OLIVER - 9 YEAR OLD MALE
ADOPTION STATUS: IN FOSTER CARE.
Foster Update - October 15, 2021
Hi again - me Oliver Longbody. Remember that microscopic cytology thing I mentioned last time? Turns out the results weren’t so cool - the dreaded Mast Cell Tumour. So they whisked me away for surgery and then found out I had four (count ‘em, four!) tumours.
Dr. Vet removed them all and I’m not a happy camper as you can see from my picture. To top things off, now I have to wear this dreaded Cone of Shame to stop me from licking the stitches. Oh well, at least I’ll have a great scar to show off to the ladies.
While I was sleeping, they also did an x-ray of my chest and found I have a condition called "pectus excavatum” which is a fancy name for a deformation of the breastbone and rib cartilage, not uncommon in brachycephalic breeds like me. It causes a narrowing of the chest cavity which can impair breathing and heart function but since my case is not severe and I’ve had it probably since birth, I shouldn’t need surgery to fix it. Thought you might like to see an xray of my handsome but unusual body. See the round yellow circle? My ribcage is supposed to be flat, not curved upwards like this. But hey, who wants to be like everyone else?
And just to make life even more interesting, along with my allergies I have a urinary tract infection so have to be on antibiotics for a while.
I’m also still not very happy when foster mom is not around and get very anxious waiting for her to come home. Can you blame me when I’ve got all these health problems and she’s making sure they’re taken care of? I think I’ll be staying put for quite a while. In fact, if I have my way, I’ll stay here furever.
Foster Update - September 29, 2021
Hi Everyone - Oliver here - aka Ollie Man, Olls Wolls, Olivander Longbody, Mr. Wonderful. It’s been a while since you’ve heard about me and I just want to let you know that everything’s cool. I’m keeping busy staying chill and trying to keep my nose clean. I’m also perfecting the art of wrapping my foster mom around my little paw. And speaking of paws, I had another trip to see Doctor Vet a couple of weeks ago for something called “microscopic cytology” supposedly related to my allergies. Here’s a picture of my paw - cute, eh? Anyhoo, I’ll chat more when my awesome foster mom has finished dealing with some other important things in her life. Hey, what can be more important than me?
Foster Update - August 21, 2021
Not much new to report on Oliver this time. His formal separation anxiety has taken a backseat but he is doing well with spending time with foster mom’s friend while she is busy with demanding family priorities. He has now been completely switched over to a new “allergy food” and, while he is showing signs of minor allergic irritation, the vet advises to continue for a few weeks on this food exclusively, to see if things calm down. If his face flares up too much, he will be put on Apoquel for a week. We had some success and not too much drama introducing him to basic toenail dremeling today.
Foster Update - July 18, 2021
Oliver continues to work on his separation issues while in care, but the poor boy’s body has decided to throw us a curveball by introducing allergies into his life. He remains a happy and sweet boy as we work with his veterinary care team through the long and careful process of figuring out what his allergies are all about to help him find relief and freedom from the oozies and itchies.
Foster Update - June 10, 2021
Nothing new or spectacular to report on Oliver, and that kind of boring is great for a little rescue pug!
Oliver is doing well with a consistent and steady routine. We continue to work on his general anxiety and separation anxiety training. He’s had a few little setbacks here and there, but that’s par for the course with these issues, and with patience, love, and consistent, careful work (and medication) we will hopefully continue to help him overcome his issues.
Ollie has discovered the joy that are Benebones, and his toy box and circle of human and doggo friends continues to slowly grow. He either loves a person immediately, or sniffs and walks away, so those who meet with his approval are lucky ducks, indeed.
This little, senior man is charming and sweet, and deserves all of the love and patience the world has to offer.
Update - April 26, 2021
Oliver has been spending some quality one-on-one time with his foster auntie recently, and he is absolutely soaking up being the centre of all of the attention that comes from being an only child. Snoozing and cuddling with his people on the sofa ranks pretty much at the top of Oliver’s “Best Things To Do” list, but he is a multifaceted little man, and he also absolutely loves going on nature trail hiking adventures. He can’t get enough of finding new smells and animal tracks to sniff out, spotting squirrels to chase, and making friends with new doggos.
