- What is your pet’s name?
- How did you come up with the name, does it have any specific significance?
Oliver and Company is the only thing that comes to mind – but interestingly enough, Oliver is actually a cat in this film. The name probably came from that movie, but it was really just a name I loved.
- How old is your pet?
Currently, he is 8 years old. His birthday just past at the beginning of April.
- When did you get your pet?
I got him about 6 weeks after he was born – it was May 20th, I believe (2010).
- What breed is your pet?
That is an interesting question; I’m not entirely sure. I was under the impression he was a pure Siberian husky, but there is no way. His size and the length of his fur? Over the last few years, I’ve thought he’s more of a mutt – which is completely fine! Is happiness a breed?!
- How old were you when you got your pet?
I guess I was 19? I got him in the beginning of 2010, but that means I wouldn’t have turned 20 until November, later that year. So 19, final answer.
- How did you get your pet?
I was working at a cheque cashing / payday loan store at the time: we had some regular customers who came in quite often and one lady in particular used to come in and talk only about her huskies – which I fully encouraged. I loved dogs, and since I could ask Santa for things I actually wanted, I was asking him for a puppy. My parents didn’t want a dog cause they thought they would be the ones who would end up taking care of it, so I never got a dog. But now, I was 19 and living on my own; I could take care of one all on my own. One day, this lady came in and started telling me about her dogs and how two of the four she had were having puppies! She said she was going to be selling them for $300. Yeah. Three hundred dollars for a husky puppy. I told her to sign me up for a bouncing baby boy. A few weeks later when he was born, I went to meet him and fell in love. I put him on my chest and he nuzzled in a fell right back to sleep. He was mine. Six weeks after he was born I took him home.
- What is your pets’ favourite food?
There are quite a few treats he enjoys, but his favourite has always been pig ears.
- What is your pet’s favourite game?
Don’t be silly; Oliver is too lazy for games. We just enjoy a good adventure walk together. Sometimes playing hide and seek while out adventuring is fun though. If he can’t see me, he goes crazy looking for me until I jump out and scare him.
- What is your favourite thing to do together?
We like long walks and new adventures. Exploring new places is fun, but a long walk together, practically anywhere, is the best.
- Do you go outdoors? If yes, where is your favourite place to go together?
Anywhere that has a good trail or hiking path. Our favourite place is probably anywhere along the Niagara Parkway towards Niagara-on-Lake – tons of beautiful trails and paths, everywhere.
- What is a bad habit that your pet has?
Sneezing all over the place so that there are boogies everywhere! Shedding? Is that a habit?
- What is the best thing about your pet?
The best thing about Oliver is his pure, unconditional love. He is literally like a rock to me; he keeps me grounded. If I need to sort out something in my brain, I can talk to him, walk with him, be silent with him – it doesn’t matter, we are happy together.
- What is the naughtiest thing your pet has ever done?
Oh man, there are a lot of “naughty” things that Oliver has done. Mostly in the name of learning how to ‘dog’. He was a terribly naughty puppy. He would come out of the bedroom with socks in his mouth; we would come home to fully eaten flip-flops, and I’m just warming you up. He’s eaten phones, remotes, basically anything that’s been left out for him. I had to get smart, he even started taking books and DVD’s off of the shelves they were on – safe and sound (or so I thought). Eventually I kept a habit of cleaning up before I left him home alone. And eventually, he stopped eating things left out.
- What is the funniest memory involving your pet?
There are quite a few that come to mind when I think of Oliver and funny, but I guess one of my favourite ‘funny’ memories is the time I went to get pizza with the boys and Oliver. I was with Jared, Berto and Oliver and our mission was to go to Little Caesar’s (which is a 5 minute walk across the street) and pick up pizza. I went in to pick up the pizza while the boys stayed outside and waited with Oliver. I turned my back for all of two minutes and the boys were surrounded by a flock of girls. “You’re puppy is so cute”, “Oh my goodness! What an adorable husky!” – Oliver had set the girls off – and it was hilarious to turn around and see a swarm of girls around the boys.
- What is the best memory involving your pet?
Best memory… that’s tough. Every memory with him is the best, even the shitty memories of the trouble he caused – we lived and learned together. The best memory would have to be the memory of having Oliver. Life without him simply wouldn’t be the same, even a little bit. Oliver is my best friend. I had wanted a dog a long time ago, but finally the time was right. Oliver was here and it was finally time that I had my dog.
- What is the hardest thing about being a pet owner?
Letting go. Up until he was like… four years old (roughly), I had never been without him more than a night. Lies – except for the first few months after I got him, I did go on a family trip to P.E.I. Other than that, we were always together. The first time I left him for a longer period of time was Myrtle Beach. Fast forward another four years, I’ve now lived without him for almost a year. Don’t get me wrong, I visit him as much as I can; but right now he can’t live with me – condo rules. All that being said, we are only a month away from moving into our new house where Oliver will be allowed to live with us! Letting go is the hardest thing about being a pet owner because it means giving up control. I also mean this in relation to when Oliver is gone – it will be tremendously hard to let him go.
- What is the most rewarding thing about being a pet owner?
The social interaction that Oliver brings is the most rewarding thing about being a pet owner. I’m not a very brave person when it comes to starting conversations or approaching people. Oliver makes that very easy though; he takes away a barrier that would otherwise be present. “What a nice looking dog” is usually how the conversation begins. From there, it’s gone many places. Awkward places, friendly places, and definitely some interesting places.
- Does your pet have a nickname and what is it?
Oli-bear or Oli or Oliburrr – LOL
- Have you ever thought your pet any tricks if so, what?
You know, I did my very best with him. He’s not the brightest crayon in the box, but he does know a few tricks: he can fetch like, once; he half rolls-over; he does know how to give both paws; he knows how to jump up, especially when you don’t want him to… He’s just all around talented, really.