'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Saturday, 1 October 2011

One Year Old.

Taken the day after she came home.

Taken today.

Lola has, over the course of the last ten months with me, been a huge source of delight, frustration, happiness and despair.

Yes, she's been here ten months now, and despite the above I've somehow not managed to leave her in a ditch or dropkick her, as I've threatened to do so many times when it's one in the morning and she's refusing to pee because it's cold and wet.

She's a pretty awful example of a terrier - both inside and out. Her pricked ears, arched back, and bowed legs would get her laughed out of the ring; and her shyness toward people, aggression/guarding toward dogs (though the latter is hardly atypical of 'dog hot' breeds like terriers) and lack of a huge prey drive or any real gameness wouldn't be much approved of either.

But she's my girl.

She's clever, quick to learn, and quick to apply what she learns. She can problem solve in a way Jess never could. She LIVES to do some of her tricks--to leap at me, for instance--as much as she lives to run, to fetch, to cuddle under the covers at night and lick my eyes and ears in the morning.

Right now she's led in my arms, snoring. She doesn't know it but I'm so grateful that I got her, all those months ago.

Here's to many more celebrations of this day, sweetheart.


Ci Da said...

Happy birthday, Lola. Glad to see you've made it this far. Here's to many more!

Bailey Be Good! said...

Happy 10 months old, Lola!!

Happy Saturday woofs & hugs! <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Sara said...

Awww, what a little peanut she was, and now she's such a proud girl. And she has many reasons to be proud.

Happy Birthday Lola! It is so much fun watching you grow.

Ludo van Doggy said...

Happy birthday Lola!
You sound like a joy.
Aw, the mice are so cute! I had mice all through my teens and loved them. I had a champagne coloured one, though not show standard called Joey.

An English Shepherd said...

A very Happy Birthday Lola :-)

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Happy Birthday Lola! Such a beautifully written post for such a much-loved little girl!

Winnie said...

A lovely story. I think you and Lola were made for each other really.

Love and licks, Winnie

Diana said...

Happy Birthday. Good thing she's cute huh? LOL

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