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Oscar

Male Adult German Shepherd Dog (mixed)

If you have any questions about Oscar, please contact ShepHeroes® at info@shepheroes.org

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About Oscar

Adoption Fee: $350

While Oscar was prepped for surgery, it became apparent that he was compensating on his other eyelid. Now he's sporting this goggle look post-surgery. He was his sweet self throughout his outpatient surgery and is recovering in his foster home.

We're so excited to share with you that Oscar saw the ophthalmologist on July 7th and he only needs surgery on his left lower eyelid which is scheduled for Monday, July 13th. As his skin improved so did the swelling around his eyes. Such happy news for such a great boy. We were able to view his exam via a phone app, he was a love bug throughout giving big kisses to the staff.

Oscar is a sweet, loving, friendly, curious, gentle giant and an excellent house guest. Oscar knows all the basic commands: sit, down, paw, stay, leave it, and come. He also knows how to "gentle give" and "gentle take" when reminded to give a ball back or take a ball. Oscar sits and waits for his meal until his foster mom gives him the ok. Oscar can be in front of an open bag of his food and will just sit and wait. He has never jumped up on the counter or tries to get into anything he isn't supposed to. Oscar has an uncanny sense of what is proper and what isn't in the home.

When entering or leaving the house, he has learned to "stay" and let his humans go through first. Oscar is lovely in the car; most of the time, he just plops down and takes a little snooze. He loves car rides. Oscar is thoroughly crate trained. He snoozes on his bed in the family room with his humans in the evening, and when it's time to go to sleep for the night, he goes straight into his crate. Oscar met the young children next door about 6 and 8 years old, he sweetly gave them kisses and let them pet him; however, this is the only time his foster family has had him around small children. Due to his size (76 lbs) and his toy-driven personality, Oscar may need a home with older kids or if younger kids who have experience living with big dogs. 

Did we say toy-driven? There is nothing Oscar likes better than playing fetch with a ball. He knows to "drop" the ball on command; he'd rather chew on it a bit first and spit it out to land on your feet. Oscar is agile, fast with excellent control of his body. He is a joy to watch as he lights up when his humans play ball with him. When his humans are tired and call it "done", Oscar lays down in the grass and happily chewing on his ball until playtime again. Oscar has learned that his outdoor balls are not allowed in the house and will drop the ball before coming into the house. Sometimes a command isn't even necessary! Inside, Oscar loves his stuffed animals and will carry them around the house. A hearty chewer, Oscar loves to pull all his toys apart -but he never is silly enough to eat any stuffing!

On walks, Oscar is a dream, rarely pulling. He gets "heel" and "leave it" for minimal reactivity to other dogs with his experienced foster mom. Oscar has made terrific progress in behaving nicely around other leashed dogs that he passes on the street. We are so proud of his progress and are happy to show him on a walk at https://youtu.be/45jvQISohdY. 

Although Oscar's friendship with his daily male walking buddy has evolved to where they are living together we are still seeking another foster home for him until adopted by a forever family. Oscar puts himself to bed on the dog bed in the bedroom about 9:30 pm, and self crates when his foster mom is ready to turn off the lights. We still think Oscar would be the happiest being the solo dog unless the resident dog is similar in personality, dog indifferent, as the resident male dog in his foster and an adopter who sets firm boundaries.  Oscar's focus is his people, where he settles in comfortably with a toy near his people waiting for when they can play again. Oscar has also spent time with other alumni dogs for us to learn more about his dog preferences. He's not interested in play with other dogs and can be around them for some time. He seems to be less tolerant of female dogs. 

The foster family has an outdoor cat that occasionally comes into the house. Oscar and the cat are aware of the presence of each other. Oscar is reactive when he sees the cat and likely not cat workable. In the morning Oscar exits his crate when his family says it's ok, he stretches, then comes to his foster, laying his head in her lap to show his love and revels in his head scratches.  Like a big cat, he closes his eyes and just absorbs the love. Oscar also loves belly rubs.

Oscar has been continuing his weekly baths with his medicated shampoo. While he has to be coaxed to his bath, he is exceptionally cooperative and even enjoys the massage and water. His coat has been filling in faster than expected, and his dermatologist does not see a need for allergy testing. Oscar has been off his antibiotics for some time and his anti-itch medication successfully.  He is currently on atopica only. His condition may have come about from a benign flea allergy easily prevented with Bravecto or Nextgard. 

Oscar is a loving, loyal, attentive dog. He is very attached to his humans and is always aware of where they are in the house. He makes beautiful eye contact and wants to please.

His people play training games with him; Oscar likes the nose games. Oscar would benefit from group training classes for further assessment as to his dog preferences in a structured setting and bond with his new people through training. Until then, his people are continuing to reinforce what Oscar is good at and practice new training commands and play new games to keep his curious brain active! Oscar seems to understand when his people have to work from home during SIP, plops down to chew on one of his toys, or snooze in the shade in the backyard. 

Oscar went through the shelter as a 6-month-old pup and again 2.5  years later after being found tied to a pole, certainly looking much worse for wear. Although microchipped with a known address, he wasn't claimed. When we met Oscar, he had a composite body score of 2 where the ideal is 5.  Stinky with skin infections, significant hair loss, he was not likely to have anyone be willing to adopt him. That is if the shelters were open.  But we knew that he deserved a second chance with his sweet temperament and love of humans. 

As his skin infection improved, we hoped his eyelids would also get better. It's a good thing that Oscar became ours, as he needs one more medical treatment. Diagnosed with entropion in both eyes at the shelter, Oscar has been treated successfully with antibiotic ointment relieving the itching and irritation.  On July 7th Oscar will see the ophthalmologist to grade his entropion level and our next steps. With the backlog of patients and many vet practices still restricting surgeries, it has taken longer than we expected to accomplish our last commitment to Oscar.

We are grateful for all of our volunteers' and donors' support to help Oscar. He is a happy boy, and we love seeing him thrive. It has taken a large chunk of our financial resources to bring Oscar to an ideal body score and grow his coat in the last three months. As he's healed, we aren't sure how much of a GSD he has in his gene pool. He appears to be a little of that, a bit of this. But to us, he's super cute and loving. He's been exceptional at his dermatology and regular vet exams, earning lots of treats for his easy-going personality. 

Are you interested in Oscar? We ask that you have experience with a working breed or large breed dog and be committed to his health and training to build his confidence.  In return, you will have an outstanding companion to adore you for the rest of his life. 

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Details

Name
Oscar
Age
3 years, 3 months
Gender
Male
Size
Large
Primary Color
Fawn
Shots up to date
YES
Ok with kids
YES
Housetrained
YES
Hypoallergenic
NO
Spayed/Neutered
YES
Ok with dogs
NO
Ok with cats
Not Sure
Prefers older children
YES
Prefers to be only dog
YES
Crate Trained
YES
Dog Description Levels
Level 3 - Standard Adult Dog. Moderate energy adult dog, needs daily exercise to thrive and stay happy. Adopters must have prior, recent large breed experience as these dogs may have minor behavioral issues or need training.
Special or Medical Needs
NO
Prefers Larger Dogs
No

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PO Box 981332 West Sacramento CA 95798-1332

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