Hey y’all! My name is Oliver and I am a Southern boy that was born in Alabama. So, here's a little about me! To tell you the truth, I can't remember much about my mom, and my daddy...well, he was a ramblin' man, but they say that I am a Wirehaired Fox Terrier mix. I am estimated to be around two years old, but we don’t know my age for sure and you’ll understand why once you read my story. You see, I just haven’t lived a very good life at all up until recently. At one point in my life, I had some owners. Although they didn’t show it a lot, I really thought they loved me, because I was always such a good boy and showed them how much I loved them every single day. I guess it just wasn’t good enough, though, because one day they took me for a drive and suddenly stopped in the middle of nowhere, put me out of the car and drove off. As I looked around, I thought there had be some kind of mistake and that they would surely come back for me, but they never did. I stayed in that spot for a long time waiting, but they never returned. Although I was alone and so scared, I knew that I would have to find some food and water, so I began wondering around on the road and in fields. It was terrifying, because I’m just a little guy, ya know? Eventually, I began to lose hope. Let me tell ya, it is HOT in Alabama during the Summer and my body was tired of running from big dogs and constantly searching for food and water. I just wanted some food, water and a soft, cool spot to lay my head where I wasn’t afraid to close my eyes. Most of all, I just wanted someone to love me and tell me that I wouldn’t have to be alone anymore. One night, I curled up in a ditch and fell asleep to the sound of coyotes howling in the distance. Not long after I awoke the next morning, I saw a car drive by, then turn around and pull over on the side of the road opposite of the ditch I was lying in. A lady got out of the car and started walking towards me. She was talking to me very gently and kindly, but I was still very scared and ran. Yet, she didn’t go back to her car. Instead, she walked a little closer and sat down in the grass, still talking to me. It took awhile, but I remember her saying “you are safe” and finally I just knew that I was and I let her pick me up. When we got in her car, she told me that I could live with her until I found the perfect family of my own and that I would never have to worry about being scared and searching for food again. She also told me that she loved me already, and those were the best words I have ever heard. I was so happy!!
When we got to her house, she gave me a warm bath and some medicine to get all the fleas and ticks off of me. She said I was “infested”. I don’t really know what that means, but I know being clean sure felt good and I wasn’t itching anymore. Wooohooo!! After I had a bath and got my belly full, I found some fuzzy blankets to snuggle under and thought those were the coolest things ever!! She has several other dogs at her house (both big and small) and I love all of them! As for those things my foster mom calls “cats”, well, I’m just not so sure of them. Aren’t they strange looking?! I am just not a big fan. Those other dogs, though...we have a lot of fun. I absolutely LOVE playing with balls and squeaky toys and my foster mommy thinks it is so funny, because I can be on the other side of the house, but if I hear one squeak, I will take off running!! My foster mommy also calls me a “little clown.” I love making my humans laugh and will do whatever it takes to do so! I do this little thing where I run around the house really fast just to get the humans to laugh. It cracks them up and me, too!!
Since I have never lived in a house before, my foster mommy has been working hard on housetraining me and she says that I am doing so great! I am learning really quickly and lately I have learned to stand at the door so that she knows that I need to go outside. I am also crate-trained and stay in my crate when my family isn’t home. I don’t mind it one bit! Another thing that we are working on is leash training and my foster mommy says I am really improving at that, as well. She says that I am such a smart boy! Sometimes when I am on the leash, I get a little excited and pull, but I am learning quickly the proper way to walk.
So, I know that I mentioned how much I love to play, but ya know what my favorite past time is?! Cuddling! I just love to lay next to my human and get my belly scratched. My foster mommy calls me her “little cuddle bug”. Hahahaha!!! That just tickles me to death! Oh, you know what else I LOVE?? Kids! I have a 7-year-old human foster brother and a 5-year-old human foster sister and I think they hung the moon. I love to get out in the yard and play ball with them, but I also love to snuggle in their laps and watch cartoons. Although I love my foster family so very much, I just really can’t wait to find a family to call my own. I have got a LOT of love to give and I just know that there is a family out there that will love me in return. Could that be you? Purty please?!Thank you for your interest in a Sandi Paws Rescue, Inc. Please visit our site at sandipaws.org for more information on our organization or to fill out an application to adopt one of our pets. You can also find volunteering information at our site as well.