Puppy love

Many of you know my dog, Oscar, and have enjoyed the story of how we adopted him four and a half years ago.

A few days ago, this sweet-natured boy turned nine.

He fights off snakes in the summer by putting them in his mouth and throwing them into the water;

He swims no matter how cold it gets;

And best of all, he knows that everyone needs a good hug now and then.

(Have I told you he’s more of a lover than a fighter?)

I want you to stick around...

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80 responses

  1. I love love love Oscar.

    I wish I could cuddle w/ him. Xxx

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    November 19, 2011 at 18:39

  2. the soft friendly eye, gently playing with the stick… so much love transfers ~ beautiful ❤

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    November 19, 2011 at 18:56

  3. The kindness in his eyes show every single time. Happy belated B-Day Oscar 🙂

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:00

  4. How playful!

    Little Equestrians

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:03

  5. Heehee!!! Kelly and Oscar must be sister and brother from different mothers!!! TheChief says she’s the only dog he’s ever known who loves to give hugs!!! I love Oscar!!!

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:05

  6. Oscar must have a lot of fans and I include myself in that sentence. He’s adorable and I love this photo.

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:06

  7. Love, love, love your dog! What a wonderful shot you have to share with us. 🙂

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:19

  8. aww…isnt he adorable…and brave on the snake…i want to get a pups for my sons…

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:22

  9. Aren’t our dogs wonderful!!! Oscar is beautiful! Such a sweet face!! Hope you both have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia and Sam Schnauzer

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:22

  10. That dog have a very good time:-)

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:27

  11. Most definitely a treasured member of the family!!! =)

    happy weekend =)))

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    November 19, 2011 at 19:30

  12. Riet

    Oh how lovely.So cute

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    November 19, 2011 at 20:10

  13. Wonderful portrait, great light and delicious colors, that dog has been on film.

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    November 19, 2011 at 20:59

  14. Great shot!
    He’s so cute!
    Have a great weekend.

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    November 19, 2011 at 21:18

  15. He he he! Love this shot! And he surely is brave and adorable!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    ***
    Happy weekend****

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    November 19, 2011 at 21:23

  16. oh my goodness, he’s adorable!!! I LOVE ME A GOOD FLUFF PUP!!!

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    November 19, 2011 at 21:31

  17. Nice shot, and great colour too:)

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    November 19, 2011 at 21:59

  18. Who needs expensive dog toys when there are sticks available? Great photo!

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    November 19, 2011 at 22:03

  19. what a sweet and adorable shot!
    he’s sooo cute!
    looks so happy and you’ve documented that so beautifully!

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    November 19, 2011 at 22:16

  20. Maggie May

    He’s gorgeous and he knows it! And he’s really photogenic.
    May he live in health for several more years.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    November 19, 2011 at 22:38

  21. Aww, so sweet:-) How could anyone resist such a loving boy??

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    November 19, 2011 at 22:53

  22. Happy Birthday to the cutest stick-chewer! They are lovers, aren’t they. 🙂

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    November 19, 2011 at 22:59

  23. What a fantastic dog and a great image. Love it! Happy belated birthday, Oscar! 🙂

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:01

  24. imac

    Brill capture my friend, and you only have to look into those eyes to see he’s a lover.

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:03

  25. I want to hug him and hug him some more
    this is one of the most wonderful dog portraits I’ve ever seen
    has Oscar considered modeling?

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:19

  26. I’ve never read the story of how Oscar became a member of your family. Off to read!

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:27

  27. Happy birthday to Oscar! What a wonderful thing to have been adopted into a forever-family that loves you so very much! ♥

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:30

  28. Sticking around…well I should say…forever!!!

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:46

  29. you 2 spread the joy today!
    thank you

    Aloha from Honolulu

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:53

  30. Gorgeous photo of a gorgeous dog. I thought snakes were swimmers. They are here. I can remember swimming across a river and turning my head to breathe to see a red-bellied black snake effortlessly keeping pace with me. Not a good memory.

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:58

    • Yep – the snakes swim here so when it got thrown into the water, it just swam off. Shaken and a little stirred, but not harmed.

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      November 20, 2011 at 09:06

  31. Great post and a cute looking Oscar. He is just adorable and hugable. Wonderful shot!

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    November 19, 2011 at 23:58

  32. Such a beauty he is …. and love the pic!

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    November 20, 2011 at 00:30

  33. you know Fiona, this is my now-favorite photo of Oscar. a treasure. beautiful. you’ve captured his character in a lovely way. happy weekend to you.

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    November 20, 2011 at 00:37

  34. So cute. and he is so brave that he can fight against snake. I was surprised it.

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    November 20, 2011 at 01:00

  35. Pat

    What a great photo of a fun-loving dog! Oscar is adorable!

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    November 20, 2011 at 01:23

  36. Happy 9th to Oscar – a VERY handsome guy! He still seems to play like a puppy.

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    November 20, 2011 at 02:08

  37. I know so many people who have found their best of friends through adoption. Oscar is a wonderful!

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    November 20, 2011 at 02:12

  38. As I’ve gotten to know Oscar through your blog, I’ve fallen in love with him. He seems like a very very good and wonderful dog.

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    November 20, 2011 at 02:36

  39. Oh that shot reminds me of my Belle so much! She loves to hug wood like that, but also our arms and whatever else she can get a hold of! Oscar’s a gem, that’s for sure!

