Meet Oscar


Hoboken411 becomes a loving dog owner!

oscar face cropped - Meet OscarSigh. 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.

oscar found manhattan highbridge park - Meet Oscar

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.

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Sunday, July 1, 2007 2:07 pm

H411 what good news! Good Luck. I remember your last dog (cool white shepherd, forget the unusual name though)…all those years ago doing the after work walk in Columbus. I would recommend using Dr. Friedman’s paractice, Animal General up in Edgewater (just North of Japanese Market in the shopping plaza where the Binghamton Tennis Club is but South of Whole Foods). We see Dr. Amy Onderdonk there and she is awesome! She is a good vet, has great follow-up and is genuinely concerned for her patients. Animal General is a good practice where you can make appointments rather than wait, and while any vet in this area is no bargain, they are less expensive than Dr. Tudor (Jerk!) at Animal Infirmary, or Animal Hospital. These vets live in Hoboken themselves and have alot of patients who make the 15 minute trip up from Hoboken. Also, I would recommend you join the Hoboken Dog Association ( for the good resource that it is and b/c Animal General honors the discount card that HDA members get. My final recommendation would be to get all your doggie goodies at Cornerstone. They have great quality foods, and Jeff and his staff are great people!

Thursday, June 28, 2007 9:34 pm

Midnight Racer speaks truth. Oscar deserves a seatbelt. Something snazzy and comfy.

Speaking of cars, we actually take our dog to a vet in NYC–Andy Kaplan at City Veterinary on W. 72nd Street. He’s a great guy, and a fantastic diagnostician.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:40 am

Oscar, it was really nice to meet you yesterday. I know you’ll be really happy with your new caregiver – you already look it. Oh, and one tip, learn SQL really well, there may be extra treats from the butcher in it for you.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:18 am

Pretty cool mix for a dog – Chow/Collie. Almost looks like a planned breed, nice coat and all, good frame. Congrats.

I’m sure Oscar is going to be loyal – I mean, after being chained to a fence and abandoned for 3 days, he’s gotta feel gratitude first for your friend (foster parent) and then you. And of course, he’s gotta love Hoboken a lot more than where he was abandoned. When I was a kid, I saved a German-Shepherd, Nikko, from an abusive family and he never left my side for the rest of his time. Dogs seem to have a strong appreciation for the things you do for them – unlike Diva cats.

Don’t know if you have a car, but dogs love Jeeps – I had a CJ-7 back in the day. Of course, you have to rig up a safety harness so he can’t lean out too far.

But yeah, that’s cool that you took the plunge. Good luck with your new buddy. And I hope Oscar gets along with the crazy squirrels on your balcony 😯

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