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.