Hoboken411 has a co-dependent Mascot
Oscar takes forever to get used to “spots”
As most Hoboken411 readers know, Oscar is the official Mascot of the most popular Mile Square publication on earth!
Back when I adopted him in 2007, part of his rescue story was that he was found chained to a fence in upper Manhattan (apparently for three days). With that being said, it takes a lot of “conditioning” to get him to be comfortable when I hook him up outside the establishments I visit. Based on my experience – I have to visit the place at least 3x a week (for a year), and he has to have a viewpoint of me inside before he chills out. It’s crazy.
My formula is right most of the time (except when the windows are too reflective – he can’t tolerate it). But when I visit a new business (like Maoz Vegetarian the other day), he becomes “out of sorts” and starts panicking.
See what he did when I spent exactly 5 minutes inside the only kosher restaurant in Hoboken – even though he makes eye contact with me – he still freaks out. Now you know (partially) what it feels like to be me. (I added a mellow-ish song to glide you through the video).
Dog owners: does your pooch suffer from separation anxiety?