, here own greyhound who became a Pets as Thereapy and Reading Assistance dog.
29th August 2011
Pat's been out walking with the dogs today. Remy
and Hendrix were running around off the lead as they always do and Oscar, because he was a new foster dog, walked quietly by the side of Pat taking in all that was going on. Two young children, one aged about 5 years, the other about 2 came running up to say hello to him and within seconds they had their arms round his neck giving him huge cuddles - and he loved every moment of it.
31st August 2011
This morning Oscar went to the vet to be neutered and when Pat collected him in the afternoon to take him home he was looking a little sorry for himself, but with a good night's sleep he should be feeling much better tomorrow.
13th September 2011
Received an email from Peter and Anne who are now fostering Oscar to let us know that Oscar is fine. What a lovely dog! He was certainly hungry and very thirsty last night when he arrived so he ate a good meal. He went out two or three times with the others before settling down for the night downstairs in the crate . We never heard a sound from him all night. He has had a good meal this morning, has been out and already met our two local cats together neither of whom is afraid of any dog! He showed no interest so he certainly lives up to his cat-friendly name! We haven't had a single grumble from him and this morning he was fed with the others with no problems. At the moment he is choosing to be in the crate but the door is open for him to wander around as he pleases. We are just letting him find his own feet in his own time. He is such an affectionate dog I would be surprised if we have him for very long.
15th September 2011
Peter and Anne emailed to let us know that a couple who are interested in adopting Oscar are calling tomorrow afternoon to meet him.
Oscar had rather an unsettled sort of day yesterday but is fine today -
so much so, that he's been hurling his teddy around and pouncing on it
and playing with a ball with his tail going like the clappers.
He's been barking at Errie, their collie X in frustration because she's not sure about
him at all yet, or anyway, not enough to play with him !
Oscar has been very reluctant to venture beyond the first couple of steps on the stairs, but he will go up and down now quite easily.
He's been happy and felt more secure sleeping in the crate, but is now beginning to spend more
time out and laying on the other beds in the living room and loves looking into the garden through the child gate at the back door. Oscar comes regularly for a fuss and is a lovely gentle and affectionate
dog who has a very sensitive nature.
16th September 2011
We heard today the visit by Oscar's potential new owners went well this afternoon and Oscar took to the gentleman in his wheelchair straight away, so much so they would like to adopt him upon their return from their holidays.
28th September 2011
Oscar seems to be much more settled this past week or two and he is a lovely gentle, affectionate dog.
Peter and Anne had hoped to wean him off the crate by now but they are still using
it at night as that seems to be where he wants to go and reduces the risk of him having an 'accident' in the night when wandering. They say he does seem to drink a lot of water at one go when he wants a drink. He's not drinking constantly during the day, but at the times he does drink, he drinks a lot, so needs to relieve himself on a regular basis.
He is much better at letting them know when he needs to go out by
pacing, then squeaks and will sometimes even go to the back door. Now he's doing this the accidents are getting less, but he can't seem to go very
much more than two hours in the day without a wee. This may, or may not still be nerves considering all he's been through recently.
3rd October 2011
This morning Oscar went to his new home. Peter and Anne took him there and I met them because his new owners live half way between us. Oscar was quite quiet at first, but we are sure he will soon settle in okay. After the unsettled start Oscar has had we hope this will be his forever home, and we wish him a long and happy life with his new owners.
15th December 2011
We heard today that Oscar went to the vets recently because his new owners were struggling with him. They said he had no personality, was wanting to eat all day long and toileting was a problem. The vet said his body had 'shut down' because he couldn't cope with everything that had happened to him recently and stress was giving him irritable bowel issues. He was put on Zylkene, which is a natural sedative for dogs along with some Metronydozol to slow his gut down to stop his food passing through so quickly. Within 48 hours he was a different dog.
He's now finished the course of medication and is on two meals a day, his stools are as they should be, and they've had no accidents in the house for a few days now.
Oscar is now picking up toys, throwing them in the air and pouncing on them, he's playing, snuggling up to them, coming for cuddles and is more inquisitive about his surroundings. Indeed he's a changed dog and they are so happy they took him to the vets for advice.
8th September 2012
We received a phone call today asking if we knew anywhere nice that Oscar could stay for a couple of day while they went away, and I offered a couple of suggestions. Asking how Oscar was they said he was fine and they love having his company. The young grandchildren adore him, and when out for walks the four year old holds his lead. Oscar, bless him walks at the youngsters pace, stops when she stops and walks again when she walks. He's perfect and appreciates it's a youngster with him. Their one year old grandchild lays on the floor with him and touches him, holds his foot and plays with his tail - Oscar just lays there and takes it all in his stride. Occassionaly, he will grunt as if to say what are you up to now, but doesn't move and the child continues to cuddle and play with him.
They are really pleased with him and he's getting on well. He wanders round their garden and loves playing with his squeaky toys.