When Rachael Rodrigues got Oliver the golden retriever as a graduation present around seven years ago, she was thrilled as well as being a little surprised.
She was surprised because she knew how her parents felt about dogs, they believed them to be too high maintenance and they weren’t so keen.
“Both my parents were very anti-dog, as we’ve always had cats and they were hesitant with the additional work (training, walking, grooming, etc.) that comes with a dog.”
Rodrigues wasn’t surprised that she quickly fell in love with Oliver, but she was surprised, however, at how hard her dad fell for Oliver.
“Dad was smitten from the start,” Rodrigues said, “he’d often walk around the house just carrying Oliver around.”
“In the first week that we got him, we thought Oliver had a stomachache and wouldn’t sleep through the night, so Dad slept on the floor with him under a blanket and rubbed his stomach the whole night.”
The video is absolutely adorable:
Although he hates to admit it, Rodrigues’ dad has always treated Oliver just like another child in the family, and Oliver loves every second of it.
He treated Oliver like a baby, looking after him when he was sick, giving him cuddles, and even sleeping on the floor next to him.
When Oliver is napping, Rodrigues’ dad loves to cover him up with a blanket and tuck him in.
It’s definitely one of the cutest sights in the world.
“Oliver was asleep on Dad’s pillow so Dad thought he’d cover him up too,” Rodrigues said.
Even though he never wanted a dog, he now loves Oliver so much, and Oliver loves him right back.
Rachel has shared lots of adorable pictures and videos onto her pets’ Instagram account, x.oliver.and.company.x, and you can tell just how much her dad loves Oliver in them – not that he’d ever admit it!
“The video is pretty much what Dad and Oliver’s relationship is like — Dad treats him like an absolute baby (even though he won’t admit it) and Oliver laps it all up,” Rodrigues said.