TBT: Bringing Lola Home

When K and I decided we wanted an English bulldog baby to join our family, we almost fell into a "too good to be true" scam for a very cute bulldog named Coco. Luckily after back and forth correspondence, we realized there were discrepancies in the person's story and the photos before sending any money. We moved on with our search and finally found a reliable breeder in Florida that was willing to deliver her to us at which time payment will be made.

This was the first photo the breeder sent us and of course we fell right in love and were sold.


On November 25th, 2014 the breeder drove Lola up from Ft Lauderdale in torrential rain to Orlando. It was a work day so I arranged for them to meet at my office at lunch time and for K to come with a crate to transport her back home since he has a flexible work schedule. It was storming outside so she got soaked in the exchange but luckily I remembered to bring a towel to the office.

K took another 20 minutes to get there so while I sat in the lobby bundling her shivering body to warm her up, word spread around the office that a cute puppy was there so a bunch of coworkers came to meet her, give her hugs and just play. She was a good sport being the center of lots of attention and I immediately felt attached to her.


When I got home that evening and after spending some play time with her, we decided that the name Lola Chanel Brand suited her personality perfectly. In the next days coming, we worked on getting her acclimated with us, the house, her bed and of course the most dreaded potty training.


 
 

That same week also happened to be Thanksgiving on Thursday so Lola took her first 2 1/2 hour road trip to my in-laws for the weekend. With her not being potty trained, the trip was challenging with a few smelly mishaps but I have to report that she's become the best travel buddy that just sleeps so I'm really happy we got her accustomed to road-tripping from young. She actually can't get in the car fast enough to go somewhere!


With us being the social people we are that like to go out on the weekends, we've been taking her out to play with other dogs and lots of people since she was tiny so today she really gets along with just about anyone and is such a social butterfly!




Shortly after Thanksgiving we were back on the road again to spend Christmas with family and a night with friends and their basset-hound which went much smoother than the Thanksgiving trip. Potty training had started to kick in and we were seeing some light in the tunnel. Lola quickly became attached to us just as much as we became to her so the pieces of the puzzle came together nicely and our little family had begun.


So that's my story about how this bundle of cuteness, joy, and MISCHIEF joined the Brand household.


Feel free to share any TBT memories of your fur-babies!

PS: She's ecstatic in these photos, don't be fooled by the English bulldog resting pouty face LOL

18 comments

  1. Awwwww, what a sweet sweet post, lady! Golly she was so so so so so tiny. Love all the pictures but the ones of her as a puppy are heart melting.

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  2. Oh Emily this Lola post just made me smile, I am so tickled you gave us the story behind he cuteness...she is sooooo adorable and sounds like she is such a good girl!! You guys are the BEST fur baby parents!! I just love this!!! Way to start my day right, with Miss Lola, lol!!

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  3. Such a sweet story! So glad Lola found her forever home with you guys!

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  4. They grow up way too fast! Last night my husband and I were looking at old pics of our bulldog when we brought him home...the cuteness was too much! He is almost 2 and I can't believe it! Lola is too adorable!

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  5. Oh my goodness! I cannot get over all these cute pics of baby Lola! She's adorable! That's so awesome the breeder drove up and delivered her to you. Potty training a puppy is no easy task so I can imagine how that first car ride went! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. LOLA!!!! She is so cute!! Love the picture of her looking up at the big dog!!! Cute cute cute!!

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  7. i cannot deal with baby lola pics!! omg the cutest. that face and tiny wrinkly body haha. i totally want a dog so bad but just can't do it with jack and being solo. i'll just live through your baby girl hehe

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  8. loved reading about her story!! what a cutie pie!! i think i say that every time i see her pic.

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  9. What a cutie!! Congrats on your little baby pup!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  10. Those rolls! I forgot how tiny she was when you got her! And yay for Louie and Snuffy making an appearance. I can't imagine your house without her now <3
    Green Fashionista

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  11. I loved this - she was such a darling puppy and I can't believe how little!! It's great she rides well in the car - we started Stella at a young age too and she just sleeps and rides too!

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  12. Lola is the cutest puppy around! I am obsessed with her!

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  13. She was such a cute little puppy! Such a sweet story. I wish my little lady was as good of a travel and social companion. She is a rescued maltese and scared of her own shadow even after 6 years with me poor little thing. She barks her head off every time we get in the car!

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  14. awwwww i loved reading this! Lola Chanel Brand! hahaha. i did not know her full name. that is awesome that she got used to the car so early and of course she is super social, that really is great. we never had people over when Penny was little, so she freaks out about people, but we had a bunch of people over all the time when Chelsea was little, so she just LOVES people. it's funny but what you do at the beginning really makes a difference! but none of my cats were adorable as miss Lola when she was a squishy little puppy! i just want to squeeze her.

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  15. The potty training is definitely the worst with puppies (we also had trouble crate training Dart, but I think that was just his issue), but them being so cute and cuddly 100% makes up for it! I love that y'all got her acclimated to the car so quickly! That's probably my favorite thing that we did with Dart because it makes it so much easier when we're traveling! I love Lola's middle name too! It fits her so perfectly!

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  16. I just love Lola! She's so cute. My friend has a bulldog named Brutus and he makes me laugh so hard-he does the craziest stuff! This is such a cute post!

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  17. oh my gosh, baby lola is sooo cute!

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  18. Ahhhhhhh puppy Lola is so cute, I can't handle it!!!! I remember when both my furbabies were puppies. The potty training part was always so frustrating and I am glad that they both have been completely out of that phase for quite some time now. My little Gracie will be 11 next week and Mac will be 6 this summer.

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