It’s a dog’s life

It’s about time I told you the story of how we came to  have a dog called Oscar. You see, on Monday Oscar turns seven, so I thought we’d celebrate with his story (and a few tasty dog biscuits).

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Oscar in 2007 when we first met him

Let’s turn the clock back two and a half years ago…

As I work from home quite a lot, I had answered an ad to be a dog sitter for a dog you all know (Frodo), so that he wouldn’t be at home all alone while his owners worked. Frodo comes from local dog breeders, who are famous for their beautifully-coloured working golden retrievers. The breeders had five or six dogs at that time, one of them being Frodo’s dad, Oscar. (Yes – our Oscar!)

Oscar was one of their stud dogs and his puppies were always booked up long in advance because people just fell in love with his sweet and generous nature. Unfortunately, he didn’t like living in a big flock of dogs and was getting more and more stressed.

Frodo’s owners brought him home, but as Oscar was very worried and followed them around all the time – he never seemed to be able to relax – they decided not to add him to their family.

That’s when they suggested that I go over to the breeders to meet him.

So, I did.

Although only a couple of weeks before, we had decided as a family not to get a dog until the kids were old enough to come home from school by themselves and walk the dog.

I didn’t tell Sir Pe, but took the kids out to the breeders. They were lovely as were all their dogs, especially a handsome 4.5-year-old called Oscar. I decided to bring him home for the weekend to see if he really was as sweet as everyone said he was.

On returning home, I did what any sane parent would have done: I made the kids go in first with the dog and explain to Sir Pe that he was spending the weekend with us! When Sir Pe wanted to take Oscar back at the end of the weekend, we all burst out crying.

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And that’s  how we ended up with one of the kindest, gentlest and most patient dogs you’re ever likely to meet.

Big thanks to Bozo over at Pet Pride for featuring Oscar this week to celebrate his birthday!

33 responses

  1. Happy birthday, Oscar! 🙂

    I love that you had the kids do your dirty work. LOL

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    November 15, 2009 at 09:00

  2. Awwww, that is very sweet!!!

    I would have used the kids too 🙂

    C x

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    November 15, 2009 at 09:36

  3. He is a beautiful boy. I think your husband was just testing to see if you really wanted to keep Oscar. How could anyone resist those gorgeous eyes?

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    November 15, 2009 at 10:43

  4. Tears can work wonders! Happy Birthday, Oscar, and congratulations on extending your weekend visit to a forever home! Great job on being a sweet dog they couldn’t resist!

    Stopping by from Pet Pride.

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    November 15, 2009 at 11:52

  5. Happy Birthday to Oscar! He looks like a sweet companion!

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    November 15, 2009 at 12:40

  6. Happy Birthday Oscar!

    We love the story of how you came to extend your weekend into your permanent home!

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    November 15, 2009 at 13:10

  7. splendi story sounds like my Jenna Llammeee . They are so so gentle goldens and relatives

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    November 15, 2009 at 13:24

  8. Every time I see a picture of Oscar, I just want to cuddle with him, so I completely understand how you just had to keep him!

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    November 15, 2009 at 13:33

  9. Amy

    Happy Birthday to Oscar! That is a great story and I can just picture you all crying when Sir Pe was going to take him back….what in the world was he thinking suggesting such a thing!!! 😉

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    November 15, 2009 at 13:48

  10. Beautiful photos.

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    November 15, 2009 at 13:55

  11. Awww, I loved reading Oscar’s story. Stroke of genius sending the kids in first, and the tears – masterful!

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    November 15, 2009 at 14:07

  12. kelli

    Tillykke med fødselsdagen til Oscar! :o)
    And believe me, I know how important our 4 legged guys are to our families!

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    November 15, 2009 at 14:59

  13. AL

    Happy Birthday Oscar…boy you are handsome! BOL! We will have a new playmate and she is coming this weekend, he looks like you and we are so excited. Mom will adopt a golden retriever, our neighbor’s dog.

