Lola Sandle

January 2004 – August 2008
Probably about 12 years old

Owners: Anne & Paul Sandle

Aged 11 years

On December 1st 2003, Anne & Paul’s beloved Irish Red & White Setter, Jenna, passed away, she was almost 15 years old. They were understandably devastated. The next day whilst in town, they saw a lady with an Irish Setter. Explaining that they had just lost Jenna, they asked if they could have a cuddle with the Irish Setter. The lady told Anne & Paul that she had acquired Harry, her Irish Setter from the ISBC Rescue Scheme, via Tony & Carole Dines. Anne & Paul left their contact details and asked her to let them know Tony and Carole’s phone number. The following day, Anne spoke to Carole who arranged a home visit, saying that there was a puppy that might be suitable for them.

Unfortunately, Anne and Paul didn’t get the first dog available, or the second, but one day at the end of January 2004, Carole rang to say that she had a pair of dogs looking for a home, but thought she might be able to split them. Anne and Paul were of one mind, they both agreed that it wouldn’t be fair to split them, so asked if they could take them both. A few days later, Carole arrived with Lola and her companion, Fred.

They entered the Rescue Scheme because their owners were getting divorced and neither could look after them. They were both a bit neglected, especially Lola, as she had been spayed and obviously hadn’t seen a brush in a long time. Lola was always a very quiet dog, but was always there for Fred. Anne & Paul didn’t think that they would have survived without each other for long.

Lola absolutely loved the beach and frequently visited Hunstanton, their nearest beach. At one time Anne and Paul owned an old van, ideal as the dogs could go in the back when they were wet and muddy, or sandy. There was plenty of room for the dogs and no smells were left in the car! One day they all arrived at the beach and Paul opened the back doors of the van as usual. Lola jumped out and before he could catch her, she ran to the prom edge and jumped down onto the beach. It was a 12ft drop!!!!!! Fearing the worst they rushed to the edge, to find to their huge relief that not only was she ok and up on her feet, but she was heading full speed for the sea!