According to statistics, there are over 7.6 million of pets residing in animal shelters in a year. Out of these overwhelming figure there are 3.9 million of dogs longing to be cared, loved, and have a place to call their own. Sadly only about 1.4 million of dogs are welcomed in a new family.
Despite of the fact that only a few of dogs are given the opportunity to have a new home, Lola, a dog residing at Second Chance Rescue Shelter has been adopted twice. Unfortunately, the two people who tried to be with Lola and Lola’s personality did not match. And so, Lola found herself returning to the shelter twice.
But being an adorable and charming dog, Lola was able to find someone who would want to adopt her for the third time.
Christina Antonucci, Lola’s newfound family, was browsing through the rescue shelter’s website when she stumbled upon Lola’s mottled white and black face. With the picture of Lola reminding her of the English bull terrier she loved when she was just a child, Christina decided to drop Lola a visit.
“I remember seeing her sad eyes in the photo and just knew I had to bring her home,” Christina recalled in an interview. “She came in with her foster mum and she was just the sweetest little thing and just sat on my feet straight away and looked up at me.”
Sadly, Lola’s sweet nature did not fit in to the personality of her previous owners. While she was still a puppy, Lola was bought by a teenager and fondly called her Gucci Rose. However, problems arose and the dog was surrendered to the rescue shelter. The second time that Lola was adopted, she was returned because they underestimated her needs.
Learning about Lola’s heartbreaks pulled Christina’s heartstrings. And so Christina decided to adopt Lola and take her home.
“The first night I brought her home, she just lay on top of me for hours just hugging me,” Christina shared, recalling the heartwarming incident. “I was surprised how quickly she warmed up to me as I had only really spent the drive home with her at that point.”
Lola’s sweet gesture may be her way of showing how thankful she is for her new family. And as well as her way of saying that she would never let go of Christina.
“It was like she was just so grateful,” Christina explained. “which is why I also knew that I couldn’t let her down.”
Christina explained that because of Lola’s affection, she is all the more determined to keep her whatever differences they may have along the way.
Feeling at home, Lola is happy and playful around Christina. However, old habits die hard. Lola do things she used to do in her previous owners’ home.
“We had challenges with her digging in the backyard and trying to get through the fence to play with the neighbor’s dog,” Christna shared. “It definitely tested our patience, but we knew that if we didn’t have the patience that no one else would.”
Despite of this, Christina did not give up on Lola. Instead, she used Lola’s shortcomings as a way to learn a new positive values in life. Because of the mess Lola created in her backyard, Christina learned to be patient and persistent.
“Lola has definitely taught me patience and persistence,” Christina happily said. “You can’t just give up no matter the challenges. No one is perfect.”
Because of Christina’s patience and persistent effort to discipline and teach Lola, the charming dog has long forgotten her old habit. Now, she prefers to patrol around the yard to look for possums to play with.
Happy about her relationship with Lola, Christina decided to adopt another dog to add more colors to their life. And it seemed like Christina made a good decision, because Lola loves and enjoys spending her time with her brother Lenny.
“They are now best of friends and all they do is play all day long,” Christina explained. “They have only been together for about a month and a half now but they just love each other. They even sleep on the same bed together.”
Adopting Lola may have resulted to a few inconvenience but Christina doesn’t mind because Lola inspired her to be a better version of herself. Being with Lola taught her to be patient, persistent, more responsible, and more loving. On top of that, her heart is full of warmth and happiness now that Lola and Lenny welcome her after a long and tiring day!
“The highlight of my day is just coming home and spending time with her,” Christina happily exclaimed. “She really does hold a special place in my heart!”
Lola is but one of the 7 million animal companions looking for someone to be their new family. Make room for more happiness in your life by adopting these loving and caring animals!