You find them in every town – the well-heeled older woman, the grungy man about town, the slightly eccentric neighbour, the buff young blokes on the block and those who work hard for their money.
But just how do they spend their days? And more importantly, what are their favourite accessories?
Tune in each month to find out the deepest and darkest secrets of those dogs you may pass on the street but are just too polite to question…
Interview with Lady Lola
Full Name: Lola
Age: 6.5ish – a lady never tells her true age.
Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier
Residential area: Busselton
Harness size: Haqihana – Medium Purple
Preferred lead length: The purple 3m Biothane Freedogz lead is long enough for me to enjoy sniffing in comfort, but short enough to reassure me that my foster carer is not too far away.
In-depth interview questions:
We appreciate that you are trying to move on and leave your past behind you, but can you briefly describe your life? It was a pretty isolated existence, left home alone for much of the time with no opportunities to play with other dogs.
What did it feel like when you left that life and first moved in with your SAFE foster carer? Hey, I will be honest – I was scared and confused. So many questions ran though my head. Will I be fed? Where will I sleep? Will I go for walks? Most of all, will I be safe and be loved? I mean, that last one is all any of us wants out of life, isn’t it?
After having puppies how does it feel to been sterilised? I wish I had the operation years ago!
Did you require any other medical treatment when you came into SAFE care? Yes, I was in need of a little tender loving care back then. I was a bit underweight and had a rash on my tummy that needed to heal before I could have that little operation we just mentioned. Luckily a kind lady came around every week to give me a special bath and man, I loved that bath! I also had a few extra challenges after the operation because I’d recently had puppies, but a few weeks on light duties sorted that out.
Tell us the impact SAFE Busselton is having on your life? Where do I start? I know now what it is to feel loved, and not just be shown, but showered with kindness. Oh, and lounges! I mean, lounges are great – who knew they could be so great, and so comfy. Look, now I have some consistency in my life, my future is so bright I gotta wear shades…
You’ve been in foster care for 3 months now. How would you describe your foster carer? Geoff is amazing. He says lots of kind things and gives me lots of great cuddles. He feeds me special meals which he makes just for me – I could scarcely believe it at first! And they are great meals. Well, except those orange bits – I think you call them carrots? They are a bit average, I have to say.
He lets me sleep by his bed, but not on the bed. One day he left the door open to his room when he went out, and I was straight in there. When he got home and saw the ‘nest’ I’d made he called me a ‘chancer’. We had a good laugh! Apparently, ‘by’ and ‘on’ are very different, but I know the difference now.
Geoff gives me treats when I do something special. He was really excited when I first did a ‘drop’. He said I’m one of the few foster dogs who had ever got the hang of it. I just want to do whatever makes Geoff happy – he rocks!
Tell me about a day in the life of you and Geoff. When Geoff gets up in the morning, I go for a stretch and then I get my special breakfast and a chewy bar to keep my teeth clean. Then it’s off for a walk, usually along the beach but sometimes to the river where we watch the birds.
Once a week we walk to Heritage Vets to check my weight. The nice ladies give me treats so I’ll sit on the scales – it works every time.
When we get home I spend the day on one of my 3 beds (yes – 3 beds!!) or on the lounge, playing with my toys or just hanging around wherever Geoff is. After an afternoon walk it’s back home for dinner, and then an after-dinner snooze until it’s time for our big sleep. Geoff doesn’t mind my snoring, but I can’t say the same about him!
What are you looking forward to in your forever home? Companionship – I don’t want to walk this path alone. I fancy some sniffing walks with my people, good people who can teach me more life skills and how to make good behavioural choices. Oooh, did I mention lounges? I don’t want to sound too materialistic, but I would love access to a lounge, and a purple long lead and a harness to call my own.
Tell us more about your life skills education. They are probably the skills that many dogs and their owners take for granted, but for me, I just need that extra bit of help learning to live in a home and socialise with people and other dogs.
I am learning about sniffing and harness loose lead walking. I go parallel walking with my new bestie, Kuda, and there are lots of positive set-ups so I can learn to make good choices.
Would you like to continue your education in your forever home? OMG, yes please! I am loving learning and getting things right. Look, I know I am a mature age student, but the benefit of my background is that I’m not some young pup who would waste the opportunity of a good home and good people. I still have a lot to learn about the big world and how I fit in, but man, I am ready and waiting. Bring it on, I say.
Are you interested in giving Lola a forever home? Contact S.A.F.E Busselton
Lola, it was a privilege indeed for Lets Walk to spend some time with you and see the joie de vivre you now have for your new life. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to hear that you have a found a forever home very soon.
A word of thanks Lets Walk thanks Coralie Plozza from Rainbow Farm Photography for allowing her stunning photos of Lola to accompany this interview. Rainbow Farm Photography is a supporter of SAFE Busselton and kindly donates its time and skills to beautifully photograph all SAFE foster dogs.