Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jeff and Lola

The picture is Jeff Jenkins and J, one of the dogs he works with in the End Dogfighting Chicago campaign. Lola had a speaking engagement at the UN today so she was not available for a photo shoot.

Jeff Jenkins and his dog LOLA are making a difference one day at a time. For a sneak peak check out the Chicago Bulls Halftime with Jeff and Lola.

"Lola’s incredible journey from a rag-tag stray to a bona fide circus star is a truly remarkable story. From her humble beginnings on the streets of Chicago Lola has gone on to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences of all ages the world over."

"Lola started life as a throw away like so many other unfortunate dogs. But she possessed a remarkable spirit and was destined for greater things. When she met her future owner and trainer Jeff Jenkins she let him know right away what he was in for. She ran up to him and nearly tackled him hurling her entire tiny body at him. Jeff sensed there was something special about her, and knew if he could harness this ball of muscle and energy great things could happen. He pulled out a ball and threw it. Lola took off after it and brought it back as fast as she could. As Jeff reached down to get the ball from her, pleased that she showed such a terrific willingness to please and would likely train great, Lola spit out the ball and chomped on to Jeff’s finger with her little tiny puppy teeth. This would be the start of a great comedy team."

"Lola and Jeff managed to work out their creative differences and have gone on to travel the world over. From Jazz Festivals in Germany to Circus’s and Theaters all over the United States Lola has performed just about everywhere you can fit a flying circus dog. Most recently Lola has been added to the Chicago Bulls Entertainment Family where she can be seen delighting 20,000 people a game center court of the United Center."

"Lola has not forgotten her roots though. It is her mission to entertain, educate, and inspire as many people as she can. Jeff and Lola volunteer their services regularly for various causes that are related to animal and people welfare. Lola has brought her act to schools, park districts, retirement homes, correctional facilities, and animal adoption events all over the country."

"Lola is particularly proud of her ongoing program with The Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago. Lola and Jeff take their act to the St. Charles Youth Correctional Facility and perform, talk, and interact with the young men who are incarcerated there. The response has been overwhelmingly positive from the young men at St. Charles. Opening their eyes and engaging their minds sparking dialogue about the treatment of dogs like her and its effects on society."

"Lola is much more than just an entertainer, she is an educator and an inspiration, not bad for a throw away!"

To see the beginning of Lola's story choose Circus Smirkus.

Lola is the only dog in The Midnight Circus. Which is one of the coolest things I've seen in a very long time.

And because of Lola Jeff Jenkins came to be the trainer for Pit Bull Training team in Chicago, part of the Humane Society of the United States End Dogfighting Chicago campaign. Sphere: Related Content

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