Adventure Seeking Pup Returns Home
Lola, the 5-month-old pup that ran away from her Glendale home on May 7 is back home, thanks to a good-hearted Queens couple who sheltered her during her flight and returned her to her heartbroken owner.
Liliana Intrabartolo, 24, told the Gazette the French bulldog pup took off from the family home on 74th Street with the other family dog, Luna, apparently seeking adventure on the streets of Queens. Family members managed to catch up with Luna several blocks away, but Lola was nowhere to be found.
Intrabartolo said she was “sick and unable to sleep” in the days after Lola disappeared. “She needs medication for an eye condition that could cause her to go blind,” Intrabartolo said. “She was out there all alone.”
Lola’s family and friends started an all-out search for the pup, posting flyers with her photo and calling pet shops and veterinarians throughout the area.
On Saturday, May 8, the searchers learned that an unidentified woman had dropped off a French bulldog pup at Metro Puppy in Forest Hills, saying the pup belonged to a friend who could no longer care for her, Intrabartolo said.
“The manager at Metro Puppy said they took her in because the woman was abandoning her,” Intrabartolo said. “He told us people leave abandoned pets at the shop all the time.”
Lola’s lucky journey took another turn when a couple in the store heard that the dog had been abandoned and offered to take her home with them.
“That’s when I reached out to the media for help to find Lola,” Intrabartolo said. “A story in the Daily News reached the couple and they contacted me.”
Intrabartolo said Lola came home last Wednesday night, May 12, on the very night the story appeared in the paper.
“We were so happy to see each other,” Intrabartolo said. “My family gave the couple a $1,000 reward for her return, along with our thanks for their kindness.”
Lola was given a clean bill of health by her veterinarian. “We both slept for three days after that,” Intrabartolo said. “We were exhausted.”
Intrabartolo said she doubts the spunky pup will leave her home again. “She’s happy, playing and sticking close to us. She’s just glad to be back home.”