Oliver was a one-of-a-kind canine companion, loved by Jessica Giajnorio and Frank Mancuso, of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Although he has passed away, he will remain in the hearts of this genuinely awesome dog-loving couple, forever. They have recently opened their hearts to a new fur baby, Samson, who has big paws to fill after reading Oliver's story. Enjoy!
Frank had always wanted a dog growing up. So you can imagine when we got Oliver, not only was he a perfect dog but he could do no wrong either!
I think what made people love Oliver so much was his BOLD, OVER THE TOP, personality. He was like human!!!
The example that stands out the most to me was when my sister would come over. You see, she sits in the same spot on the couch, with the same blanket, every single time. When the door bell would ring upon her arrival, Oliver would run full throttle to the door, barking like a maniac, ready to bulldoze whomever was there. When he realized it was his Zia, he would love on her for a minute and then beam-line down the stairs and onto the couch "in her spot". She of course wasn't going to let him get away with that so she would sit right beside him/a little on him (as he was laying looking the other way) to make her move. Oliver would hold his ground for a bit, but eventually he would HUFF and relocate himself.
Oliver also loved my parents. My mom would joke he had ADHD when he went to their house. He would charge into the house, run over anything in his path (including my parents dog, his sister), run thru the entire house, and finally back to where he began. Once he made his presence known by all, he would end at the patio door and bark at my mom to let him out.
Above all, Frank & I were his favourite people. Like any relationship, one parent is good cop, one is bad cop. Frank was the good cop. Oliver had those little paws wrapped around Frank (not that Frank would have had it any other way). For the 10 years of his life it was really just the three of us. Oliver was more than a dog. We don't have children so he very much was like our first child, a loyal friend, and someone to count on who is always excited to see you.
His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts. The house doesn't feel the same without him. I like to think he is in a better place where he is no longer suffering and I am glad to have given him a great life here.
Oliver loved treats...he was very food motivated..lol!
(Funny story, once we bought him one of those toys that is suppose to distract them for hours trying to get the treats..it took Oliver only 2 minutes to open all 5 compartments - unreal..lol!)
I would love to think he favourite toy was his Toronto Maple Leafs ones (because they are my favourite sports team..lol) but he really was obsessed with all his toys….in fact he would horde them when other dogs would come over!!!
Oliver loved to go for his daily walks with Frank. If Frank put on his coat, Oliver thought that meant it was walk time. He also loved playing with the hose which is hilarious in itself because he hated the water at the cottage and wouldn’t dare go near the pool.
Oliver's fur friends included his sister Callie, and cousins Sky and Lill. His human friends included Frank, his Zia, Alicia, and MaMere.
Oliver was the best first dog we could have ever wanted,
He made everyday enjoyable and was a wonderful companion and friend.
He will forever be missed and loved.
How can this blog help you?
This website and blog originated from the experience of learning to let go of my beloved Heart Dog, Maverick. By sharing my story and offering the opportunity for you to share yours, I hope we can all truly celebrate their lives. pay tribute, and heal from the loss of our one true canine companion. I hope this website will also raise awareness of the meaning of a Heart Dog because it is a concept that is not largely understood.