Meet Lola, January’s Pet Photo of the Month winner.
She lives in Safety Harbor with her dad, George Billiris. Lola is a 5-year-old chocolate Lab, and Billiris’s 10-year-old niece, Nicole, strongly recommended he get her. Thus, Lola is named after Hanna Montana’s best friend.
Lola has been trained to retrieve items by name, such as socks, shoes and the TV remote. She is quite intelligent, fun loving and extremely athletic. She loves to swim and retrieve her favorite toy – her floating Kong. She also loves to go out on the boat with her best friend, Max, a 6-year-old boxer. They play on the local islands and love to retrieve their toys from the water.
Billiris is a physical therapist, and he sometimes takes Lola to visit patients who have lost their own pet or are feeling down. She always helps bring a smile to their faces, and she knows how to gently place her head in their laps.
As this month’s winner of Tampa Bay Newspapers’ photo contest, Lola and Billiris win a $25 gift certificate to Largo Feed or Park Feed in Pinellas Park. Lola has asked that her prize be donated to the needy animals at the Humane Society of Pinellas in her name.