Losing Lola

My heart is so incredibly heavy. Our Lola girl passed away yesterday.

Cocker spaniel and pit bull

Lola was my birthday gift when I turned 14. My dad and I went to a local shelter and picked her out together. She was an adorable, wild little puppy and changed my life in the best way.

She saw me through high school, college, getting married, moving, adopting Malcolm and Mavis, pregnancy, and having a baby.

Black lab and cocker spaniel puppy cuddlingDogs and baby

She was by my side through so many life changes. She always went with the flow and accepted each new family member and circumstance.

She loved a good, long walk, car rides, food of any sort, and snuggling on the couch. We pet sat together and shared food and years of memories. When Jimmy would take her to work with him she would hang out in the office and quietly greet new visitors. She had her stubborn moments, and she adored digging in the trash.

We went on so many walks together. In the heat, snow, on the beach, with other dogs, by rivers, in the woods, and so many other places. She was my baby girl for 13 years.

I had her before I started this blog and even before I met Jimmy.

Guy and black lab with harness and leash walking by water creek in Pittsburgh

Her passing came as a complete shock. I let her and Mavis outside yesterday afternoon and Mavis came back in as soon as she went to the bathroom, as usual. Lola did her usual thing of sniffing around the yard and sunbathing while Sadie, Mavis, and I hung out inside. Our neighbor knocked on the door and said I should check on Lola because she was laying strangely.

I went outside to check on her and she had passed. I’m not sure what happened. She was laying in an odd position, so I don’t know if she hurt her neck while rolling in the grass, or if she had a heart attack or seizure or something else. Whatever the case, I think her passing was fast and hopefully peaceful. She was totally fine that morning, and I’m glad she didn’t have a long, slow, and sad decline in health before she passed.

My parents were nearby and came over, and my dad and Jimmy buried her at Jimmy’s work–one of her favorite places. Thankfully I had a chance to pet her one last time and feel her soft ears and paws and say goodbye before my dad and Jimmy took her.

Mavis was doing okay until bed time. We went to bed and she started howling and crying, so she slept between Jimmy and I last night. We’re all just completely heartbroken at the sudden loss of Lola. I’m so thankful I had so many great years with her. She was truly such a sweet girl.

Case in point: below is the last picture I have of her. I laid on the couch to take a nap on Saturday and she and Mavis hopped up and napped right along with me.

Girl napping on couch with dogs

I miss her so much already ❤



Hello and happy Wednesday! Just popping in to share some snapshots from my life lately.

Fall flower arrangement with pumpkin candle for fall decor

I started to decorate our house for fall, but realized my decorations are a little sparse. I think I went on a declutter spree a few months ago and may have donated more than I thought 😉 I’m liking the simplicity, though!

Glade Cozy Autumn Cuddle fall candle limited edition scent Bear Naked granola pumpkin spice granola for fall

Speaking of fall, I picked up this candle and this granola and give them both a 10 out of 10! The candle smells wonderful and the granola is the perfect blend of spices, oats, and white chocolate.

I had some of the granola the other night mixed into in pumpkin yogurt with a cut up apple and it was fall on fall on fall!

Strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream and rosettes with silver sprinkles Strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream decorated with roses and sprinkles

The cake I made for my mother-in-law’s birthday party went well! I ended up doing exactly what I thought I would (for once, haha): a strawberry cake with strawberry filling, vanilla buttercream, rosettes, and sprinkles.

What was even better than the cake was the company that evening.

Puggle and cocker spaniel

Mavis and my sister-in-law’s dog, Dixie!

Hair twins girls with curly dark blonde hair

My sis-in-law and I were hair twins!

Jimmy and I brought Mavis over to my sister-in-law’s house and we all had dinner and hung out celebrating my mother-in-law! It was a lovely evening and so fun watching Mavis interact with her “cousin” lol!

American cocker spaniel sitting on chair

Mavis paid a visit to the vet over the weekend to get her yearly shots, plus a few extra shots so she can go to doggy daycare. I’m taking her for an interview at Camp Bow Wow today to see if she likes it.

Jimmy and I figure it will be good to have doggy daycare as an option for our little energizer bunny to get her energy out from time to time once her little sister arrives!

And rolling right into the topic of Mavis’ little sister, I’m happy to report that she and I had our last iron infusion!

Pregnant IV iron infusion for anemia

I can’t say enough good things about the doctors, nurses, and staff a the Hillman Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital here in Pittsburgh. I felt so well cared for and had great experiences each time baby and I went in for our infusions. My hematologist (and pretty much everyone) was a little nervous baby and I wouldn’t make it to all four infusions before delivery, but by the grace of God we did!

I’m still anemic, but my hemoglobin levels have risen, which is such a huge blessing! I’ll head back to the hospital in November for more blood work and infusions as needed.

Okay, two more snapshots because I love sharing pictures of our pets!

Cocker spaniel and pit bull Black cat with yellow eyes sitting on blanket

Lola and Mavis went to the groomer and got matching bandanas and Malcolm decided to camp out on our blanket and look adorably handsome.

What would a snapshot of your life lately look like?