Journey to Find a Happy Place: Lola, the Pit Bull, After 8 Years in the Garage

  • April 3, 2024

Before being rescued, Lola’s life could be summed up in one word — miserable.

For eight years, the pit bull was chained inside a dark, dingy garage, where she spent her days lying on a concrete floor. She received no attention, no veterinary care, and was never let off the leash.

After everything Lola had been through, no one would blame her if she was hostile or aggressive toward people. Lola, on the other hand, was friendly and sweet, and couldn’t stop wagging her tail when the rescue team found her.

  • “We called her ‘wiggly butt,’” Michele Walsh, a volunteer with AMA, told The Dodo. “She was wagging her cute little tail, super friendly, kissing everyone, and overjoyed to see her rescuers.” They walked right out with her after she let them take her off the chain.”


The first thing the team did was get Lola to Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, where she got a few tumors surgically removed. Lola was then placed in foster care for a few months before being adopted by Charlène von Saher of Manhattan.

Lola has been with von Saher for seven weeks, but it only took her a few days to settle in and relax.

  • “She figured out where her little beds were, and what was soft and what was comfortable for her,” von Saher told The Dodo.

  • “She actually took a throw pillow off of my bed, and put it into her dog bed,” von Saher said. “When I came home, her head was on it — she literally made herself a little bed in her bed with my pillow. It was like a scene from “The Princess and the Pea” — I guess she liked having multiple cushions beneath her.”


von Saher has even caught Lola sleeping across two dog beds …

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