Introducing Ollie

15 Aug
Ollie

Here’s Ollie’s picture from his PetFinder listing. He may not have a Mohawk like Dobby did, but he totally has a beard.

When I last filled you in on our dog shelter saga, our adoption of Dobby had just fallen through due to him being shark-tastic and wanting to bite everyone.

Well, when I found Dobby I also happened to come across a cute little chihuahua/yorkie mix named Ollie. The only reason I didn’t call about Ollie first was that there wasn’t a lot of information about him in the listing.  I had no idea about his age, his size or even if he was housebroken. Also, I was concerned because Chihuahuas shed like crazy and the only way it would work for us is if the yorkie side won out with the low/no-shedding.

After Dobby fell through, I went ahead and emailed to find out more information on Ollie. According to Mary, the shelter director, he was around 1 or 2 years old, weighed 8 pounds, was 90% housebroken, and was very low shedding.

YAY! Or as my husband would say, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!”*

I submitted an application last Wednesday and waited. And waited. And waited. Until I heard this Tuesday that our application review was almost complete and the last step was talking to our reference. I had listed my bestie, Annie, as our reference and due to her job she’s hard to get on the phone during the day. The shelter contact was able to have her answer the questions by email though, which was fantastic. Annie is also fantastic – even more than fantastic –  because she spoke so highly of us that the shelter contact emailed me on Tuesday night that we were approved to adopt Ollie!

Which is when the anxiety set in.

My husband, who hardly ever goes out of town was leaving on Thursday morning for five days. Our choice was to either meet and bring Ollie home on Wednesday night before Travis left, or for me to do it alone on Friday while he’s gone. I really wanted Travis and Jack to meet Ollie with me, so we decided to schedule our meeting for last night.

When we walked up to the PetSmart where we were meeting Mary and Ollie, my heart was totally pounding like crazy. I wasn’t sure if I was going to pass out, hurl or poo myself. Maybe all three, so it is good that PetSmart has mess cleanup stations. Luckily I didn’t need to use one.

At first, Ollie was super shy and didn’t even want to come over to Travis or me. We bribed him with treats and he would slowly walk over, grab a treat and run away. Mary told us that he would take a while to warm up to us, so we really hung back and tried to be super patient. Over about an hour he got more and more friendly and even went up to Jack to softly take a treat out of his hand.

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This is Rutledge Wood from Top Gear (American version). I have a super crush on him and Ollie kind of looks like him. Picture Source: Rutledge Wood website

So, we decided to go for it.

I signed the paperwork, wrote a check and picked out a collar and ID tag for him. He’s gone by Ollie for 4 weeks, so we think we’re going to just stick with that as his name. Not totally sure yet, I might decide to change it this weekend – he doesn’t respond to Ollie at all. Current frontrunners are: Dobby, PJ (Potter, Jr) or Rutledge, with a middle name of Voldemort (aka the dog who must not be named).

As soon as we walked out of PetSmart with Ollie, I totally had a anxiety attack freak out. My stomach started lurching, my heart pounded and I burst into tears.

I just kept thinking…he’s not as cute as Potter! And he’s not as awesome as Potter! And what if I don’t love him?! And what if this is a HUGE mistake?

Travis calmed me down by reminding me that whatever we give Ollie will be better than what he would get from a shelter. And that we were already great doggie parents to him because we didn’t drop him off at an overcrowded shelter and walk away. We also have an out if we choose to use it – if we decide that Ollie is not a good fit with our family we can give him back within 30 days.

So, that pretty much kept me sane. I mean, between the weird crying jags.

Mary had told us to have Ollie ride back home with us (over an hour car ride) in his crate, because that would make him the most comfortable with the transition. I pretty much decided that she wasn’t the boss of me and switched him to my lap after about 15 minutes. Which he LOVED by the way.

The entire way home he snuggled up with me as if he had been with us for years. When we got home, Travis took him for a walk and then we let him sniff around the house for an hour or so.

Our intentions were to put him in his crate to sleep, which is what he did with his foster parent. So we said goodnight and put him in there with a treat. However, while I was taking out my contact lenses he started whining… and before I was even out of the bathroom Travis had Ollie in our bed.

So, yeah, Travis is already trained.

Ollie slept by our feet most of the night and every couple hours he would get up to explore the room. This, of course, woke me up because I was afraid he was going to pee on something, but he did really well with no accidents. By morning he was curled up right between Travis and me like a spoiled pup.

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Meet Ollie!

I dropped Jack off at my mom’s house this morning for babysitting and I’m working from home today so that Ollie can get used to his new home. So far he’s been alternating between following me around the house, sitting on my lap, or curling up by my feet under my blanket.

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Working from home is pretty awesome when you have a lapdog. (PS sorry about the lack of makeup, working from home doesn’t require makeup… or a shower… or real pants)

Oh, and he decided to pee on one of Jack’s toys. So that’s accident #1. Which is to be expected, but still sucks.

