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Oliver Is Our Shih-poo Toypoodle Shih Tzu Puppy One of Eight Puppies

Updated on January 15, 2018

Oliver is One. The Story so Far

Oliver our very handsome Shih-poo puppy has just turned one year old and I would like to share with you the story of how he came to be part of our Home and Family.

Our beautiful little dog Primrose (she was a Maltese / shih-tzu / Bichon Frisé ) passed away in a matter of only 2 weeks. The cause was kidney failure. Due to our goal of relocating to another residence we did not want to carry out the usual practice of burying our pets in a pride of place in our garden.
We had her cremated and she now sits comfortably on our crystal cabinet, surrounded by her favorite toys.

We decided to wait a little while before we adopted another pet. It was just too soon.

Oliver saying goodbye to his brother Chris
Oliver saying goodbye to his brother Chris | Source

Our Friends Enter the Story

Soon after we lost our Primrose we arranged to go on another holiday to a place near Lakes Entrance where friends of ours lived and was our usual holiday destination. This was going to be hard for us as it was our first holiday without our Primrose in many years.

Big mistake ^-^. These friends were the very people who had been grooming our little Primrose virtually all of her life!

Our beautiful Primrose!
Our beautiful Primrose! | Source
Oliver having a cuddle
Oliver having a cuddle | Source

We Were Moping

After a few days they could see that my husband and I were both moping around and generally not having a good time. We tried, we really did :)

Of course our friends had come to the conclusion that we were missing the companionship of not having a pet especially Primrose and they decided that we would not go home without a new puppy.

Our friends, using a bit of friendly persuasion, talked us into going around the local animal shelters to see if there was any dogs / puppies that caught our attention.

Backwards and forward we went "Uming" and "Aring" this went on for a few days but alas, although there were plenty of options, not one animal appealed enough to either of us to say:

"I want to take you home".

The Fateful Day

We returned to trying to enjoy our holiday but in about two days and with some persistence I must say, our friend came to us holding the local newspaper.
"Just by chance" she says " I was reading the local paper" she continued with a smile "and what did I find" with a wider smile, she continued without even waiting for a reply "There are two puppies advertised in the local paper, looking for a new home" "and they are not far from here to boot" "just down the road a piece" she added with a big smile!
So OK you guessed what happened next? With some toing and froing and some phone calls we arranged to go and look at these 8 week old puppies.

Oliver gets very tired and wants a cuddle after his walk!
Oliver gets very tired and wants a cuddle after his walk! | Source

Not too Far Now

Hrmph! - "just down the road" she said, it only took three quarters of an hour to get there but we finally did, after a few wrong turns and another phone call for further directions.
We were greeted by the pups Human mother and the pups dogie mother as we got out of the car! We had to be vetted to make sure we were suitable to adopt their little boy, Right?

When we had passed the suitability test, we were introduced to these two little "balls of fluff" because that is exactly what they looked like. We could not see their legs, eyes or mouths and they just ran and ran around chasing each other and their mum, They both had so much energy and looked so happy. It was wonderful to watch them, two little black powder puffs.:)

Oliver at 6 months old and growing. Sort of !
Oliver at 6 months old and growing. Sort of ! | Source

Difficult Selection Time

We then came up against a problem, which one? could we take both? "No, one for now"! They were both black, both about the same size and both very friendly. When we looked at them a little more closely we discovered that one of the little black balls of fluff had a small white goatee shaped beard and a white spot on his chest. So he was our choice. Decision made we and he said goodbye to his two mums and jumped into the car and returned back to our Holiday home. Not before stopping at a Pet Shop and picking up all of the necessary and some unnecessary stuff for our new as yet unnamed puppy.

Naming our Puppy

Fortunately our friend was a dog groomer so as soon as we got back she grabbed the pup and gave him a good going over. It was at this point we got the inspiration for his name!
He had never been washed or groomed before so as you can imagine he was a handful wriggling and twisting trying to jump out of the bath the penny dropped!
Twist...... Oliver Twist....... from now on he will be known as (drum roll)


Oliver's first friend.
Oliver's first friend. | Source

First Friend

He became very attached to our friends Schnauzer who is an absolutely beautiful boy. Then we had to leave to come home, he traveled so well in the car he loved it.
We arrived home nobody at home knew that we had him, We kept that a secret.
Well they all fell in love with him, Our Grandchildren were so excited, even their Blue Heeler thought he was great, protected him and played with him in a very gentle way, he obviously knew he was just a baby.

