Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Jig is up

He's joined my crew and his name is now Oliver! Have I mentioned that I love him to pieces...

I am such an Oliver.
Oliver, formerly Padre, came very close to crossing the Rainbow Bridge just a few weeks ago. He contracted an upper respiratory tract infection which, on top of being just about the skinniest little dog I've ever seen, pulled my heart from my chest and almost the life from his. I mean, I've had to care for many animals, but sticking a needle into this teeny tiny pup to get some fluids into him was about the hardest thing I've ever had to do. Then, when he was at the vet's for several days and things weren't looking good... There were a lot of sleepless nights.

When he recovered and we started showing him to possible adopters, my heart started to flinch a little. The thought of having FIVE dogs was pretty ridiculous. But the thought of someone else having this little kid was too much to bear. Where would he end up? Would they love him as much as I do? Would they take care of him and make sure he never suffered again?

A week passed and his three surviving brothers, Beanie, Njord, and Preacher, all went to great homes (you'll remember that two didn't pull through, Luther and Nereus, who had even more serious issues). Why wasn't anyone interested in this little guy, with the corkscrew tail and huge inkpot eyes, all wiggles and kisses and happiness when he sees you? 

Pardon me bum, miss.
You're getting sleepy - and falling hopelessly in love with me...
You cannot possibly resist me.
Part of me didn't want to adopt him because I knew he'd find a great home eventually. I mean, it's not like he'd been waiting for months.

But look at his little feet. They're perfect. And he has a HUGE personality. And that crazy tail. Probably tied off or caught in a door or something awful.

Oh well, what's five dogs? A house full of love (and dog hair), that's what it is!

Was that a mani-pedi or a pedi-pedi?
It's my floppy ears, isn't it?
Or is it my gentlemanly pose?
However you look at it, I'm irresistible!


  1. We know why he didn't get adopted, becuase he was meant to be yours :) Look at that face! Thanks for your kinds words for Roscoe who was also a rescue of the streets.

  2. He's darling! I can't wait to read more about him!

  3. I knew deep in my heart that he'd somehow end up with you! I'm glad I was right! Congrats, he's a cutie!

  4. I think he must have secretly been whispering, "I'm already taken," when potential adopters came by to check him out. They're very clever, those little dogs are. Very clever indeed! Hooray for Oliver!!

  5. He doesn't look he'll leave too much dog hair around the house. Good for you!

  6. What a great friend! So cute! I can't wait to hear about all the adventures you have! I hope you have a great weekend full of fun, sun and lots of treats! Enjoy!

  7. aw!! congrats! what a lucky, lucky pup!

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by my page. It is so nice to meet you. Look forward to learning more about you. :)

  9. that tail is awesome! congrats on the new addition

  10. He's just gorgeous. Those eyes!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  11. ACK! We missed this post cuz my mom was gone and I couldn't visit peoples. I'm so very much happy! Yippeeeeeee! I think he was just meant to be with you. He's so adorable. I can't waits to watch him grow up!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  12. OMG, is he one lucky lucky pup!!! so cute. I just want to squeeze him.

  13. OMG is he too cute! I got kind of teary-eyed reading this. He was waiting for you to figure out he was already youra. :)


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