Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 10 months
Type: Mixed breed from Egypt
Location: Foster home - Addlestone, Surrey
Live with children: Yes - 13 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
ADOPTION FEE £250
Oscar is one of our siblings recently arrived from Egypt.
Oscar's mum was Una who was thrown out of a home pregnant, she survived and gave birth at a local bus station, Egyptians are not great animal lovers and the bus station owner wanted to poison the family. Lucky for these dogs they were rescued by Robert and Sherine. Finding homes in Egypt is impossible and so all the dogs were placed in the shelter, overcrowded, no food, walks or attention. As soon as Rob and Sherine found Chimney Fram the dogs were removed from the shelter and prepared for travel.
All the dogs have missed out on important socialisation and a good start in life. They deserve fully committed adopters and a forever home where they will receive rules, boundaries, meeting other dogs and full commitment.
Oscar is fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.
The decision to adopt a dog should not be taken lightly - we have had dogs returned as people have not been fully prepared for the hard work that can come. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Oscar will adapt and become a rounded dog. But please do not underestimate this can mean a few weeks of hard work.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ADOPT IMMEDIATELY PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REPLY.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs Name: Oscar
Arrival date: 30th September 2020
Where does Oscar sleep at night? He sleeps in the bedroom with us. He does start off in his bed but will try and sneak up when he thinks we are asleep 😊 He does like a bean bag.
How is the Oscar with current pets? We have 2 female Jack Russell Terriers who he has gets on fine. One of our girls is a quite reactive and they initially had a few tiffs over toys and affection, but this has really settled down. We also have 2 cats and Oscar is very curious and likes to sniff them. He doesn’t chase them and the slightest hiss from them he will run and hide behind us.
Is Oscar clean in doors? Yes, he has been really good. The only accidents we have had have been excited wees when he is pleased to see us.
Can Oscar be left alone? He really doesn’t like being on his own. At present, he will howl and bark when we go out. He does like to follow us around, if allowed to, but if told to stay in his bed he will settle. Poor Oscar has had such an unsettled start to his life that it is not a surprise that he has a degree of separation anxiety. This is an area that will need a lot of time and patience. He is not destructive, so far just noisy.
Is the Oscar out for walks? Yes. Oscar is loving his walks. He is a bit spooked by wide open spaces and seems to prefer woody areas.
How does Oscar walk on the lead? When Oscar relaxes, he walks very well on the lead but can be quite strong. He is hyper alert and is finding the big wide world quite scary. He doesn’t like people or dogs walking behind him and will pull to get away. He is not worried by traffic. I have preferred to walk him on a harness which he tolerates well. He doesn’t like his collar grabbed so the harness is less threatening for him. He has discovered squirrels and I think he will love to chase them if given the opportunity 😊
Has Oscar met other dogs? Yes, Oscar has met lots of dogs out for walks with no issues (unless they are walking behind us). He really wants to say hello and although a little nervous has shown no aggression. When eventually he can be let off the lead I think he will want to play with the dogs he meets.
How is Oscar with humans? Oscar is a very anxious dog and is still unsure of people he doesn’t know. Once he gets to know you, he is a super friendly, cuddly, gorgeous boy who just wants to be fussed. He loves nothing more than cuddling on the sofa – he does think he is smaller than he is and will try and sit on our laps. He gets very excited and can be quite jumpy. This is another area that needs on going work. Due to his anxiety Oscar needs to be carefully introduced to new people and they will need to give him some space. It is early days for Oscar, and I am hopeful that he will get better the more people he meets. He is already coming on in leaps and bounds. Initially he would growl and bark when my sons came down the stairs but now, he knows them it has been replaced with wags and licks.
Have you noticed Oscar is afraid of any particular thing? Oscar does not seem bothered by household noise such as my hairdryer and the vacuum. It is mainly unfamiliar people that he is wary of. He is getting much better on walks and will allow people to stoke him. In the house he needs a bit more time to suss people out but this improving. I think with regular, gentle exposure to lots of people Oscar will adjust. He doesn’t like his collar being grabbed so we have kept his harness on during the day which allows us to restrain him if we need to.
Any other useful information?
Oscar loves the dogs toy box and enjoys a rummage. He particularly likes the soft toys and the buffalo horn. We have also discovered he likes to chew paper and have caught him with old envelopes and receipts 😊
Oscar is a very gentle eater and is easily put off by noise around him. We have had to pretend to eat the food ourselves and then he will tuck in. He shows no signs of guarding food or toys.
Oscar has the loudest, deepest bark that would put a dog double his size to shame. When my online shop came the delivery driver thought we had a massive dog behind the door.
Oscar is great in the car and he happily jumps in. We have only done short journeys, but he just lies down and is good as gold.
Oscar is a sweet boy with a great personality. He will need a lot of hard work and patience. I think he would like an adult only household with people who have lots of experience with dogs. He will need very firm boundaries to make him feel safe. He would be fine as an only dog or could possibly live with a kind, non-reactive dog. He is a strong boy so he will need a family that can handle that.
We absolutely adore Oscar and with the right family I know he will continue to blossom. I am so excited that he is going to start living the life he deserves with a family that will love and take care of him. Good luck gorgeous boy xx