Oscar goes home; Veterinarian calls dog’s survival a miracle
Janice Shaw turns 50 today with the birthday present she wanted most of all.
After surviving 13 days in the wild, her dog Oscar was found in good condition Monday by a state parks employee near Spooner Lake. The dog was lost after Shaw was involved in a single-car crash on Highway 50.
“I think I got older,” Shaw said Tuesday, adding she was convinced Oscar’s feet got bigger.
The South Shore woman took him to veterinarian Stacy Baker that morning to get him checked out. He got a thorough exam and a bath, which caused the dog to moan with pleasure.
“It’s a true miracle. I can’t believe this dog made it,” Baker said, admitting she was also upset earlier by hearing he was missing. “He’s not a woods kind of guy.”
Eight pounds lighter, Oscar has a small scrape on his rear end, irritated eyes, a slight limp and tender paws. However, the 7-year-old springer spaniel showed a normal range of motion in his legs and a spring in his step.
Shaw said he ran to her when she came to pick him up at the Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Center.
Spooner Lake State Parks Engineer Joe Cyphers said he saw the dog wandering around between the resort day lodge and the lake.
“He’s a real friendly dog,” Cyphers said. “He came right up to me. He looked like he was in pretty good shape.”
Cypers took Oscar to the resort rental hut, where a manager called the phone number hanging from a tag on Oscar’s collar.
“He asked me if I was missing a dog, and I said yes. When he identified him, I started screaming,” she said.
Shaw put out a massive effort to find her dog, setting up an enclosed trap and a central camp in the woods in the hopes the dog would find her.
Oscar disappeared May 1, when Shaw rolled her car in an accident on Highway 50 between Carson City and Spooner Summit. Distraught by the loss, Shaw took time off her job with the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department.
The phone rang off the hook with friends and fellow dog owners offering support. Three psychics even called her to give their take on Oscar’s whereabouts.
“You know what kept us going? It was all the phone calls that kept our hopes alive. So many people called. It became this thing like people just wanted me to find him,” Shaw said.
Now Shaw’s husband, Les, will have more reason to celebrate his birthday as well, she said. His presents have remained unopened since last Tuesday.
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