Saturday, February 12, 2011

Get to Know Us a Little Better!

AJ and Jack have set up a blog hop in order to help us pet bloggers get to know each other better. AJ is apparently a relatively new blogger, as am I. I have discovered a lot of great blogs through blog hops, so I think this is a great idea!

Name: Oscar
Humans: There's me, the mysterious OscarBlogger, and my husband. Unlike many other pet blogs, I am the blogger, not Oscar the Pooch.
Website/Blog: Oscar the Pooch
Age: A little over 8 months
Location: Ontario, Canada
Breed: Miniature schnauzer, though lately my husband and I have started to think that there might be something else in him as well, since he's quite a lot bigger than most minis we see. He's at the very top of the weight range...but maybe he's just a big boy!
How We Met: My husband and I made the decision to get a puppy last summer. I did a ton of reading about breeds, and we eliminated a lot of options before deciding that we'd like either a miniature schnauzer or a soft-coated wheaten terrier. It was really a matter of timing. We found a nearby breeder with a litter of four new minis - three black female pups and a salt-and-pepper male. We knew we wanted a salt-and-pepper puppy and figured that we'd probably prefer a male over a female, so we made the call. We visited them, played with the pups for a while, and decided Oscar was the one we wanted. We brought him home at 8 weeks old.
Best Trick: Leave It. We can put a tempting treat right on his paw when he downs and he'll stare at it until he's allowed to take it. He's got a few more, like Roll Over, Wait, and Shake a Paw, but Leave It is by far the one he has had the most practice with.
Favourite Toy: A Kong filled with peanut butter. Anything food-filled is good, but that's the one that keeps him the quietest. He also seems to enjoy our socks, gloves and towels, but since they're not supposed to be toys, I'm not counting them.
Best Friend: He has a cockapoo friend named Mia - they are good pals. He also likes anyone who will give him a treat or a belly rub.
Worst Enemy: He has several, but the top of the list would probably either be the vacuum cleaner or the shovel. The broom would be a very close third. He'll chase and bark at all of them, and no amount of treats or training has been able to quiet him down much yet. He'll get so excited that he'll jump right out of his exercise pen when we're shoveling near his window. He's just trying to keep the house safe!

Update: I got the linky fixed, thanks to a tip from Debby and Kirby over at Kirby the Dorkie! They're a part of the blog hop too, so head on over and visit them, along with the other bloggers!


Oskar said...

I loved learning more about you Oscar!

Nubbin wiggles,

Anonymous said...

My parents have a schnauzer. They are so cute! Look forward to following Oscar.

Anonymous said...

Hey I'm a snorkie -- schnauzer + yorkshire terrier. Come and see me at my blog sometimes. Today would be good.It was great learning about you. I love socks too and My mom and I share the blog. Sometimes she writes and sometimes I do. Depends.

Happy Hopping


Christina said...

According to my dog Lexi she loves Oscar! She want him to be her Valentine!

Happy Valentines!

Lexi and Christina

browndogcbr said...

Hi Oscar,

You are one handsome dude! Nice to meet ya! Thanks for stoppin to visit.

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Debby and Kirby said...

Cute poochie! We'll be checking back to read your posts! Really like your banner! Come visit us sometime!

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

It's nice getting to know a little bit more about Oscar and his family! We'll go over to PupLove to check them out.

TE said...

Thanks for sharing - I love reading your blog. I don't have one myself, but stumbled upon yours recently while searching for some loose leash training advice. My husband and I adopted a female Miniature Schnauzer in December and I am very surprised by how much we have in common! We have had many of the same joys and challenges raising our pup. We also prefer the scraggly look over the traditional Schnauzer cut, and 4 month old Sawyer even has many of the same toys as your little Oscar. It was nice to hear that Oscar also inhales his food and, after reading your posting about the Kong Wobble, I purchased one too! I love it!

Anyhow, just thought I'd share and let you know how much I enjoy reading about Oscar! Oh, and by the way, I really appreciate that YOU write the blog instead of Oscar ;)

Pamela said...

Thanks for introducing Oscar to us. He has some wonderful tricks. I guess Honey and I have to get busy.

Look forward to seeing you around cyberspace.

OscarBlogger said...

Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone! It's been great getting to know you and your pups too! Christina - I'm sure Oscar would love to be Lexi's Valentine! :) TE - I'm glad that you're reading the blog and that you've picked up some useful tips! The loose leash walking is our biggest issue! I just read a tip in Jennifer Arnold's book about it - holding a wooden spoon covered in peanut butter during the walk. We haven't tried it yet, but if that can't keep him walking where we want him to, nothing will!

AJ said...

Thank you for taking part in our first hop - and also, nice to meet another pet blogging Ontari...Ontario-n? Ontarian?... Ontari-ite? What are we?!

OscarBlogger said...

It was fun! Thanks for organizing it. And I think we're Ontarians...but now I want to Google it to be sure I've spelled it correctly!

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