Chiappetta - Oslo - Leesville, LA
OSLO – MY RESCUE
Oslo is my Berner. He was rescued from an Ohio puppy mill. He came into my life when I needed him just as much as he needed me. He was 7months old when I got him and about 20 pounds underweight. As my daughter said, “he was not a typical puppy at all. He shook tremendously and cowered with his head down and tail tucked between his legs. He had a scared and sad look in his eyes.“ I was told to get a large crate for Oslo because that is what he was used to and would make his transition easier. He stayed in his crate all the time. It was his safe zone. He would come out to get a mouthful of food and run back to his crate to eat it. He shook even more if you tried to pet or touch him. The slightest sound or movement would startle him. He did not know how to play. He had no interest in toys or treats.
I spent a lot of time trying to bond with Oslo. I spent a lot of time on the floor beside his crate talking calmly and quietly to him. I would softly pet and stoke his fur. After many days this routine, Oslo began to feel comfortable with me. He did not shake as hard. Oslo was making progress. He was spending less time in his crate. He started eating his food near his bowl. And with much determination on my part he became house trained. I taught him how to play with toys. He even started taking treats from my hands.
It took a long time, but Oslo started acting like a happy dog. He stopped walking with his head down and his tail between his legs. He stopped shaking and trembling continuously. He even started approaching family members. Oslo has made many improvements over time. He enjoys playing with toys, eating treats and getting belly rubs. He is comfortable with his surroundings at home and affectionate towards his family. He does the Berner bump. He is not as apprehensive to strangers. He is a very smart dog and learns quickly, though he did not take treats to “learn”. It was with lots of loving puppy hugs and the “puppy dance” as I called it, which helped teach Oslo what he knows.
He has come a long way since the day I brought him home. He has earned his CGC. He has his AKC PAL number. His registered name is Gremlin Extraordinaire. Gremlin in honor of his foster Mom who called him her little Gremlin and Extraordinaire, because I think he is an extraordinary dog.
We are currently working on our drafting skills. It would be nice to pass, but pass/fail, it doesn’t matter. It was the journey getting here and helping Olso overcome his puppy mill issues. Who knows what’s next for us. Maybe we will try rally.