With the help of an Instagram account, a few tips and a few more friends, a couple in Victoria are hoping to turn a long haided chihuampow with blue eyes into a $10,000 cash cow.
The two-year-old pup, named Oleg, is just shy of three months old and is just getting the hang of walking.
Oleg’s mum, Kristin, says she had her first brush with a blue ombres hair when she bought him for $100.
“It was a huge surprise, the first thing I thought of was, ‘Wow, this is a blue, ombree hair, it’s really blue’,” she says.
“I think it’s a great product because it gives a really good naturalistic look.”
It’s been a while since the family got their first look at Oleg.
“The only thing that was different was he had a different colour than me, but he didn’t seem to notice,” she says with a laugh.
Kristin says her husband, Steve, who has been keeping the dog company, is now working on a video about the new product, which has already garnered over 20,000 likes on Instagram.
She says the video, which will be uploaded in the next few days, will give people a glimpse into Olegs journey from a very young pup to a dog of his own.
The video is titled ‘Blue ombrees hair’ and it’s due out on YouTube in the near future.
Oligar is the second-youngest chihuatoo Oleg has ever seen.
His older brother, Alex, is two years older, and he also has blue eyes.
O’Malley says Oleg is still learning how to walk, and is not yet fully able to pick up other canine behaviours.
“He doesn’t understand when you’re being picked on by someone, so I don’t know if that will be a problem,” she said.
“But he’s getting there.”
Oleg looks up to the camera and wags his tail, which is the only sign he has been picked on.
It is hard to tell if the pup’s new friends will be more than a nuisance, as he has yet to be tested for allergies.
“There are some dogs who just want to be friends, but there are some who just are not interested,” she explains.
“Oleg’s been pretty quiet so far.”
It seems unlikely that Oleg will be allowed to live with O’Malleys parents and sister until he is about four months old.
It’s not clear whether Oleg and his family will ever be able to own a chihuahuas own, but they hope Oleg can keep them safe from the predators who have been spotted in Victoria’s parks.
“We don’t want to see our dogs being stolen from the parks, or put in the garbage, so we’re just hoping that he’s safe,” Kristin O’Melley says.
Olivar will need lots of grooming and regular attention to keep him in tip-top shape.
“As soon as he starts to do things like sniff and groom his hair, he’ll have the best chance of survival,” O’Keefe says.
The O’Ollies are already making a profit from Oleg as a puppy, and are currently looking to sell him to another rescue organization.