Oscar was rescued by the South East RSPCA branch – and was transferred to St Giles Animal Rescue in Wrantage, near Taunton, Somerset, to be rehomed
He is a two-and-a-half-year-old Labrador cross Cocker Spaniel – known as a Cockerdor.
Due to his tiny size and cute looks, most people mistake him for a puppy! Before he was rescued, Oscar spent the majority of his life in a trailer with little to no socialisation – so the big wide world is rather scary for him.
He is currently being fostered (with a view to adopt) by Harriet and Matt, both 29, from Somerset – who also rescued an almost-three-year-old black Labrador, named Mabel, from St Giles back in November 2017.
The pair of pups have quickly become the best of friends and Oscar is gaining confidence by copying Mabel. He mirrors her every move – following her around the house, chasing her around the garden and curling up with her on the sofa.
Oscar does have some behavioural issues – but these are likely due to diminish as he settles and responds to training. He is rather nervous when on the lead and can bark at approaching dogs and people – however, his fosterers are working on a training programme to ease his nerves/fear and behaviourists are hopeful that he will improve
Due to being severely underweight, and not having been fed consistently, Oscar was exceptionally food-orientated when he arrived at the centre and in the home.
Thankfully, after getting used to three meals a day and plenty of training treats he has been putting on the pounds and his ribcage is becoming less visible. Now that Oscar is settling into a home environment he is slowly being introduced to the outside world and has had his first trip to the beach, dip in the river and taste of his new favourite treat – cheese.
He is a sweet-natured boy who loves being stroked and cuddled and playing with other dogs (once he’s got to know them). He has the most over-exaggerated head-tilt – which he demonstrates whenever he hears an unusual noise – like the washing machine – and is inquisitive, despite being nervous. It will take some work for him to reach his full potential but, as with all rescue dogs, it’s important to realise it takes time, love and lots of patience for them to flourish.
Written by Harriet