    Coffee

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    November 15, 2009 at 15:13

  14. Jeanie

    Happy birthday to Oscar! Since we just got a new dog last week that we were instantly in love with, Oscar’s story made me a wee bit teary. Oscar is a very handsome and lucky boy.

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    November 15, 2009 at 15:39

  15. sandysays1

    Let me add my best wishs for a happy birthday for Oscar. It’s always good to see one of my direct relatives in a good home with loving humans at his disposal. Visit me at http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com particularly if you haven’t eaten breakfast. I have a great recipe on my latest post.

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    November 15, 2009 at 15:58

  16. Po

    You have such a beautiful dog, cunning ploy to turn on the tears, that always works!

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    November 15, 2009 at 16:06

  17. What a gorgeous story of how you got your lovely dog. When I was growing up our family dog was Oscar – a little daxie. It’s a great name. Do you call him Ossie for short?

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    November 15, 2009 at 16:27

  18. He really seems like the sweetest dog ever.

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    November 15, 2009 at 17:36

  19. Oh, Happy Birthday, Oscar!! I love the story of how you came to live with Ladyfi! That was very clever. Sam and Mojo send lots of licks and tail wags and we all wish you the best day ever!

    Sylvia, Sam and Mojo

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    November 15, 2009 at 18:03

  20. He’s so cute! Want to hug him.

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    November 15, 2009 at 20:59

  21. arabtrail

    happy birthday, Oscar. I love the story of how he came to be the family pet. He looks like a sweetheart.

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    November 15, 2009 at 21:26

  22. Oscar is a bright-eyed boy and deserves many treats and ear scratches! Happy Birthday to him.

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    November 15, 2009 at 23:04

  23. What a gorgeous fur friend Oscar is and how delightful to know how he came to live with you! Happy Birthday Oscar 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

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    November 15, 2009 at 23:47

  24. He is so handsome.. truly a beautiful dog. Your methods of keeping him were rather underhanded and sneaky though… atta girl! 😉

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    November 16, 2009 at 04:43

  25. I used to work at a shelter. WE’d get people to “foster’ the dogs until we could find them a home and guess what? They rarely brought the dog back

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    November 16, 2009 at 06:27

  26. Happy Birthday Oscar 🙂
    Its a very lovely story ……
    hugs
    Kareltje =^.^=

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    November 16, 2009 at 08:38

  27. Woof.

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    November 16, 2009 at 11:49

  28. Happy Birthday Oscar! You are one handsome dude! Lovely story Lady Fi.. way to go using the children! I know that Oscar has become a big part of your family..it is good for kids to have a dog! 🙂

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    November 17, 2009 at 02:45

  29. I just love Oscar, and if you ever get rid of him, can I have him??

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    November 18, 2009 at 02:59

  30. A belated happy birthday to Oscar and we all hope it was filled to the brim with yummy treats! He’s such a lucky pupster to have found his home with you. 😉

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    November 21, 2009 at 14:26

  31. Blue

    Give the pup a BIG kiss on the nose (oh how I love dog noses), but I think my dogs beg to differ when it comes to being the cutest, most patient and what else… :o)

    Seeing the pics makes me miss them even more. I would trade the hubby any day for just one more sniff on their soft heads or a big smack on the nose, or just spooning while watching TV. Life – is worth crap without dogs, and the ones we love the most obviously. You can rely on dogs, they need you, love you, depend on you – and sometimes even obey you??!!! If they feel like it ;o)

    Humans – not so much.

    Hmm…I don’t think it’s a good idea to have these thoughts. Because now I am thinking that kicking out the hubby and becoming a crazy (crazier?) lady who spends her life with just her beloved dogs sound like a splendid idea.

    Yup…good idea indeed!

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    November 22, 2009 at 01:16

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  33. Happy B ♥ Day Oscar! Aww, I’ve just fallen in love with him! Thanks for sharing the story and these photos are fantastic, especially the last one!!

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    November 20, 2011 at 07:50

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