Thanks to our Great Friends

We are ever so glad that our friends loved and cared enough for us to know exactly what we needed at this time, something we obviously couldn't see ourselves.
He is absolutely nothing like our beautiful Primrose, maybe it's a male thing, But he is well and truly entrenched into our hearts. Has his own personality and way of doing things. He is our little treasure. We absolutely love him to bits, even when he is naughty.

Oliver has just had his sixth birthday on 7/5/2015.

:) :) Oliversmum & Agvulpes.

Oliver, "You talkin' to me?"
Oliver, "You talkin' to me?" | Source


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    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Twilight Lawns. Hi. Yes he is lucky, but we are more so to have him in our lives.

      He does have a very high opinion of himself,has mountains of attitude, but also loves to be pampered and cuddled.

      He really is a wonderful little guy.

      Thanks for your lovely comment. :) :)

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      Twilight Lawns 

      9 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thanks for another lovely hub. He's a very lucky boy

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Peggy W. Hi. I am happy that you liked our story on Oliver.

      Yes the Avatar is him with his friend "Baby Marvin".

      You are right he does have the personalities of both Toy poodle and Shih Tzu with a lot of attitude thrown in.

      Every day he tries something new and keeps us smiling for sure.

      He is our very special little guy.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It's so nice to hear from you. :) :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice to know the story of Oliver AND your avatar. He is so cute!!! Sounds like a great combination...a Shih-poo. Bet he keeps you smiling! :-)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      katyzzz. Hi. No I don't believe we can, would not even try.

      It was a nice "tail".

      Oliver is an absolutely handsome little guy, and I gave him a hug from you. Maybe one day you will pass this way, and hug him personally. He takes all the attention on offer and some.

      Thank you for your lovely comment. :) :) and one :) from Oliver.

    • katyzzz profile image


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I guess none of us can compete with animals, I loved this charming"tail" and yes I can spell, give the little one a big hug from me, wish I were there to do it myself.

      Have fun.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Vocalcoach. Hi. Yes he is cute, naughty and oh so handsome all rolled into one adorable package.

      Thank you. We have so many photos, it was hard to choose which ones to use.

      You are so right Dogs in general ,they are all wonderful. But Shih Tzu cross are number one in our home.

      Happy Birthday to your Boy/Girl puppy.

      Dogs really are Mans best friend. All they want is to be treated well, a nice warm bed and healthy food.

      Thank you for your lovely comment, It is very much appreciated. :) :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oliver! He is so darn cute! Love the photos. I have a shih tzu who is going to be 10. Brought him home when only 12 weeks old. I am mad about dogs - they are the absolute best. Thank you for sharing Oliver.

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      PaperNotes. Hi. He is absolutely beautiful,naughty on occasions,but still our beautiful little boy.

      I am so sorry you lost your Maxima (love the name) and how emotional it is and how hard it is to get over.

      I still talk to my Primrose every day, as we had her cremated, she will always be with us.

      Oliver has filled a void and in our situation it felt right,could not possible be without him now. Maybe in time you will feel the same as the grief and pain subsides. I really hope so.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      Think about getting another Puppy, it sounds like you would give it a beautiful and happy home. :) :) and one :) from Oliver.

    • PaperNotes profile image


      9 years ago

      Oh!Oliver looks very lovable. When my dog Maxima died just recently, I would not want to have another pet again. I am a very emotional person that when she was sick, there never was a day that I did not cry even until now as I write this comment. I don't want to go through it again, I mean the grief and the pain..

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      earnestshub. Hi. You are spot on.

      Oliver seems to have an equal balance of both Shih tzu and Toy Poodle in his genes.

      Full of himself,clever,cheeky, naughty, and oodles of energy and also likes to snuggle up in his bed and sleep.

