Monday, December 2, 2013

The Show dog that Never Was


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I don't know about you all, but I had a great weekend visiting with family for the Thanksgiving holiday! It won't be long and we'll be doing it again for Christmas! Today I thought I would tell you more about the little fur ball that graces my blog some of the time. He likes to photo bomb, and let's face it - I am a proud puppy mom and it doesn't take much to get me to mention him.
Before we even saw our pup on the rescue website, my hubs (boyfriend at the time) and I decided that we wanted to rescue from a shelter and not buy from a breeder. We wanted to give a good home to a puppy who needed it, and we also didn't want to spend $6oo on a pup. We weren't too serious about looking for one when puppy's picture popped up on the internet and we drove the next day get him. He was such a cute 8 week old pup who needed a home, and he was micro-chipped and ours for a very reasonable price. Little did we know.

We got him home and had him for a day, and my nursing 6th sense kicked in. Something just didn't seem right, but I couldn't really say. So off to the vet we went, with a stool sample in tow (again, the nurse in me). Before the exam the vet thought he seemed like a normal little pup, until the tested the poo. Our poor sweet Ollie dog had Parvo!
For those of you who don't know, Parvo is a disease that eats away at the dog's intestinal lining. It has a 50% survival rate. Our vet suspected that the shelter watered down their parvo vaccines which actually causes parvo in puppies. 
Needles to say, Ollie was hooked up to an IV and had a week stay in the doggie ICU. I won't mention the nasty symptoms to keep this PG, you can google if you like. His white blood cells got down to below 1,000. Normal is 6,000-17,000. But Ollie pulled through! 
I'm sure you're already thinking this - it cost us a pretty penny. Hence why we call him our show dog that never was.
But since, Ollie has gone on to live a mostly healthy lab life! I wish he stayed this cute little size forever! He finally got back up to a normal weight for age and actually had a little belly!

He had his first play date, his first trip home from the park, picking out a Christmas tree, and his first time at the boarders while we were on vacation.
We had our first run in with destroying the Christmas tree. The hubs was not a happy camper. He hasn't done this again since, FYI. Most of the time, I really think we should have called him Marley - just like in the movie.
 We had another run in with a cone when we got a benign (thank goodness) tumor removed from his paw. Yes, the cone has a towel duck taped around it, because he was so rough on the cone the edges were completely jagged. Again, he is Marley.
Ollie enjoys play dates with his cousin Sadie who is 8 months old. Oh, and he loves ice cream, bananas, and hot dogs. Not sure why he loves the hot dogs, because we certainly didn't feed him that. Now, Ollie is a happy, healthy, and very well loved 2 year old! And I couldn't imagine a day without this crazy pup!

Tell me all bout your fur babies! Does anyone else feel like the brought home a "Marley"?!


 

54 comments:

  1. What a sweet story!! Poor little Ollie! Glad to hear he survived parvo and has a wonderful life now! He was such a cute puppy! My dog lays like a frog too! We're getting our first Christmas tree this year and I just told Theo yesterday I wonder how Pixie will do with the tree. Now I'm worried!!

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    1. Haha maybe Pixie won't be as bad! And yes, they do look like frogs don't they?!? Good luck with keeping the decorations up!

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  2. Love this story!! So sweet :):) What a cutie pie!!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. Thanks! I think he's pretty cute too, but I'm a little biased!

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  3. These pictures just warmed my heart! Loved reading this post :)

    Kendall

    styledsnapshots.blogspot.com

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    1. Anything about animals makes me a sucker to read it :)

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  4. Aww he looks so cute! So glad you were able to notice signs of him not being well and got him treatment right away! He seems like such a fun little dog :)

    sundays grace blog

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    1. He is pretty fun most of the time - he keeps me on my toes that's for sure!

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  5. Aww what a sweet story. I've never had a dog - my mom is a allergic to fur so we never had pets growing up. I would love to get a dog now but my apartment doesn't allow them :/
    Ollie is so cute! Love that you guys rescued him instead of buying from a breeder. Rescued pups need more love and have more personality, I think :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. It seems so much better to rescue one - everyone always wants a breeder pup. And personality he definitely has! Maybe a pup is in your future!

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  6. Aww I loved this! He is so cute! The picture of your living room he destroyed was pretty funny, probably wasn't for you though! I'm hoping we can FINALLY get a dog in 2014.. it will be our first one and we can't wait!

