Lola’s day out…

Don’t get me wrong..  I love my dog Summer.  I have had her for almost 10 years and she has been the best dog anyone could hope for.

We all love Rosa too.  She is a sweet dog that captures your heart immediately.

But there is something about Lola.    It has been 7 months since I met her and took her to the beach for the first time,  and today was her day out.    What is it about her ?   I will put it bluntly, and if you have met her,  I am sure you will agree.   She just doesn’t give a shit.    Whatever has happened to her,  that tail does not stop wagging.   She has an air about her that tells you that no matter what life has thrown at her,  nothing will stop her from being happy,  and present,  and appreciative of what road she takes every day.   I look back at 7 months ago when I first said that she was teaching me,   and today she taught me even more.

Let’s start out by saying she was ready, as she always is… In fact,  she was waiting…

This dog has more focus than most humans I know.

Off we went to the woods of Salvo,  for a walk that I knew would quickly turn into sniffing every 5 feet.   This dog could follow the scent of anything from Salvo to San Francisco.    We moved along until there was a sound in the woods that I thought was a deer,  but Lola immediately let all the creatures of the woods that she was the boss.  She has this quiet confidence that says stay the fuck out of my way if you know what is good for you,  while at the same time is one of the most affectionate dogs I have ever met.

From there we went back to Spa Koru,  where Lola appeared happy to be there.

She was in unchartered waters with all brand new people. None of that phased her and that is what is so special about her.  She has so much to teach us humans.  What is this thing called carpeting ?   I must find out immediately and I do not care what anyone thinks of me.

From Avon we drove north to Waves and Waterman’s Bar and Grill.   On the drive north I could see she was getting sleepy,  but she sat and stared ahead in silence, knowing she had to stay awake for something special :  Hamburger……   While that was being cooked,  she had to remind all the kite-boarders who the boss was..

Not only did she get a burger,  it also came with bacon.  I never saw a dog jump up on a picnic table any faster.    Sure, bad manners and all that,  but did I say this was BACON ? Now I don’t know this for a fact,  but this may be the first burger this dog has ever had. It wrapped up our afternoon and I took her back to the Pet resort as one tired pup.

I have said this before and I will say this again.  Lola has so much to teach you.  We aren’t sure where she came from,  or everything that she has been through,  but whatever it was,  it has never stopped her from wagging her tail,  and giving you a hug, and kissing your face for as long as you will let her.

We all carry things through our lifetimes,  there is no way around it.   She has taught me to drop those things and appreciate what is in front of you at this very moment,  whether it be a walk in the woods, a group of new humans,  or a bacon covered hamburger.

You see, what has happened to Lola does not matter.  What does matter is her incredible ability to show you a confident and happy dog that would change the life of any human lucky enough to have her.    Spend just 10 minutes with her and you will see what I mean.   It starts with a visit,  and just watch what she teaches you….

 

Rosa’s day out.

Today was a good day.     Time to get serious and get Rosa out in the island world where all could see what an amazing dog she is.   As usual,  she was ready and up to go anywhere,  totally trusting and not caring where the destination was.

We headed south to Buxton,  to points unknown to her but a place where I knew she could unload her true bounding potential, the Lighthouse, and the Buxton woods.  Off we went, the March wind beginning to roar,   but it was no match for Rosa’s determination to let it all loose and gallop free the way ALL animals are meant to be.  The run ended at the Woods,  where her sense of smell took over to take in all that nature had to offer.    I believe stop and smell the roses would apply here.   So many things she can teach you.  We finished at the Lighthouse for a break before heading north to Avon.

It is a sight to watch a dog like Rosa gain confidence before you eyes…

Off to Ace Hardware we went,  in search of biscuits,  where they let us in to roam the aisles until the correct flavor of Buddy biscuit was found.     Rosa prefers peanut butter,  which of course is the best flavor of biscuit EVER.

Our final stop was the best one,  Spa Koru in Avon for a quick workout and photo shoot.   It takes alot to get folks to stop their exercise regimen,  but Rosa had a good half dozen off the weights and treadmills to say hello and found herself the center of attention,  by doing nothing but being her typical Rosa self.     In about 10 minutes several hearts were won over,  and the adoption net for which we wish to widen was thrown.    A big thank you for Spa Koru for letting us interrupt their day.

At this point Rosa was so confident she was ready to drive home.

I admit it,  I am a sucker for all things that a dog wants,  but I made her get in the back seat for the ride home,  and within seconds she was snoring all the way to Rodanthe.    This was a good day for this dog,   better than most in her life ..

We will continue to crank this up a notch to help her find a home.  A home that she deserves,  where she can have all of her days like the one she had today.

