Monday, June 25, 2012

Meet Ollie...and...Farewell Ollie!

So very much catching up to do!  Therefore, Vito is out of luck on writing this post (he is so incredibly slow at dictating this blog to me.)  I have lots of other posts to do but I needed to get this one out because I was feeling so guilty for my shoddy chronicle of our most recent houseguest.

Meet Ollie!

 Ollie on Day 1!

Ollie came to stay with us on June 1.  He was estimated to be three years old, and was found as a stray by some people in Illinois last fall.  He had heartworms, and they got him treated.  The story goes that they had too many pugs of their own, therefore surrendered him to SEPRA.  As always, we never know what the truth behind these pugs are, but that's what we were told.  Anyway - Ollie was a GEM!!!!

He needs to lose a few pounds!

He came in and fit right in our house, like he had always lived here.  It wasn't even that hard to have 3 pugs, like I thought it might be.  I'd had 3 before with Jax, but Jax wasn't an active guy due to his hip problems.  Vito, Vinny and Ollie were all active!

Waiting for guests to come and visit (Ollie Chunkalicious in the middle!)

What struck me the most about him, and probably why I got so attached to him so quickly - was how much he reminded me of Vito.  Their looks, their personalities, their habits (such as the way they lay down next to me in the same position for their belly rubs), and their need to be the center of attention - on my lap at all times!

Ollie beat Vito to my lap and Vito was NONE TOO HAPPY ABOUT IT!

Vito on the left, Ollie on the right

Ollie post-bath

Ollie loved to lay on my side on the sofa - very reminiscent of little Louie, but Ollie was significantly heavier!

Photo shoot for Ollie's adoption bio - this picture looks like a curmudgeonly old man!


Love this smile!!

Ollie was looking at the neighbor in the next yard

The day after he arrived, June 2, was my birthday!  I had already planned a big birthday BBQ before I knew Ollie was arriving.  I felt guilty for him having just come in to my house and then throwing this big bash - but he had fit in so easily that I kept the party going.  And he had a great time and of course got lots of attention!

 Ollie begging for pasta salad

Ollie immediately took to Kyle - who along with Paul re-named Ollie "Sherman" for the night.  It took me 2 days after that to remember his name!  Ollie snoozed on Kyle's lap most of the day/night.

Ollie on Kyle's lap

They were dancing, probably to Britney Spears

Well, I knew that Ollie wouldn't be with us for long because he was too perfect.  He did have a few issues - very dirty & infected ears, and a bit of a cough.  But just a few days after being put on the SEPRA website, we got a PERFECT application for him.  Of course, I spent the next few days, while the references were being checked, snuggling on him to the point that I think he was sick of me.

Perfect shmooshie face!

Ollie's last night with us

On Saturday, June 23, just 3 weeks after he arrived with us, we went to do the home visit on Ollie's potential new family.  The wife had adopted her pug Wally from SEPRA in 2002, so the home visit was really just a formality at that point.  Unfortunately Wally passed away a year ago, and she grieved for so long.  She teared up several times talking about him, and I couldn't help but tear up too.  Their home was absolutely beautiful and I knew Ollie would be so very happy, loved and spoiled.  They loved him right away and he made himself right at home!!  We ended up doing the adoption on the spot, so I left Ollie there that day. 

Ollie's new family!
 He made himself right at home, and he got to be reunited with his alien that he came with.

 How perfect is this??

Ollie immediately took to his new dad!  Check out those windows - they overlook a lake - which Ollie loved looking out!

 Goodbye Ollie Chunkalicious!!  I love you and miss you!

No matter how short the time is that you have a pug in foster, or how perfect their new home is - it doesn't stop the tears when you leave them!  I always worry that they are confused and missing me.  That's the hardest part for me.  Ollie's mom emailed me Saturday night and said he was doing just great, and she remarked several times how impressed she was and what a good boy he is!  (Luckily Vito & Vinny's bad habits didn't rub off on him!)  :)

As I said, I know we have a lot of catching up to do!  Including Vito's 5th birthday, which was this past Friday June 22 - the day before Ollie left!  And Vinny's first Rescue Day - which was Saturday June 23 - the very day that Ollie left us!  So much happening around here!  We'll get back on this blogging horse one of these days!


Hank said...

Wally/Ollie. Coincidence? I think not.

Ollie's new family sounds wonderful! Looks like another match made in heaven.

Good job, lady. :)

Noodles said...

What a sweet post. Ollie sure made an impression in his short stint at the house of Vito and Vinnie.
Love Noodles

Payton's mom said...

I love happy endings! Thanks for all you have done to help so many pugs, Gina.

Sequoia & Petunia & Emma said...

How cute the 3 puggers looking out the door! Mine don't do that I need to work on that one with them.

So glad Ollie found such a wonderful home too.

I also like the pic of Vito's eyes bugging out because Ollie was on your lap ha ha!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are so happy that you found the perfect home for Ollie.
He sure was a cutie pie.

Angel Yoda, Brutus & Ellie said...

LOVE the picture of the three of them looking out the door!!

We are very happy that Ollie was able to find a furever home so quickly and one that surely needed him too!!

Pugs & Kisses,

Brutus & Ellie

Southern Fried Pugs said...

Happy belated birthday to Vito and Gotcha Day to Vinny and birthday to you! Ollie is lucky to have been with you for a little bit and find a new home so soon.

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