Sadly I have to advise of Oscar’s passing earlier this week after a brave battle with a debilitating illness.
Oscar was a valued and very popular associate Poochwalker….and it was a job that he took very seriously. He always ensured that he was present and accounted for when treats were being dispensed, woofed when it was required to do so, joined in with any wrestling that may have been happening and happily shared his toys with whichever member of the crew he met first.
Indeed happy and Oscar went paw in paw; he was always smiling. In addition to our daily dog park jaunts I met Oscar on a number of trails around the city where he rejoiced in every opportunity to keep his people company. When we met I was always greeted with a friendly knowing smile, followed in quick order by a sniff/woof combination just to check if I was packing treats. Normally he was in luck!
Oscar loved being outside, and particularly cherished being with his people in the snow and colder climes when he got to enjoy the benefit of his luxurious white coat. He also seemed to be mischievously aware that he could easily disappear into a white background by simply turning away or closing his eyes…not that he would disappear for long!
Oscar loved to play…play with his people, play with the crew and particularly to play with any younger dogs that he may chance upon, establishing quite a following amongst these pooches. Whilst a lot of older dogs seem to feel the need to “school” youngsters Oscar took it upon himself to nurture them…doing his bit to prepare them for life in the dog park and beyond. He was always gentle and his smile was always that bit larger when he was passing on his own brand of canine wisdom with the next generation.
Oscar’s people are heart broken. In time it is hoped that memories of a happy, smiling, beautiful boy will help to fill the gaping void his passing has left. Myself and the crew miss him…a gentle soul, a good boy and truly one of our own.