Meet our most recent little Starfish – his name is Oscar, he is 6 months old the end of March. Oscar came into our rescue because his current owners felt unable to cope with a young puppy and 3 young children. They had tried their best and Oscar has very obviously been well loved and looked after – they wanted Oscar to have a better life than they could give him as they realized they could not meet his needs – they were a nice family and easily could have made the decision to sell Oscar he is extremely cute looking but all they are interested in is that Oscar gets the home he deserves and needs and signed him over to us. When I first assessed Oscar in his home environment he was so over excited to see us he did not know what to do with himself, I know his owners will not mind me writing this but they had never let him off the lead they were worried about him not coming back and he had all this pent up energy inside of him. I paired him up with a quieter foster home with older children and no other dogs and we arranged for the little man to come in.
When he came in he was so excited we took him over to our woods and fields with one of my young dogs and let him off for the first time in his life – well he had the time off his life, he ran and ran with Toddy there is a video on our facebook page to show that first run but as soon as we called him he came back – amazing recall – and although running around he always kept close, he was very respectful of Toddy and not in his face – I was amazed as in front of my eyes this manic little boy just changed – I have never seen a dog change so quickly.
When we brought him back to the house – he was calm none of that pent up little boy we had first seen. He has now settled down in his foster home – he is more or less house trained although sometimes has a few accidents if he gets excited. He sleeps through the night no problems. He loves he runs in the park/woods and adores other dogs and playing with them, he has an amazing recall, travels well in the car. I did introduced him to my cat and it was when he first arrived and he was quite excited about the cat and I think would have chased – so not sure on the cat front but I could try him again if someone is interested who has cats but not holding my breathe on that one to be totally honest.
The perfect home for Oscar would be someone who has had terriers, no full time workers although he has been left on his own for 4 hours today and I went round to check on him and he was asleep on his bed – so he would cope but we would rather he did not have to. If he could have a friend to play with that would be great too. He is very very bright, he is quite a sensitive dog and he listens and picks things up extremely quickly and if someone wanted to do obedience agility I think he would be amazing at it – not a coach potato dog but not hyper either in the house he is calm and loving. So he needs puppy training and if someone wanted to take him further along the agility route etc we would favor a home like that, an active home with children over 10 so he can be your baby and get all the attention he could not get in his last home. We have had Oscar neutered, micro chipped and fully vaccinated.
Please email for our questionnaire in the first instance Starfishdogrescue@hotmail.co.uk.