One more brief paws…

I promise we will get back to the books next week.

But today I’m on a different page, a last chapter, and somehow can’t move on until I say goodbye.

He wasn’t our dog. But he was our very dear friend. Oliver, the gentlest of giants, has taken his leave, and that has left us all so very sad.


From a squinting distance, Oliver could easily be mistaken for a small horse. His personality was as big as he was – I always thought he must have been a knight or a nobleman in a previous life.  He was a big guy with big thoughts. Usually his own thoughts. He didn’t so much do what you told him. He took your commands under advisement. And then did more or less as he pleased. In a very dignified manner.


Unless it was his mom saying “Leave it!” In which case he snapped to. He knew who was boss.


Oliver loved his family so.


And I like to think that he sort of loved ours. He was the precious link in the chain from Chloe and Soho to Lily.



He was Lily’s first and best buddy. He taught her how to be a dog: “No, you may NOT. EVER. eat out of my bowl.”


“Ok. Whatever you say, Ollie.”



Bring Oliver!“, the CE would say whenever their family planned to stop by. Because everything was just better if Oliver was there.



Oliver liked to lean. Whenever he visited, he would lean and lean against my knee. Not, likely, because he was so enamored of me, but most definitely enamored with the treats I gave him.

Oliver came to visit with us for a morning a few weeks back. We didn’t know it was the last time. The treats were on a high shelf because of Oliver’s penchant for rifling through things to get at them. One bully stick is all I gave him. And now I wish I had showered the whole bag of them upon him.

A dog’s days are so very short, and for that matter, ours as well. We should probably take more walks, eat more treats, romp in the waves at the beach and lean, lean, lean against those we love. Every chance we get.

Farewell, dear Ollie. Thank you for sharing some of your days with us.




About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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15 Responses to One more brief paws…

  1. tkronen says:

    Oh Marilyn, such a heartfelt tribute to our Beloved Oliver. He loved his time with you and all your furry and feathered family members. We miss him dearly, but have such fond memories. Thank you for sharing his sweet story.
    Oliver’s Family

  2. Kristin Vemo says:

    Such a beautiful send off to Oliver and his family, and yours. He truly was a soulful loving dog and family member.

    He will be missed!

    Kristin and Gus

  3. tkronen says:

    Beautiful tribute Marilyn. yes Oliver was sometimes mistaken for a 4 legged sasquatch, a small polar bear, a wolfhound, furry Gandhi and others….but he was never mistaken as a sincere and willing friend to anyone who had the same heart of gold he had. He was the best!

  4. dizzyguy says:

    Only dog that visited our place that could fill up the kitchen all by himself. The Via B tribe misses him greatly but appreciates his many contributions to the scene there.

  5. Kelly Carr says:

    Love this tribute. We loved Oliver so.

  6. Samantha Fox says:

    Love you Oliver run and play with my dogs I think you will all get on so well . Boo Dog , My Mutt, Nobel , Mellow all rescued dogs other than the Boo Dog and he was given to me from a friend who could no longer look after him .
    I still have 3 and a cat so life is never boring

  7. Katherine says:

    What a gorgeous, expressive pooch. So sorry to hear that his time here has passed. Love to you and his family.

  8. Terri Shapiro says:

    I’m crying…u put a life of our pets very well. I never met him but I knew of him in conversation like over lunch and I could tell he was loved and respectedly one of the fam …I’m so sorry for ur loss!

  9. Alexandra says:

    Such a sweet tribute to a special dog. We miss you, Oliver!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully said!! ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Dad4Gracie says:

    Your post is such a wonderful tribute to such a big and gentle soul. I felt I knew him as I read through your words and studied the photos. It was almost as if he was leaning against me. My heart feels warmed for having known him through your writing and pictures.

  12. Hannah Blau says:

    This is so beautiful, what an amazing tribute Marilyn!

    Oliver will truly be missed!!!

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