The Book


Our Story

This book came to life after the suggestions of both Jim Gibbons and Oliver’s beloved veterinarian, Lynne Denyer, DVM. I’ve made comments and jokes in passing to both Jim and Dr. Denyer about writing a book about Oliver and our lives together but always did so without truly knowing how to begin. After describing a scary moment I went through and how it related to Oliver, Dr. Denyer said, “That is the opening of your book.” She planted a seed. Knowing my love of writing and need to find a purpose in life, Jim watered the seed Dr. Denyer planted and cheered me on every step of the way.

This book wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Oliver choosing us to be his family. I truly believe that life unfolds as it is supposed to and Oliver’s role in my life was to propel me in the direction of writing this book as a means to wake up and live life how we were meant to live it as well as to help bulldogs in need.


Giving Back

A portion of royalties from What Oliver Taught Me will be donated to the MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue. It was because of Oliver’s Instagram account that I became familiar with the MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue (MABDR). I began attending fundraisers for the MABDR and I have learned so much about the rescue and volunteers who help run it and know that my purpose in life is to help.



About the MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue

Once her bulldog, Zimmer, entered her life Cathy Kittell began volunteering for a bulldog rescue. As time went on, she delved deeper into the “bulldog world” and became a member of both the Bulldog Club of America and the Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network. In 2007, Cathy launched the MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue (MABDR) as a way to help even more bulldogs.

The MABDR is a New Jersey non-profit corporation and relies on donations and volunteers to help bulldogs in-need. Donations help cover medical evaluations, medications and treatment, transportation costs and hospice costs for bulldogs who may need it. The MABDR has placed over one hundred dogs since its start in 2007. If you have it in your heart to help, the MABDR is in need of donations as well as reliable fosters. Please visit the MABDR’s website to find out how you can help by donating or better yet, fostering a bulldog.

If I can play even the smallest part in helping the many bulldogs in-need by donating a portion of royalties from this book to the MABDR, I am honored to do so.