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    1. Ahh! That would be so exciting! I thought it was pretty hilarious - the hubs, not so much, eek!!

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  7. Such a sweet story!! That pic made me think of Marley and Me too! :) Fur babies are the best!! xx

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    1. Aren't they?! I think he is related to Marley somehow...

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  8. Ollie is so cute! I have a sweet little rescue pup, she's almost a year old now! My pup hasn't had too many Marley moments and her snuggly nature makes up for all of it.

    Katie
    http://casually-obsessed.blogspot.com

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    1. Don't you love those snuggly moments?! Sounds like your dog has much better manners!

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  9. I love this story, I teared up a little :)

    I rescued my kitty too and I really love to see when animals are rescued and find great homes with amazing people who love them and are willing to do whatever it takes!

    Ashley | History in High Heels

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    1. That is the best isn't it?! It's so awesome that they find great homes!

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  10. so precious! We got our two dogs from a rescue as well and will always do so in the future. My dogs are my babies for sire!

    http://bbritnell.blogspot.com/

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  11. I can't even handle how adorable this little pup is! I want a chocolate lab so badly, I'm sure my boyfriend is sick of hearing about it ha!

    Angi@ cantbuymelovvve.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha I don't blame you! Keep after him!

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  12. Oh my goodness, what an adorable pup!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  13. Such a sweet and touching story

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  14. I'm following because I LOVE dogs and I love this story. You are wonderful !!
    xx's

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    1. I love dogs too! Fur babies are the best! I'll check our your page too!

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  15. What an amazing story Ollie is so lucky to have wonderful owners and he is too adorable. Misa had pneumonia when she was a puppy and almost didn't make it so I can totally relate to that scary feeling when you have a sick pup! I am so happy Ollie has recovered and love when you share pictures of him!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ah! I've never heard of a dog with pneumonia! That sounds terrible! I am glad she pulled through too!

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  16. seriously love labs!
    xo Jessica
    www.NewlyLoved.com
    stop by if ya get a chance!

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  17. Such an amazing story, our lives would be so empty without dogs to share them with1

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    1. That is so so true! They have such great little personalities!

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  18. LOVE THIS!! I am a proud rescue mama and the sad fact is that Ollie probably would not have had a chance without you. I am so SO happy he was rescued!!

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    1. That is so true! We are so glad we found him when we did! Rescue moms are the best!

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  19. Ahhh, this melted my heart! I have always wanted a chocolate lab!!

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    1. Labs are the best!! I always love your comments!

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  20. What a poor little pup! How lucky he is to have been adopted by you! This is such a sweet story, it made me feel quite mushy inside, lol.

    I am fostering a kitty who has had horrible owners the last 6-8 years who never gave her the type of food she needed. As a result, until she came to me, she had diarrhea her whole life. I cannot even imagine! I'm still trying to get her up to a healthy weight (it's been a real struggle!) but she has made great progress over the last month :)

    jess | Quaintrelle

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    1. Oh she is so lucky to have you for her new home! I hope she feels better soon!

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  21. okay ahhh what an amazingly beautiful dog!! Totally reminds me of my parents dog, the little baby pics made me swoon ha!!

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    1. I know, I wish he was still that little!!

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  22. So cute! We recently rescued a black lab mix - she's adorable. Crate trained, hardly barks, house trained, and is good on a leash - we couldn't believe a puppy this wonderful and adorable was in a shelter! We love our little Loola :)
    - Catherine

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    1. She sounds so good! And love the name - so pretty!

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  23. I have a cat, Giannina, who is the one that wait me when I came back at my parents house! She stayed with me during university years, I think she also helped me to pass exam well bacuse she was the perfect break during studies!
    When I moved to another city to start job I had to leave her at my parents home. Same now that I moved from Italy to Doha. But we love each other and I know it becasue when I go home, even after months, she always wait me! as soon as I sit down in some place she immediately come over me! And she never do the same with my parents! <3

    Your new follower,
    bonjourchiara.blogspot.com
    Facebook Page Bonjourchiara

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  24. Omg, what an incredible story! I'm so glad he's so strong and came out just fine! Ollie is so cute! I think every dog is a Marley at first. :p

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  25. Omg he is so adorable! How lucky is he to have a mom like you! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    Xo, Amanda
    www.theamandakathryn.com

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  26. He is beautiful, so glad he got through it all...I pray he lives a long and happy life with lovely people like you who care so much for him <3
    xxxx

    http://segenswunsche.blogspot.co.uk/

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