I can’t believe my little puppy is 4 years old! Wow, I’m such a dog mom… but it’s the truth.
Today is my excuse to shamelessly dedicate an entire post to Ollie the Dog. For all you bloggers out there who love their dogs and want to share it with the world every chance you get, I’m sure you understand my excitement.
10 Facts About Ollie the Dog
1) He drools. Like a lot. People laugh when I say that and they respond with, “Oh, my dog drools too!” Then they meet Ollie and learn a new definition of the phrase “a lot.” We have drool rags (aka old wash clothes) stationed around the house, and I highly recommend you duck for cover and shield any food or drink in a 10-foot radius when he shakes. He loves to rock the earphones look… it does indeed look exactly how it sounds.
2) His first name was Buddha because he had the biggest, roundest belly of all the puppies in the litter. You’d never think that for how lanky he is now, right? His full name is Oliver; it seemed very fitting with him being an English Setter. And yes, he is smart and responds to both Ollie and Oliver.
3) To say Ollie loves to run is an understatement. He lives for it. He doesn’t care about balls or playing with other dogs–all he wants to do is run, run, run. There is a big open field right across the street from my parents’ house and he runs around the perimeter like he’s a racehorse. The neighbors adore him and he has a reputation as an entertainer in this suburban community. Hence most of my social media posts about him include the hashtag #seeollierun.
4) He’s never been a destructive chewer, even as a puppy. So you can imagine my surprise when I woke up to this one morning when he was several months old. Seriously, WTF. Goodbye security deposit.
5) He always asks permission to come up on the couch or the bed. I wake up to his increasingly loud cries with his head propped on the bed almost every morning around 4am. I sleepily pat the bed and tell him, “Ollie, up,” and he bounces on up, curls up in a ball, and we sleep for the next several hours.
6) My mom’s cat bullies him and he is downright afraid to enter a room where the cat is lurking. Meeko jumps out at him, hisses at him, swats his face, and purposefully patrols doorways so Ollie cannot enter or exit. This has actually led to a few accidents in the basement because the cat sits at the top of the stairs and Ollie is too scared to pass him, but unable to hold his bladder any longer. I would pay a lot of moola to know what is said between them.
7) Swimming? No thank you. I think I may have traumatized him by pushing him into a pool when he was little (yep, there’s a sneak peek to my parenting skills). On the other hand, he goes out of his way to find the biggest and baddest mud puddle around. He has no shame in getting dirty; Paws2Groom know us on a first name basis.
8) If I had to rename him, he would be dubbed Falcor. Remember the luck dragon in Never Ending Story? That’s Ollie’s celebrity lookalike. We can’t go to the dog park without someone pointing this out. (By the way, has anyone else tried and failed to watch this movie as an adult? Is it just me, or is it a little creepy now?)
9) We are about to embark on our 9th move together. Yes, you read that right. I got him when I was a junior in college and we moved into a different house for my senior year. After I graduated, the crazy back-and-forth situations started up. Back to the parents’ house after the lease ended, then to Los Angeles, then back to Mom and Dad’s, then two different places in Denver, and now again at homebase. Our next move will be to Sacramento where I desperately hope we can settle for a while before eventually making the transition to Southern California. He is such a trooper.
10) Going off of that, I honestly can’t imagine the past 4 years without Ollie the Dog. He has been the one consistency through my hectic rollercoaster of a life and I am so incredibly grateful to have him as my sidekick. We’ve been through so much together and he provides me with strength in the darkest times. Breakups, moves, failures, death… he patiently snuggles with me when I can’t bring myself to get out of bed, then he encourages me to get out there and experience the true joy and happiness in life. I love this pup with all my heart–he is and always will be my #1.