Oscar, a plea for help

Oscar | October 2013.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Oscar | October 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Oscar | October 2013.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Oscar | October 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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 helpdoxieoscar@gmail.com. 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.

Oscar & Meyer | October 2013.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Oscar & Mayer | October 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Oscar | October 2013.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Oscar | October 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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18 Responses to Oscar, a plea for help

  1. Jill says:

    They are too precious – I’m in AZ (too far for fostering with visitation) but I hope that she finds someone to take Oscar in – what a precious duo!!!

  2. Renee Florsheim says:

    Oscar is gorgeous, and if I weren’t already struggling with two fighting for my attention, I’d love to help out. Hope you find a perfect situation close to Ojai.

  3. Billy Pullin says:

    Same here i’m in Delaware or I would be happy to foster him.

  4. Mary Vaughn says:

    Hello,,,I had a doxie for 18 years…Gilda…my baby….I would love to help you and Oskar but I am in South Carolina….I have an Australian Shepherd and a White German Shepherd……

  5. Joy Fisher says:

    Johnny ~ I’m sorry I haven’t been posting but I’ve been down with the flu and any computer time is to delete “junk” emails (I am keeping your posts to open when feeling better, they always make my day). As for Oscar, my heart goes out to him and his owner, Jen…definitely a heartbreaking situation, I am one day hoping to move to Ventura but haven’t made it there yet, if I were there I would take Oscar in a heartbeat (Ojai is only about 45-60 minutes away I believe). The only thought I have to add is Jen possibly contacting dachshund rescue groups in So. Cali, I googled them up and found several. I know Jen doesn’t want to give Oscar up permanently and many rescues are in need of foster families but I’m wondering if they could have any ideas.leads for her in this unique situation. I’m praying for a good outcome, I hope you will keep us posted on Oscar’s situation. Joy

    • Thanks Joy. We’re working with FOUR local dachshunds rescues and others to see what turns up. Paws crossed that something positive comes of the attention we’re offering Oscar today on ROTW and Facebook. Hoping for the best and some good news.

  6. Teresa Hull says:

    I live in Eastern Oregon, and would love to foster him till you were able to have him in your family again, I am an experienced Doxie owner, have one female right now and two other female dogs as well (not Doxie) they are all very easy going and since my alpha female passed away a couple years ago no one really holds the title, they just all get along. We have no small children, other than my grandson who visits occasionally. We have a fenced large yard. I know there is quite a distance, but not within driving distance. Keep us in mind


    Teresa Hull

  7. Suzy says:

    I so wish I could help but Michigan is so far away! Poor Oscar and his parent! What an awful situation. please keep the doxie community up to date. another doxie mom or dad will help! I’m sure of it!

  8. I have a fifteen year old short hair red male he is my precious baby it would kill me to send him away I live in the country my kids are grown I would help oscar

  9. Reva says:

    this breaks my heart as I am a doxie lover wish i could help but i live in texas praying all works out for oscar

  10. Lynn 0:-) says:

    I think my room mate will shoot me down, but I will ask…. I will also ask Ingrid, and hope we find someone… what a handsome dog!!!

  11. Cindy says:

    I am in WI and would be happy to foster him. I have a red who is POUND PUPPY and is attached to me at the hip. My black and tan is so laid back and loves other Doxies, my grandog is his litter mate and she is alpha, but she no longer lives here. They sound a lot alike. I know I am far away but would be willing to foster. We have a bucket of over 200 toys with working squeakers and weakly Oinkie supply as well as homemade dog bones!

  12. I will try to post this to Tamara Pitman, an independent doxie rescuer in the Los Angeles area. I know she is always short on fosters, but if this is a temp situation and Oscar’s expenses will be paid, that may help. This is such a sad story. Hate to say it, but attempt to pet a dog at your own risk, myself included.

    • Thanks. Tamara and I are old friends. She’s aware of the situation and directed the woman to me to help get her situation some attention in our community. Tamara may be more useful if the doxie human ends up surrendering the doxie, but at this time she just wants to find a long-term foster family. If you think of anyone, please email her directly. Thanks!

  13. txsue says:

    Can someone please update on Oscars’ outcome?! Thank you.

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