Ollie is smart and is eager to discover new things. He has been learning and re-learning basic skills, including “stay”, “come”, and “touch”, and he happily and quickly took to exploring some basic backyard agility equipment. He is clearly very thrilled when he learns a new skill, and his foster auntie is working on increasing his human vocabulary, as well as giving him games to help him use and grow his brain.
As his foster mama noted, Ollie is very much an empath, and he has anxiety quirks that his foster auntie will continue to work to help him resolve while he is with her. With some gentle trial and error, his auntie is figuring out how Ollie prefers to be handled, and he’s becoming much more comfortable being picked up and having his feet touched. He has recently started to take well to wearing a light sweater on colder days, so it’s possible that his days as a serial nudist might be over!
Ollie is a very sweet little gentleman of many moods who really wants nothing more than a predictable, stable environment where he can understand that he is safe and loved in his family and routine, and also be understood for the special little man that he is.
Update - January 31, 2021
When Oliver entered Pugalug Pug Rescue this past summer, we had no idea he would still be in rescue 5 months later. While the Global Pandemic has complicated the process of finding him his furever home, that doesn’t mean Ollie isn’t enjoying life in foster care!
Oliver has become very fond of the resident pug and surprisingly she’s become quite fond of him too. He no longer hesitates to join her for a snuggle in a dog bed and becomes agitated and concerned when the resident pug is forced to undergo nail trims or a bath; however, he quickly settles down when she is freed from such indignities.
While Ollie still isn’t a fan of having a bath, he doesn’t actively hate them anymore. Bath time has become synonymous with treat time, plenty of scratches and a never-ending supply of sweet nothings and he revels in the one-on-one attention. His bathing requirements are minimal; every 4-6 weeks is the most he requires.
Now that the cold weather has set in for the season, an attempt was made to get Oliver into a nice, warm winter coat. He’s excited when he first slips it on, but that excitement morphs into concern, which leads to a refusal to walk or eliminate. We continue to work on it, but he may be destined to be a nudey for life.
Perhaps the biggest change in Oliver is the progress he’s made with his separation anxiety. Although he’s never thrilled to be left at home, when left to run loose with the resident pug, he will curl up on the chair or in a dog bed and will lazily keep an eye on the door while awaiting his foster mum’s return. Upon her return, Ollie has become more interested in what goodies she may have with her than he is with her – which is a great sign.
The rare moments that Oliver needs to be left for longer periods of time, he will begrudgingly allow himself to be penned into the kitchen with the resident pug but does not hesitate to let his displeasure be known by singing the song of his people. His behaviour doesn’t seem to be rooted in anxiety; it’s more the indignity of being locked up! His singing lasts roughly 30 minutes, after which he will settle into a dog bed and await his foster mum’s return.
It’s worth noting that Ollie is a bit of an empath and, as such, is very sensitive to the moods of his person. If his person is stressed or anxious, an appreciable increase in Oliver’s anxiety can be seen, typically in the form of licking himself as a means of self-soothing. Just one more reason for you to manage your stress!
While it will be hard to part with Oliver when the time comes, it will be worth it to know he’s found the furever home he deserves.
NOTE: With Ontario still under stay at home orders, adoptions will remain on-hold until public health guidelines are lifted.
Update - January 3, 2021
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the province wide lock-down in Ontario, adoptions will be on hold until further notice. We will post on the website as soon as we are able to re-open for adoption and home visits.
Update - December 12, 2020
For his many fans out there, Oliver will be ready early in the New Year to accept applications for his furever home. If you are contemplating applying, please take time over the holiday season to consider the information below. In early January we will post his specific requirements and announce the date when we will begin accepting applications. In the meantime, please do not apply but do have a very happy and safe holiday season.
