Wouldn’t you like to find out about dogs – from a dog?

Are you a dog owner, or hoping to be one soon, and have all these questions about dogs, like “What’s the best way to house train a puppy?” or “How many times does a dog normally pee and poop?” Well, rather than read up on what the dog experts have to say, or watch all the dog training youtube videos, wouldn’t it be nice to hear it firsthand from a dog herself? Well, now you can, because I, Lola the poodle, am here to answer all your doggie questions.

As you can tell from my name, I’m a female poodle. I live with my mom and it’s been just the two of us since she brought me home when I was just seven weeks old. Home is what the humans call an apartment. We have to head downstairs for some grass every time I go potty which is a pain for Mom, but I love it. Beats going in the stupid pee tray she has set out for me in the house.

Now I know, you’re asking, “Lola, what kind of poodle are you? Standard, mini, toy, teacup?” Well, on my birth certificate it states that I’m a toy, but I stand at about 12 inches at the shoulder, so I guess I’m not going to be a poster child for toy poodles who are all teeny tiny and oh so dainty. To my face, my mom says I’m big-boned, but she whispers to others behind my back that I must be a plus-sized toy. Hey Mom, I can hear you. Oh, whatever. I’m not fussed about my size. Like Mom’s friend, Aunty V says, There’s just more of me to love!” So there.

I’m what the folks in the business call apricot-colored. You’ll see from my photo that I’m kind of a dark honey-blonde. Poodles come in all kinds of colors, from pure white to grey and black, but I like my color and so does Mom. People keep saying that I look like a teddy bear and that’s fine by me. I haven’t met a real bear so I wouldn’t know.

I know dog owners are sometimes stumped when it comes to the doggy world. When she first got me, Mom read up furiously on all the dos and don’ts and asked for advice from friends with dogs. She made many fumbles in the beginning, but she’s gotten wiser over time, trusting her instincts more. I’ve also gotten better at co-existing with her, letting her know my preferences. In fact, when B, her human son, came home for a visit, he said to me, “Good job, Lola, you’ve got her well-trained!”

Of course if you have a serious problem with your dog, seek immediate help from your vet. What I’m sharing here are just my thoughts, but hey, what do I know, right? I ‘m just a dog. But if you’re interested about finding out what our likes and dislikes are, from a dog’s perspective, and what you can do to make our lives (and yours, by default) better, come by and find out more at happybarker.

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