If you took the time to read this far, take a second more and pass this along to anyone and everyone you know that loves animals, and dogs in particular.   The wider the net we throw,  the better the chance we will get to give her the family lucky enough to take her in.

 

 

 

 

We’re still here….

Not to worry,  we get car rides, walks to the beach,  runs ON the beach,  other dogs to bark at, we see cats we wish we could chase,  and humans all over the place.

Yeah, we have been here awhile, but we take it all in stride,  just take us for a ride,  and let us see the incoming tide.

We only take one day at a time,  never looking back at where we were prior to being here,  and never looking forward to where we will end up.   Each day brings another biscuit,  a trip outside to see the sun shining on our face and the ability to sniff the million smells this island brings to us. We take nothing for granted,  are grateful for every moment with these humans, learning new tricks as we go, and teaching what is important without even knowing we are doing it.

There’s a home out there for both of us,  we’re not worried about that.  Until that time comes,  we’ll keep wagging those tails of ours,  and sticking our tongues out at the world in general.

We would stay and tell you more about how to change the world, but our ride is here.   We can’t keep him waiting.  There’s a beach with our name on it…

Later humans……keep an eye out for us this spring ,  we’ll be around..

How are those girls doing ?

I think a picture is worth a thousand words.   We call this the Lola grass dance.

Both Lola and Rosa and doing great, and are so ready for their new homes.   We have spent months walking them,  taking them to the beach,  playing ball with them, watching them jump for joy and preparing them for life with some cool humans.

They are so different.   Rosa wants to run and jump and show you everything she can do,  while Lola is happy to just get out and smell the salt air,  with the occasional roll in the earth,  as you can see above.   Both are affectionate and would be so happy to see you every day you came home.

We have had them at the Pet Resort longer than some of the other rescues,  but the way we see it,  it gives them more time to get prepared for the lucky owner that gets to take them home.

Both photos below were just taken 2 days ago,  after both of their walks.   I have seen a world of difference in both of them in the months they have been here.   It shows what a difference you can make in someone’s life,  as well as what they will be able to do for yours.

Pass this along,  and let’s get these two the homes they deserve.

Lola and Rosa updates

Both dogs are doing very well,  thanks to the Hatteras Island Pet Resort.    I took both out for walks today,  and both of them are in great spirits.

Lola is gaining weight, loves to meander on the walks, and loves to search for the biscuits in my pockets.   Nothing seems to phase this girl.    She is happy to be out in the world,   and is not in a hurry to get there.

Rosa gets so excited when it is walk time.  She is so smart that she knows seeing me means we are headed out.   Not so interested in biscuits,  but she loves to run and keeping up with her is fun to do as she keeps looking back to see if you are coming.

Both of these dogs deserve good homes,  and the true reward will go to the lucky owners that take them there.   They will lighten up your lives and show you what it truly important in this world.   Take a chance on them, it will be the best decision you ever make…

 

 

Special dogs….

We all meet special dogs in our lifetime,  some are with us for years, others we only meet briefly.  The good ones leave a mark on you that you keep forever.

When I was kid I had a beagle named Cleo.  She liked to sleep under the covers with me,  she always got the last bite of my sandwich, and her favorite thing to eat was ring bologna.   She was a special dog and I will remember her beagle howl for my remaining days.

Now that I am an adult I have a golden retriever named Summer.  Many of you have met her,  I have had folks tell me she is the happiest dog in the world.  She always gets the last bite of my sandwich,  and her favorite thing to eat is pizza crusts.  She is laying next to me sleeping as I write this,  and she too is a special dog that has provided many memories that I will keep with me for my remaining days.

I’d like to think I helped give these 2 dogs pretty good lives, and that is about all we can really do for them.

And now there is Lola.   I have only known her for a few weeks,  but I can already tell she is a special dog.   I do not know what type of life she has had up to now.  Did she have an owner,  was she lost in the wild,  was she mis-treated ?   These are questions that she cannot answer,  and of her, I would never ask.   She is not my dog,  but I will do whatever I can to help her find someone who can give her the life that I was able to give my dogs,  and that is about all that I can do for her.

I can tell you she loves her biscuits and likes going through your pockets to find them.   If she was my dog,  I would name her Pockets..  Just throwing that out there,  but this is not my call.   She deserves to have the life that all other dogs do,  and if you give her that chance,  I guarantee you that she will give you love and memories that you will keep with you for all your remaining days.

Finally,  I tried to get the right photo of her on the beach today to capture the essence of who she is,  but that it is like catching lightning in a bottle.    Fortunately,  I believe I have caught it.   I saw this and to me,  she is saying she has taken all that this world has thrown at her and sticks out her tongue at it,  and then gets back to digging in my pockets.

