Our Big Oscar is a charismatic lovebug.  For an Australian Shepherd, Oscar has a chill vibe.  He joined us a few weeks ago from NYCACC where he had been put up for adoption and passed over.  His owners sadly surrendered him to the shelter, due to overseas travel. Oscar was purchased as a puppy, from an Upstate New York breeder, and spent his young five years in one home. He seems to be well socialized, and generally adaptable to change.

When Oscar found himself a guest in NYCACC, he adjusted better than most and made many friends.  This handsome charmer piqued the interest of our shelter contact, Jessica, who thought he'd be a good candidate for our rescue.  He has adjusted beautifully to the foster care, and has sailed through the rescue process like a champ.

Oscar seems to be an Australian Shepherd, but his lush, full coat suggest some Collie DNA.  He has the stocky, muscular Aussie build, graced with pretty Collie colors, and a full mane. His coat was in shambles when he arrived, and it was necessary to shave him down to remove some of the worst mats.  His beautiful, fluffy coat should grow in beautifully over the next few months. 

Oscar is a double dose of herding dog, so he definitely needs an active lifestyle and a job.  Herders are hardwired to work, and if his adopters do not give Oscar a job, he will practice his herding skills within the household.  A bored, frustrated herding dog is a recipe for Mayhem.

Exercise and obedience training are the keys to managing the Herding Breeds.  Oscar is a moderate to high-energy dog, who would make a great running, walking or hiking partner. He's built for speed, but will adjust his pace to suit his handler.  He needs at least two brisk daily leash walks, in addition to focused playtime. 

Obedience training is essential to meeting the needs of a Herding dog. Oscar already knows all of his basic obedience commands, and is on the way to earning his Canine Good Citizenship Certification. Adopters should be able to take him the rest of the way with ease.  Structure and obedience work go a long way in providing Oscar the mental and physical challenges that he needs.

Oscar is best suited to an active adult home, with a dog savvy single or couple, who have the time and energy to give him his daily exercise.  Tranquility and calm suit Oscar best.  In a chaotic, hectic environment he becomes anxious and demonstrates herding behavior in order to maintain social order.  In a calm environment, Oscar relaxes and enjoys quiet time with his people.  Kids and cats may provide too much stimulation, but Oscar could easily join a multi-dog home.

Oscar has good house manners and is house trained and crate trained, although adopters should expect to troubleshoot a few accidents during his transition to a new routine. He is in excellent health and has been neutered.  He has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus), He has been boostered as needed. He has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis.  If you are interested in Oscar, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.