The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Oscar Unseen

Hello all,

We are now coming up to 6 weeks since our darling Oscar died. Last Saturday (1st September) was a difficult day as it would have been Oscar's first anniversary of coming to live with us. By a strange coincidence, Martin was sorting through his phone and found some photos of Oscar taken during his first few days with us which we hadn't looked at since then I don't think.

Here is the fuzzy one making a visit to our friends Simon and Lucy's house. He was a very good boy in the house, no accidents. Outside however, he did do quite a bit of gardening, dead heading plants that were actually in their prime! Luckily his cute face got him off the hook pretty easily! Here he is having a good game of tug with Uncle Simon.

And here is he celebrating his arrival! Don't worry, the Champagne bottle was empty. He was far more partial to the foam on a pint of Guinness anyway, and would always try and get his nose in there if a glass was left unattended. It's hard to remember him being that small and fuzzy, he grew so quickly, though of course he had already done a great deal of growing by the time he came to live with us.

There were also quite a lot of photos of Oscar playing with Paddy the Poodle, but they're pretty much all just black and tan blurs as the two of them were chasing around like crazies!

I also found this video of Oscar playing with his Wubba that I don't think he'd ever got round to showing you. I think it shows Oscar at his best, a big silly clown who loved life and having fun so, so much. I hope watching it will make you smile and laugh.

Katy and Martin xxx


Ruby Bleu said...

Hi Katy & Martin...
Those are great puppy pix of Oscar and the video did make us smile...what a silly boy he was!!! He was always so happy and this really did make us smile!

I hope you are both doing well!!!

Love, Ruby & Michele

Simba said...

He was so cute and fluffy as a puppy. Such a happy doggie and so loved.

Simba xx

Faya said...

Hahaha j'ai l'impression de voir Faya.... ces airedales, de vrais clows.... tous des clows ! Faya aussi veut jouer mais ne donne pas facilement.... Bisous à tous et amitiés, Véronique et Faya

Maggie & Mitch said...

What a happy boy! We're smiling through tears Katy and Martin! I hope you're both well!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Katherine and Pippa, said...

They are lovely pictures - thanks for posting them and sharing your thoughts about Oscar.

Kate and Pippa

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Butchy & Snickers said...

Awwwwwh, that is such a great video of cute Oscar playing. We're glad you showed it to everyone. His puppy pics are cute too. Good thing you found them. Hope you both are doing ok. Have a nice weekend!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Jackson said...

Thank you for posting the puppy photos, they are very cute. It was lovely to see the video of Oscar playing with his wubba. Hope you're both doing OK.

J x

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Smile and laugh I did - especially at his reaction when it looked like his wubba might be taken off him!

Stanley said...

Katy & Martin!

Thanks for posting the video!! I miss my goober bud! He was a crazy, rascally guy! I'll ALWAYS think of him when I'm runnin' and wrasslin'.

Goober love & smooches,

Lillie Valentine said...

Thanks for sharing the "baby" pictures of Oscar with us. He was one cute airedale. But then, I've never seen an ugly airedale in my life!! Please keep us updated as to how you are both doing, and remember that we are here for you!! The planter and stone are just beautiful. What a wonderful way to remember him by. Sending lots of aire kisses and love across the miles............
Lillie V....or lovely lillie as oscar would say. *SMILE*

Goofy said...

Those are lovely baby photos of Oscar.. and of course so cute... Thanks for sharing..

Boo said...

hahaha. drunken oscar! i would love to see him drunk! LOL

i didn't know wubba has squeaky and bell inside. i thought it was for tug of war! now i know.

wet wet licks


Amber-Mae said...

Oh, this post really made me smile again. It's really nice to see his clownish face again. That video made me tear a bit. He was such a fuzzy pup! Still miss him today...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Joe Stains said...

we sure loved seeing oscar with his wubba being such a happy boy. Thanks for continuing to blog and letting us know how you are!

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Aw.. Oscar's such a sweetheart since he's a little puppy. That's for sharing pic and vid of Oscar with us. :)

~ Girl girl

Reina said...