      Thanks so much for your great comment. Oliver is asleep at the moment, after having been running around in the garden all morning so will pass on your Birthday wishes when he gets up. :) :)

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      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The Shihtzu blood will do that! Rottenest little dog known to man! Very smart and loving though, usually with a good sense of humour.We have had 2 and still have one.

      As for the small black poodle content. I reckon these guys are just great too. A brilliant body and mind. :) Smart, cheeky, acrobatic and more. What a great mix!

      Happy birthday you cheeky little fella!

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      @ Agvulpes Hi there. They are wonderful memories, and the Roast Lamb was a big hit especially for Oliver, he also came back for seconds.

      I still can't believe our friends went to so much trouble to help us find him, it was above and beyond, but I am so happy that they did. He is a pretty special little guy.

      He was pretty cute as a little puppy, he still is, but he has been a naughty boy, chewed a hole in his new bed, so he is what you call " In the Doghouse" at the moment.

      Finding out he was a Shihpoo that was good news as well.

      Thanks for dropping in and leaving a great comment, Its always so nice to hear from you. See Ya. :) :) x o

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Oliversmum, thanks so much for the memories of Oliver's birthday. That Roast Lamb sure was delicious :-)

      In retrospect it was a great time, that little adventure we had to find Oliver.

      Just looking through the Slide show reminds me of how cute a little puppy he was, how he has grown into a naughty boy and how we found out he was a shihpoo!

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Storytellersrus. Hi. Thank you.

      Its nice to know that it brought back great memories of your Finnegan (love the name), in a similar way to how we got Oliver.

      It seems to be that the smaller the dog the bigger the attitude.

      I think that he and we were meant to be together, He's happy and we are more than happy.

      Thanks again for dropping in and reading our story, also for leaving such a beaut comment. :) :)

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      What a fun read this is! Reminds me of getting our Finnegan two years ago, in attitude if not in actual process. I am so glad I stumbled about and found you. I believe Oliver is a lucky fellow to have the two of you loving him up!

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Pamela99. Hi. Thank you so much.

      I will pass your birthday wishes on to Oliver.

      We think he is pretty special, but he has a lot of attitude for a little guy.

      Thanks again for reading our story and leaving a nice comment. :) :)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Sa`ge. Hi. Thank you so much for dropping by.

      I will pass on your Birthday wishes to oliver, He is just waking up after a long sleep.

      He really is a wonderful little guy.

      Thanks again for reading our story and leaving a great comment. :) :)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Hello hello. Hi. He is pretty special.

      Its nice to know that you liked our story about Oliver.

      Thank you for reading it and leaving a nice comment.:) :)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Freya Cesare. Hi. Thank you so much I will give oliver your good wishes

      he really is a beautiful little boy.

      Thanks again for reading our story and leaving a great comment. :) :)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      maggs224. Hi. Thank you I will pass on your wishes to him, he is sleeping at the moment, there has been a lot going on in his life today.

      He is beautiful and we and he are very lucky to have found each other.

      Thanks again for reading our story and leaving such a wonderful comment, it is always so nice to hear from you. :) :)

    • oliversmum profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from australia

      Feline Prophet. Hi. Thank you for the Birthday wishes I will pass them on.

      He certainly acts like he is very happy to be with us, and we are very lucky to have found him too. Could not be without him now.

      He is just so full of fun and attitude.

      No cake but a Roast Lamb dinner that he shared with Agvulpes, both came back for seconds.

      Thanks again for stopping by to read about Oliver and leaving such a beautiful comment. :) :)


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Happy Birthday Oliver you adorable dog.

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      9 years ago from Barefoot Island

      so so cute, happy birthday Oliver!

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Such a cuty. Thank you for your introtuction.

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      Freya Cesare 

      9 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Happy birthday, Oliver! You are so cute!

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      9 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Happy Birthday Oliver!! This is a lovely story and really cute looking dog. He is very fortunate to have found himself a lovely family that has given him a wonderful home. I am sure that you will continue to get a lot of joy from this dog.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      Happy birthday to Oliver! I'm sure he's happy as can be in your home, and blessing the day you both found him! :)

      PS: Did you bake him a scrumptious birthday cake?


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