Adoptability factor 1: Snugglability

In the spirit of helping Lollie find her forever family, we thought it would be smart to spend a little more effort sharing what makes her so very adoptable. Although there are endless adoptability factors we could list, we’re going to try to make this a weekly series so we don’t overwhelm you too much.

Lollie loves to snuggle. Sitting, standing, laying down; on the bed, on the floor, in the car, in the yard (ok, maybe not in the yard); morning, noon, and night; in a box or with a fox; with or without a pillow and blanket. She will gladly drift off to sleep covered up with a blanket in her room after a long walk, or curl up with her face in your lap as you read or watch a movie. She has a knack for finding the softest possible spot to lay and curling herself up into an impossibly small jellybean shape, with her nose tucked under her back paws, which are extended over her face in a diver’s full-pike position. Sometimes, her little paws and nose twitch while she sleeps, as though she’s dreaming of running through a field, chasing Max the rabbit.

back to the grind

After a long, long weekend out of town, we are picking up both wonderdogs tonight. We can’t wait to get them back home! Lucky Chick has been boarding at his grandparents’ house with his best friend Tex the lab, and Lolita has been boarding at the vet’s so they can look after her as she recuperates from her spay surgery. The vet told us this morning that Lollie is doing great and everything is healing up nicely. Naturally, the receptionist lit up at Lollie’s name (just like everybody does) and offered many enthusiastic words of love and admiration for our little girl.

Her stitches will have to wait a few more days to come out, but soon enough she’ll be rid of le cone de shame and back to her regular routine!

Ask Lollie

Lollie’s first open-forum Q&A session. Keep the questions coming, friends!

Q: Lollie, what is your favorite book?

A: So many to choose from. One of my recent favorites is Lost Dogs, about the dogs rescued from the Michael Vick dogfighting operation. Now I’m really enjoying Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels. I’m gonna get those suckers someday.

Q: Lollie, what should I get my mom for Christmanukah?

A: How about a flowery silk scarf or a seasoned rawhide chew?

Q: Lollie, is it a big responsibility, being a Beltway Insider?

A: I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty stressful. But my fosterdad is a lawyer, so I’m thinking he’s going to keep me out of trouble.

Q: Lollie, why do people say “The Ukraine” instead of just “Ukraine”?

A:  Good question. You shouldn’t say “The Ukraine” any more than you should say “The Canada” or “The Manhattan.”

Q: Lollie, do you ever wear clothes?

A:  I don’t own any yet, but I am eyeing my stepbrother’s red hoodie for this winter.

Q: Lollie, I want to get a dog. What kind should I get?

A:  It doesn’t matter as long as you adopt it from a shelter or a rescue group. You know how I feel about pet overpopulation and puppy mills.

Q: Lollie, how do you maintain your girlish figure and your puppy-like energy?

A: Easy- I eat lots of salads:

giving thanks and a dance party

Lollie has plenty to be thankful about this Thanksgiving, not the least of which is her recent reincarnation as a spoiled house pet. But rather than continuing to focus on her sad past, Lolita would like to share the three things she is most thankful for: butt-scratches from her fostermom, her sweet dance moves, and her excellent taste in music.

Barbie? Hulk? Both?

To call Lollie’s waist “tiny” would be a vast understatement. The little lady is built like a cross between the incredible hulk, with his big rippling muscles on his shoulders, chest, and legs, and good ol Barbie, with her girlish charm and freakishly small waist.

Lolita's estranged parents?

At first, we thought her tiny waist was simply a result of obvious malnutrition from her unknown past. But after almost four weeks in our home eating high-quality food and plenty of peanut butter to supplement, her painfully visible ribs are retreating beneath her skin a little but her waist remains Barbiesque. Her post-spay bandage really accentuates the effect, but don’t think it’s an optical illusion: the bandage is not wrapped so tightly as to contort her waist into a small shape. That’s what it really looks like.

Have any of you cared for an under-nourished foster or rescue? How long did it take you to nurse it back to full weight?

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