Have you ever heard of a globetrotting dog? Meet Oscar—the Alsatian, Corgi, Cocker Spaniel, and Basset Hound mix (as revealed through a DNA test)—who just so happens to be the first dog to ever travel all across the world. It was only a few years ago that this adorable pooch was rescued by Joanne Lefson from the SPCA in Cape Town, South Africa. Ever since that fateful day in 2009, the little guy has been trekking all across the globe in an effort to bring awareness to the global problem of 475 million homeless dogs, many of whom wind up being put down in a shelter.
Lefson has taken her furry companion to some of the most populated areas of the world, snapping shots of the lovable hound in front of global landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York, the pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and even atop Machu Picchu in Peru. Oscar’s passport is full of stamps to document his World Woof Tour, reaching an unfathomable number of nations that one could only hope to visit in his or her lifetime.
In case you were wondering, the pair’s travels have been funded by the sale of Joanne’s house. Their aim is to raise awareness of the plight of unwanted dogs – a cause close to Joanne’s heart since she rescued Oscar, just one day before he was due to be put down.
“When I discovered what a wonderful dog Oscar was it broke my heart to think how many ‘Oscars’ are still out there and simply just don’t get that second chance.
“An estimated half a billion dogs on the planet are homeless. When they’re adopted, we’ll unbuckle our seat belts and put our paws up.”
Sadly, Oscar met an ill fate on January 11, 2013 when he was hit by a car in California.
Despite his untimely death, Oscar has clearly lived a full life and left his mark in all parts of the world, allowing people to see the wondrous “second life” of a rescue dog.
Let’s enjoy together some of his favourite holiday snaps.
Peace and Dogs,