Oliver excels at playing soccer—all by himself! Seriously. Watch his video and then read about this amazing ball player! He is a very cute white Boxer mix with expressive ears, irresistible large floppy lips and beneath them, a small jutting out chin. He is about 3 years old and weighs about 60 pounds. He is the kind of dog many people are looking for because he is very well behaved and sweet. He wears an easy, low maintenance coat and sports a muscular little body. (He has been neutered, of course, so when I talk about his balls here, I mean his TOY balls. Please take no offense.) Oliver:
- loves hanging out with people and being involved in whatever is going on.
- has excellent house manners, is not destructive inside a home, and is house trained.
- is very good on a leash and he loves to give and receive affection (he’d like to be a lap dog).
- rarely barks, is not a digger or climber, and thrives when outside in a fenced yard, with his balls, in good weather.
- especially LOVES to go on car rides.
- knows and responds to the words: leave-it, sit, come (he comes when called), and drop it (meaning drop the ball).
- LOVES to play ball by HIMSELF and has invented several types of ball games with different types of balls. He LOVES all balls and is possessive of them; it is not uncommon for dogs to claim their cherished items.
- loved playing with his dog sister in his previous home (his family ensured no balls were involved).
- does not have separation anxiety and is okay with being left at home alone all day—as long as he can “dog-sit himself” by playing ball until he gets tired enough to take a nap.
- loves to be outside in a place where he can be the only dog and play his ball games. Though he was an inside dog in his previous home (with 2 other dogs and several cats), his family created an outdoor 12’ by 12’ pen for him to play ball in on nice days and he loved it. When the weather was bad, they let him play ball by himself in one of the rooms in their basement, always making sure to keep their other dogs and the cats out of Oliver’s ball room.
- enjoys the company of mellow female dogs but male dogs don’t seem to like Oliver.
OLIVER’S STORY: He first came to us on 12/16/14 when he was about a year old. He played ball in his room until he was adopted in June 2015, by a family that had 2 other dogs (a female and a male) and several cats, all living inside their home. Ollie loved the female dog and they played together all the time. He and the male dog tolerated each other. (Knowing that Oliver was possessive with his balls, the family was careful to make sure there were never any balls in an area when the dogs were together.) Ollie chased the cats on a regular basis but he never harmed them.
This family loved Ollie, and his excellent manners, very much but things changed in their lives and three weeks ago they moved out of state to a much smaller home and could not take Ollie with them. Instead, they gave him to another nice family that had a male dog and things were going okay until one of Ollie’s balls accidentally got between the dogs, in a tight doorway, and a squabble ensued. That said, this family returned Ollie to our shelter this week. He moved back in, along with his large toy box filled with his balls (probably 15 balls total) and he plays ball in his room all day now, seemingly happy to do so. He is a wonderful dog and we all love seeing him again BUT he truly does need to find a forever home.
If you come to our shelter to meet him, you’ll know which room he is in because you will hear the constant bounce of whatever ball he chooses to play with on that particular day. The walls of our dog rooms are excellent for some of the ball games he creates.
We think his best family would be one of adults, kids over the age of 10, and maybe a female dog (as long as she couldn’t get near his balls). He would love to have a fenced yard, so he could bounce balls off the fence and use it as part of his soccer field. Ollie would do well as an only pet too, and his family could have so much fun watching him entertained himself by playing ball. He should not be adopted by a family that has cats.
NOT GOOD WITH CATS.
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