Hi, my name is Kristy and I’m a self-proclaimed ‘Crazy Dog Lady’ from Nelson, BC. I spend my weekdays working in a dental office, and on the weekends you can guarantee I’m surrounding myself with dogs. I adopted my dog Oliver from A Paw Up Rescue (APUR) in Prosser, Washington, in the Winter of 2011. I was looking for a companion to help heal some emotional wounds I suffered after the sudden death of a close friend. I never knew just how much Oliver would change my life and for the better.
I had already become interested in volunteering with a dog rescue prior to the adoption of Oliver, but after his arrival fundraising, education and awareness became my passion. At 8 weeks old, I brought Oliver to his first ‘Meet and Greet’ with some other volunteers and their pack of Pit Bulls–Yes, I said Pit Bulls, no they didn’t eat him. The dogs took Oliver under their wing and protected him like their very own pup, and he quickly became their ‘Wiener’ and a part of the pack. The other dog owners have become close friends who have helped me raise Oliver into a gorgeous, healthy dog and without them I can’t imagine some of the struggles I had to endure alone.
Oliver was surrendered at a very young age (around a week old), barely clinging to life when he arrived at the shelter. The lady at APUR worked tirelessly to save Oliver and his two brothers. Unfortunately, due to extreme dehydration and malnutrition one of the puppies died within the first 24 hours. At 8 weeks we were still battling to put some weight on him and struggling to get him to eat. With the help and advice from some of the women I met at these dog walks Oliver quickly started to thrive.
It’s been a few years since Oliver came into my life and I’m more motivated than ever to help save the lives of other animals whether it be by volunteering my time, educating people on my experiences or by taking a class. I sincerely hope you all care as much about furbabies as I do.