The Rutilio Grande, SJ house has had a new addition to its members in the past few weeks. No, he’s not a late-coming 4th Alumnus Volunteer. He’s got four legs, golden hair, and he’s only a couple of years old relative to his species.
His name is Oscar, and he is the official Rutilio house dog for the 2011-2012 school year.
The quick backstory: Andrew and I had been talking about getting a dog since we moved into the house, to carry on the presence of Spud, Joe Sheehan’s dog from last year. I had been thinking about getting a dog for some time anyways, ever since the old family dog, Buttons, passed a few years ago. Michael was against the idea due to the sanitary needs of the dog, amongst other things.
However, a few Wednesdays ago, a litter of four labrador retriever puppies appeared on the Cleveland Animal Protective League website midday. All three of our hearts were melted by these pictures. Michael even demanded that we drive over to the APL ASAP to snag a dog before they were all claimed. By the end of the day, little Yahtzee, renamed Oscar by us, had his new home.
We have since discovered that, due to his boxy nose and large chest, Oscar might more accurately be described as a “labrabull,” a mutt of labrador and some sort of boxer or bull dog. Thus far his personality has proved much more the lab than the bull. Oscar is extremely friendly, a face-licker, and is an excellent fetcher. He has also been remarkably good with house training, after a week or so of a bit of trouble. Needless to say, Oscar has been the center of attention here, drawing friends and family to the house more regularly than before to pay a visit. It’s safe to say, based on about a month of having the boy home, the purchase was an excellent choice.
It’s only been a few weeks, but people have already commented on Oscar’s increased size. Sounds like another “medium-sized dog” from the APL! Look forward to more updates on Oscar, including some adorable pictures, in the weeks to come.