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heathcliff

Puppy: Oliver Antonio

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Oliver Antonio

Oliver Antonio

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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