Owner: Jennifer C.
Reason for coming to DoveLewis: Lola was out for a walk with her dog sitter when a car alarm startled her and she slipped out of her collar. Despite her sitter’s effort to catch her, Lola ran away. The next day, a Good Samaritan found her under a bush and took her to DoveLewis after noticing Lola was injured.
Doctor(s): Dr. Lee Herold, Dr. Sarah
Tauber, Dr. MeiMei Welker
DoveLewis program assistance: Stray Animal & Wildlife Program
When Jennifer went out of town on a short trip, she never thought she would return to find her dog missing. “I had left my dog, Lola, with her dog sitter, whom she loves,” said Jennifer. “Unfortunately, the worst happened, and when my return flight landed in Portland at 11:30PM, I received the news that Lola had slipped out of her collar while on a walk after being scared by a car alarm.”
Panicked, Jennifer spent the next four hours driving and walking around Portland searching for Lola. After returning home without her dog at 3:30AM and then getting no sleep, Jennifer began contacting local vets and saw that
DoveLewis had an online lost and found database. She immediately created a posting. “At that point, I was doing everything I could, but I feared that Lola was gone forever,” she recalls. Luckily, DoveLewis staff member Lee Gray saw Jennifer’s post and recognized the dog pictured, because a Good Samaritan had just brought in a similar looking dog that she’d found injured and hiding under a bush in southwest Portland. Thanks to DoveLewis’ Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, the dog had already been receiving treatment for her injuries by the time Jennifer arrived at DoveLewis to see if it was, in fact, Lola. To her tremendous relief, it was.
“I was a complete wreck,” remembers Jennifer. “I waited a whole year to adopt Lola, because I knew I wanted a Cane Corso. They are extremely wonderful, smart dogs, and when I saw Lola for the first time, I immediately fell in love with her. Finally knowing she was okay after thinking I had lost her was overwhelming.”
As Dr. Lee Herold of DoveLewis shares, “Lola was so sweet. Because of her breed as a Cane Corso she is well muscled and some people mistake this for being fierce, but Lola was simply gentle. She sustained some bumps and bruises in her skin, but also more seriously, some bruising in her lungs from an unknown severe trauma; we suspect she was hit by a car. Although she was scared because she had to come to a strange place without her mom, she never tried to bite and just allowed us to treat her. She stayed overnight so we could manage her pain and keep her comfortable, and to ensure that her lung trauma did not worsen. Fortunately she remained stable and was able to be discharged to her mom the following day.”
“The vet was really good about explaining everything,” said Jennifer. “Before Lola, I’d had a dog who died after I took him to the vet for what I thought was a cold, so I was worried in general that something bad would happen even after I was told I could take Lola home.” Although Lola was stiff and couldn’t get up onto the bed, she did well and got back to her normal self after about two weeks at home. “She totally left her puncture wounds alone so they would heal,” said Jennifer. “She didn’t even need a cone! That’s pretty great for any dog, much less a 10-month-old puppy.” Now, Lola is feeling good and is more than ready to make up for lost time.
“I had no idea about DoveLewis’ stray program prior to Lola’s incident, and it was truly overwhelming that the hospital treated Lola before they knew whether or not she had an owner. I never thought in a million years that this would happen, but I’m so thankful for everything,” said Jennifer.