Oli was bred, trained and imported from Czechoslovakia as a true working dog. She took her place alongside her partner to become one of the elite – a protector and defender of our American soil. She was an officer, working the railways in drug detection for many years before suffering an injury to her rear left leg which caused her to be placed into retirement. She was only 5 years old at the time. Although her human partner had planned on allowing Oli to live out her years alongside his family, her proclivity for the taste of his livestock put a halt to that plan.
We pulled her into our program a short time later (April 2013) and found her a wonderful home where she could “just be a dog”. She was happy with them, and they loved her completely. Cancer struck Oli’s Mom, however, which began a downward spiral – a battle they are continuing to fight on their own. They could no longer offer Oli the care they felt that she deserved and returned her to us not long ago.
In less than 72 hours after her return, Oli had the entire Ranch figured out. She knows where to go, when to go there, and what to do next.
At 8 years of age, she is still a ball of energy. She has a high toy drive and has not forgotten how to use the scent work training she was taught long ago. Lose a tennis ball in the pasture? No problem. Oli will find it. She seldom goes anywhere without carrying a stuffy, rope, ball or stick in her mouth. No toy stays *whole* for long.
Oli is tolerant of the other dogs and actually seems to settle down much better in their company; however, she is not the “playful” type. She would prefer that the other dogs not invade her immediate space. She’s a rather tough one to figure out in that regard. She gets anxious without having the other fur-kids nearby but, again, there is only so much “closeness” she desires. Fortunately, the other dogs just strike it up to a *grumpy old gal* and move on without challenging her.
As Oli spent much of her early years kenneled without human interaction beyond performing her “duties” on the police force, she seems to have a bit of separation anxiety today. She wants to always be near her humans. She is crate trained but doesn’t really appreciate confined spaces. She won’t bark or create a commotion but she will spin… and spin… and spin… so fast that she makes me dizzy. I swear she stands on one leg and twirls. Endlessly.
Because of that, Oli does best free-roaming with the rest of the pack up here at the house. She learned the doggy door quickly and enjoys going outside during the day… but never for very long unless we are with her. She much prefers to keep her humans in sight. She enjoys long walks and lounging on her doggy beds. She loves pig ears (and probably live pigs, too, but we don’t offer those to her). She has a voracious appetite and is a well-built girl, weighing in at 44 pounds of solid muscle.
Oli is NOT kid-friendly. She doesn’t quite seem to understand that children are just *little people*. She can’t be bothered with kids coming at her all the time. Anxious, high energy, nervous dogs like Oli are not suitable for a large family environment. Because of her high prey drive, she would also not do well around smaller domestic pets (or livestock).
The perfect forever home for Oli would be in the company of 1-2 adults which are stable in their home life and, preferably, home more often than not. While Oli has an active mind and seems to rather enjoy having a “job” to do, she is getting up there in years. She gets a bit nervous around strangers so therapy work for her is out. I have, however, wondered if she might be happy alongside her person giving search and rescue a try. I am told by her original owner that she excelled at (and enjoyed) doing scent work (and bite work, but you wouldn’t know it to meet this gentle sweetheart today).
She isn’t the traveling type and gets very nervous on car rides. Perhaps that, too, stems from her time spent in the patrol car all those years.
Oli still has a long life ahead of her. We know that the right forever family exists for her out there somewhere… and we intend to be very particular, as we always are, in finding that perfect match. She will remain here, loved by us, until or unless that family comes along. We are thankful for her many years of work on the K9 Force. She is truly one-of-a-kind.
If you are interested in Oli, please email us at the address provided above. Adoption applications can be found on our website at http://www.TriumphantTails.net. Home visits and reference checks are required prior to adoption approval.
(Purebred) Belgian Malinois
8 Years Old
Female - Spayed
Current On All Vaccines
House Trained (with regular outings or use of a doggy door)
Good With Most Other Dogs
High Energy | High Prey Drive
NO KIDS, SMALL DOMESTIC PETS OR LIVESTOCK
Trained in Czech, German and English Commands
Very Loyal and Devoted to Her Humans!
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