Hi everybody! My name is Olive and I am so excited to meet you!
I wanted to take a few minutes and tell you a little bit about myself.
I was rescued from a terrible place where they used me as a bait dog. I was told they used me because of my sweet and gentle demeaner. When I was rescued, I was covered in scars and bite marks, malnourished and my tail had to be amputated because it was so badly mangled. Well, they may have hurt my body but, they didn't break my spirit! Despite all the bad stuff that has happened to me, I love all people and animals the same as ever! I'm a little shy at first, but once I know it's ok I do just fine. My foster mom and dad say I'm coming along nicely; My tail is healing, the scars are fading, my personality is shining and I am putting on weight.
I didn't have a name when I was rescued so my foster mom and dad named me Olive. They named me Olive because of my light green/brown eyes and because I was so skinny when I first came to them--skinny like Popeye's Olive Oyl! I have no idea who Popeye is, but I have name and it's so awesome!!
I am enjoying my foster family. I have two foster brothers and two foster sisters. Waleska and Casey are my sisters. Waleska is very fluffy and is called a German Shepherd. Casey is a pibble just like me! My foster brothers are Toast and Jamz. Toast is a big pibble who is sometimes grumpy, but that doesn't stop me from loving on him. I like Jamz too, even though he is the weirdest looking dog I have ever seen! My foster parents call him a kitty, but it doesn't matter because I love him just the same.
At first, I would get startled when my foster Mommy and Daddy praised me for good behavior. The positive reinforcement, hugs and kisses, was a new concept to me such that it made me potty out of sheer nervousness and fear. I understand now that it is a good thing and I can't get enough hugs, kisses and treats! In fact, I get so excited just to see them come home that my entire body wiggles and shakes from pure joy and I sometimes snort like those little piggys on Animal Planet.
I have learned a lot since going to live with my foster family. My foster brothers and sisters are very nice to me and very patient; It's nice to know others who do not try to nip you or hurt you. My pack is teaching me manners and to respect everyone's space. They taught me to sit for praise and not to crowd the food bowl when fed. I also learned to sit and wait for my food like the rest of my foster brothers and sisters. Lastly, I am learning to walk on a leash because Waleska, Casey and Toast are teaching me to walk as a pack. I don't know why Jamz doesn't go on walks, he is so weird, but oh well!
I have also come a long way with my potty training! I still have accidents occasionally but, my foster mom and dad keep me on a consistent potty schedule and I am learning to them know when I must go in between those times.
I am young lady, they tell me around age 2 or 3, and I have lots of energy and like to explore. I am also very athletic, light and agile (about 37lbs) and can run like the wind. To add to my athletic portfolio, I am a naturally gifted jumper and can jump on the kitchen counters from a complete stand still (impressive, huh?). Although, jumping on the kitchen counters isn't as fun anymore since my foster mommy and daddy started hiding all the food.
It’s not all about playing and exploring. I really, really, really like snuggle time. Though I can be very active, I love to relax and cuddle with my foster family and just watch TV! Did I mention how much I enjoy snuggle time??
Well, thanks for taking the time to read my story. I will provide updates as I heal and get stronger. If you would like to be my forever family, I promise I would not disappoint you and I would love you forever and ever!
PS: A note from my foster mom and dad- Olive is a sweet, gentle dog that is great with adults, toddlers, dogs and cats! It has been a joy to see her come out of her shell and watch her personality shine. She is still working on some manners and potty training, but she learns fast and is progressing nicely. She is active, so her forever home should have a big back yard or a mom and dad that likes to go on runs or walks. She is also a snuggle bug, and will sit on top of you because she just can't get close enough to her people. She needs a strong pack leader, to help her feel safe and develop her confidence to overcome her shyness with new people and situations. She is an overall great dog and would make a wonderful addition to any family.
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