Ollie Tennyson, Founding Father of Ollie’s Gym
The “King”, the “Goat”, the “Muscles from Brussels”, Ollie Tennyson was a little dog who managed to make a big difference in the lives of his family, his friends, and people all over the world. Teaming up with his brother, Will, the pair built a YouTube channel with the goal of making people laugh while having fun with their fitness journeys. Ollie’s powerful presence helped to transform the channel into a community filled with overwhelming positivity and encouragement. Whether he was wearing silly costumes, chowing down on Timbits, or giving Will some serious attitude, Ollie was destined for the spotlight. If there was one thing Ollie would wake up from a nap for, it would be to get in front of the camera and entertain.
2020 was a strange and difficult year for most, bringing about change, loneliness and uncertainty. Ollie and his cameraman made it their mission to bring their amazing subscribers some light, inspiring them to set new goals for a healthier body and a healthier mind. Ollie’s gym represents this mindset, rooting for its members to keep pushing through adversity and to celebrate accomplishments, big and small.
There was a lot more to Ollie’s long-legged self than meets the eye. He was kind and loving, and his unwavering confidence and bold personality always managed to make everyone smile. Ollie was also brave, standing up to dogs ten times his size, and dipping his toes in the pool even though he couldn’t swim. Facing a number of serious health challenges over the years, he always bounced back - to the surprise of his vets and the delight of his loved ones. Ollie’s family always joked that he was luckier than a cat with nine lives, but in reality, luck had little to do with it. What made him truly special was his resilience and perseverance against all obstacles. In his old age, Ollie was having trouble controlling his balance, falling again and again and getting frustrated his legs weren’t working as well as they used to. But, instead of sitting in his bed and calling it quits, he would jump up and slowly wobble over to his humans to keep them company.
Ollie was a much beloved member of the Tennysons, and the favourite child without a doubt. His legacy will live on, not only in the hearts of his family, but also with all of his incredible supporters in the YouTube community. All animals deserve to be loved and adored the way Ollie was. In his honour, a portion of each Ollie’s Gym merchandise sale will be donated to the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, focused on animal protection and advocacy.
Thank you all for your continued support, let’s make Ollie proud!