I’m going to tell you a story and when it’s over you get a chance to help decide how it ends.
Meet Oscar, the 10-year-old black and tan longhair dachshund. Oscar and his littermate and pack buddy, Mayer – a 10-year-old red longhair dachshund, recently relocated from Pennsylvania to California with their human to live and work at one of Ojai’s many boarding schools. Oscar’s human has had the two dachshunds since they were puppies.
One recent afternoon Oscar was chewing on a bone when a dog-loving student attempted to pet him. To which he replied with a bite. The bite broke the skin but did not require stitches; it was considered minor. However, the boarding school officials are forcing Oscar’s human to re-home him due to possible liabilities associated with housing “a potentially aggressive” dog on campus.
Here’s the part where you can help. Oscar’s human is looking for a long-term to possible permanent foster family for her dachshund. She is keeping Mayer. Oscar’s human needs someone to house her dachshund through the end of the school year (November 2013 – June 2014); which is about 8 months. Oscar’s human is willing to cover his expenses during the said 8 months. She is also willing to break up the 8 months into smaller blocks of time between multiple homes and families; though it would be ideal for Oscar if he only had to readjust to ONE family during that period. He is current with his vaccinations and is licensed in Ventura County.
Oscar, like many dachshunds, is that all too common mix of shy, reserved and indifferent around other people and small dogs, and alpha doxie when it comes to toys, bones and big dogs. The ideal situation for Oscar and his human would be someone local to Ojai or the surrounding areas. Oscar can be around another beta, shy and/or female dachshund, but might not do well with another alpha male doxie.
Oscar’s human would enjoy visiting with him from time to time, but absolutely must re-home him by the month’s end. It’s obviously a complex situation. Oscar’s human doesn’t want to “give him up,” but she did also just move across the country for a new job. After the academic year, she’ll have a better idea if she’ll stay for another year or move on to something else.
Can you or someone you know help!?
Oscar’s situation is heartbreaking and really I don’t know what I would do if I were in the same situation, but I did tell Oscar’s human that we are a strong community. I assured her that if anyone could be empathic to her current plight it would be us – her fellow doxie humans. It’s certainly a tall order to fill, but if you know anyone who might be able and willing to rise to the challenge, please contact Oscar’s human (Jen) directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ideal candidate would live in Southern California or near by.
Oscar is a handsome dachshund, and we’re wishing him and his human all the best during this difficult time. Thanks in advance friends for the consideration and please do share today’s post with your network of dachshund friends. I really do hope this story has a happy ending and will be following it closely for new developments.