I didn know a wubba makes such a funny noise.

I too hide the toy away from my parents when they try to snatch it from me!

Oscar looked really cute playing tug if war with you. And its so funny that he ran straight back into the house after fetching the ball and leaving the wubba behind!



Reina said...

I didn know a wubba makes such funny sound :p

Oscar looked so cute playing with the wubba.

I too will prevent my parents from taking the toy from me while i am playing at it.

Oscar was so funny running straight into the house after fetching the ball and leaving the wubba behind!


triple B's said...

those are cute puppy pictures and a fun video. Oscar was such a good boy. we still think about him all the time. we hope you are doing okay.
our joint barkday party with Asta is western style and Oscar is going to be looking over us and smiling. we just know it.

Asta said...

Dear Katy and Martin

I loved the puppy pictures of Oscar..the celebration with the bottle,I can just picture him with the guiness foam on his snout..and watching the video made me smile through the tears too..It must have been a bittersweet day for you an the first I'm so glad Oscar will be with Asta on her birthday ,looking out for all the pups and pomping through the clouds...I just know he's still the happy little clown, and making all the pups over the rainbow as happy as he made us.
Stay well,and know we think of always
smoochie kisses from Asta and hugs from us

Momo :) said...

Katy and Martin, thank you for sharing very cute 'never seen' pictures of Oscar! I can't watch the video right now but i'll be back. Hopefully the video works later today.

Hug hug hug...
Momo xoxo

Lorenza said...

Katy and Martin.
Thanks for sharing with us those puppy pictures of Oscar! And the video too. Your post made me happy.
I really hope you are doing well. I am sending you kisses and hugs!
Have a nice day

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Oh my goodness... he is a fuzzball!!! Sooooo stinking cute!! Loved the video. We miss the little guy so much... we know you do too.
Sitka and Tia

Ben_Benjamin said...

Tell ya a secret, dad let me taste some beed before....but Im not drunk. Hehe
He was fluffy till I couldnt see his eye.

Johann The Dog said...

Those are really great pics - little Oscar, oh my!!!

I am doing a post on National Pet Memorial Day coming up next weekend, here in the US. I hope you don't mind if I grab a couple of pics and link to your blog - it's such a wonderful example of how to preserve the memory and celebrate the life of a loved lost. Thank you for this, I love stopping by and remembering dear Oscar.

Hope you all are doing OK, I know it has to still be difficult.

My Mum wonders if you could tell us where you purchase the stone? It's so amazingly beautiful, simple, elegant and natural. Mum would like to share with others where you purchased it.


Koobuss said...

Katy & Matin,

How wonderful that you found those pictures and video! Oscar was such a sweetheat and you have beautiful, precious memories of him. Thank You for sharing them with us.

We think of Oscar and you often, and we hope that you are doing well.

And Thank You for continuing to keep in touch with us. It must be difficult for you.

Love and Koobus Kisses,
Koobie and Family


Great post. The puppy pictures are really cute and the video did indeed bring a smile to our faces. What is that Wubba thing made of? It looks like a cool toy.
Jazz and Dixie

ROSSI said...

hahaha.. am smiling now.. that video sure makes me smile n laugh.. thank u for sharing the video to us..



It is good to see you are still keeping in touch with all the dogs with blogs. Oscar was truely special. Dog Speed.

Bogart said...

Those pictures are CLASSIC - and the video of Oscar playing with his Wubba is soooooo funny...

Made us SMILE A LOT :)

We love ya, sending lots of wet beard and aire kisses,


Pacco de Mongrel said...

oh, tat was a cute pup trying to drink frm d bottle

fee said...

what lovely pictures of a fee-sized oscar! was he really as little as i was before? and what a happy, chubby bottom in that first photo!

Mojo said...

So Oscar was a boozer too? My parents think I'm the only dog who tries to sneak a lick of beer.
Loved the video, especially the bit where you headbut the camera. Actually, no, the best bit is dropping the ball off the sofa then acting surprised. Pure Airedale tomfoolery.

