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Oliver Antonio
All in the Family

Oliver Antonio

heathcliff
Italian Greyhound
Male
No

Oliver is the personification of gentle - he never barks, never growls, couldn't be sweeter - will give you the food from his mouth. When his human parents were getting a divorce, four years ago, neither were able to take him, and he went to a foster home. We were lucky enough to meet him as he was en-route to being taken to his third or fourth foster home. (He had also been separated from his canine sibling.) As soon as he walked in the door, and sat quietly (and vulnerably) on the couch, we were swept away with both his physical and inner beauty. we still think about the pain he must have suffered those four months, as he was ripped from his primal home, and experienced the fear and disorientation of strange temporary environments. He is a joy every day. His DNA is so loving, peaceful, graceful and gentle - he has no warrior in him, which is perfect for us, who are also gentle people. As you probably know, Italian Greyhounds cuddle, sleep under the covers, and want to both give and receive love. We are so grateful to have him with us, and we give him as much opportunity to express his "personhood" as we can. We also make sure to listen to him when he expresses himself with his eyes, or body language, when he enters a room, and in his own way asks for something. And we try to try to not be specie-est and not put ourselves and our activities first - but feel that he has as much right to be heard and his needs acknowledged as us, as a living, feeling beautiful creature. When he first awakes and walks into my home office, (I am already up), I stop what I'm doing, say Good Morning, and go to the fridge to give him a few slices of Costco turkey, as a treat - so he enters each new day knowing he's welcome and loved. We are blessed, with Oliver Antonio.

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Comments (13)
Mar 14, 2011 gryt
Are you cozy enough there, Oliver? :)
Mar 14, 2011 remichloemom
Aren't Iggies the sweetest? I have two little girls, and I love them dearly. They sleep just like Oliver! He is gorgeous...I am sure you enjoy every second you spend with him!
Mar 14, 2011 Holly Belle's Mom
What a snuggle bun! Hopefully everyone checks before they plop down on a bed - I think Oliver has claimed them all for himself!
Mar 14, 2011 dianel99
What a cute dog. He does seem to be a real cuddler. That's the best kind.
Mar 14, 2011 Pookie's Mom
Beautiful baby!
Mar 14, 2011 shortyww22
Oliver is a cutie..love his coat.hope you have many happy years together.kisses n hugs sweetie Oliver..
Mar 14, 2011 Debbie 57
Hi Oliver!!!Your so good looking.I love your gorgeous markings,I like the patch on your eye.And such sweet eyes you have.Lots of many happy years!!!
Mar 14, 2011 Christian 434
What a beautiful face, you can see why he is so loved, he looks very safe and appreciated.
Aug 21, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 8th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Aug 21, 2011 jack14
will you all adopt me , i'm jealous oliver has it so good. lol,. just kidding, bless his heart, so happy for him.
Aug 21, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 9th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Aug 21, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 10th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Aug 21, 2014 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 11th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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