Oliver is a stray puppy found in a family’s backyard. It’s not clear if he wandered off on his own or was left there by his former owner, so when someone called Memphis Animal Services in Memphis, Tennessee, officers came to pick him up. It was difficult to catch at first, but when it arrived at the animal shelter it was friendly, well behaved and felt at home with everyone.
“I met him the first day he came in, and he sat for me immediately before I even showed him I had treats. Then, of course, as soon as the treats came out, he was even more eager to sit. The more he got to know me, the more he would press himself up against the bars of his kennels to let me pet him.” Katie Pemberton, community engagement specialist at Memphis Animal Services, told The Dodo.
The clever little guy would greet anyone who passes by and would look up with his puppy eyes and his food bowl in his mouth. This is how he got the name Oliver, like the fictional character Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens who was famous for the phrase “Please sir, I want some more.”
Oliver always brought his food bowl with him, everywhere he went, as if he was asking for more treats or food. The staff was so amused by Oliver’s tricks that they started taking photos of him and posted them on social media. Thanks to the internet, Oliver was adopted and found his forever family just before the deadline. If no one adopted him, Oliver would have been put down like all the other pups who unfortunately did not get adopted.
The photos posted on social media definitely helped Oliver to get adopted, given the unusual amount of inquiries the shelter received after publishing them.
Oliver’s new owners fell in love with him when they saw him on the shelter’s Facebook Page, and they immediately filed for his adoption, and managed to take Oliver home with them… with his food bowl, of course!. This clever little guy goes around with his food bowl in his mouth as if he was asking for more treats or more food. This is how he got the name Oliver.
The volunteers at the Memphis Animal Services in Memphis, Tennessee thought the name would be a great fitm since the fictional character OIiver Twist was known for saying “Please sir, I want some more.”
Oliver was found lost in a family’s backyard. He was brought in by the animal control officers and on his first day, Oliver was befriending everyone at the shelter. He loves to be petted, he likes treats and he adores his food bowl.
The volunteers posted photos of Oliver online and they quickly went viral. Adoption applications were filed for him just before his adoption deadline, otherwise, he’d have been put down.
Oliver was adopted at the last minute, bringing along his dog bowl with him to his forever home.