Oskar

Jan 06

Oskar

 

We’ve had Oskar for a little over two months, and I am smitten. When Maddie died so suddenly, I thought “I will never give my heart to a dog again.” How foolish I was! It did not take long after meeting him to know Oskar is a special little (truly, he’s little!) husky. He’s almost always a gentleman. He’s a little aloof, which is common for this breed, but in the last few weeks, he’s been expressing a lot more connection to me and Neal.

The rescue group from which we adopted him brought him to CT from GA, where he had been found chained outside to a cinder block, terribly undernourished. At six months old, he weighed only 19 pounds. When his darling foster mom brought him to our home to see if he would fit in with Tilly and Coco, the poor guy didn’t even know how to climb the stairs onto the porch. When he saw the bowl of fresh water we keep out for the dogs, he drank like he might never have another chance.

We brought him to our vet’s the first week, and he showed me the striation on Oskar’s nails, evidence of poor nutrition followed by good nutrition. He also has a bump on his gum that indicates some intense chewing (the chain, maybe?). There were some worm issues (I’ll spare you wormy poop photos…but we have them!), easily amended.

Oskar gained weight, reaching skijoring weight (35 lbs) two weeks ago. I would love to train him for skijor, but I’m not sure I’m a good enough skier. Maybe Neal will take it on. He’s confident with the other two dogs, and he’s starting to be protective over Coco. Neal built an amazing fence around our back yard, and Oskar can really stretch his legs now. Siberian huskies are notorious for running and heading off on their own to hunt. The fence will give him loads of freedom and give us some peace of mind.

I’ve taken him hiking almost every day. Most days we go for about an hour. When I have to get to work early, we hike only about 30-45 minutes, and when the conditions are excellent, we hike for two hours. He and I have both built strength. Hikes that used tire me are now a breeze. It is a joy to watch Oskar develop from a malnourished, weak pup into a strong young dog.

Most exciting to me is how “teachable” (Sara’s word [and her picture above]) Oskar is. He came to us knowing how to sit on command, and I taught him to shake hands and give a high five easily. Since I have a big dream for him, I started dog training in December. I want to bring Oskar into nursing homes to give joy to elders who need some unconditional love from a handsome, soft pup. We have had a ball at school. In fact, the highlight of my week is Saturday morning when we have class. We are a studious pair; we do our homework every day. While he can have some puppy ya-yas, Oskar is also eager to please and likes to focus on working with me.

I guess I could make this post very short by simply writing. Oskar: a gentleman and a scholar who has won my heart.

8 comments

  1. Congratulations! My heart has been stolen by our new guy Boone as well. And the fence…can we talk about the wonder of the fence! ;-) Welcome Oskar!

  2. awww I love a good dog rescue story. He is such a good looking gentleman and scholar!
    You should get in touch withmy friend Ty Foster, a photogrpaher who specializes in dogd–he is doing a casting call for a book and needs some doggy models
    http://tyfoster.com/gallery/lifestyle-dog-photography/

  3. So happy to hear that Oskar has worked his way into the family and into your heart. He does look like a true gentleman!

  4. You can also see about taking him to outpatient chemo floors. I once met a nice Irish Setter there. It was really moving to have a dog just some over and say hi.

  5. It doesn’t take long, does it. . . before they steal your heart???

  6. Monica Garcia /

    Beverly, I have to congratulate you on devoting so much time and energy to companionship with Oskar. The sort of bond you are creating will be heart-filling and profound. Yay for your family!

  7. Someday. A pup again. Maybe. So happy you found yours

  8. how very wonderful! where my mum stayed for rehab after heart surgery allowed owners’s dogs to visit. While she was too nervous to allow her little pomeranian closer to her than just viewing him out her window (even with the entire staff, me, and her boyfriend telling her it was allowed), that alone helped her to heal. I watched other pups spend time with their loved ones and you could feel the improvement and love and happiness even from the hallway. I wish you and oskar lots of good things in this journey together.