Story submitted 2011-04-10
Lola, a brownish red mini dachshund, was adopted by her owner Emily almost three years ago in New York City. Emily was volunteering for the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals, at a micro chipping event in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, allowing free access to micro chip technology, to help in situations of lost pets. As the day went by, people came from uptown and downtown, the east and west sides, to have their pets attended to. The volunteers passed along information about animal rescue and health and nutrition, and it was a lovely day, sunny, warm and enjoyable for the volunteers to see all of the animals come through.
A young couple showed up with two or three large dogs, pit bulls, and one tiny little brownish red doxie. They had been fostering all of the dogs at their apartment for a rescue organization and were on their way up to Union Square to stand outside and volunteer, in hopes of finding new homes for their foster dogs.
Emily, already having adopted a doxie mix from the BARC shelter in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, had always thought about adopting another dachshund, and had wanted to look for an adult female, to complement her adult male Sparky. She inquired about the mini dachshund and was told that if she was not adopted that day due to interest in Union Square, the couple would be sure to call her.
Emily did not hear back from the couple, and was certain that the little doxie, as cute as she was, had been snapped up by another dog lover, the perfect sized apartment dog for big city living in New York. She thought about her those next few days, and was dissapointed that she didn't have the chance to adopt her.
About 5 days to a week later, Emily heard back from the couple, that the little brown doxie was still seeking a loving home, and she raced to make plans to visit the dog's foster people and adopt the little sweetheart. When Emily took her home for the first time, Lola road in a little tote bag on the subway back to Brooklyn, with commuters laughing at the sight of her little face peeking out.
Renamed "Lola", the little dachshund lived with Emily for a short time in Brooklyn, and then relocated back to Emily's home town of Buffalo, NY, where Emily started up the Buffalo Dachshund Club, a meet up group for those who love their wiener dogs. The rescue-focused group meets once a month and throws parties and partakes in fundraising activities, to help other dogs in need. Lola attended every event from the start, and has walked in several local parades as well, something that her owner Emily enjoyed very much.
Lola was an incredibly sweet, loving dog, who was most happy while at Emily or Matt's (Emily's fiance) side, or sitting on their laps while watching TV. She was a chow hound, as so many doxies are, and despite her age and delicate nature, loved to scoot around with her little tail constantly wagging. She was a wonderful companion, experiencing wonderful, happy times in her last few years. Emily only wishes that she had more time with this most wonderful doxie. Lola will be missed, but the memories that Emily, Matt and the Buffalo Dachshund Club share of her, will be appreciated and loved forever.
We miss you Lola!