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.

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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.

POCKET ROCKET: Robyn Bevilac­qua and her son Luis have their hands full with their schnoo­dle Oskar. Pic­ture: LUKE BOW­DEN

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