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Sirius of the Week for October 16 - 22, 2005

Our star this week is Oscar and his person-mom writes,

"Oscar is a thirteen year old Schnauzer who creates artwork with his nose. His work is color enhanced and then turned into artistic, all purpose note cards. He dedicates his remaining years towards helping less fortunate animals by donating part of the proceeds from the sale of his cards to humane organizations such as the Arizona Humane Society, Alliance for Companion Animals, Altered Tails, etc. He also offers condolence cards which can be personalized.

"I nearly lost him a few years ago to a severe case of valley fever. He was cured after two years of treatment. I feel so blessed to have a few more years with him and his art has given us a way to work together, and to help other animals. Also, Oscar can live on through his art, and donations to numerous animal welfare organizations.

"Oscar has a 'sister', a cat named Zena, and he loves to set her up for ambush any time he can. He'll wait quietly for her to come around the corner and then the chase is on. She gets revenge by chasing him up the stairs, swatting him on the butt with her front paws, and then running away.

Oscar does what we call 'fly-bys' to our two African Grey parrots when they're walking around the house. He starts at one end of the room, gets up as much speed as he can, and then charges at them at breakneck speed, always turning away at the last second. They pretty much ignore him at this point.

He isn't on a special diet because of the valley fever but has been on low-residue Eukanuba for about 13 years. He has that sensitive, Schnauzer tummy. He can eat people food as long as it's not too starchy or spicy. He very much enjoys sharing my steak dinner every Sunday night.

He loves people food, walks, car rides (which is where he creates his art) and, of course, hogging the bed every night. He has to be involved in any activity going on in 'his' house."

Please check out his artistic cards at That Dog Nose Art!. You can learn much more about him and his preferred artistic technique, inspiration for his work, etc.

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