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I finally got my own Oscar

March 18, 2012
By KATHRYN SPIRA , For The Leader Herald

It's not a gold statue like the ones given out at the Academy Awards for achievement in acting. Rather, a 10-week-old adorable puppy, which is part Miniature Pincher and part Decker Rat Terrier. He isn't a replacement for our dear departed Dalmatian Moxie, who I told you about last week succumbing to ill health and probably old age on Feb. 27. Herman and I were absolutely heartbroken. It was not our intention to get a puppy, however, it was ironic that a friend of ours had dogs that had six puppies. Terry, my aide, took a puppy first and named her Trixie. When she brought her to visit to cheer up Herman and I, we both literally melted. Herman right away called up the puppies' owner Katy and asked her to bring over a puppy when she came here later that afternoon as she helped me out as an aide. Herman asked her to bring us a male puppy. Upon sight, I had a flash of genius and the name Oscar popped out of my mouth even though I was not sure we were taking him yet. He was perfectly calm and sweet and we told Katy we would take him on a trial overnight, adding the proviso that if it did not work out Katy would take him back with no hard feelings.

Well, guess what guys? Oscar sleeps better than a baby. He was quiet and did not make a peep all night as he lay in bed with me. I generally hit the sack around 8 p.m. and get up around 5 a.m. the following morning. He did not cry or whine and literally did not move a muscle.

I am not a great sleeper, but I slept much better with him next to me.

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Kathryn Spira is shown with her new dog, Oscar, at her home in?Caroga.

Herman was thrilled Oscar did so well overnight. When Terry arrived here for work the next morning, she had Trixie in her arms and took one look at Oscar, cracked a smile and said, "So he is still here." Oscar was thrilled to see his sister Trixie and they ran around the house till they tired themselves out and took a long nap together.

As you guys know, I have always been a cat person. I have my 16-year-old adorable feline, Sam, as well as my 9-year-old black feisty cat Sally. Sam is much more accepting of Oscar than Sally, though he has swatted Oscar and hissed when the puppy gets too rambunctious. Sally has made growling noises at Oscar, the likes of which I have never heard come out of her. When I got Sally she was a tiny kitten, she now outweighs Sam to say the least she is fat. Sally is very wary around Oscar. Sam and Oscar have actually circled each other to see what each one is about and that is a beautiful thing to see. I have a new chapter in my life, one that I totally did not plan. As the old saying goes, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."

I finally got the Oscar I've always dreamed of, yet better.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website at



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