A dog found as a stray remains a mystery to a Merseyside animal rescue centre but they hope someone will soon be able to solve it.
Oscar first came to Freshfields in 2014 after being discovered in Stanley Park and has spent the following 2,435 days waiting for a place to belong.
However, the team know nothing about his life before he was discovered and he was never claimed by his previous owner.
A spokesperson told TeamDogs: "We do not know what kind of life he lived before coming to us but the behaviour he displays would suggest that it was not a very pleasant one."
As a result of this, they have said Oscar is quite a complex dog and despite spending several years with the team, he still does not have the best relationship with the kennel staff.
However, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier does have a favourite human named William.
William, a staff member at the centre, takes the eight-year-old home several times a week to give him a break from the kennels and to provide him with some stability of a normal home life.
Unfortunately, they are not in a position to adopt him permanently but the insight into an ordinary life gives the rescue centre hope for Oscar and how he behaves when in a home.
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Oscar, who is said to be clean and well behaved, is now looking for a home in which he can excel in and finally solve his mystery.
The team explained that the black and white dog is wary of new people and it may take some time for him to approach you.
They said: "If he is not happy to do something he needs space and understanding.
"Oscar’s body language can be quite intimidating at times but is easy to read and it is important as with all dogs that this is understood and respected.
"William spent a long time building a bond with Oscar and now his body language is completely different around William, he truly trusts him and feels at ease in his company.
"When Oscar is with William he is a different dog to the anxious, insecure boy we see in kennels."
Oscar will need an adult only home free from visiting children and one that has no children planned for the future.
He needs an experienced owner, preferably those with experience with nervous dogs. It is advised that he would benefit from being adopted by a single man with a gentle but confident approach.
The type of home needed is one with very settled circumstances that are unlikely to change in the future with someone home for most of the day.
The handsome boy is not great with other animals and therefore will need to be the only pet in the home.
It is important to remember that the new owner will need to spend several weeks visiting the rescue centre in order to form a relationship with him. This will then progress into a slow introduction into the home so do bare your location in mind before you apply to adopt him.
If you are interested in adopting Oscar, download and complete the Dog Adoption Application.