Oliver is a
year old, neutered male, weighing approximately 9 1/2 pounds. He was
rescued from North County Humane, underwent surgery for a broken wrist
(thanks to Dr. Sarit Dhupa at California Veterinary Specialists). Below are photos of Oliver, before surgery (with Jan) then
after surgery and finally after his cast had been removed. He is
mostly Maltese, but may also have some Bichon or some kind of terrier in
This young boy has a ton of energy, likes other dogs, and loves snuggling and having a
human to sleep with. He is currently living in a group rescue home with
other available rescued dogs in Orange County, CA. His wrist has healed and should
present him no problems, although he needs to take it a little
easy for a while. Read some of Oliver's antics below, and learn how we
found him. If you'd like to have Oliver in your life, contact
Note: The AMA, like all rescue
groups, are in desperate need of foster homes. Can you help? Because of
the bad economy, there are large numbers of dogs being left at shelters.
Without fosters to help, many of the dogs will be put down. To learn
more about Maltese rescue, or to become a foster or adoptive parent,
contact one of the American Maltese Association's
Committee members. Click here to learn more about
are some stories from Deb, Oliver's foster mom:
Well, our little Oliver is a typical
man ~ LOL He now owns the place. He is out of the hospital area
now, while I am downstairs. He loves it, but my other foster (Winter) is
a bit annoyed, as Oliver takes his favorite spot on the couch.
Oh yes, Oliver makes himself at home. I'm waiting for him to take over
the remote for the TV ~ LMAO Even I will have to draw the
line there ~ hahahaha
He's doing amazing. What a happy, snuggly boy. He sleeps in bed with
us (me and the other doggies). It's a king-size bed, so the others
have their "favorite" spots, where they get comfy. Well, Oliver's
spot is on my head, face, arm, etc. Sooo funny. I keep moving him,
just a little bit, so I can adjust and get comfy. Before I can adjust,
he's back in the same spot. So I've learned to be very quick about it.
Yep, I hurry up. I set him off to the side, quickly turn over, get
comfy, then he lands on my head.
You see, I have to turn over (on my stomach) so he's on the back of my
head. This is the only way
I can breath ~ LMFAO
And yes, his cast is still smacking me in the face. It's to laugh at.
He's crackin' me up.
One Friday morning not
long ago, I got a call from a San Diego
Bichon rescuer. Could I help? she
asked. Thus began the story of Oliver, a
young Maltese pup at a local shelter. Here
is what American Maltese Rescue Coordinator
West, Edie Gobbi, wrote for the AMA
newsletter about Oliver's poignant journey.
My thanks to Edie for
all she did for Oliver and for allowing me
to share what she wrote. Oliver needs a
forever home. I hope you'll read on. Also
note that Sugar and Cocoa and many other
Maltese are available for adoption. Check
them out at
Happy Tails - Oliver Says Thank-you!!!
Oliver is a one year old Maltese that
has touched many lives. His joyeous
loving attitude, no matter who he is
dealing with, brings out the best in all
that meet him.
first week in January, Oliver was
surrendered by his family to North
County Humane Society. He had a broken
wrist (type 2 fracture in the growth
plate) and his family could not afford
his surgery to fix this.
The surgery Oliver needed was beyond the
scope of the vets at the Humane Society.
The cost of having a Specialist perform
the surgery was also more then the
Humane Society could afford and Oliver
was scheduled to be euthanized that day,
Friday, Jan 9th.
The employees and vets at the shelter
were broken hearted at the thought of
taking this sweet, happy, loving, young
dog's life. Oliver had to be in severe
pain and still licked every face within
reach and wrapped paws on arms and necks
of all the caregivers.
shelter called a Bichon rescue group
hoping to find a miracle for this boy.
Marti Cowell, founder of
Bichonfurfriends, contacted Jan
Rasmusen (author of the book Scared
Poopless), to see if she had any
contacts or connections to help Oliver.
contacted Joanie Carqueville and Joanie
contacted me to see if the
American Maltese Association
could/would help. Joanie was able to
contact LaDonna Mosley to accept Oliver
as our AMA rescue and then Jan contacted
the Shelter who agreed to hold off
euthanizing him until we could get him.
We also needed to find a surgeon and a
foster home to care for him.
contacted her dogs' surgeon, Dr. Sarit
California Veterinary Specialists,
who agreed to see Oliver on the
following Monday to evaluate and to
perform the surgery as needed. Dr.
Dhupa was also willing to go above and
beyond for this boy and to reduce the
fee's for the extensive surgery and
neuter. We are very greatful for his
capable and generous help.
Joanie Carqueville and I spent two days
on the phone making call after call
(mostly Joanie, she knows more people
than I do) trying to locate a foster
home that would be willing and able to
give Oliver the kind of rehab care he
would need after surgery. I sent out an
appeal on the internet to all the
Maltese and rescue groups that I am
involved with and Cathy Arneson picked
it up from there and sent it on to
another group she is on. It was on this
last group that we found our wonderful
foster, Deb Padilla. Deb agreed to
become an AMA foster home (she has
fostered for years) and to do all the
after care that Oliver would require.
Monday morning, Jan 12th, Jan Rasmusen
made the long drive to pick up Oliver
from the shelter. Before leaving the
Humane Society, each employee had to
come out to kiss and hug Oliver and to
wish him well. Jan then delivered him
to Dr. Dhupa, who performed the surgery
Oliver continued to win the hearts of
everyone at the vet hospital also. When
it was time for him to be released, Dr.
Dhupa brought Oliver out, who was
giving kisses and hugs with his paw,
broken or not (see photo).
friend of Deb's (Lina) took the next leg
of Oliver's journey and picked him up
to make the100 mile trip to his foster
home with Deb.
Oliver has taken each change in his life
in stride (even with a broken wrist and
using only 3 legs) and won the hearts of
everyone who has come in contact with
tells us he is a happy playful boy, and
now that he is completely healed, loves
to play with toys and her other fosters.
While he was healing he slept with Deb
in her bed and being the velcro boy he
is, slept up by her head. Having a
loving dog with a cast on a front leg,
you can imagine how many times Deb was
awakened with a knock on the head from a
next step for Oliver now that he is
fully recovered will be to find the
perfect forever home for him. He has
now been listed on
Pet Finder and we hope his final
journey will begin soon. This boy has
never met a stranger he didn't love and
will be a loving treasure to some lucky
Saving one small Maltese boy took the
efforts of so many.Thank you to Jan
Rasmusen for her help seeking out
Joanie, her surgeon and helping with
transport. Joanie Carqueville for her
many hours calling and searching for a
foster home, and helping me get all the
necessary components that we needed to
help this special boy. Ladonna Mosley
for her help and support. To Dr Dhupa
for his caring, and taking the time and
compassion to help a rescue.
Special thanks to Deb Padilla who opened
her home and heart to Oliver, taking on
the special needs of a dog that requires
Thanks to all the loving hands that this
boy has passed through, that found him
so special and could not turn away from
his needs. ABOVE ALL, my heartfelt
thanks to the members of AMA that
support and contribute to the AMA rescue
fund, that made saving the life of one
small dog possible.
Note from Jan:
like all rescue groups, are in desperate
need of foster homes. Can you help?
Because of the bad economy, there are
large numbers of dogs being left at
shelters. Without fosters to help, many
of the dogs will be put down. Here are
links to the
Maltese Rescue Committee Members
across the US.
about the breed on my
Maltese information page.