Everyone loves a happy ending, right?
We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!
Marny and Bwana adopted Olive, formerly known as Adopt-a-Bull Olivia, on Februrary 25, 2013.
Olive’s most common nicknames:
Olive Spoons, Sweedeedee, The Miniature Blue, Professor Wigglebottoms, Dorkus
What drew you to adopt Olive in the first place?
I have had a fondness for pit bull terriers for quite some time. When I started looking into adopting a new family membe, I found myself drawn to them — the combination of them being such an underdog, the sheer number of pits that need good homes, and how flipping cute they are tugged on me. I started going to the BAPBR website almost daily. Eventually we met a few adult pit bull terriers and then my lady fell in love with them. Soon she was staring at the site every night too, and in particular Olive. When we got to meet her, we totally fell in love. I liked her funny little head and eyes, and Marny liked how sensitive and soulful she was. She just seemed pretty mellow for a puppy. We thought she might be good with our cat and our girl since she was being fostered at a home with several other animals and a young child. She was so empathetic and thoughtful, we were drawn to her.
Do you have any other pets in the house?
Currently we have two chickens, a hamster named Houdini, a cat named Grapes and a dog named Twillah. The chickens are out and about in the yard usually. Olive sees them as family and leaves them alone. Sometimes she does roll in what they leave around, though — yuck! Twillah is 12-and-a-half now and her legs are giving out on her but her spirits are still high and she enjoys nightly play sessions with Olive. This mostly means standing next to the living room coffee table and barking at Olive, who plays hide and seek and keep away with a toy. Olive sometimes mimics Twillah’s bark, just to playfully mess with her. Twillah is now the leader, which is a new thing for her. After our other dog Woody died a year and a half ago she was pretty sad but Olive has breathed new life into our old lady! Grapes and Olive are in love — they play almost every day. Grapes is like a rock star to Olive — she worships him. A few days ago, Grapes came into the house with a small wound on his lower lip. As always, Olive made a beeline for him, and after the usual sniff down, Olive licked the wound clean. Within a day it was getting better and healed up. They snuggle together, chase each other and try bites of each others’ food. Whatever the game, Grapes always wins.
What’s been the most surprising thing about Olive as she’s settled in?
I don’t think we realized how easily frightened Olive is — it’s the flip side of that compassionate sensitivity. The heater grate, a blowing leaf, a member of the family wearing a big hat — anything new or different is spooky. The more new things frighten her, the more she is comforted by the familiar and routine. She has taught me to watch her cues, know when she’s had enough newness. I’ve also learned that treats when she’s scared let her know that good things happen when a scary thing is around. I always assumed that chewing stuff up was just something puppies do, and we would have to manage it, but Olive never damages anything that’s not hers. Even though she is a shoe and sock thief, she just gives them back to us, unharmed, as a present. Also, I’m still surprised at just how cuddly she is. She can lounge on a lap as long as the lap is willing to be there. She will gaze into your eyes and smile as you blow raspberries on her tummy and snuffle her cheeks. My daughter will kiss her face all over, and she just wags her tail and kisses back. And her tail, holy moly that thing is powerful. The wagging is a full-body experience. Early in the morning she’s so happy to be awake that she bangs her tail on every surface in the house. She is also much smaller than we thought she would be — small maybe, but mighty, and fast! And if she doesn’t want to move from a comfy spot, she tenses all of her muscles — good luck moving her.
Does Olive have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?
So many! Oilve’s lower lip is always doing something that makes her look goofy — it’s pretty tiny but commands a big presence. Her lip is always sticking out or crooked, like Bill Murray’s in Caddyshack. She also likes to get under the covers which is a constant source of goofiness as she worms her way around. She’s pretty smart and has figured out how to use her paws quite a bit. When she’s riled up and playing she does a crazy paws up pounce thing like a cat. Alongside the bike, she wants to mush like a sled dog husky and has a nose like a bloodhound. If someone is hurt, she knows exactly where — even if it’s just feelings. Her favorite toy is a push broom that she leaps in the air to conquer as we wave it around, just above her head — she can play this broom game for hours.
What has Olive brought to your life?
Olive brought new life to our house. It took a while to get over the loss of Woody, but when the time was right, Olive was there waiting for us. Everyone who meets her says how special she is — they ask us if we realize it. We do. She just radiates love!