Oliver -- My Beloved

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Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Ollie, Punkinhead, Honeydoll, Olliepoo....

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

January 5th 1995

Oliver loves going for walkies and rides. Since he is older now and has a few health issues as well; he isnot as active as he used to be. Somedays though, he gets a tremendous little spurt of energy and plays like a puppy.

Because he has some health issues now, he doesn't like to be touched by strangers...though he used to love it. He hates thunder--will go into the bathroom and close the door behind him. Pretty smart, actually.

Favorite Toy:
He never ruined any of his toys...I still have many that he got as a puppy. However, he now has two 'brothers' and so some of those toys are now gone. He loves soft balls he can catch in his mouth.. and squeaky toys.

Favorite Food:
Well, he loves people food; which I sometimes put into his dog food to get him to eat. I am trying to be sure he doesn't lose weight. He now eats Merrick & Canidae. He loves to share edamame with me.

Favorite Walk:
We go to a little walking trail close to home which is very quiet and without a lot of other people. He loves it; but I can see that on hot days, he tires more quickly. He still has a lot of energy though for a 12 year old!

Best Tricks:
Giving 'kissies' -- crawling -- walking on two legs -- talking -- high fives. He can show me where something is, and he understands so many words, it is like I can have a conversation with him.

Arrival Story:
I had been without a dog for many years and was career-oriented. I thought it was time for another 'baby' and found my little tiny, red (when he was a puppy, he was copper red and beautiful) boy. We were constant companions--he travelled to many places with me --sometimes flying (only right beneath my feet in a carrier). I started turning down some events I would have normally attended just to be home with him. I almost lost my special boy a few years ago; but the wonderful doctor at the Emergency Pet Center here saved him--he later had surgery on his throat (a mucosele) and still has a little trouble at times. I cannot adequately express my love for Oliver. I know it would be hard for another human to give him the kind of love I can; because of his little idiosyncrasies now (with his age and health issues), and I feel proud of the fact that he trusts his 'mommy' with everything and that I have never given up on him or even thought of not being there for him through anything and everything he goes through. He is so special--I can actually look at him at times and want to cry. I'm not a crazy dog lady; just grateful to have Oliver and his two 'brothers as well. One of my special times with Ollie is after his bath--he gets wrapped in two big towels and Mommy rocks him to sleep. He loves it and so do I. When he awakes, he gets a treat. Now little Truman is doing the same thing. I love those times with Oliver in my arms--happy and peaceful. I cover his head too , then I gently breathe on the top of the towels to warm him more. We have been doing this since he was a tiny pup.

Oliver got his yearly vaccinations years ago and had a terrible reaction. He ended up losing half his hair and his skin became very sensitive to touch. We went to pet dermatologists, etc. His hair did come back eventually; but was lighter, straighter and thinner. Now he has a thyroid condition and has lost some of his hair again on his back, tail and back of his legs. He takes meds; but they have not helped that. I started getting 'blood titers' every year after much research. Once a dog has had a reaction; they may have built up too many antibodies and could die if given another injection too soon. This is especially true of small dogs. They take blood --send off for testing--and give you the exact results. You have a number specifying the strength of his antibodies --you then get your tags, etc. I feel good because I am not over vaccinating him. Oliver also has problems with glands in his throat that swell; we have to watch that; but overall, he loves life, I love him and I will do anything to make him comfortable and happy . We got a little companion for him named Truman. Then we rescued a Standard. He is still not Crazy about big dogs, ...but he loves to watch the two young ones play. He is the elder statesman of the pack. UPDATE: On Dec 26, 2007, my sweet boy was diagnosed with heart disease. More tests to come; it came on very suddenly, so that is scary. But, after crying and praying a lot, we are now doing everything possible to battle this disease for as long as we can. And, as usual, my Oliver has been such a trooper. I learn more from him every day! He is my baby, my friend, my companion and, I now realize, he is also my teacher! How I love him. UPDATE: Oliver was released from his problems on March 24, 2008--the hardest day of Mommy's life...I will forever feel his loss and he is My Beloved.

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Fours years without you....

March 24th 2012 10:22 pm
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Hi my sweetness....I cannot believe today was the day I had to say goodbye to you...four years ago. Oh, that day still haunts me in many ways; though I had learned that I did things right for you. I do believe that. I would have done anything for you...to make you well...to make you healthy; but your time had come . I stayed with you every single moment...and when I had to leave without you, my legs would hardly hold me up. And now, little Truman is with you. That was never expected and still makes me sob; but knowing you were there to meet him and knowing he loved you so much here makes it easier.

Our pack is so different now Oliver. Luca sure could use you at times to teach him confidence. I know you would help him. Lex, of course, loved you as his leader and was so lost...now he is the last of the three musketeers and is doing well; but I feel he is different. He always let you and then Truman be the 'leader' and now he has taken that spot; but I think he loved being in your pack. He is 9 now and his hips and knees hurt...please watch over you BIG brother.

What else can I say...I love you. I loved you the moment I saw you and that has never waivered. I will go to my grave loving you and looking for you and Truman to greet me. I will always be so grateful for having been your Mommy. Please give little Truman a kissie from Mommy too and make sure he knows how much he is loved forever too. Mommy.


Happy Birthday my love...

January 6th 2012 10:09 pm
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Dearest Baby Oliver...another birhday at the Bridge...I willl never stop wishing you were still here; but I know that is impossible...so I will say thank you for being here as long as you could. I hope you and Truman and your friends had a party to put all other parties to shame. At Christmas , I sure missed my all-time champion present opener. Oh, how you loved to tear that paper to shreds. It didn't even matter what was inside. HA. This year...your brother Lex actually took over and you would have been proud. He always stepped back and let you do all the honors...but this year...he stepped right up!!! Luca learned and jumped in too and little Willow was happy with her first present! Oh, such memories you have left me with to treasure. I am sure you know that Pop, Dan's father, came to Heaven on your birthday this year. You remember going to his house and him giving you treats...you loved going. I had a feeling that you and Truman were right there to meet him and take him to his wife whom he loved so much. Happy Birthday my red-headed baby...you will always be the one who opened Mommy's heart up more than I ever knew to be possible. Please tell Truman Mommy misses him every day too and that I loved him coming to me in a dream and jumping in my arms. Oh, I could smell him...it was wonderful...why don't you try to do that next...I would love it. I love you Oliver...always! Mommy


Your third Angelversary, Oliver....

March 24th 2011 10:29 pm
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Oh how hard it is to believe it has been three years since I last touched you. This year's anniversary has been especially hard for me, Baby, because Truman is gone too. I wish he had been able to stay with me as long as you did...or even longer; and I don't know what happened to your sweet brother; but I think of you meeting him at the Bridge and the two of you side-by-side now; and every now and then...looking to see if Mommy is coming. Lex is the only one of you three left...and he is missing you both and has changed since Truman also left.
I don't necessarily try to 'remember' anniversary dates that are so sad; but somehow, I always just 'feel' it and know it is coming and, then, here. I will always miss you ...I will always cherish you...and I pray that someday I will be with you again....that I will see you and Truman ...and others...waiting for Mommy....then running to greet me when the time is right. Oh, that makes me smile through my tears. Again, I thank you for letting me be your Mommy, my love. You left me brokenhearted; but bigger-hearted and better. I don't say RIP....to you and Truman...rather; I say, Fly free and high and run and jump and bark with joy. If you and brother can ever come to visit Mommy in a dream or in any way, my love, I am here and always hoping for a glimpse of eternity with you. I love you, Oliver. Mommy

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