Living With Fibromyalgia and my dog, Lola



My Big Boxador

I have a dog and her name is Lola. She is a boxador! Yes, a boxer-lab mix.

Living with Fibromyalgia, adopting a big dog was not on my list of things to do. I was ready for a small pup, maybe even a chihuahua, but I ended up with the venerable Lola.

Before I had found Lola, I had just buried my precious Yanni, a border collie-collie mix. Adopting her from the shelter as an adult dog, I was blessed with her for 15 more years, she was my constant companion.

Lola Came Into Our Lives

My daughter surprised us one day with Lola.  Out of love, her former family admitted they could not responsibly care for a large fully-charged puppy and would crate her most of the day, not allowing her to expend all the pent-up energy.

Living with Fibromyalgia, if I would have known how big Lola was and how full-of-energy she would continue to be, I don’t know if I would have accepted her; but, where would she have ended up?

First, we needed to get her spayed. Because we went directly to our veterinarian and not to a clinic, it was more expensive. Lola is spayed, chipped, licensed, and vaccinated…and has become the most expensive pet I have ever owned. We also feed her top-quality food and the supplements that were tested on humans first, of course!

Lola and my Grandson – best buds

In the beginning, I was going to my daughter’s house to babysit my grandson. He was an infant at the time. I had to take Lola; I could not in good conscience crate her for the many hours I was away. She would swipe toys and run through the house, wanting me to chase her. Cute now, but at the time, I was clearly annoyed.

One day, as my grandson fell asleep on a pillow on the floor, she laid down next to him, this big awkward puppy. I waited to see what she would do. To this day, four years later, as these two babies have grown up together, he is not able to take a nap without her.   I have grown to love her even more because of her love for my grandson.


Lola even rides in the car “on her side” as my grandson says. So funny to see my grandson argue with her as if she is a sibling when she inadvertently steps on his Thomas train tracks, or sits where he’s playing. He thinks she actually knows what he’s upset about!

More benefits of having Lola in my life

Lola is good for exercise, when she’s not sitting in front of me causing me to trip over her. Sometimes, I just feel the need to get out and walk and of course, she is always ready for a trip to the field behind my house. Some day, we will have the dog park up and running, a project that I am deeply committed to. She also wants to be a lap dog, though with me living with a Fibromyalgic body, it’s not always achievable.

She is a wonderful guard dog. We live where it is completely dark and quiet. She will bark at the slightest noise until I tell her it’s ok. I feel safe having her on duty at night.

Looking back, I am glad that Lola came into our lives. Living with Fibromyalgia, she supports me physically and emotionally and forces me to move when I don’t feel I can. She has also increased my patience level, reminding me of what is truly important.

I live with windows that have the happy slobber from Lola and the handprints of my grandchild. Footprints and pawprints can be seen on the porch from the sandbox and sometimes, even make it into the house… It’s all good.

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