About Zola

Zola the Rhodesian Ridgeback Girl 

Name:  Zola

Date of Birth:  15th April 2009

Place of Birth:  Viterbo, Italy

Residence:  I lived the first three years of my life in the South of France.  I’m now living in the South of England.

Also Known as:  Zola-la, Zola-cheeky-girl, & Wing-nut   

Meaning:  Zola means ‘stay in peace’ (South African Xhosa language).  It is also the name of the well-loved famous French writer Emile Zola .  So when I was living in France, the French humans found it easy to remember my name.  They liked to call me ‘Big dog Zola’!  Well, with a French accent it actually sounds more like ‘Beeg derg Zola’!   I don’t think I’m that big but compared to the average size dogs (the Shorties!) on the French Riviera, perhaps I was rather tall?

Breed:  Rhodesian Ridgeback                    

Colour:  Red Wheaten                                 

Baby-pup Zola’s white heart

Markings: White heart (shining through) 

Star Sign:  Aries

Weight:   Around 34 kilos


I Love:

  •  Playing with my friends

  • My pillow

  • My Kong – My ultimate favourite of all time. 

  • My Collars- I have my own wardrobe!  Click here to read more about where my interest in collar fashion came from.
  •  ‘Me-time’ on a big sandy beachI love a wide open beach for a bit of down time to explore and run.  Its great for clearing the mind and feeling the wind through my ears. 

  • Forest action; sniffing, tracking, running around…uuuwwwhhh..my absolute paradise!       




9 Responses to About Zola

  1. connor ( your nephew) says:

    hi Im your nephew and paul is curently sitting next to me in york at my grandads house
    loving the website woof …..
    from connor wright

  2. MAXMOM says:

    Beautiful Zola…
    Did your Mom grow up in SA?

  3. DOBmom says:

    Just discovered you and your wonderful website. We’ve got a gorgeous pedigreed Dobermann, age 14 months, who also has the good fortune to enjoy life on the French Riviera with us. But, she needs to meet other good sized, energetic, playful dogs with which she can frolic and run, on a regular basis. Hope to hear from you very soon!

  4. Terry says:

    Stumbled across your site. Glad to see that Shem’s bloodline is still going strong….I had one of his sons, a brilliant dog unfortunately now deceased but fondly remembered..seeing your site brought back many a happy memory! They are great dogs looks like you and Zola are having fun in the sun…enjoy!

  5. bigdogzola says:

    What a nice message to receive from you. Thank you!..yes never a dull moment with Zola! We’ve just moved to England this week..so it looks like we’ll have to get used to having fun in the rain?!! Glad that we were able to bring back smiling memories. Lovely to hear from you.

  6. Jura says:

    She is so stunning and you take such beautiful photographs!

  7. clovisdog says:

    Zola is cute. Yes. I think she is very cute.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sharka Zulu from Australia thinks he is in love with Zola who is very beautiful. Sharka is very handsome and looks a lot like Zola. He is 2 and 1/2 from champion Aussie stock and at 52 kilos is a big lovable sooky dog who loves going to the local off leash dog park (with its own beach) and lying on the couch just snoozing.

  9. bigdogzola says:

    Thank you for your message – nice to know that there is a similar soul to Zola across the water far away. Thank you.

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