6/26/2007:

Hoboken411 becomes a loving dog owner!

oscar-face-cropped.jpgSigh. Say hello to the official Hoboken411 “Mascot”, Oscar.

Yep, I did what I thought I’d never do again; become a dog owner. Although I am very much around during the day, I somehow held off on the responsibility of caring for another living being. Didn’t think I’d be ready for the constant commitment. I’ve had dogs before (via roommates, or by being bamboozled by an ex-girlfriend, etc), this is the first time I’ve made the choice myself.

A friend of mine had fostered this dog that was rescued by the Holly Waggy Tails Rescue group in New York. Oscar was found near 190th St. along Highbridge park in Upper Manhattan. To put that in perspective, it’s nearly 11 miles from the World Financial Center. He was apparently chained to a fence for more than 3 days. He was rescued on June 2nd, given all his shots, and (sadly for him) neutered as well.

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When she sent me the email, I was immediately drawn to this pup. A 45lb Chow mix (they believe Collie) that reminded me of my favorite dog growing up, “Ice”, who was a chow that a friend from high school had. Was a very cool dog. Could even speak German!

So I took the plunge, and now I’m (happily) stuck with this 2-year old hound. Life goes on without any harsh disruptions (other than spending a little money on him!)

He’s been practically the ideal mutt so far. No accidents inside, no jumping on furniture, and no household damage. No excessive barking (unless someone is coming up the stairs), minimal whining, hardly “needy”, and a super temperament with other dogs.

I believe this responsibility is good for me, because it forces me into somewhat of a better (and earlier) routine. While I spend time with him, I also get to see even more of Hoboken, meet some great people that I normally wouldn’t be interacting with on a regular basis, and of course, more exercise. I’m sure I’ll be annoyed when it’s pouring rain, 10 degrees outside, or if I’m under the weather, that will be the exception rather than the norm.

I carry like 15 extra dog bags with me, too (so I’ll never end up on my own website as a “poop offender” – and $2,000 poorer).

Any advice fellow dog owners can provide? One reader already recommended some flea/tape worm medicine (Sentinel). What are some tried and true golden rules for owning a dog in Hoboken? Where do you get them washed/bathed? (I tried Hoboken unleashed last week for a bath.. pretty good). What about vet care? Or dog walkers or boarding places in case you take a vacation? I’m sure I can get some volunteers to help watch him though.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this animal. He’s very loyal, stays by my side all the time, and is very low maintenance (for the time being.)

See a few more pics below.