My blog post is going to the dogs this week. I’m devoting it to our dog, Oliver. He’s celebrating his Sweet 16. Happy Birthday Oliver!
Oliver is a Jack Russell/Welsh Terrier mix. He was adopted from the Ottawa Humane Society by my sister. He was 1 year old.
Three years later in 2011 when I was going through chemotherapy, my sister gave us the gift of Ollie. She knew my daughter had always wanted a dog. It was perfect timing because it gave Maddi something positive to focus on.
If I had to describe Ollie’s personality, I would say he’s calm, reserved, polite, and a dog of few words i.e. he never barks. A real gentleman. That makes him the perfect dog for a condo. Even when he gets a treat, he very gently takes it from my hand into his mouth.
When he was a puppy though, the Jack Russell side was more dominant. Man, could he jump. The boy had springs. Check out this photo of my daughter training him to do tricks for a pet demonstration at school.
In fact, Oliver has been to school 3 times. Once for show & tell, another for a class presentation, and the final time to do the pet trick demo.
During his annual checkup last week, he received a clean bill of health. The vet always marvels at his age especially when it comes to his teeth. I credit that to good genes and good dental hygiene. I brush his teeth every night before bed. All I have to do is hold up the toothbrush and he comes running. To be totally honest, it’s because he knows he gets a dog treat beforehand.
As always, the birthday boy received some birthday gifts. He loves to open presents even when they’re not his! Still a kid at heart. I figure he’s about 83 in people years. He’s right on the cusp of being a small and medium dog. So according to the dog to human conversion charts, he’s somewhere between 80 and 87.
And in celebration of Halloween, I thought I’d include his Halloween costume roundup.
I love when Ollie sighs and groans. Just like a little old man. It’s tough when you have to get up from your doggie bed, get a drink of water, and then trot off to the couch for another nap. Plus, he’s breathing a sigh of relief that he longer has to dress up for Halloween now that he’s a condo dog.
Happy Birthday Ollie. May you be healthy; May you be happy; and May you live with ease.
Until next time,
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