Dolores Catania’s rescue dog Lolly is almost as famous as her owner

OMJ's Kelly Dillon and Dolores CataniaPaul Brasil |

OMJ’s Kelly Dillon and Dolores Catania

While chatting with Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania at her beautiful Haledon home, we met her three adorable rescue dogs — Rez, Lolly, and Lola — who she saved off the streets of her hometown of Paterson. Watch below to hear their stories.

The long-time animal lover explains to me that she sees too many dogs being tied up or mistreated on the streets of Paterson when she goes home to visit family. “I’ll try to pass it and say ‘it’s not my business or it’s not my place.’ It’s not even a safe place, so what I’ll do is I’ll come home and then I’ll think about it.

That thinking usually leads to action. Rez was a shelter dog who was brought in with both her ears swollen shut and she had no hair. Lola was left out in all kinds of weather for two years straight.

“I talked the owner into giving her to me. It cost me some money which is a no-no when you go to these people, because they’ll just get another one and say ‘you wanna give me money for this one too,'” she says. “So you really have to watch how you do that. But it was a point where it was a life or death situation for her.”

Lolly is almost as famous as her mom. She is the unofficial mascot of the Rutgers University football team. “Typically you can find Lolly on a weekend where they’ll drive down a few of the players and come pick Lolly up and hang out with her for the weekend,” she said. “She goes to more parties than I ever have.”

We tragically saw Dolores lose her soulmate Boo this season. She found him nearly ten years ago on the side of the highway in the rain. Dolores says she might have rescued Boo, but in reality he really saved her, and was her guardian angel.

As hard as it is for me to post this, I have received a lot of inquiries regarding Boo and it's only fair to let all my viewers and supporters of RHONJ 7 to totally be a part of my life as I feel so close to all of you that reach out! On Feb 13th after a grieving month of carrying Boo, not sleeping, and watching him waste away to nothing the last month was bad! Neither one of us slept. I called my friend and said what do I do?! She said you will know when it's time to say goodbye. How could I even bring myself to that omg it was a terrible time. But she was right and I knew I found Boo in a place he wouldn't normally be and I said oh god ok this is it. So we gathered around Boo as a family and said our goodbye. I couldn't go with him. I ran to church and prayed and sobbed and as I looked down at my phone a picture of the sunset I had taken A year before came up on my phone shortly after a text from frank saying boo is in a better place. OMG boo let me know he was ok! How did that picture just decide to show as I was getting the text! I have faith and I beleive that even then my boo wanted me to be ok as he did so many times in his life with me. RIP my Boo and thank you for all your love ❤️thank you to everyone who reached out u all mean so much to me!!

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So the next time you are looking for a dog, take Dolores’ advice and adopt don’t shop!