Hoboken411 has a co-dependent Mascot

3/18/2011:

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?

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7 Comments on "Hoboken411 has a co-dependent Mascot"

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Could it be that he is trying to direct you to a halal place?

cyclewag
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cyclewag
I agree with friedupright, get him a service dog vest. See if anyone gives you and flack. Oscar is as much apart of Hoboken411 as are you Perry. Like Mooshu, we leave the pup-kids at home when ge go to places that are not appropriate for dogs. Never ever have we or would we leave our pup-kids tied up for any amount of time for fear of dog theft. Haley (our younger) is a Chihuahua but dressed as a rottie. She will bark and go bit a stranger to protect herself and even my wife. We are lucky that way. As for the hole separation stress and anxiety thing– both dogs chewed the heck out of our entry door moldings and the sheetrock (especially the corner of the kitchen opposite the front door) in the apt when we’d leave to go to work. Tried Apple bitter spray, then apple bitter gel, added red pepper flakes to the gel. Shelby our older chihuahuaa (how you say) didn’t get the message. So after repairing and replacing moldings a few times we’ve finally won but have to live with ugly pillow cases and blue painers tape (taped the folded pillow cases over the wall corners they once chewed and the modling strip along side the door. We got used to the pillow cases after a while, cheapr then repairs. Oh well. The love they dish out wins us over evertime.
Friedupright
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Friedupright

Oscar just needs to be deemed a “service dog” and then he can go in with you wherever you need to go. Problem solved.

homeworld
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Including the Touch Tunnel at the Liberty Science Center.[quote comment=”204657″]Oscar just needs to be deemed a “service dog” and then he can go in with you wherever you need to go. Problem solved.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

Aww, Oscar!

He is a beautiful dog with a beautiful spirit to match :).

When I leave home, pup is fine. When I arrive, she throws me a greeting party.

I haven’t yet tied up my dog outside so I don’t know how she’d react. I do know that she is extremely sensitive to sound, though, so any banging or drunken ridiculousness from passerby would freak her the hell out. But she can still bark/fight back which tends to scare people in spite of her small size… They look at her like she’s rabid or something when she does that!

homeworld
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