New OSCAR Franchisee in the Spotlight: Rob Swindells
New OSCAR Franchisee in the Spotlight
Oscar Franchisee: Rob Swindells
Which area does your OSCAR business cover?
Eckington, and the South of Sheffield.
What was your career before OSCAR?
I worked as an IT/Design consultant at BT.
What made you decide on a career change to run your own OSCAR Business?
I have always loved animals, so the thought of being in daily contact with pets and the people who own and love them made Oscar an ideal business to be in.
What was it that made you choose an OSCAR franchise business?
Oscar Pet Foods appealed to me as it has been trading for 20 years and has a number of other successful franchisees, so there is a track record. The support that was on offer was also appealing, as the thought of running a business can be a bit daunting.
What has been your favourite part of your OSCAR training so far?
That has to be Trevor’s “two hats” routine!
What pets do you have?
Cassie: 5 year old, brown, female staffy cross. Charlie: 3 ½ year old, black/white male staffy cross
Sid:18 month old tabby cat. (All my pets are rescue animals.)
Which OSCAR food do you feed your pets?
What is your pet's favourite game to play and why?
Cassie: collecting, carrying and chewing sticks, the bigger the better. Charlie: loves a tennis ball (to destruction!) and Sid: loves chasing his monkey on a stick/elastic, when not out chasing the local wildlife.
Tell us a funny tale about your pet
There are many stories I could tell of our terrible trio. In fact, you can check them out on their very own blog at cassiedog.com. This is more of a pictorial record of the threesome, but does have some stories in there somewhere!
Most recently Charlie has provided the biggest moment of hilarity, unfortunately not on film. Whilst on their Saturday morning walk around the lake, Cassie and Charlie encountered some Canadian geese on the bank. Being brave, Cassie took a few paces towards them and started to bark. Charlie thought this looked like fun and joined in. The sight and sound of two dogs disturbing their morning was enough for the geese, who took to the lake to get away from them. Charlie was so pleased that he had seen the geese off that he decided to take it further, and leapt into the lake! 'Dogfully' ploughing out into the lake, he suddenly realised that it was not possible to swim and bark at the same time (at least, Charlie hasn’t mastered that art yet!) and decided to turn back. The geese seized their opportunity and turned on Charlie in a flurry of wings and beaks, the latter being well aimed and repeatedly pecking Charlie on his backside! Charlie turned into a doggy Michael Phelps and scrambled to the bank in record time, where he gave the geese one last look before slinking back shamed faced! Meanwhile Cassie, who had been barking encouragement, turned and trotted off along the bank with what can only be described as a smirk on her face!
If you could be any pet, what would you be and why?
Probably a cat, as they have really mastered work/life balance!