It’s nice having a dog around the house again. Even if he does keep farting. If he is this comfortable with me within 24 hours, I can only imagine he’ll be trying to sleep on top my face within a week. Which would be weird.

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Spoiled already? You betcha!

So to the person in West Virginia who decided that Ollie was not the right fit for them… thank you. Thank you for giving him up to a shelter, rather than just leaving him on the side of the road or sticking him in a dumpster. We are so happy for Ollie to join our family and plan to love him to the best of our ability.

*There is a country song out right now that says “winner winner” and “catfish dinner” so my husband was singing “winner winner chicken dinner” over and over and OVER again last night.

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15 Responses to “Introducing Ollie”

  1. Words for Worms August 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve already told you this, but if you DO decide to keep Ollie as his name, it can be short for Ollivander (master wand making dog) or Oliver Wood (super handsome Quidditch captain dog.) Of course, I think he’s got a Dobby vibe going with those ears. Sending all the good vibes your way!

    • Quirky Chrissy August 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      yay!! He’s super cute! Also I think you should name him Dobby anyway! (or what Katie said!)

      • JoulesDellinger August 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

        Aww, thanks Chrissy. The only problem is that I kind of named the last dog Dobby in my head so now my brain is all confused.

    • JoulesDellinger August 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      I think “Ollie” is growing on me… so maybe I will make it the longer Ollivander when he’s in trouble. “Come over here Ollivander Rutledge Dellinger…!”

  2. Eliza Payne August 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Congratulations on your new addition! He is super duper cute! Being he has chihuahua in him, he will be a devoted and very faithful little guy (I have a mixed chihuahua, my 3rd child) but always remember your husband put him in the bed with you guys! LOL, when we brought my little man home at 12 weeks, we had all intentions of crate training (as he was when he left him home) yet that first night he whined and my husband told me too pick him up and bring him to bed… he is now 9 years old, weighs 4.5 lbs and has successfully booted dad to the couch (every night!!) and mom gets about a 1/4 of the bed! I wouldn’t changed a thing!! They are the best little creatures in the world and I can’t wait to hear more stories about his (and yours!) upcoming adventures!! Oh, and go out and buy pee pads, they work on training!!

    • JoulesDellinger August 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Thanks Eliza! Right now the plan is to keep Ollie in the crate when he is home alone, which started this morning when I dropped my son off at grandma’s house. He seemed to do well with it, so fingers crossed that it will work out well when I’m back in the office! Our last dog didn’t like to sleep with us, so it’s kind of a novelty to have a dog who does. I’ll keep pee pads in mind… a friend used them with her chihuahua and she recommended them too.

  3. Jenny August 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    This sounds a bit intense, but keep a leash on him at all times, even when you’re sleeping…it’s attached to your wrist and when he tugs it, you can take him out.

    • JoulesDellinger August 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      I’m such a light sleeper that all he has to do is get up to walk around and I’m on high alert…

  4. Michelle August 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I totally agree with the Ollivander or Oliver Wood connections to Ollie. I think Ollie is a super name, and it seems like he’s really settling in with you. Plus, he’s ridiculously cute and sweet. May he have a looooong healthy happy life as a member of the Dellinger clan!

  5. Ashley F August 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Congratulations! What a sweetie. I’m all for re-naming him Rutledge, although my heart truly belongs to Tanner 😉 Enjoy the next few months of life with a new fur baby!

    • JoulesDellinger August 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Tanner is adorable too — but he’s such a little guy I feel like I could put him in my pocket… BTW, I LOVE that you know American Top Gear!

      • Ashley F August 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

        He is a tiny little thing, and shockingly much older than his baby face makes him look.

        I’m a HUGE fan of the UK version but what can I say, I am my father’s daughter 😉

        Two words, Moonshine Challenge. If you haven’t seen that episode you’ll die laughing.

  6. Kari August 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    OMG you two look PERFECT together!
    So happy for you!!
    I personally think Ollie looks like Zac Brown…which btw, is gonna be our next dog’s name.
    Big hugs!

  7. Holly Hester August 16, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    Ollie is sooooo cute! I am such a big advocate of everyone getting their pets from shelters! There are millions of dogs and cats just sitting in shelters day after day waiting for someone to love them! I’m so glad you put your story out there and I’m sure it will inspire people!

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  1. An update on Ollivander Rutledge Dellinger | Pocketful of Joules - October 2, 2013

    […] Ollie joined our family on August 14th so as of today he’s been with us 7 weeks. When he first became a part of our family he was really, really shy and pretty much scared of everyone. We think that he had been abused (yelled at and hit) by a man in his original home because he was most fearful around men and would cower at any slightly raised voice. […]

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