I know that this is a blog about riding but noting in my life is complete without Oscar. Oscar is a 9 year old Catahoula leopard. I have had him since he was 5 months old. I was at Quarter Horse Congress and even though I was not looking for a dog my friend and I always take a walk through the puppy tent. If you haven’t been to QH Congress the puppy tent is exactly as it sounds. A giant tent with temporary stalls of sorts where tons of different breeders bring their puppies to sell. We walked around looking the cuties when I sat down to tie my shoe. Next thing I know there is the most adorable puppy running to me then sat down and leaned on my leg. When his foster mom walked up he jumped into my lap, looked me in the eyes, and I was done! I was completely and utterly in love!
His foster mom explained to me that she got him a week ago and only brought him to Congress to socialize him while she sold her puppies. He came from a puppy mill and was beat because he has digestive issues. She only had him off leash because he was too scared to approach anyone. To this day I don’t know why he chose me but I truly believe that he saw me and knew I was his mom. I filled out the paper work and gave her references. I gave her a couple of hours to check up on me. Luckily, we were at Congress so I was able to get him a collar and leash personalized. I was good at judging how big he was going to be because he still wears it!
I paid his adoption fee and suddenly I was a mom! My new baby was already 25-30lb and his foster mom was right he was very scared of other people. Walking through the show was difficult so I had to carry him. You should have seen the smile on his face when he had a leg on each shoulder. Did I mention he was nothing but legs? Lol. He still has the best smile in the world. I know I am basis but so many other people comment on it too. I wish I could get a picture of it but he refuses to smile for the camera!
The first few months were a bit rough trying to find a dog food that didn’t cause him to throw up and/or have explosive diarrhea. Other than that though he was the perfect puppy! He potty trained in 3 days, never chewed anything other than his own toys, and snuggled with me any chance he got. His one fault is that he is aggressive when people come to the house. He has gotten better throughout the years but it is still a struggle.
Oscar has been my kid, my best friend, my soul mate, and my constant over the last 8 and a half years. I can’t imagine my life without him and his getting older is getting to me. In fact I think I am going to go snuggle with him now!