'Dangerous Wolf-hound from Hell/The Snuggle-munster on my Sofa"
Imagine the scene: me sat in my pj's, coffee in one hand, 'phone in the other
" Luosko it said on your site I could enter a code and there were only 10 chances and I tried really hard and it didn't work and I've seen a dog that might like us" GASP for breath. Start to ramble on again about a specific dog. Told Stuart about our other two: Lucy a 50kg GSD x DDB who pulled like a train and had sadly passed away, aged 10, and her little brother Spenser, a GSD who had been starved and beaten and was pronounced "irretrievably damaged" by a vet, who advised us to take him back to the Dog's home to be euthanized. Spenser had EPI, and sadly passed away at just 5 years old, never having lost his distrust for strangers and having a bark to match Lucy's! Stuart had previously asked about colour/age/gender - none of which we had a preference for, I just said a dog that might enjoy living with us, and then suggested again the dog I'd seen on the Luosko website.
Me: How about him?
Me Eh? but we are nice and we live near a park and we are used to walking big dogs...
Stuart: No. There is another dog I want you to meet.
We went to meet this dog and were warned that he had a few issues. We were told not to hold out our hands, nor look directly at him, as it might trigger an unwanted response.
Me thinking aloud: Oh Bugger!
Paul, the long-suffering husband: Oh...
Josh came into the freedom field with the prettiest little GSD I had ever seen! My heart melted immediately - such a gorgeous looking dog... "I thought you said it was a boy?"
Oscar, as we renamed him (because he's a little bit Wilde - dreadful pun) had not had the best start, but Stuart explained he needed a family who would not be expecting a perfectly behaved pup, and felt that he would be a good fit for us. Stuart also warned us that previous owners had struggled with his aggression, though seeing him frolic happily with Josh, we knew there was a lovely dog in front of us. Oscar decided he would be coming home with us almost instantly - not one bark, not one sniff out of place, from the moment we took him on our 1st walk around the rescue, through the home visits, he was amazing! We thought they had either given us the wrong information or the wrong dog!
Sure, Oscar barks at people he doesn't know - and his bark is a pretty good, deep, snarly "I will eat you up if you come any closer" type bark - he can be sociable or unsociable with other dogs as the mood takes him, and he pulls like a freight train if he hears or sees anything with wheels (I cannot bear to think what has made him so frightened). However, he is an absolute gentleman at home, taking treats gently, snuggling up to share cuddles and keeping the seat warm on the sofa if one of us moves. He has had the run of the house since he got home and has never disgraced himself. He now has several doggie friends that he can walk beside, and one or two humans that he will allow to stroke him.
We didn't know we wanted Oscar - Stuart picked well. We were impatient to take him home the first time we met him, but recognise that Luosko's 7 step programme of meet/greet and visits helped ensure we knew what was in store. Oscar has been with us 6 months now, is up to 39kg's - the vet has said he is now a perfect weight for his size.
We cannot thank Luosko Rescue enough for matching us with our boy!
He is Beautiful!!!