We haven't made our minds up yet whether to go to the Airedale club fun day yet. Are you still thinking of going? I can imagine it will be really tough for you both, but then most days must be tough days right now.

Big hairy hug

Chilli the Dog said...

Hi Katy and Martin

Thanks for sharing the puppy piktures of Oscar. He was such a fuzzy wuzzy little puppy :)

I love the video of him too. I too like to pretend to wrestle with my mommy and teasing her with my toys. The video did make me and mummy smile and laugh :)

I hope each day brings a brighter and happier day for you too!

Wet licks

ToFFee said...

I love that video! he sure enjoys the wubba and the ball!

Oscar is really a one smart pup!

We love his puppy pics too!

We wish you Katy and Martin well!


Bruin said...

Those are fantastic puppy pictures. I'm happy to know I'm not the only boozing puppy! I try to sneak some of mom's wine all the time!

Thank you for continuting to post!

Bruin...oh and my mom Barb

HHHHarry said...

Hi both,
Love the video of Oscar, what a fun lover he was!

Sunshade said...

Ohhhh.... Katy and Martin... we have some happy tears here.... and LOVED the cute fuzzy puppy pictures! He was always a happy fellow, and that was exactly what we saw from the video and pictures!

Hope you guys are doing well!

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade, STINKY & Elaine

Asta said...

I was thinking of Oscar today..and wanted to come look at his sweet fuzzy face and see how you are
Ami and George
smoochie kisses from Asta

Nugget said...

Hi Katy and Martin,
Thank you for sharing the great puppy pictures.

Sending you Nuggy, Stewy & Ozzy licks :-)

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Hi Katy & Martin

Thank you for sharing the video. That is how we know him.. the cute silly Oscar.

Boy n Baby

Tin Tin Blogdog said...

Great pix, great vid.

Thanks for posting those so we can continue to remember goofy dooog.

A dooog with great taste: liking his drop of guinness!

Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

Seadra & Zoe said...

Thanks for still sharing Oscar with us!!

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Amber said...

Oscar was so cute and happy sine he was a pup. Thank you for sharing the pics and video.
Take care

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Bless his Big Silly Clown Heart,

we never met Oscar but his spirit shines through!

Thank you for showing the video!

love and light Jeannie xxxxx

and love and licks from Crazy Marvin tooo! xxxxxx

Wired for Mackie said...

I can imagine how hard it was to find those pics, but still somehow its oscar reaching out to say all is okay and he loves you. Nice to see him enjoying life so much. He is missed.

Hugs to you both,
Mackie and Finnegan

Gus said...

Muzzer and I watched the video, and she made it all the way through without tearing up, but has since been incapacitated and snorty. We think the stone is a great idea, and love the fuzzy little dale. How sweet of the lady to make him for you.

Muzzer says there are still times when she gets weepy about Nigel, and it has been over two years now, so she thinks you are doing great to be able to write about Oscar.

We all miss him, and wish we could be half the dog he was.


Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

What a special thing to find some of those early pictures of Oscar. He was a happy fellow and the stone you got is lovely

Take care

Huskee Boy said...

Thanks for sharing the pics and video of Oscar.. Somehow I feel that he's never left us. I miss him so much that I can't stop watching the video.

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Oh! OH! OHHH!! Congratulations! How wonderful!! We are SOOOOOOOOOO Happy for you!! We know Oscar is happy, too. What dog wants to see his Peeps sad? Oscar will teach Cass tricks that remind you of him - you'll see! That'll be his way of reminding you he is enjoying you from afar. But don't think this lets you off taking pictures! We can't wait to see more of the litter and eventually the lucky dog that gets to be yours! Congratulations again!

Cubby said...

The video did make me laugh! Thanks! And thanks, Oscar, too!

Anonymous said...

I just lost my Airedale Tyler to cancer and even though he was 11 years old he was like a pup til the end.
Watch Oscar with his Wubba brought tears of joy and sadness to my eyes. he reminded me of my Tyler and how much I miss him.
Thank you for sharing.
God Bless you for your love of Airedales.
Marlyce Ann Balliet

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