Helping Oscar

I've taken in an unexpected little guest this holiday season, and would love your help to give Oscar the life he deserves. Full story below.

I found a doberman puppy (11 months old) for some family members who have been wanting a Dobe for quite some time, and offered to pick him up for them. They planned to come into town in late December for Christmas and were excited to take him home. When I went to pick him up, I met Oscar - who was covered in dirt, mud, had deep scars on his body and face, horrible sores on his feet, and worst of all was extremely emaciated. They made excuses for why he was emaciated and the sores on his feet. Despite all of that, he gave me kisses, immediately warmed up to me, and of course I brought the little pup home.

Oscar felt at home right away and I learned that he is very curious, smart, loving, and even a little goofy. I call him my little shadow because wherever I go, he follows.

I fell in love with him immediately, but was heartbroken after I took him to the vet on Wednesday, 12/4. I wanted make sure he was in good health because of the state I picked him up in. As it turns out, Ozzie has a grade 3 heart murmur - especially odd for his age and concerning because it could be indicative of DCM (Dilated cardiomyopathy is disease of the heart muscle in which the heart becomes thin walled and dilated, a common disease in Dobermans).

On top of that, his skittish and frightened behavior did not bode well for him doing well with smaller dogs and small children (it seems the breeder lied to us about him being good with small dogs and children). Because of this my family members couldn't take him in as they hoped, as they plan to have children very soon and already have two small pets that could be at risk.

The vet said the cysts on his paws were either infection or him possibly being kept in a wire cage. I got him antibiotics for his puppy paws, and they're already healing thank goodness. He’s also gained a lot of weight in the week I've had him so I speculate he was bullied by the larger dogs for food, which would explain his skittish behavior, scars, and significant weight loss. Whoever did his ears butchered them, so I took the tape off so he wouldn't keep getting sores for no reason. In addition, his testicles never dropped so he also needs a more expensive neutering surgery as they have to enter the abdomen. 

Most importantly, he needs to see a cardiologist to diagnose whether he has DCM or not. This is expensive - my contact at DARE (Doberman Assistance, Rescue, and Education - said taking her dog costs about $670 per visit. 

Once I found out his health issues, I talked to the breeder and she was willing to “swap” him with his brother or to give us a refund if we return him. I've rejected her offer and refuse to send him back there and will happily eat the cost of adopting him so he can have a safe, happy life.

DARE has been amazing and said if he does have DCM, they will work with me to find a hospice home for him so he has a comfortable last couple years of his life. I'm of course hoping that he doesn’t - and if he doesn’t, then DARE will help me find a home for him.

I just want Ozzie to have a relaxing, comfy, loving life - whether it’s the last couple years of his life, or for 10 years or more. He has one of the best dispositions I've ever seen in a puppy and just want him to be happy. If there’s any way you can help with his fees to get him healthy again, I'd really appreciate it.

Any excess funds will go directly to DARE to help them foster and care for other Dobies who need homes.

ONE NOTE: I’d like to put on blast where I got Oscar from. The company is Canis Maximus ( When I started to tell DARE our story they were aware of this breeder. It turns out this woman has a terrible history - treating dogs horribly, keeping them in metal buildings in kennels with no sunlight, letting puppies die because their mothers rejected them - and now she has a kennel right over the border in West Virginia, because WV laws for her “business” tend to be more relaxed.

After talking to DARE, it turns out they know she had a litter of puppies recently that had many heart issues, and it’s likely Ozzie came from that litter. Which means she knew Ozzie was probably sick, and either lied or didn’t bother to get him checked. Either way it is disgusting. If you want to get a dog from a breeder, I strongly recommend talking to a rescue knowledgeable in the breed you want and to get their recommendations - DARE was extremely informative.

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Cait Whittaker 
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