Our furbaby Oliver turned five on March 3rd, and I wanted to dedicate this post to him.
Oliver is like a child to Todd and I, and we definitely treat him like a human. This little fluff ball rules the household!
I know you’ll never get to read this letter (like a human baby would when they grow up), but you know quite well how much you are loved.
I am blessed that you came into World five years ago… and into our lives (almost) five years ago. At the time I wasn’t sure I wanted a small dog, since I always wanted a dog I could run or hike with. Since we were living in a apartment at the time, we couldn’t get a big dog, so we started looking for ‘cool’ little dogs. Dogs that were small in size, but big in personality. When we started to look at Westies, boy were we right about that personality!
I’ll never forget the day Todd came home with an advertisement in the Boston Herald for Westie puppies. Your Dad was crazy thinking we could go look at puppies without wanting to take one home.. who was he kidding?! That weekend we drove up to New Hampshire and saw you for the first time… of course we fell in love instantly. You were the only boy left, with your two sisters, and you were so darn curious! I remember you were the one wandering off and smelling everything in sight. I loved your spunky, curious nature. We didn’t take you home that day, because Todd wanted to think about it (he’s the rational one). Fast forward to the following weekend, and we drove back up to NH and brought you home.. you were just 10 weeks old!
Since that day in May of 2010, you have forever changed our lives. I never thought I could love an animal so much, but you are everything to us. You have hiked over 30 of New Hampshire’s highest mountains. We started hiking with you when you were a puppy and you have loved the trails ever since. Oliver, you are one determined little guy!
You took part in our wedding day, and we now have photos that we will cherish forever…
You are always there for me when I need you… my little shadow following me around the house, room to room. When I am sick, you lay with me on the couch. You sleep at my feet every night in bed, keeping me warm.
You love barking at airplanes, squirrels and bunnies… your dream is to one day catch a bunny, but I hate to break it to you, they are super fast!
Did I mention you love watching TV? Not only to you watch TV (seriously) but you bark at any animal that comes on the screen, silly pup!
You’ve been to most of my Triathlons, cheering me on with your Dad!
I know you won’t live forever, and it makes me sick just thinking about it. They say dogs are put on Earth to teach us what love really is… and I think that’s right. Thank you, Oliver for showing me and your Dad unconditional love… love is all you know:)