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At A Glance
12/05/06: Oscar is a 6 1/2 year old purebred Golden who was surrendered by his family so he could get the time and attention he deserves. His owners were working very long hours this past year and Oscar was becoming increasingly upset and unhappy about being left alone for long periods of time. He is a very active and energetic dog who seems more like 2 than 6, but some gray around his mouth gives his true age away. Loves retrieving tennis balls and playing with his stuffed animals. He is a beautiful golden color with straight hair rather than wavy. He is a bit on the thin side and has lost 20 pounds in about 18 months. His owner said increased exercise and low calorie food has made the difference. We think he really should gain about 5 lbs so we have started him on regular food and he definitely has a good appetite. He has lived with cats his whole life but does not have much experience with children. He has not been socialized with dogs much because his family didn't have time to take him on walks, etc., but he is adjusting quickly to the idea of sharing the house with another dog and even tried to play with Sunny yesterday. We went to a Christmas concert yesterday and left the dogs alone for 3 hours. Oscar was fine when we got home - just lounging in the living room while Sunny kept the vigil at the back door as usual. He really didn't want us to leave, but he was fine while we were gone. The funniest thing about Oscar is how "talkative" he is. He has a whole range of grunts, groans, yelps, squeaks, moans, etc. He really seems to want to tell us something but I don't know what it is. We showed him our copy of "How to Speak Dog" but he had zero interest in reading it, so I guess that will be up to us to do. We are thinking a good name for him would be Scooby Doo! Oscar was well loved and well cared for so he is already neutered, up to date on shots and on Heartguard. We need to have him microchipped and then he'll be ready to go - just in time for Christmas.