The Amazing Story of Oscar the Death Row Dog
So much so, I shared the photo on the Eastern Mountain Sports Facebook page assuming Annette owned both the helpful yellow lab and the intrepid little handicapped dog that yanked at my heart strings. A day after sharing the photo, I got an email from C Merry the owner of little Oscar who saw the photo in his newsfeed. It was an incredible coincidence and after answering C Merry’s questions about how her dog ended up on our page, I found myself asking a lot of questions of my own which I received some fascinating answers to along with a link to the video below that gave me an ear to ear grin.
That video alone is “blog worthy” but this story is even more amazing when you consider the fact the adorable, energetic little dog you see in the video above was once just a few hours from being euthanized in a New York City shelter.
Urgent Death Row Dogs, an all volunteer non-profit organization shared the above photo on their Facebook page on June 6, 2011 which was spotted by the good people at New York Pet-i-Care another grassroots organization committed to helping “the abandoned, abused, injured and forgotten dogs and cats of New York City.” Of the hundreds of dogs saved by New York Pet-i-Care, many of them are fostered by Julia Prem and Dr. Peter Schauhbut of the Downtown Veterinary Clinic. It was here, during a visit with her sick cat, that C Merry first met Oscar when “he came ‘running’ out with a bunch of other dogs from the back and it was truly love at first sight.”
In the nearly two years since adopting Oscar, C Merry has become a passionate advocate for death row dogs, handicapped dogs and pet adoption. “We had never said “let’s adopt a special needs pet” it really was that we just loved him and that was that,” C Merry told me. That said, Oscar’s path from death row dog to “loving happy guy” was filled with a lot of learnings about all kinds of dog gear including wheelchairs, strollers, drag bags and “tinkle trousers” to deal with Oscar’s issues with “expressing the bladder.” C Merry shares interesting facts, ideas, encouragement on Oscar’s Facebook page along with many more videos on her YouTube Channel.
I’m not the only one struck by Oscar’s story. Later this year, he’ll be featured in a sticker book published by renowned pet stylist and NBC regular Dara Foster where he’ll be showing the world that physical limitations can’t stop a dog (or a human) from enjoying a fun-filled life. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s something we’d all do well to remember whenever we’re feeling sorry for ourselves about something a lot less serious than the challenges others deal with every day.
Keep on having fun out there, Oscar, and thank you C Merry for all the great photos and information!