Hi all! I’m Oliver and this is my story!
The beginning is somewhat unknown and quite rocky. I was found in an abandoned warehouse and brought to the St. Louis Humane Society. At five months of age, I was a very sick and sad pup.
The doctors diagnosed me with Parvo and a bad case of fleas. I was in isolation for a month, and then came down with pneumonia, so back in isolation I went for another three weeks.
My mom came to the shelter on December 22nd 2010 to drop of some donated toys, and as she tells me over and over, it was love at first sight. She said it had a lot to do with my ears!!
My canine family consists of an older sister Polly, who is an Akita-PitBull mix, and my ”partner in crime” brother Monte, who is a Coonhound mix. They were both also rescued and lovingly cared for by the Humane Society.
The truth is, the word PITBULL can be very scary to those who do not know and have experience with my breed. This is because of to all the negative stories in the media and the incredibly inhumane treatment we are frequently subject to. My mom tells me that I motivated her to try and help change the perception of all my Bully Breed cousins.
It started when she was at a dinner party where the question, “What would you do if you won the lottery?” came up. She answered that she would love to build and run a special place for homeless and abused dogs. A place where they would feel safe and loved. A place where they would be cured of their illnesses. A place where they would go to school to learn. A place where they would find a home of their own.
That is how Oliver’s Clubhouse was born. Our goal is to celebrate all dogs, and show that Bully Breeds are wonderful, happy, tail-wagging family members. Because of me, my parents have a special place in their heart for my misunderstood breed and we hope to help educate people on just how wonderful we are.
Our dream is to one day have a rescue, with real walls, where we can help those that need us the most. Right now, mom and dad’s work schedule does not allow for that, so we sought out a group that does the work we aspire to. We sponsor Safe Humane Chicago, which does incredible work. They focus on dogs who are victims of the criminal justice system, in which the majority are Bully Breeds.
Because I love my bed SO MUCH, a portion of our funding provides for new dog beds for those shelter dogs who would otherwise have to sleep on a cement floor. We call it ”Beds for Babies.” 🙂
Thank you for reading my story. Enjoy each day, and know that if you reach out with love, love will come back to you.
Big Pittie Kisses…Oliver!