Rescue Dog’s Name
Where Did You Find Your Dog?
Olive was rescued from the Baldwin Park Shelter in Los Angeles by Wags and Walks Rescue. We adopted her on June 9, 2013.
Tell Us About the Moment When You Knew that You Two Were Meant for Each Other.
While at a Wags and Walks adoption event, I saw Olive (then known as Lacey), practically shaved to the skin because of being horribly matted. She looked rather shaken up from her shelter experience just two days earlier, but she had so love in her eyes. I was sitting on the ground petting another dog they had when she pulled her foster over to where I was sitting. Without hesitation or fear of the other dog’s reaction, she immediately crawled into my lap and stared right into my eyes. I knew she was the one. Wag and Walks’ amazing team did their home-check that afternoon and we never looked back.
How Has Your Hero Changed Your Life?
Olive has changed my life in countless ways. She has provided me with so much unconditional love and support. I love her with all my heart and can’t imagine how my life would be without her ”happy dance” ever day when I get home; it’s nice to feel that much love when coming home. More importantly, she improves the lives of many children through her work as a therapy dog! Before we moved from LA to Boston, MA in August (about 2 months after adopting her), Olive passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and became a Therapy Dog! In September she began working three days a week at a therapeutic school for children ages 10-18 who have significant mental health concerns. She loves climbing into their laps as they struggle with academic work, offering reassuring licks during group therapy, helping them through transitions, and brightening up their days with her growing repertoire of tricks. Many of the students have made significant strides with her help; watching the transformation has been an incredible experience for myself and other staff. The love Olive has never ceases to amaze me, especially with her abuse and neglect history. Thanks PBC, for all the work you do to save dogs in need.