Favorite Walk: Actually he prefers to escape the yard and then have us pick him up with the car
Best Tricks: air jumping, and leaping, oh, and of course, escaping!
Arrival Story: August of 2002 - I can't say that it was totally unplanned, because I knew NSAL was going to be at Petsmart that day and I was there early - I had just suffered a loss in my life and was feeling a bit down - there he was - the funniest looking dog I have ever seen. White with black speckles allover - a patch over one eye and a patch on his butt. H was meek and mild - uite an actor even then the fact that he had been there the week before and no one had adopted him should've sent a red flag up ha ha - I held him - and he got to me!
Bio: When he got home immediately his "other side" came out! I should've known, because he's a Gemini like me - would not stay in crate that night - even though it was in our bedroom - had to be in the bed with us - once there he went right to sleep. Everynight it was a one to two hour ritual to try to get him to sleep in his crate. And then there is the "escaping". As a baby he was small enough to easily manuever underneath the chain link fence once he got bigger he got more creative and still got out.
The upside of this is that he is extremely smart - took us like five minutes to crate train him. When he was about a year and a half old it was also his call that he no longer needed to be in the crate during the day. Just looked at the crate and back at me like "no, I'm finished with this".
I cannot believe that Dudley is here with me. And that there's a stupid cat sleeping in my bed down there! And that my Mom is so sad, but everytime she starts to cry I start up on her: "Ma, Ma, MA! You gotta stop this! It's not good to be crying like this! You start crying for Duds, then move on to me and Rems, and Trusty and Bailey" And she says "I know, OL" then I tell her that we are all REALLY happy here and that we will be here when she gets here one day and then I try to say stuff that makes her laugh - and I am usually successfull. And I also tell her to stop the missing of us and feeling guilty about stupid stuff - that she was the BEST mother ever and she loved us all so much and unconditionally and still does. That she should celebrate us! And that usually shuts her up for a while. BOL. But now this - this dogster closing thing. This is not good.
I am so very grateful for all of you whom I have met - who have befriended me and cried with me and laughed with me and enjoyed my antics and my Louis Reports and my singing and dancing.
I think Johnny Lee Miller's character, Sherlock Holmes on the series Elementary said it best for me: "I've thrived here not because of who I am, but because of who I've come to know".
I love you all!
On Wednesday, August 8th I woke up not feeling good at all. Very weak, and when Mom saw me looking at her she said "Oh no, what's wrong, OL?" I went into the bathroom and laid down and stayed there and would not go out. She was very upset. She said she would have Aunt Babs check on me and that I was to rest.
I went upstairs a little later and got on the recliner. I went out on the deck for a bit. I wagged at Aunt Babs and Johnny, but there was no mistaking, I was not feeling well at all.
I went into Nana's room and gave her the look - and she immediately called Mom. Mom came home, she had already spoken to the vet and thought perhaps I was having a reaction to the new flea and tick meds she gave me two days ago. So with the help of Nana's aide Poo Yeung (who happens to love me) they bathed me in Dawn. And they rubbed me and made me feel a bit better. Then they brought me into the kitchen, and Mom sat with me for an hour till it was time to go to the vet. She told me she loved me so much to please please get better. And that it was going to be okay. I put my head on her leg. Then Aunt Babs and Mom carried me out to the car in a blanket and put me in the back, all the way I heard Mom's voice saying "We're almost there Oliver, it's going to be okay Mommie is right here with you, Mommie loves you" That was the last thing I heard before taking my last breath, my Mommie's sweet sweet voice, knowing she was with me was the best, knowing she loved me like no other. I had a tumor and it ruptured my spleen. My mother was so upset when she came around and opened the back and saw that I was gone. They carried me in and Dr. P said that's what it was. There was nothing that could've been done - his dog had the same thing and he operated and his doggie only lasted three months. He told Mom that it was very very good that I went so quickly - I didn't suffer that much. My mother was constantly stroking me while they talked, crying and I felt so bad for her. Aunt Babs leaned over and kissed me good-bye. I was sort of hovering in and on top of my body, then Mom kissed me good-bye and told me she loved for always and ever and kissed me again me through her tears.
Then the strangest thing happened - there was a white light - very bright and a rainbow - the hugest I had ever seen - and I was floating towards it - there was no stopping me - it was like wheeeeeee floating up higher and higher towards it - and when I got to these beautiful steps at the beginning of the rainbow? Who was there but Rems! And Trustine! I said "Oh my goodness! My brothers!" And they came and hugged me - and said "You are at the Rainbow Bridge Oliver the most wonderful place!" And I said "but what about Mom? Why can't she come too? She's sooooo sad - I can still see her crying and telling me she loves me"
That's when Rems told me - "Mom will be with us all again one day, but it's not time for her to be here yet" And Trusty said "But wait till you meet her Dad and her Nana and Grandpa and her Grandma Dolly and Grandpa Tony!" And Rems said "And! Aunt Vi and Uncle Charlie are here too!" But I was still sad. "Rems - what is she going to do without me?" And he said "She will be sad for a long time that's for sure - remember when I left?" But she will grieve and get through it" And you can talk to her in her head and tell her stuff like "be strong" and "I am here for you Mom in spirit"
And then they took me to a big doorway - that opened to the most beautiful room I have ever seen, and there He was - God! For REAL! He said "Oliver Louis - you brought the world so much joy, especially your family - now it's time to be here with Me and move on to the next stage - please, I know you are sad for your mother, but I will help her through it, okay?" I Promise you. So I said to myself well this isn't just any old guy - this is God, (for cripes sakes), I really have to believe Him I guess. And I said "Okay, but Promise me You will help her - please" He smiled and said "I promise you - and I even promise to let you look down and see her once in a while, does that make you feel better?" And I said "Okay" and with that Rems said "Thank you Sir, and Trusty bowed, and they said to me - Okay, let's go.
So out we went - and guess what time it was? FROG TIME! OMG There were frogs allover to be chased! And then I saw my big old brother Bailey and my cousin Jamie Marie! And Cookie! And then it was Dance Time and then it was ICE CREAM TIME! Holy Cow! This is the best place ever, and I am still sad, but I know that my mother and I will be together again one day, so that makes me feel better. I love you Mommie - with all my heart. But, oh, what's that Rem? It's Concert Time! Have to go! Love you!
Thanks everybody for the birthday rosettes and well wishes! It was pretty good - except Nana wasn't here - so we are going to do a double celebration - Me and Mum (she's the 17th and I'm the 18th) when Nana comes home!