Suspicious, paranoid, her behavior completely driven by what might get her a treat, and unbeloved by almost everyone she met, the half-border collie, half-God-knows-what else known as Lola has gone to that great dog park in the sky.
No one will mourn her, save for the three people with whom she lived, but let it be said that Lola was the most interesting almost-human being I’ve ever met. I adored my other canine, who passed away almost three years ago to the day as Lola, but when you looked in Red Dog’s eyes, you definitely saw dog. A very crafty, lovable dog, but absolutely dog.
Not so much with Lola. There were times I thought I glimpsed something else struggling to get out, something close to human. Border Collies are said to be the most intelligent dogs, and this one — who was all border collie in her brain — was no exception. She began trying to herd us like sheep when she was six weeks old. I think she spent every day of her life attempting to figure out the English language.
And we spent each of her sixteen years trying to figure her out.