Sound advice for us humans I think…

Lunch with Rosa

Hey,  let’s not forget about this gal !   We took her out to lunch today over at Waterman’s for a burger and a walk.   As you can see below she was ready to go,  decked out in “Adopt Me”  vest,  waiting for the car to start so she could stick her head out the window.

So well behaved,  another one that does not pull the leash, is patient,  and wants nothing more than attention and a burger with bacon,  followed by a side of bacon and bacon for dessert.

The meal lasted all of 30 seconds,  as any good burger eating dog would tell you, sometimes chewing your food can be overrated.

Rosa is happy to be out in the world,  with a cheery face and an outlook that turns your day around.   She too has come from some tough parts with some tough stories,  but nothing is going to stop her from brightening your day.    She also loves to run,  and getting her out in the open sand at low tide makes you want to run along side her,  even if this means you will be sore for a week.

Every dog has its own personality,  Rosa’s is the kind that will chase your blues away, and make you want to eat bacon all day.  (Ok, not really but it rhymed so I threw it in).

Stop by and see her, you will see what I mean !

A day at the beach…

Just a typical summer Saturday in the Outer Banks as you look to the right and the wave of traffic heads north,  and you look to the left and the other wave heads south.   Lola and I waited patiently to cross the road to get to the other side,  knowing the beach was straight ahead.   No impatience in her,   no pulling on the leash,  just a grin up to me saying “We’re in no hurry,  are we ?”

Camera’s were clicking as we passed the Nights in Rodanthe house,  almost as blue as the ocean ahead. But we did not care about that either. There was a lump of sand with our name on it,  biscuits for breakfast,  and new smells all around.  Her nose was covered in sand in no time, content to walk no further and just stop and look around. This dog is smart as a whip, knowing she did not need to go any further than where we were to get what she was looking for. Blue sky, clean air, blue ocean, and biscuits for brunch.

Today’s lesson :  Appreciate the things you have in front of you , the small and simple ones,  and don’t go off looking for other things,  when you have biscuits right in front of you.

As we turned to leave,  a big wave came up and got us both wet..  She looked at me with a grin and another lesson,  never turn your back on the ocean !

Who is helping who ?

I took a walk on the beach today, and decided to take a new friend along with me.   We just met,  and we became instant pals.   She does not walk like the other dogs I have walked, she is not in a hurry, she does not pull on the leash, or get distracted by too many sights and sounds.   She is just happy to be outside.    We walked to the edge of the ocean,  and I could tell she wanted to sit down and take it all in. I felt tell this was the first time she had ever seen the ocean,  as her nose remained up the air breathing it all in. She let me put her arm around her,  and every minute or so would give me a kiss of appreciation.

I thought I was doing her a favor by bringing her here, but when I returned home,  I realized it was her doing me the favor.  We all have scars we carry through life,  but Lola is actually wearing them all over her.   But none of whatever has happened to her in this life mattered on this day at the beach.

She sat and looked out at the waves, and then back at me, and back to the birds,  being in the present moment more than most humans I have ever met.   She was happy to breathe in the salt air,  and let me be with her in absolute silence at the miracle that life brings us every day.   There was no past to dwell on ,  and no future to worry about.    It was now, and it was wonderful.

Tomorrow is another day,  and you better believe we are going back to the beach,  as Lola still has more to teach me.

If you have never had a dog and would ever be considering one to care for and learn from,  look no further than this one. Every day I will get to spend with her is a gift, and I will take whatever I can get.

This is what life is about……

She is not here yet,  but rumor has it she is coming..  I just found out today.  Sometimes we struggle with the meaning of things,  and why certain things have to happen to us and others,  and what we can do about it.

I don’t know what happened to Lola, but she made it out.  She found her way to where she is today,  and all we can do is help her along her road of life to a better place.

I hear some help will be needed, and isn’t that why we are all here?  I help you ,  you help me,  and when someone like Lola comes along who cannot tell her story,  you do what you can and you help her along.

Hearts can be broken by seeing what we see sometimes in this world, until you realize your true power lies in your ability to take someone else’s heart and make them whole again.  Cry for you I might,  but when I am done,  your hug will make it alright.

She’s coming to us in a few days,  and I will let you know more when she does.   Help will be needed,  and this is the difference we can make,  and what life is all about…

We can all turn this around and make it a happy ending,  and that is exactly what we intend to do……

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She walked up to me and she asked for a walk.
I asked her name and in a dark brown voice she said, “Lola”