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.

Sadly, Oscar met an ill fate on January 11, 2013 when he was hit by a car in California. Memorial services celebrating the life of the sweet traveling dog will be held on January 25, 2013 in Cape Town. 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.

(via The Cute Adventures of Oscar the Globetrotting Dog - My Modern Metropolis)