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    November 20, 2011 at 02:51

  40. Jim

    I can see it in Oscar’s eyes that he is THE dog around your place! What a beauty! I know he and Sophie would ‘hit it off’ on land and in the water.
    What a lovely photo.

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    November 20, 2011 at 03:04

  41. Oscar is a beautiful boy! What wonderful photos. Thank you!€

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    November 20, 2011 at 03:18

  42. One

    Oscar seem like so much fun in the photo. He is very much like our Goldee. We adopted her when she was 5. Now she is 8+

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    November 20, 2011 at 03:39

  43. What a joyful image. Makes me want to get a dog myself.

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    November 20, 2011 at 05:55

  44. Fabulous photo … Goldies are special.

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    November 20, 2011 at 06:04

  45. Look after that feller well Fi. Sounds like he’s your best mate – Dave

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    November 20, 2011 at 10:10

  46. What a beautiful photo! Great capture.

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    November 20, 2011 at 10:39

  47. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww, sweet!!! Just look at his eyes. So full of happiness and having fun to boot!!

    SHADOWS & Sunday Summary

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    November 20, 2011 at 11:57

  48. That picture captures his happiness.

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    November 20, 2011 at 14:14

  49. How sweet Oscar is! Your affection and tenderness toward him fully reflects on his expression. He must be considerate enough to throw the snake into water because he knows snakes swim well. He wanted to share the excitement being in the water. I adopted the cat from the shelter in July.He is such a naughty boy but he gives us lots of pleasure.

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    November 20, 2011 at 14:31

  50. That is such a lovely fun pic!

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    November 20, 2011 at 14:32

  51. Amy

    Hope he had a wonderful birthday and got to take a birthday swim!!! 🙂

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    November 20, 2011 at 16:34

  52. He’s gorgeous. He must have have fans all around the world!

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    November 20, 2011 at 18:35

  53. Happy belated birthday, O!
    Tell me you didn’t get him that tree branch for his pressie, or did you? 😉

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    November 20, 2011 at 20:26

  54. He looks 100% HUGGABLE!!!!

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    November 20, 2011 at 21:19

  55. that is happiness. 🙂

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    November 20, 2011 at 22:02

  56. sandy

    Great shot! I think he is a real ham.

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    November 20, 2011 at 22:24

  57. Aw he’s so sweet…love him.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    November 21, 2011 at 03:20

  58. What a sweet dog! Rescue dogs are the best, in my opinion. We enjoyed a wonderful walk today with 11 year old Spitz mix that I’ve had for 10 years. The joy on his face was just the perfect thing to bring joy to me.

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    November 21, 2011 at 03:21

  59. Oscar is pure joy personified!

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    November 21, 2011 at 03:29

  60. Lovely post and thank you for the link to the earlierl one. It’s a great story. (I always think that I’ll take time to go back tand read your posts o before I discovered your blog and I never seem to get the time, so links back are a great thing. He’s a beautiful and happy dog!

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    November 21, 2011 at 03:33

  61. This photo….is…..just sensational! Everything is just right…composition, processing, subject….it’s perfect.

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    November 21, 2011 at 04:38

  62. Astounding!

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    November 21, 2011 at 09:21

  63. Ohhh he is adorable just like your pic!
    Greetings from very misty Holland,
    Anna 🙂

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    November 21, 2011 at 10:25

  64. jcosmonewbery

    Awwww…

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    November 21, 2011 at 11:58

  65. I love Oscar!

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    November 21, 2011 at 13:21

  66. What an adorable photo of Oscar!

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    November 21, 2011 at 13:47

  67. JM

    So cute! What a great capture.

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    November 21, 2011 at 14:01

  68. Everyone should have a great dog like that!

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    November 21, 2011 at 14:01

  69. How lovely Oscar is! His eyes are shining and looks like a young boy full of curiosity!
    Best wishes,
    keiko

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    November 21, 2011 at 14:31

  70. He is precious!

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    November 21, 2011 at 14:43

  71. Ahhhh, look at the adorable puppy butt! I just want to squeeze him.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    November 21, 2011 at 16:40

  72. ds

    He’ll always be a puppy at heart…

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    November 21, 2011 at 19:26

  73. It is obvious that this is a very smart and nice dog

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    November 22, 2011 at 10:30

  74. Happy Birthday Oscar.;) What a great name for a great dog, love that image.;))
    xoxo

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    November 22, 2011 at 10:59

  75. What a sweetie he is. Happy Birthday, Oscar. And thank you for always bringing a smile to my face whenever you show your own furry face.

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    November 22, 2011 at 15:35

  76. A sweet dog brings a lot of joy! 🙂

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    November 22, 2011 at 15:55

  77. 9 years. Then he is an old gentleman by now. 🙂

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    November 22, 2011 at 22:46

  78. I love Oscars story especially the part where you and the children get the best of Sir Pe with tears..it was a great match..:)

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    November 23, 2011 at 06:03

  79. Oscar is so adorable. My Max turned 6 last month and he is starting to show signs of that famous Golden Retriever white mask around his eyes. They are more of a lover than a fighter but… I know that if there ever is a real danger, they will come to our rescue without hesitation.

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    November 24, 2011 at 07:06

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