By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
Oscar’s family adopted him in June of 2011. He had been found paralyzed and abandoned a few months earlier on Manhattan’s Lower East Side under the Williamsburg Bridge. NYCACC picked him up, but scheduled him to be euthanized. Marilyn and Julia of NY Peticare saved Oscar from death row, and he went to live at Julia’s upstate New York rescue shelter with her husband, Oscar’s parents’ veterinarian, Dr. C. W. Schaubhut of Downtown Veterinary Clinic. Rick and his girlfriend, Christian, met Oscar at random on a visit to Dr. Schaubhut’s office with one of their rescue cats, and immediately fell in love. A group of 7 or 8 dogs came running into the waiting room as the office was closing and Oscar was in the middle of the pack, no wheelchair or drag bag, just bouncing, smiling and playing with the other dogs while his limp little legs dragged behind him. Rick and Christian were blown away by the spirit of this dog, who refused to let his injury stop him!
PLEASE READ!! Oscar and Tiki raced to Saluggi’s East @saluggis to thank the heroes that apprehended animal abuser #bryanlepe! They met Alec, the manager, who told us the story: @nypd came by with a wanted poster so everyone could keep their eyes out (go #nypd! ????????) and one of the bartenders recognized him immediately. About 20 minutes later he came in and went straight to the bathroom!! A staffer spotted him and alerted Alec who locked the doors so he couldn’t escape. When Lepe headed for the exit Alec called out “Hey, Bryan!” and he turned to look so there was no question. Lepe tried to get away but Alec grabbed him, called 911 and held him until the police arrived. ???????????????????????????????????????? Everyone talks about doing the right thing but I’m honored to live down the block from people who ACT!! If you’re in New York, come to Saluggi’s on the Lower East Side at 399 Grand Street and show them some love! ???????????? For vegetarians there’s a fantastic eggplant parm, and today Christian had an awesome #vegan pizza! Thanks again to the team at Saluggi’s. We’ll see you soon.
Tiki loves her plush, two dimensional Oscar!! There’s a cute little Chinatown shop a short walk from us on East Broadway, and a woman who works there has always been friendly to Christian and loves Oscar. When Christian was driving Oscar back and forth to Iowa for the Clinical Trial for Paralyzed Dogs she helped equip the car with lots of soft blankets and pillows to keep Oscar warm and cozy. Yesterday Christian visited for the first time in a while, and her friend had this gift for her. Also, crossed paws. Always classy. ???????????? photo by @cmerry
“Tiki and Oscar here. These smiles are dedicated to our Aunt Josie @joslittle, Uncle Dev, and our rescued cousin, Wally @littlewalterwhite. You guys are the kindest, sweetest, most generous friends two kids could ever hope for. Thank you so much for making us smile so big with your thoughtfulness. And Poppa said that he can’t wait for you to visit New York so he can show you the best time ever. Lots of love from all of us. ❤️”