Category Archive: Lola

Gardening with Lola

Yesterday Kevin and I went to Flowercraft Garden Store near our apartment to pick up some more plants and luckily they were having a 75% off sale on a ton of plants, so we got six plants for $7! Sure can’t beat that. So this morning Kevin and I planted them and our garden is finally starting to look full!

I love snapdragons so we’ve got a couple of those in our garden along with a lavender plant (another one of my favorites) and some grasses.

We lined the bed with hanging rosemary plants that we hope will add a nice fragrant touch to the garden and will hang over the side of the wall one day. In the background of this picture is our vegetable garden (behind the chicken wire/wood stakes). It just looks like a patch of dirt now so I didn’t add a picture here. But we’ve got a tomato plant, jalepeno peppers, basil, zucchini, carrots, romaine lettuce and spinach…yum!
Lola loves it when mom and dad are out hanging in the garden with her, especially because of the hose! She is absolutely a water-lovin’ dog, as you can see in the pictures and videos below!

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Granite Creek camping trip

The Edmonds family camping trip was a blast. The weather could have been just a wee-bit hotter (the first two days we wore jackets and had a fire going all day!) but the last few days it started to warm up and we spent most of the day hanging out in the middle of the creek on some rocks, building dams and, for the brave few of us, swimming in the cold, cold creek. Lola was just WONDERFUL on the trip. She absolutely loved being off leash for most of the day, running through the forest, jumping on rocks and crossing the creek. She’s a true camping dog!

We took a break along the drive and saw this beautiful view

Kevin, Luke, Lola and Thomas in the cab of George’s truck
Going for a hike

Joshua enjoying some yummy apple chips
Lola playing with her cousin Katelyn (they sure became close friends!)
Katelyn skipping rocks and Thomas hanging out
Nap time with dad

Lola LOVED hanging out on the rocks, she reminded me of a billy goat climbing them the way she did
Katelyn, the brave one who dared to go in the water

It didn’t take long for her to get in all the way! And she kept telling me “Come in, Lisa, it’s perfect!” Yeah, I doubt that Katelyn! 😉
It wasn’t long after that Uncle Kevin joined her
I love this picture, Lola looking on as Katelyn and Kevin go for a dip (you can click on the photo to get a closer look)
Katelyn and Judith hanging out
Time for another nap!
Katelyn enjoying lunch and Joshua enjoying the sunshine
Judith, me, Joshua, Luke and Thomas hanging out around the campfire

Josh was very proud of his find, and it kept us warm all weekend!

Turn’s out Lola’s a pyro just like the rest of the family! haha

Remember how I said Katelyn and Lola became good friends? Well Katelyn loved to play dress up with Lola

Me and Kev making barbecue chicken, corn on the cob and baked beans for dinner, yum!

Can you tell this girl likes to sleep? And she just loved snuggling with us in the tent among all the blankets. So cute!

Fun times with the Lola-meister

I have to say, having a dog of our own is 100% more fulfilling than we could have imagined! We have been enjoying our time together so much and here are some highlights:

Hanging out with her Aunt Jessie

She’s just a big ol’ baby when she’s around Kevin!

She LOVES her Loofah Dog…too bad one week later the dog’s head was ripped off! haha

Hanging out with mom at Franklin Square Park

One of the funniest pictures yet!

In our neighborhood about a 5 minute drive away is McLaren Park. This truly is a gem in the middle of nowhere! It has a lake, a dog play area, and great trails that make you feel like you’re in the middle of the forest. Kevin and I are thinking about becoming “Friends of McLaren Park” where people get together once a month to work on restoring the park and making it more family/kid/community friendly.

One of the best things we’ve found around our neighborhood is St. Mary’s Park, a wonderful dog park about a 15 minute walk from our apartment. We’ve taken Lola both days this weekend and she has a BLAST as you can see in this video:

Lola really has been a great dog this past week. She’s got “sit” and “stay” down pat. “Lay down” she knows most of the time, but a lot of time she flips her whole body to get a belly rub so we’re still working on that. There are a few things that we’ve got to work on with her: walking straight on a leash (she’s gotten better, but she doesn’t understand that concept and will sometimes walk right in front of us) and her motion/car sickness! Even on short car rides, she has a tendency to get sick and throw up on the ride. 🙁 So Kevin’s taking her to the vet this week to see if we can get her some doggy Dramamine for our 5-hour car ride we’ve got coming up this Wednesday for our camping trip! We’re keeping our fingers crossed that she’ll be okay! The last thing that happened was last night…she got sprayed by a skunk! So Kevin had to wake me up and we spent an hour trying to clean off the skunk oil before it dried on her. Her face still smells a bit, so we bought some de-skunking wash and are going to give her another bath today. So needless to say, Lola sure has kept us on our toes!

Bringing Lola home

I went to work early yesterday and ate through my lunch just so I could meet Kevin at the SF Animal Control Center to pick up our Lola! The whole process only took 10 minutes and when they brought her out her tail was a-waggin’ and she was all smiles for us. We walked her out to our car but it seems she’s never been in a car before because she didn’t know exactly what to do with herself!

Yes, the Animal Control Center is on Treat Street!

Lola getting ready to go for a joy ride

Can you tell Kevin’s excited about his new little girl?

So happy to finally have her!

Lola checking out her backyard

Turns out she loves water!

Loving her new Loofah Dog toy

Learning how to walk on a leash (she’s getting better at it!)

Ahhh, nap time after an exciting day!

We’re new parents!

…okay I know this might have scared a few people with the title of this blog posting (don’t worry, we didn’t have a baby and not tell you about it!) but we’re now the proud parents of a gorgeous dog! She’s a 1 year and 3 month old German Shephard/Rottweiler mix bundle of joy!

On Sunday Kevin, Jessie and I went to check out the pups at the SPCA and the SF Animal Control Center. Though we found two dogs at the SPCA that we liked, they were a little too high energy for us (being that we’re in a brand new city, creating our new routines, and this will be our first dog together) so we decided to go next door to look at the dogs at the city’s Animal Control Center. There weren’t many we were too excited about until we got to “Geronimo’s” cage. She was a beautiful, medium-sized spunky girl that we decided to meet one-on-one in their “Get Acquainted” room. After ten minutes of sitting with her, rubbing her belly and playing fetch with her we were smitten! Here’s a video of us playing with her in the room:

So we went to the front desk to start the process. We needed our landlord to verify that he allows us to have pets but he was out of town so wasn’t calling them back right away. And they wouldn’t put a hold on her like the SPCA would have done, so we started to worry a bit. This morning he still hadn’t called so we were getting more and more nervous as the hours passed. Luckily I was able to get through to him and he called them and gave us permission! So Kevin rushed over to the center to pay her adoption fee and to claim her as ours and barely made it before they closed for the night. The craziest thing was that as he walked in, “Geronimo” was being walked out with another couple who were interested in her!! So he went right up to her and gave her a pet and told them that she was ours. 🙂 Too bad for them! (Just glad that didn’t happen to us!!) So Kevin really did make it just in time. So he paid the fee and she’s going to be spayed in the next 2-3 days then she’s officially ours! I can’t WAIT to bring her home! We signed her up for training classes and tomorrow we’re going to go out and buy her the necessities so that we’re ready to bring her home later this week!

And don’t worry, we’re not going to keep the name “Geronimo” (who the heck decided to name a female dog Geronimo, anyways?) My sister Jessie helped us pick a name…Lola!

This came from the SF Animal Control Center’s website the day after we adopted her! 🙂