Oskar the brave
Hobart’s Robyn Bevilacqua admits it’s hard work matching the energy levels of Oskar, her 18- month- old Flyball- loving schnoodle.
What traits did you fi nd most appealing when deciding on getting a schnoodle [ a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle].
Well, Oskar is the second schnoodle I’ve owned. Initially what drew me to them was seeing them in a pet shop and I had never seen them before. They’re the perfect combo of cute, fluffy, intelligent and easy to train. I did one of those online tests that indicates which dog would best suit your lifestyle and the fi rst answer was poodle and the second was a schnauzer, so I guess you could call it fate.
How would you describe Oskar’s personality?
In one word: Fearless. My 13- year- old son Luis and all of his school friends call him “Oskar the Brave” because he’s game to do almost anything. Luis has spent a lot of time with Oskar since he was a puppy, so he’s been a big infl uence on his life. Luis usually takes him to Parliament St Park, which is close to our house, and when he was a puppy he jumped up on that big blue slide and ran full steam down it, at the end he just jumped through the air, no problems.
How did Oskar and yourself fi rst get involved with Flyball?
I fi rst saw other dogs doing Flyball when I was taking Oskar to obedience school as a puppy and it just looked so exciting and all the dogs seemed to be having so much fun. Tania Virieux from the Tassie Flying Paws Flyball Club was very helpful and we simply started by teaching Oskar to catch a ball and gradually built up to jumping over the hurdles, popping the ball out of the box and bringing it back. I remember taking Oskar to his fi rst demonstration, he was pretty green and wasn’t fully trained. All the other dogs there were border collies and Oskar had to go last. He defi nitely carved out a niche as the class clown that day. It didn’t take him too long to get the hang of it though.
What do you love about having Oskar?
He’s so much fun. Luis and I are always proud of him whenever he’s competing at Flyball or an agility course. Oskar just loves to challenge himself.