All in the Family



Growing up, I never was really interested in having a pet. I was the oldest of four girls and felt like I had enough responsibility with my parents both working and being gone a good bit. As soon as I graduated from college, I took off to have my fun and an animal just meant more responsibility. When I was 33 and living in New Orleans one of my sisters found a stray cat on the streets of Baton Rouge. She couldn’t take care of it and thought since I was single and need some companionship I should take care of him. I took him in and became a certified Cat Person and thought I’d always be one and could never be a Dog Person. I eventually had two cats and married a man with one cat then another stray came up to our house and we became a Cat Family. On the 4th of July weekend 2008 my life changed for good. My two cats had passed away in some not so happy ways and I was wondering if it was all worth it. Then my youngest sister called. She had always been a great animal lover and she and her husband had four dogs that were loved beyond belief. About four months before, she had found a stray dog wondering her neighborhood streets in Dallas. He was a tiny little white furry beast. He was obviously not taken care of, hair matted, dirty and not fixed. They kept him for six weeks and took and loved him and worried about him and fretted about what to do with him. One day they were walking all of the dogs and someone came up to them and said it was their dog. My sister and her husband read them the riot act. They wondered why he was so unkempt, why he was wondering the streets and why the dog was gone for six weeks and there were no flyers trying to find him. They had heard from other neighbors that the family had another dog (I think a Pit Bull) chained up and neglected in the back yard. In the end they gave the dog back to them, but expressed how unhappy they were with the treatment of this sweet puppy. Then a few weeks later, another neighbor came to my sister’s door with the puppy and said, “I found this dog on the streets. Isn’t it yours?” My sister decided that at that point, it was. She and her husband knew they couldn’t take on another dog. They called me and suggested that I take Oliver into our home. I still didn’t think I was a Dog Person. I said I didn’t know. They were coming back home to visit and asked if I would keep an open mind. I said “We’ll see. If it doesn’t work, we’ll find him a home.” They didn’t have a chance to groom him before they got here and he was an absolute mess, but the moment I saw him I knew he would be my world. I took him to the groomers and they practically had to shave him his hair was so matted. He looked like a different dog when I picked him up. Without all his hair you could see how very skinny he was. I noticed he really didn’t eat much. When I looked at his teeth, they seemed strange. There seemed to be too many. I took Oliver to the vet for his check up and shots and to schedule an appointment to get him fixed. The vet then explained to me that sometimes in smaller dogs their baby teeth don’t fall out when their adult teeth come in. Poor Oliver had two sets of teeth. It must have hurt terribly to chew anything and that was why he was so skinny. Well, we got him groomed, fixed and his baby teeth pulled and he seems to be a very happy puppy. It’s been two years and I’m now living on my own and have gotten Oliver a sister to keep him company when I’m gone. I can’t for the life of me understand why someone would treat such a wonderful loving puppy like those people did, but if they hadn’t I wouldn’t have such a wonderful spirit in my life now.

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Comments (2)
Sep 23, 2010 stillwater20
What a fantastic story you wrote about your Oliver! He is absolutely darling now!!! Bless your heart for taking him in and caring for him so lovingly. So glad that y'all found each other. Many, many hugs from Memphis.....
Sep 23, 2010 georgia04
I wept when I read little Oliver's story. Bless you and your sister for saving his life, and giving him a loving forever home. He is just adorable. His sweet little spirit is evident in his pictures. Give him a big hug from me.
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