Oscar, A Vicktory Dog, Has Passed Away

Oscar, a Vicktory Dog who was rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels in 2007, has passed away. News of Oscar’s passing was released by Rachel Johnson, the woman who had loved him since June 2012.

Johnson shared the devastating news on January 18 to Oscar’s many Facebook fans…she wrote:

Friends – On Sunday, I let Oscar go.
I’m sure this comes as a great shock, and for that, I apologize.
I’ve watched his bad days start to overshadow the good.

Before Oscar was released from his failing body, his mom treated him to one last day of special moments. Johnson described the final day for the dog who she lovingly referred to as her “Potato.”

So Sunday, we had breakfast in bed (tripe for him), read and cuddled, gnawed on a big fat marrow bone (him, not me), went to the drive-thru for cheesy burgers, took a 2 hour car drive, then came home and read in bed some more.

His day was filled with all the things he loved most. And laying in our bed, held in my arms, with me whispering sweet nothings in his ear, he was helped to pass.

Johnson told Shelter Me that Oscar had been a shy, fearful dog because of his difficult past and the violence which he had been forced to endure – in order to spare him the stress of public appearances, she opted to create his Facebook page to share bits and pieces of their daily life together. Followers of the page were treated to photos (and videos) showing Oscar doing what he loved most – destroying stuffies, going on car rides and enjoying lots and lots of naps.

Oscar gained popularity because he was a survivor – he was a Vicktory Dog who was a symbol in the ongoing battle against the cruel blood-sport of dog fighting. But to Johnson, he was simply a beloved little brown dog, with floppy ears and a lopsided grin, who liked to sleep in her closet.

Though Johnson is grieving, she is also grateful for the love of the special brown dog who stole her heart, she told Shelter Me:

Oscar was, and always will be, my Potato.  I will be forever grateful to him for accepting me as his person and for giving me the opportunity to love him.

Find Oscar’s Facebook page here.

(Contributed photos)






Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Gabby says:

    God bless you for loving him and giving him the best lofe
    Very sorry for your loss:(

  2. Laura says:

    Thank you Rachel Johnson for giving him that second chance in life and your unconditional love for this sweet boy. RIP: Oscar, You’ll never be forgotten, your in our hearts forever. I’m so happy you finally found such a loving person who showed you what love was truly about for the remaining years in your life. God has yet another beloved pet by his side. Pibble xx and Hugs, Fly free over the Rainbow Bridge ~ dear Oscar. <3

  3. emily fanelli says:

    my deepest condolences as i sit here and cry thank god he was able to be loved

  4. Desiree says:


  5. Monica Bates says:

    Thank you for giving this guy all his 1st after you saved him. 1st hugs…1st kisses and above all 1st love.. RIP

  6. Cathy Michaels says:

    *tears I am soooo sorry! My heart aches for you both… please see Oscar iyour dreams ❤️🐶

  7. MARY WAYMENT says:

    Rest in peace sweet sweet Oscar. Loved by so many, you will be missed. Run free precious boy

  8. Rachel says:

    Thank you for the lovey tribute to my beloved Oscar.

  9. Kathy Anderson says:

    Thank you for rescueing potatoe from that monster and showing him what love is and giving him a loving and safe forever home. THANK YOU AGAIN FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART

  10. Barkley's Momy says:

    May he rest in peace

  11. Charlotte says:

    So sorry for your loss of your beautiful boy thoughts are with you what a lovely time you had together bless you for giving him a wonderful life ❤️❤️❤️ Rest in peace gorgeous boy xxxx

  12. Sandy says:

    God Bless you for making the second half of his life a happy one. He was a special baby who went through hell and back, but ended up in a wonderful home, with someone who loved him unconditionally, the same unconditional love that he lavished on you. Rest in Peace Sweet Oscar and know that you were loved.

  13. Debra Dvorscak says:

    Rest in Eternal Peace, Sweet Oscar! Run Free!

  14. Dawn Hawkins says:

    Tears are rolling now…feel so happy POTATO life was so happy and full of love in the end….so wish there were more people around like yourself…blessings..

  15. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    To some people, such as PETA, OSCAR was NOT to be valued. Just a cruel victim to be further victimized by a society that doesn’t care nearly enough to protect VICTIMS of these HATEFUL CRIMES. IMMORAL LOGIC used to devalue them, simply kill them, as if we can wave a magic wand and it all disappears. But then we have those that do care, that do value their lives. Those that feel they ALL deserve a chance to live simply as a dog, how G-d intended them to be. That their lives MATTER. So today as we learn of another of the VICKTORY DOGS passing, we mourn for OSCAR. But we should also celebrate his life. For it was a true VICTORY. His life symbolized the BEST of society. People who had faith in the inherent goodness of these companion animals. People who knew that these dogs, despite living in conditions that to most are unimaginable, would have faith in them and seek to protect them from further abuse. So today, as with the passing of some of the other VICKTORY DOGS we mourn. We mourn, not for a life cut short by cruelty but the sadness in losing the life of a dog that was finally loved, valued and appreciated for being allowed to experience the goodness in people and their love. Something they ALL deserve. RIP OSCAR, you taught us all valuable lessons in life.

  16. Sandra Lewis says:

    God Bless you! Hero’s wear many different capes!
    Thank you for loving this sweet, humble baby to the very end!
    Much love,
    Sandra Lewis

  17. Westcoast says:

    Thank you ❤️

  18. jennie says:

    Awww Thankyou for loving him. He looked so sweet

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