Imagine being chained up in a dark, damp, dingy garage with no human interaction and nothing to lay on but a concrete floor.
Pretty terrible, right?
That's basically what poor Lola had to go through for 8 whole years before one kind person finally noticed and called AMA Animal Rescue. Rescuers showed up at the house and after some convincing, the owner decided to surrender Lola to the shelter.
Even though Lola had been neglected for most of her life, the rescue team said she was the happiest dog they could ever imagine.
“We called her ‘wiggly butt,’” Michele Walsh, a volunteer with AMA, said. “She was wagging her cute little tail, super friendly, giving kisses and so happy to meet her rescuers. She let them take her off this chain, and they walked right out with her.”
Lola was brought to a vet where she had surgery to remove several tumors, but she healed up quickly and was put into a foster home. Just a few months after that Lola was adopted by Charlène von Saher, who lives in Manhattan.
Lola has only been in her new home for a few weeks, but she's already figured out the most important thing: where can she sleep?
“She figured out where her little beds were, and what was soft and what was comfortable for her,” von Saher said.
“She actually took a throw pillow off of my bed, and put it into her dog bed,” von Saher said. “When I came home, her head was on it — she literally made herself a little bed in her bed with my pillow. It was like ‘The Princess and the Pea’ — I guess she liked having multiple cushions underneath her.”
“I was out for a minute, and when I came back, Lola had moved the smaller bed on top of the other bed and put herself on top of it,” von Saher said. “It was hysterical. I couldn’t believe it when I came in.”
“I think she looks better and better each day,” von Saher said. “They always say, ‘When you adopt a dog, you’re really saving two.’ That’s because you’re taking one, and you’re opening up a space for another dog to come into the shelter or the rescue group.”
“I absolutely adore her,” von Saher added. “She’s added so much to my life already.”