Witchgriff By Myside 'Oscar', resides in Darwin with Jane Johnson.
'Oscar' is employed by Lifeline and is used in therapy sessions for berievement. When Oscar is not working he relaxes at the beach and at home by his pool..
This is a first for the breed in Australia and we are very fortunate that Oscar was the one! It is wonderful that as a pet, Oscar can represent the breed by not having to be in the show ring.
Oscar is bred from Ch Velbeauf Rasberry Rouge and Ch Raweke Red Pepper. Having followed the guidelines of using a health tested MRI A graded Sire, this is what makes it all the worthwhile, especially when we rarly breed and knowing that Oscar was only going to be placed in a pet home.
A link to Oscar's fame http://www.blkmgk.com.au/lifeline
Below is an update on Osca's progress and his life and work in Darwin from his owner Jane Johnson
Oscar came to us at just a few months old, and changed our lives. Up until then, my husband and I has never favoured small dogs – enjoying the company of several pairs of Rottweilers through their lives. Oscar, however, having spent his formative months in the company of two hefty Rotties, is quite convinced that he is NOT a small dog.
From the very start, Oscar came to work every day at the Life Line Top End office in Darwin’s CBD. As this meant he could keep a fond eye on his ‘person’ that suited him well – and of course he was thoroughly spoilt by all the staff. Oscar, though, determined all by himself to be not only an office ‘mascot’, but a working dog. It is his job to welcome visitors to the office and make them feel welcome. If the visitor is a counselling client, he will then sit with them in the waiting room until it is time for them to come into the counselling room, at which time he sees them to their seat. Usually he then jumps up and snuggles with them, but if he senses reluctance, he will curl up on their feet. Oscar loves feet.
From very early on we realised that Oscar is very perceptive when it comes to emotions. If Oscar moves towards the client, I know to reach for the tissue box. On more than one occasion, he has come with me to be with people who appear to be at risk of suicide. Once he got through to the client when I could not. I swear the poor little chap was bruised, the client ended up stroking him so hard as she cried.
Oscar has his own client, a young woman with many difficulties, who used to come to see an ex-therapist who has since moved on. Although the young woman was referred to another specialist practice more equipped to deal with her, her greatest therapy is to spend an hour with Oscar once a month. Her mother brings her, we make them both tea, and she sits and has her therapy. The smiles on her face are worth any number of tea bags!!
Oscar works out of hours sometimes. This week we were on the beach when we met a very sad young man who was homeless and very unhappy. Oscar worked his magic and the young man allowed me to ‘pull up a rock’ and sit with him. After a while the young man opened up and agreed he had been considering taking his life as things seemed so bleak. We discussed things calmly and talked about options. All the while, Oscar sat calmly looking into the young man’s face with his huge all knowing eyes.
When we parted, the young man said he now felt hopeful that he could work things out. He took with him the Lifeline number and office location. As we left, he said that Oscar had been the best therapy he could have had. Oscar simply wagged his tail.