|The day I met Ollie|
His backstory is unknown. He came from a rural shelter in southern Virginia where he didn’t have a chance of being adopted. Fortunately, Almost Heaven found out about him and saved him from certain death.
I met him two weeks after seeing his profile and knew I was not leaving the rescue without him. We got home and he didn’t know what to do with himself, but not in a good way. He didn’t want anything to do with the basketful of toys he had waiting for him. He didn’t want anything to do with food or snacks. He didn’t want anything to do with me. He just wanted to hide in the basement and be left alone. I started to wonder if maybe I had made a mistake. Perhaps this was not my four legged soul mate after all.
I gave Ollie his space but let him know he was in a safe, loving environment. He went to the vet a few days later for a wellness check, and I got devastating news. The vet thought he had a mass on his spleen that could rupture at any time. They couldn’t know for sure without opening him up, but if it was a mass there was nothing they could do. He probably wouldn’t live more than six months. I was heartbroken as I realized how much I already loved him and wanted him to be with me for as long as possible.
|Ollie at work|
|Ollie on his 5 year adoptiversary|
He is also most likely not golden retriever at all but instead Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Perhaps that story will be told at another time, though, as I am not here to talk about Ollie (although I could all day and night). I am here to tell you about Buffy. Hopefully her two legged soul mate is reading this right now. Her story is up next.
To see all of the available dogs at Almost Heaven, check out their page on petfinder. They have more than just golden retrievers!