7/12/12 Magnus has gone to his wonderful new home!
Magnus is a gorgeous 15 year old Border Collie boy who came into Oldies Club care after being picked up as a stray. His previous owners apparently didn’t want him back – poor Magnus! He’s now in an Oldies Club foster home in Salisbury, Wiltshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Settled quickly: Magnus seemed happy to be at his foster home immediately. It took him a little while to realise that he was welcome indoors and it is thought that he has previously had to live outside.
This was the first time Magnus tried out a soft bed and he chose to try the Yorkie’s bed! He now likes 3 duvets and a sheet under him and a fleecy blanket on top!
Can be left but likes to be with you: Magnus has been happy to be left for a couple of hours with the company of his fosterers’ dogs, but when his fosterers are at home he likes to be in the same room as them. He’s not demanding though, he just likes to know where they are. It wouldn’t be fair for Magnus to live with full time workers as he likes human company and seems to have had a hard life. He deserves only the best from now on!
Likes to be with other dogs: Magnus is used to being around other animals and he would probably prefer living with a canine friend rather than living as an only dog. He’s very tolerant of other dogs but he finds young dominant males a bit of a trial.
Used to cats: We were told that Magnus has lived around cats previously. He hasn’t been cat-tested at his foster home, but he ignores the resident chinchilla and the small birds in garden. He takes an interest in squirrels and pigeons but so far has only been curious.
Good with visiting children but enjoys peace and quiet: Magnus is excellent with children – at his foster home he has met children aged from 2 years to 16 years. He met them very gently before going back to what he was doing. However, his foster carer thinks that he would prefer to live in a child-free home but would be happy to have regular visits from kind children.
Well behaved on walks: Because Magnus is deaf, his foster carers haven’t walked him off lead. He is easy to walk on a short lead on pavements, keeping close to heel. Off road he enjoys strolling and sniffing using a long extending lead. Magnus isn’t demanding – he enjoys stopping and sniffing messages for much of his walks, but he can break into a trot to investigate anything unusual. He will walk for a couple of miles but likes to take his time to enjoy the scenery. He’s enjoying about 45 minutes country and 30 minutes pavement walks a day, but he isn’t keen on walking in the rain.
Very good in the car: Magnus is brilliant in the car – he gets in, cuddles down and snoozes till he arrives at his destination.
Magnus’s favourite pastimes: Sleeping, eating, being brushed, having his tummy rubbed, being with people – and going out when it’s really windy to feel the wind in his coat!
Magnus’s dislikes: He seems frightened to go through a doorway if someone is standing by it. He doesn’t like little dogs pinching his food or trying to boss him about.
Magnus’s perfect home: He would really enjoy living with an older couple with someone around most of the time, and with a like-minded, gentle dog, either sex, to show him the ropes. He’d like a reasonably sized dog-interesting garden to stroll around, with a sheltered spot to lie out in, and with people who will appreciate that life hasn’t been too kind to Magnus to date so will be prepared to give just that bit extra love and care to him.
Health notes: Magnus is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. Magnus has arthritis in his hip and shoulder joints for which he has been prescribed Rimadyl – he will need to continue taking this. He is profoundly deaf as he has had many ear infections in the past, but his ears are healthy now so his new owners just need to be aware in the future if he starts shaking his head. His sight isn’t brilliant but this is just down to his age, and neither the deafness nor limited vision bother him.
Foster carer’s summary of Magnus: “Happy, handsome and delightful. Magnus is a super-cuddly, loving boy who’s so easy-going you wouldn’t believe. He’s not barked once since he’s been here. Not a boring goody-goody, he’s a clever boy and adept at pinching food if we’re careless enough to leave it available.”
If you can offer Magnus a permanent home, please refer to our Adoption Procedures for information about the adoption process. You can then contact an Oldies Club rehoming co-ordinator as follows:
Telephone: 0844 586 8656
Magnus can be rehomed anywhere in the UK, subject to a satisfactory home visit, but note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to meet him.
If you would love to offer a home to an oldie but your circumstances aren’t suitable, perhaps you would be kind enough to sponsor one of the special oldies we are caring for that, due to health problems, are unlikely to be offered a permanent home.