Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted November 11, 2015
Oscar has been a part of my family for over 10 years. He is a very special dog due to his social and dietary needs. He has food, grass, and shampoo allergies and must be fed a special diet and be bathed with special shampoo. He is prone to bad breath and ear infections, but has been doing very well lately with these issues. He also has calcified disks in his back (something all Dachshunds are prone to) and takes glucosamine vitamins to prevent flare-ups. When he does have flare-ups I bring him to the vet for medication (usually steroids and pain medicine) and put him on strict crate rest. He has only had two flare-ups; one which was extremely bad and lasted about a month, and another that was only a few days of crate rest. He also was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year, but after surgery he was given a clean bill of health.
Oscar has two sisters (cats) that he gets along with very well. He does not, however, get along with smaller animals like lizards or birds. He does fairly well with other dogs, but dislikes younger high-energy dogs. He has also enjoyed the company of a rabbit briefly.
Oscar has anxiety and attachment problems as well, and likes to be near me at all times. When he gets anxious he licks anything around him incessantly (he licks the ground or blankets until they are soaked). He barks a lot at strangers, but has never attempted to bite anyone. Due to his back problems, he does not tolerate rough play, and would not likely do well with children. Oscar generally enjoys sleeping around the house, but especially loves sitting outside on the patio and watching the neighborhood. He is very stubborn and will ignore you if you tell him to do something he doesn't want to.