Oliver is a happy, inquisitive little man who wants nothing more than to be in the company of his person – preferably while they throw his favorite rope toy in an endless game of fetch. While he is physically healthy, it is important for anyone interested in adoption to know that he does have separation anxiety (SA). We’ve made significant progress, but SA cannot be cured overnight. It requires a multifaceted approach which includes medication, behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
Fortunately, Oliver’s SA does not cause him to become destructive. Through the magic of a digital camera, his behavior in the absence of his foster person has been monitored to determine exactly what he gets up to when left alone! His anxiety is limited to vocalizations (barking, whining, squeaking, etc.) and pacing. Having another dog with him does seem to ease his worries, as his anxiety is noticeably worse when he is alone. For this reason, Oliver is best suited to a home with another dog.
It is important to note that Oliver’s SA may temporarily worsen as he transitions from his foster home to his forever home. Some SA dogs will experience an increase in anxiety immediately upon rehoming, while others may not exhibit signs for a few weeks, until they have settled in.
Please don’t let his SA cause you to overlook Oliver! Oliver is a gorgeous little work in progress who, in time, will thrive in his forever home with a family that is dedicated to continuing to work on his behavior.
Update - October 26, 2020
Oliver is an active, inquisitive little man who has never encountered a Kleenex he didn’t want to shred, nor a rope toy that didn’t beg to be fetched. He’s continued to develop a relationship with the resident pug and his charms appear to be working. They can now be found snuggling on the coveted ‘favorite’ bed while their human works.
Oliver loves a good hike! He happily walks alongside his person, easily walking 5-8kms multiple times a week but beware; he has a high prey drive. Oliver will chase after every bird or squirrel he encounters making a leash a necessity even when hiking.
Oliver had his dental cleaning last week and had 18 teeth removed. A dental abscess was well underway, so the dental couldn’t have happened at a better time. Although he was uncomfortable the evening following surgery, it didn’t slow him down for long. Three days after his dental, you’d hardly know anything happened. He’s back to his usual peppy self!
He will continue with softened food for another week after which it will be business as usual.
One thing that has become clear over the last few weeks is that Oliver has developed separation anxiety. It’s hard to say when it started exactly but moving from his first home to his foster home seems to have been the tipping point. This is something his foster person is actively working to resolve, but behavioral problems require patience and diligence to resolve. He recently started medication to help with this condition, and there are some early signs that it is helping, however it will be another month before we know with any degree of certainty.
Fortunately, Oliver’s separation anxiety does not cause him to be destructive. His anxiety is manifested through some restlessness accompanied with whining, crying and howling. Although he is crate trained, he seems to do better when left outside of his crate rather than kenneled when left alone. He appears to find a degree of comfort in the presence of the resident pug, so he may be more suited to a home with another dog after all.
We will continue to work towards resolving Oliver’s separation anxiety but in the meantime keep checking back for updates!
Introduction - August 3, 2020
This is Oliver – an 8-year-old, male neutered pug who was surrendered to Pugalug Pug Rescue due to an unforeseen change in his family’s circumstances. Oliver has been in Pugalug foster care for just over a week now, and I’m happy to report he’s settled in quickly. He’s a big boy; his weight is ideal at 24 lbs! He has a long, lean body with lanky legs and gorgeous brown eyes.
Oliver quickly acquainted himself with the resident pug and cat and helped himself to the toy bin and stash of Nylabones. He’s very affectionate and, as is typical of most pugs, loves to be the centre of attention. He’s quick to remind you when it’s dinner time and doesn’t hesitate to let you know when he needs to go outside.
Oliver is crate trained. Although he happily kennels up at night, he vocalizes his displeasure with being crated when left alone, whether it’s for 5 minutes or an hour. I left him to roam freely with the resident pug while I stepped out for 20 minutes and he was quiet as a church mouse and the building was still standing upon my return. All positive signs.
He has a history of being very fearful of nail trims which appears to cause a little anxiety when visiting veterinary clinics. Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately?!), Oliver’s foster person works at a vet clinic and he spends the day there with her during the week. Although he was clearly anxious and nervous at first, I’m happy to report he’s becoming more comfortable as each day passes. I wouldn’t say he loves it – but we may get there yet!
Oliver will be having a physical exam, blood work, fecal testing and rabies vaccine soon. Keep your eyes open for another update on this little gem!!