Every year, I like to post a tribute to our dog, Ollie. This one is similar to the others, but if you are new to this blog, you may not have seen them before.
Today is Ollie’s birthday. He is three years old, or twenty-one if you agree that one year for a dog is equivalent to seven years in a human life. Not that he knows it’s his birthday of course, he is fast asleep as usual, on his cosy bed in the kitchen. Julie had to go into Norwich for a meeting today, so Ollie will probably get a present or two tomorrow. Perhaps a new fluffy toy, and a special treat.
The three years have passed quickly, since he was a wrinkly pup with needle-sharp teeth. He has grown into a muscly young dog, yet retained the sweet nature and friendly disposition, that makes him so endearing. His three short years have not been without problems for him. Eye operations, tail operations, skin problems, and ear infections, have all plagued his youth. He has endured it all without complaint though, and remains as a source of great joy and comfort to us, an integral part of family life here in Beetley.
He has made many friends, and grown up with other dogs of the same age. He never chewed or destroyed, and would never think of stealing food, or begging for treats unduly. He rarely jumps up, and only barks when he hears something out of the ordinary. He can be left for hours without complaint, or alternatively travel long distances in the car, happy to be included. I know we are naturally biased, but he really is an excellent dog, and a joy to own.
Because of Ollie, I get out for exercise every day, in all weathers. I have met new people, and been to places that I might otherwise never have discovered. He asks for little; save for our company, one meal a day, and his excursions around the area. He is happy to see anyone, and is always sure to welcome guests and callers. Just seeing him wag his curly tail can lighten your mood, and make your day. He gives me his undying loyalty, constant attention, and a sense of caring for him. There is nothing selfish about him, all he wants is to be loved.
Happy Birthday Ollie. Thanks for being a great dog, and a true friend.