SOMETIMES even the most awful of horror stories may have a happy ending. Certainly there seems to be a good chance that this may be the case for Olive, a small Jack Russell picked up by a dog-loving OSPCA contact in the Clonminch area of Tullamore last week.
At that stage, the unfortunate animal was almost unrecognisable as being a member of the canine species. She was literally covered in dirty, smelly, oil and she was skeletally thin.
Veterinary attention having been secured, her rescuers made a start on washing off the gooey oil. Happily Olive was very co-operative. Indeed, despite the discomfort it caused her, she actually seemed appreciative of the attention she was receiving. Her placid, trusting nature suggested that at some stage she had enjoyed the company and care of human friends.
How did Olive come to be so saturated with oil? Could she have suffered an accidental immersion? Or could she have been the victim of a very cruel prank? For the moment at least, it is anybody’s guess. Even more of a mystery, however, is how she could have emerged from such an ordeal as one of the gentlest, friendliest dogs that ever wagged a tale for a postman!
Is there an anxious owner out there looking for a lost pet? If no worthy claimant is forthcoming, Olive will be available for adoption. Either way, the future holds out promise of the happiest of endings because this most lovable of dogs deserves nothing less. In the meantime she is being given plenty of tender loving care in one of the OSPCA’s foster homes. Members of the public interested in meeting her are invited to phone 086 3785584.