Lola is possibly the sweetest dog I've ever met. It's hard to believe that someone out there could ever treat her so poorly.
When we decided to get another dog, I contacted several of the fantastic rescue organizations that now exist. Across the United States there are many high kill shelters that euthanize many, many good dogs every day. These rescue organizations are helping to save these dogs, and get them to a forever home.
Bad Ass Brooklyn Foster Dogs sent me the pic above of Lola, telling me that she had about 10 hours to live if she wasn't adopted from the shelter in South Carolina. That face and those eyes bore right through me and I instantly knew I had to save her.
Bad Ass arranged a vet visit where she was treated for a few ailments, and then the transport that got her(and a few other adorable faces) up to NY. 2 weeks later Lola entered our lives.
I picked her up in Staten Island. When I got there she was in a crate by herself, with a heartbreakingly scared look on her face. I had to take her out of the crate, cradle her in my arms and walk to the car. Upon arriving home, she refused to walk on the leash. She stood there, rigid, tail tucked far between her legs, being careful not to make eye contact.
It took me nearly a half hour of gentle coaxing to get her to walk through the door. I wanted her to enter her new home on her own terms.
Every day Lola faces her fears. Every thing is a fear to Lola. I work with her 24/7 to help her overcome these fears. She has good days, and bad. Whatever is in her past, haunts her still. I think she eyes me as her savior, because her absolute trust in me is beautiful.
Lola is now a goofy, quirky, happy go lucky Beagle at home. She still has a hard time in the outside world on occasion, but we work on it always.
When I agreed to leave my corporate job to take the job as a bed bug sniffing dog handler, a lot of people thought I had lost my mind. Truth is I had lost my mind. The job had made me so unhappy, I just wasn't myself. That had to change.
I traveled to Florida only knowing that I would travel back with a small Beagle that was trained to sniff out bed bugs. Little did I know I'd be traveling back with my best friend.
I met Georgia the first day in Florida. I was offended because she barely said hello to me(now I know that she has to sniff every square inch of the room before saying hello to anyone). As we trained together, the teacher remarked that he normally doesn't see a dog/person team bond so fast. From search #1, we made a great partners.
Since that first week, Georgia and I have conducted thousands of inspections of everything from hotels and private homes to office buildings and shipping containers.
We go out every day and cruise the tri-state area together. She can't answer but that doesn't stop me from talking her ear off when stuck in traffic.
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