Oliver North
4/16/2007 - 3/23/2016I would like people to know that Dobermans are not all mean. Oliver North was the most gentle and sweet dog ever. He had an unbelievable presence and was very handsome. He got compliments everywhere he went. He was a big guy and you could not miss him. He was full of character and like to play and have fun. He also had a timid side in that he never like loud mechanical noises and was totally fearful of fireworks. The 4th of July and New Years eve were terrible for us, so were thunderstorms.

Oliver was a major part of our family for almost 9 years. I found that he had front leg bone cancer in November 2015 and we had radiation and chemo to try to prolong his life. I think it did add perhaps a month or two, but finally he was too lame and we were afraid the front leg would fracture. We are suffering terribly from his loss and hoping to some how recover from it. He brought tremendous joy to our lives and now it is nearly impossible to think of living without him. We love you Oliver and hope to meet you in heaven where our spirits will never be separated.
Don EtchisonSpring Hill, FloridaMarch 25, 2016
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I still miss him and his sweet kisses! I think of you all often and hope each day is getting a little bit easier.

Dr. Lisa
Lisa Frye - May 11, 2016
Don : I will miss Oliver. When I first met him he was a bit intimidating -- such a powerful presence. But as I grew to know him I discovered a gentle soul, a playful fellow, a cherished member of your family. All could see the bond you shared on your walks around the neighborhood. You were buddies. There are no words that make his passing any easier. I will focus on the good memories and happiness I saw him bring into your life. I am reminded of a Dr. Seuss quote: "Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened." I will always smile when I think of you and Oliver together. MacMac McHugh - April 6, 2016
Don & Sheila - I am so lucky I was able to meet Oliver, he was an amazing dog and loved you both very much, especially Don. It is always difficult when we lose a member of our family but time does help.Marlee David - April 4, 2016
Don and Sheila, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Oliver was such a sweet and regal dog. I am so glad that I got to meet him in Florida at your home and even see him playing with Chulo when he was still a puppy. I remember being so delighted with their interaction and Oliver's hilarious habit of sitting on the couch like a person, I relayed the experience to several friends.

My favorite memory of all of Oliver from that visit is as follows: I drove about eight or nine hours to Florida from North Carolina to see Your lovely daughter (whom I think the world of!). She was getting ready to leave and little did I know that I would see her again in a few months overseas. I arrived late in the evening and climbed into bed with her shortly after getting in. The rest of the house was asleep. Maybe six hours later, I remember waking up to the door of her bedroom quietly opening ( I am a very light sleeper). I was excited to see tall Oliver coming in the room, especially because I had heard so much about him but hadn't met him yet. I literally sensed the wheels turning in all of his head as he looked at me and realized I was not his beloved S. After his perplexed pause, he gave a few very alarmed barks and quickly left the room. I laughed a lot With S after I told her what happened and she woke up from the Barking.

I know how much he meant to your family and again, I'm so sorry for your loss. Oliver was irreplaceable. My love to you all in this time.
Shan D. - April 1, 2016
Although I never met your Oliver, I know how important he was to you and your family. He will be missed, and in time, I hope your pain and feelings of loss will subside to fond memories of your big guy. Don, you did such a good job with him, training him well, socializing him early and often, and taking him for long walks in the woods. From one dog lover to another, I know how hard it is. There is just nothing like the strong bond between people and their pups. He'll be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.Sandy [email protected] - March 31, 2016
Don - Your Oliver is amazingly handsome! And I couldn't agree more with you that dobermans are not mean. I happen to be a doberman fan and I myself have a red boy named Duncan - we adopted him after our boy Neo passed (another red) from cancer 5 years ago. Duncan is now 11 and the sweetest boy around.

I love the picture of Oliver on the couch - Duncan lays exactly like that on our couch! :)

Your Oliver and my Neo are certainly fast friends up in heaven watching over us.

Dr. Mary
Mary Gardner, DVM - March 25, 2016

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