It’s common for humans to favor certain items, like stuffed toys, pillows and keychains to which they turn to as their security blankets. It appears like this dog is no different. His choice of the item, however, is quite unusual than most – a food bowl.
A stray dog named Oliver was picked up by animal control officers after being seen camping out in the backyard of a house in Memphis, Tennessee. He was brought to the Memphis Animal Services, where shelter staff were quick to fall in love with him. Oliver was too friendly and subdued; he takes each chance to display how well-behaved he is in exchange for food and dog treats.
He seemed to have mastered an amusing trick of holding his food bowl to his mouth; something the staff associated with his modest way of asking for food. This comical antic gave away his names’ origin for its resemblance to the character Oliver Twist. True enough, his quirky trick was very effective that he’d manage to persuade the staff to give him food all the time.
Cute and charming as he was, time was not on his side. Like all other shelters, a dog’s stay can only go for so long before they are euthanized to make room for other dogs. Fortunately, his endearing personality has undoubtedly earned him allies in the shelter. They could not bear with the idea of putting him down that the staff did everything they could to get the word out there that Oliver needs his forever home.
Photos of him instantly went viral; people started falling in love with him instantaneously. Call it sheer luck or his charms at work; adoption applications began flooding in the shelter. Just like that, Oliver with his favorite bowl was out of the accommodation, and has now gone his way to his new family and forever home.
He got the happy ending he deserves, lest we hope that the other dogs in the shelter find theirs, too.