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About Oliver Twist

  • Status: Adopted!
  • Adoption Fee: $500
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Gray
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Current Size: 175 Pounds
  • Current Age: 2 Years 10 Months (best estimate)
  • Location: Knoxville MD 21758
  • Fence Required: Yes(6 foot)
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate


Meet Ollie, a 2 year-old Dane/Mastiff mix who was rescued from an Indiana shelter by MTM.

Likes: Ollie loves his hoomans, bone chew toys, and dog pillow. He loves to go for walks to visit with the dog walking parade, and snuggling with his human on the sofa. He tries to be your lap dog!

Dislikes: Ollie currently dislikes anyone near his food or chew bones.

Personality: (Goofy, laid back, playful, etc) Ollie is WHOLE lot of snuggles! He’s playful (poster pup of ‘in your face’) and just wants to be schnuggled. He warns strangers near his home or his person, bumping himself in between foster mom and doors (or people), but once properly introduced he is very friendly to humans both big and small.

Temperament: He’s a big puppy with a Velcro personality.  Ollie is an alpha personality and wants to be the alpha of his four legged pack mates (& humans, if allowed).   Ollie knows “no”, “off”, “stop”, “release” and “crate”, is stubborn but with patience, and listens to his foster mom.

Energy level:  Ollie loves to be outside for walks less than a mile (he gets really excited when he sees his harness and leash come out and runs to the car and then the door).

Favorite activities: By far, Ollie’s favorite pastime is car rides. And rawhide/bones.

Good with small and large dogs, and kids (over 6)?: When properly introduced to new dogs, he does well (best if submissive). Ollie gets along with his alpha schnoodle brother and the energetic, submissive Dane foster sister, Rayna.  Ollie has not been tested with cats, but he doesn’t show interest in chasing small critters in the yard or on walks. Ollie has been exposed to both younger and older kids, barks until introduced, then runs to fence for pats on head.  

Not good with: Oliver guards his bones & food, counter surfs, and is learning that toilets are only for humans (uses as backup water bowl if two legged males leave lid up).  He’s working on his bathroom and kitchen manners (but when your head is above countertop level… puppy temptation is hard to curb- lol).

Housetrained: Yes!

Crate trained: Yes!

Requires a fenced yard (physical fence and/or invisible fence)? Ollie enjoys walking around and protecting his foster home’s fenced yard.  

Walks well on a leash? Ollie is doing very well on leash (needs gentle lead).  He alerts and sometimes pulls if a male dog and him start a staring contest, but he can be distracted before continuing walk.

Challenges: Ollie is a puppy with adult dog sized strength - with his strength building post surgery.  His leash manners are improving every day along with healthy boundaries for his alpha personality in a human world as well.

Any Medical Issues? Ollie is recovering from TPLO knee surgery on his left rear leg, gradually strengthening it and is well on the way to a full recovery. He is scheduled to be released from doctor’s care early February!  His rear right knee does show scar tissue from a previous sprain - monitoring and minimizing stairs is recommended.

What would be the best kind of home? Ollie will benefit most from a family who embraces his Velcro personality, enforces basic training, provides socialization with others (to keep him socially adept), and has other submissive-type dogs, if any. 


Application Fees, Adoption Donations and Rescue Policy:

Please know that 100% of our fees and donations pay for the costs of rescuing dogs. These include, but are not limited to: pull fees from shelters, veterinary examinations, vaccinations, medications and care, microchips, neuter/spay surgeries, heartworm treatments, behavior evaluations, and foster care, as needed.

Our rescue policy requires the following:

  • Adopters must have their primary residence in one of the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina.

  • We will not adopt a giant breed dog to homes where the dog will have access to highly varnished hardwood steps inside the home. Any inside steps to which the dog(s) have access, must have carpeting, securely fixed stair treads, or a non-skid surface. We encourage you to remediate potential safety issues while your application is under review, prior to the home visit.

  • Methods or devices using pain or force on the dog to control the dog, or to deter undesirable behavior is prohibited.

  • Applications for giant breed dogs must be submitted by the property owner.

  • Homes with children under 6 years of age will not be approved for adoption.

  • Homes with children should have a fenced yard.

  • Pets currently in the applicant's home must have a history of appropriate veterinary care. Veterinary records will be checked.

  • All references must be checked before any visitation of the dog is permitted at the foster home.

  • All family members must be present during the home visit to the applicant's home.

  • Any dog(s) in the applicant's home must have an introductory meeting with the rescue dog being considered, before any adoption can be completed.

  • Homes with intact dogs will not be approved for adoption. Exceptions to this policy can be found on the Adoptable Dog Page.

Mastiffs To Mutts Rescue reserves the right to approve or deny any adoption that occurs through this organization without disclosure.  We reserve the right to make exceptions for special circumstances.

For additional information please review our FAQs or contact mastiffstomutts@gmail.com

**PA Kennel License: 05845

More about Oliver Twist

Good with Dogs, Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Does Good in the Car, Requires a yard, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Likes to be in your lap, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Intelligent, Goofy

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