A year ago today, one of our most memorable pet-sitting pups passed away. We first met Oscar when he was a homeless resident of Austin Animal Center in 2009. His serene presence was impressive considering how stressed and energetic the shelter tends to turn dogs. Oscar was extremely fortunate to be adopted by Sarah Herman, who helped him become a rockstar therapy dog with Divine Canines. Oscar’s peaceful presence and fluffy face blessed the lives of the elderly, abandoned kids and others in need of the healing power of a gentle dog. He had a unique way of making people feel special because of his big, enthusiastic smile and the way he bonded with his human companions. Oscar’s hips weren’t as hardy as his heart, and complications with a surgery resulted in Oscar exiting the world too soon. He left behind a huge hole in the hearts of his human friends, but also left a legacy of kindness and a reminder that animal shelters are full of jewels just waiting for a committed adopter to let them shine.