We were introduced to Oliver by a rescue in October of 2013...someone had found him running loose with no collar and no chip. We were immediately attracted to him...he was so handsome...so confident and full of himself...even at the kennel while still in custody he had a spirit about him that was remarkable. There was a sparkle in his eyes. I reached out for him and he literally jumped up on me and gave me a hug. We had to wait out the week to give his people time to find him, but when 4:00 o'clock Friday came, he was ours. We paid the adoption fee, he jumped in the truck and we were off on a year long adventure. He was great...the bestest dog ever. He was big and strong, about 90 pounds...confident and assertive. We would take our walks through the park, and he would literally strut when we saw someone...he was bigger than life, and as smart as a tack...much smarter than either of us. Despite being the very definition of "alpha dog", he melded with our other critters without incident. Within a day or two Bentley, our other GSD, and Hooper, our pointer, and Champ Cat, all loved him. He brought us all fun and adventure. And, he was so talkative. He announced everyone's arrival...talked to other dogs in the park, and with his head out the truck window, he'd talk to people walking down the street. Such a free spirit with so much energy...so much more life to live...so much more of himself to give He made us feel good. He made us feel important. And, he certainly made us feel safe. Wasn't nobody coming through that front door unless Ollie said it was okay. It's not that he ever threatened anyone...we never once heard him growl…it's just that he had such a presence. It was his house. We were his family. We loved that guy so much. He got away from us one Saturday afternoon this past October, and after three days of frantic searching, some kind soul found him and lead us to him. We were so blessed to be able to bring him home, and lay him to rest near the garden. Now his spirit runs free...and he carries with him a piece of our hearts. We miss him so. Run Oliver, run.