if I ask her, ‘Lola, do you wanna go outside?’ rather than wag her tail, she shakes her ears back and forth to say yes!”
To only make this sweet girl all the more lovable, we’re so excited to share that Lola recently received special attention for winning the Dharma Rescue Calendar Contest! “Winning this contest was just wonderful! Sure, it's great that Lola is going to be the face of disabled animals, but she gets to be that because friends, family, people who know her, and complete strangers alike all saw it fit to spend money to vote for her. It's the knowledge that so many people love her so much that she was able to raise over $1,000 for disabled animals – [that’s what] makes this victory sweet!” The winning shot? This serene and absolutely lovely photo of Lola against a classic Austin sunset.
“I've never met a dog who would nudge you [so] hard in the middle of the night until you woke up because you dared to stop snuggling them!” Shares Reagan, attesting to Lola’s incredibly loving demeanor, “And that amount of love is just when it's the two of us! If I get a guest, you'd almost think Lola won the lottery! Any time she sees a new face at home or a face she hasn't seen in a while, she twirls around and hops on her two working legs like some kind of 30-pound parakeet!”
Lola has changed Reagan’s life in a number of ways, but the biggest is the impact she’s made on him when it comes to how he looks at dogs with special needs: “I think people [understandably] look at dogs like Lola with a little bit of hesitation; but Lola has taught me that if you let yourself fall in love with a dog like her, the experience is more rewarding than you could ever imagine.”
APA! works every day to match our animals, no matter what unique qualities they have, with their perfect match – just like Reagan and Lola. We couldn’t be more happy for the two. If you want to help us help pets like Lola find their forever home, please give today.