Rose and Shawn first set eyes on Lola last year when they visited a rescue shelter in Dubrovnik to donate money and dog food while they were on holiday.
They had no intention of adopting a dog but ended up falling in love with Lola after she offered up her paw.
In November, smitten Rose and Shawn paid to have Lola driven 1,500 miles across five different countries to their home.
Lola instantly hit it off with the couple’s cats, Gizmo and Sunny, and swiftly became an integral part of the household.
Rose said: “It took about a week for Lola to get back to her normal self – which in her case involves following you around the house and rubbing noses with Sunny!
“She’s such an affectionate, good-natured dog – I couldn’t bear to think what life would be like without her.
“This isn’t the first time she’s needed vet care. She had to have an operation on her eye and she’s got a chronic ear condition.
“She also had to have an operation to remove a bit of gun pellet from her tummy – we think she was shot at in Croatia.
“So we really, really hope this is the last time she needs any help for quite a while!
“When we met her at the Zarkovica shelter we really weren’t looking to adopt one of the dogs.
“But she held out her paw for us – then you could tell she just didn’t want us to let go, and that was pretty much it!
“She’d been in the shelter for three years after she was found abandoned on a country road.
“The shelter does a brilliant job of looking after about 300 dogs — but we were very glad we were able to give one of them a home.”
The Vets Now clinic in Salisbury — where Lola received treatment — was recently rated as an “outstanding” provider of pet emergency care by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
It is one of more than 60 Vets Now clinics and pet emergency hospitals across the UK that are open through the night, seven-days-a-week, and day and night on weekends and bank holidays, to treat any pet emergencies that may occur.
All of Vets Now’s premises have a vet and vet nurse on-site at all times.
Dog lucky to be alive after munching on dried up seaweed
On her first seaside holiday, Lola ended up seriously ill after chewing through a mound of seaweed. She needed emergency treatment at Vets Now in Salisbury.