Age: a young 1 1/2 years (estimate)
Weight: 40 lbs.
Basset Mix (has a basset build)
Hi, my name is Lola! I have spent a bit of time in my foster home and here is what they have learned about me.
Daily Routine: Lola sleeps both in the kennel and sometimes in our bed. We have 2 dogs that live here with Lola. She wakes up with the others and goes outside to go potty. She’s perfectly potty trained when she can access our doggy door. She gets to eat a morning breakfast and then looks forward to a morning nap. She prefers the couch or going back to our bed with our other dogs. She loves going in and out the doggy door all day. She loves toys, but is still learning what are dog toys and what are people things. In the late afternoon she gets a second meal and then it’s “game on”! All three dogs will be playing with each other and spending time outside. Around 8pm all three are ready to hit the hay. We are making sure that Lola learns to sleep in a kennel and is not anxious being kenneled. My husband and I are almost always home and she spends very little time unsupervised.
What I love to do: Lola loves to snuggle 24/7! She loves to play with toys, especially chew toys. She loves to socialize with our dogs but is very submissive and not always sure how to behave as a dog. Our dogs are helping her learn what is appropriate personal space and acceptable dog behaviors. She loves going in and out all by herself using the doggy door. She loves to run fast, and is pretty fast for a basset hound mix!
Personal goals: While Lola is full grown, she acts much like an young puppy. If you keep that in mind while training and teaching her, it's very helpful. We are still trying to teach her to use bells on the doorknob to let us know she has to go out. She has never had an accident on a hard surface, but tends to have accidents on carpets or dog beds if she doesn’t have access to letting herself outside through the dog door. Lola appears to have been abused physically and her new owners must never physically correct her or spank her. She is easily corrected by using a loud voice and redirecting bad behavior. She is fearful of men and takes a little longer to get comfortable around them. Once she is comfortable, she will be right up on you lap looking for snuggles! We are working on walking on a leash, but she does a pretty good job already. Left unsupervised, she will chew on things that she shouldn’t-as any young pup will do.
Favorite thing to do with my best friend: Lola loves playing with her furry foster brother and sister. She especially loves our female that is about the same size as Lola. They like to lay and snuggle together. They play fight and run after each other around the house. Lola loves her even though her foster sister is always biting Lola's ankles!
Kind of family I want: Lola would LOVE a home with other dogs that will love and accept her. A home with a doggie door would be so nice because Lola would be perfectly potty trained. Without a dog door she will definitely need work on learning the system and how to indicate she wants outside. We aren't sure she would be good around cats as we do not have any and she is still very much a puppy in nature. Lola needs a family with time to supervise her and continue training positive behavior so she can learn to meet their expectations. She would not do well home alone for long hours because she is still such a puppy. She is currently learning to be in a kennel but only a few hours at a time.
Biggest fears: Lola is afraid of aggressive movements, loud yelling, and men she doesn't know (until she gets used to them.) It is important that her family be aware of and able to work with and accommodate her on this.
Ideal weekend plans: Lola would probably love the dog park but we haven’t been there to visit yet. She is a lover of the outdoors who likes to run, play, and explore. She can also take a 3 hour nap like any young dog will do when they get all their wiggles out in a positive way, such as proper exercise.
Lola is best for a home looking for a puppy-in-progress. She needs continued training, positive reinforcement, room to run and hopefully pals to run with, and a dog door would be a bonus for a smooth transition. If your home could be the home for her, please fill out the adoption application under the "Adoption" heading to get the process started. There you will also find other information about the process and what comes next.