Oli Juste was a dog trainer, animal behaviorist, and a close friend of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. He died suddenly on January 15, 2022, at the age of 46.
and had appeared on Channel 4’s Puppy School. He also had his own podcast called A Dog’s Best Friend, where he interviewed celebrities and experts about their canine companions. He was passionate about helping dogs and their owners, and had a special bond with Meghan and her rescue dog, Guy.
Oli’s death shocked and saddened many people, especially Meghan, who paid a heartfelt tribute to him on the website of Mayhew, an animal welfare charity that Oli had introduced her to. In this article, we will explore who Oli was, how he died, and how he touched the lives of many.
Oli’s Life and Career
Oli was born in France, and moved to London in 2006. He had a degree in psychology, and worked as a marketing manager for a fashion company before becoming a dog trainer.
Oli studied dog behavior and trained with pet counselor Sarah Whitehead and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. He started his own business, Oli Juste Dog Training, in 2013, and soon became one of the most sought-after dog trainers in London. He specialized in positive reinforcement, and offered one-to-one sessions, group classes, and online courses.
Oli was also a media personality, and appeared on several TV shows and podcasts. He was a regular guest on Channel 4’s Puppy School, where he helped new owners train their puppies. He also hosted his own podcast, A Dog’s Best Friend, where he chatted with celebrities such as Beverley Knight, James McVey, and Tom Read Wilson about their dogs and their lives.
Oli was engaged to his fiance, Rob, whom he had met in 2017. They lived together in London with their dog, Bernard, and their cat, Mimi.
Oli died unexpectedly on January 15, 2022. His fiance, Rob, announced the news on Oli’s Instagram account, saying that he was “devastated” and “heartbroken” by the loss.
Rob also thanked everyone who had supported Oli and his work, and asked for privacy and respect during this difficult time. He said that he would continue to run Oli’s podcast and social media accounts, and share his legacy with the world.
Many people expressed their condolences and tributes to Oli on social media, including his friends, clients, colleagues, and fans. Among them was Meghan Markle, who wrote a touching letter to Oli on the website of Mayhew, where she is a patron .
Meghan’s Tribute to Oli
Meghan Markle and Oli Juste had a close friendship, bonded by their mutual love for animals. Oli had helped Meghan with her rescue dog, Guy, who had suffered a debilitating accident before she moved to the UK in 2017. Oli and his fiance, Rob, had cared for Guy as if he was their own, and helped him recover and adjust to his new home .
Oli had also introduced Meghan to Mayhew, an animal welfare charity that works to improve the lives of dogs, cats, and people in the UK and abroad. Meghan became a patron of Mayhew in 2019, and has since supported their programs and initiatives, such as their community veterinary clinic, their international rabies vaccination campaign, and their pet refuge service .
On April 6, 2022, Meghan published a note on Mayhew’s website, in honor of Oli’s death. She said that she was “heartbroken and reflective” by the news, and praised Oli’s legacy and impact on the animal world. She said that Oli had taught her to “just love them” .
Meghan also announced that in Oli’s memory, they would be creating the Oli Juste wing at Mayhew, to shelter the animals who may have a harder time finding their forever homes. She said that much like Oli, they would never be forgotten, and they would always be loved .
Meghan ended her letter by encouraging everyone to support Mayhew in whatever way they can, and by thanking Oli and Rob for their friendship and kindness. She said that she would always remember Oli as “a bright light in this world” .
Oli Juste was a dog trainer, animal behaviorist, and a friend of Meghan Markle, who died suddenly on January 15, 2022. His cause of death is unknown, but his fiance, Rob, said that he died with “significant distress”. Oli was known for his passion, expertise, and charisma in the dog world, and had helped many dogs and owners with his training, podcast, and charity work. He was also a loving partner, son, brother, and friend to many. He left behind a legacy of love and compassion for animals, and will be missed