630871234-Winter-Olive_edited-for-blog-573x430.jpg

Small Dog Steals the Heart of Big Dog Lover

By PetcoFoundation on Feb. 8, 2017

630871234-Winter-Olive_edited-for-blog-573x430.jpg

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Leo Kennedy won Angel Ridge Animal Rescue in Meadowlands, Pennsylvania a 2016 Holiday Wishes award. 

I never had a small dog. I never wanted one.

Small dogs I encountered on the walking trail were always fuming with “little dog attitude.” To me, small dogs were yappy, attention-seeking, purse-riding, ankle-biters who would rather pee in the house than be drizzled by a raindrop or struck by a snowflake. As frequent companions of senior citizens willing to risk hip fractures, small dogs ruled the house with paws that rarely touched the ground.

That wasn’t me. I had “real” dogs, like German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Great Danes.

One Saturday afternoon my wife returned from walking dogs at the animal shelter, which she did every weekend, with a little brown dog that was shaking like a bowl of jello. My jaw dropped. Who was this interloper? 

630871236-WatchingUs_edited-for-blog.jpg


The tiny new shelter arrival had just been separated from her pups and was in a kennel surrounded by large barking dogs. So distraught, she stayed plastered to the back of her cage and wouldn’t eat or go to the bathroom. My wife brought her home for the night to see if she could get her to eat.

My wife and “Olive” traveled between home and the shelter over the next couple of weeks, but there were no takers. We walked her with an “Adopt Me” vest twice daily. The only potential adopter wanted her to kill groundhogs in his yard. That was all I needed to hear. I wasn’t letting her go. 

630871232-Leo-Olive_edited-for-blog.jpg


Every misconception I ever had about small dogs shattered one by one. At home, Olive never had an accident. She slept in her crate quietly, and never begged or cried. When it got cold, she wore her coat dutifully. When her feet froze in the snow, she donned booties without complaint.

She never balks on walks regardless of the distance or weather. We limited ourselves to six miles, but Olive could easily do double if I let her. She’s a 2011 model with more than 6,500 miles under her taut little belt so far. She barks, when necessary, at visitors or other dogs. My wife insists she stay off the furniture, but I insisted that my lap is not furniture. 

630871230-Sunbeam_edited-for-blog.jpg

 
The last rule my wife had was no dogs in bed. But I found I could hide this little brown dog in the folds of my quilt. As my new ambassador for all dogs small, turns out, Olive, a 13-pound powerhouse is a real dog who’s made a huge impact on me. She’s our welcome waggin’, floor cleaner, benevolent bedbug, morning alarm clock, fitness coach and my favorite “show” to watch.

I admit to being smitten by this little brown dog. Olive changed my mind about small dogs.

Learn more about the Petco Foundation by visiting www.petcofoundation.org.


  Get the latest lifesaving news by following us!
  Petco Foundation on Instagram Petco Foundation on Twitter Petco Foundation on Facebook The Petco Foundation
 

1 Comments
Comments
by Zhenia
‎12-02-2016 04:30 AM

good luck to this beautiful pet

good luck to this beautiful pet

Posted on Dec. 2, 2016
Latest Blog Posts

Joy Is The Word For The Day

By PhotoLori on Jun. 21, 2017
"You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen." - Paulo Coelho

Muddy Paws and Smelly Coats: How to Keep Clean in a Pet-Friendly Home

By CarolineGolon on Jun. 12, 2017
As the temperature rises and dogs enjoy the luxury of spending more time outside, the opportunity for dirty pets increases. Warmer weather brings rain...

Getting a New Puppy? Don't Make any Wookiee Mistakes!

By Leah_Pet on Jun. 2, 2017
Thinking about adding a new puppy to the family? Here's what one new puppy parent learned in her adventure of adding to the family.