Oblio the Dog Has Water on the Brain, But That’s His “Point”

Named for a character in Harry Nilsson's "The Point," he shows that dogs can have a good life despite suffering from hydrocephalus.


Let’s take a trip in my time machine — yes, I totally have a time machine!

So let’s return to the early 1970s, when Harry Nilsson wrote and recorded The Point. It all happened when the musician was on, uh, human catnip (so to speak), and he was looking at the trees and everything, and, as one is apt to do on the ‘nip, he started thinking. Among those thoughts was how everything has a point, and if something doesn’t have a point, then that’s the point — The Point!

What does this have to do with dogs? Uh, everything! Because I want to tell you about a dog named Oblio, who is named after the main character of The Point.

You see, in the album turned cartoon, Oblio is the only one in his village born without a point, which leads the other kids to make fun of him. Similarly, Oblio the dog is a little different than most other dogs — he was born with hydrocephalus, also known as “water on the brain.” Interestingly, it was this defect that got Oblio a free ticket out of the puppy mill he was rescued from; however, his fate is a very rare and lucky one.

Oblio’s condition is probably the result of poor breeding, but the little dog wants everyone to know that hydrocephalus isn’t a death sentence. Sure, it means that Oblio has a dome-shaped head where the bones on top don’t meet; that he’s blind in one eye, experiences seizures, has bad coordination, and won’t grow as quickly as other dogs, but that doesn’t mean he’s pointless! The point of Oblio is to prove that other dogs with similar conditions can and do thrive, and also make fabulous pets.

All photos via Oblio’s Facebook page, which you should go like and tell him Dogster sent you!

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