3.9.13 Gorgeous Luke has found his perfect home and is now busy settling in. Have a lovely life, Luke xx
Luke is a gorgeous 9 year old chocolate Labrador boy who is in an Oldies Club foster home in Bristol, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Doing well in foster: Luke settled at his foster home within a couple of days. He is happy to be left alone for a few hours, but he does enjoy your company when you’re around. He would be fine to live with part-time workers, and his foster carer wonders if he’d be happier when left if he had the company of other animals.
Isn’t used to stairs: It seems that Luke isn’t used to stairs. In foster he has never attempted to go upstairs, and when he is out walking he is unsure on steps. He probably wouldn’t cope in a house with steep steps up to the door, or in the garden. Going up he might be OK, but his foster carer feels he might fall down.
Good with dogs: Luke has been very good with other dogs when out on walks. He is friendly and interacts well. He only reacts if another dog shows aggression. Sometimes he completely ignores other dogs – possibly due to his poor eyesight.
Good with cats: Luke has lived with cats in the past and apparently he generally ignored them. His foster carer’s very shy, mainly indoor cat has refused to meet him and has stayed upstairs, but his foster carer feels that Luke would be fine with having cats around. He shows no interest in cats when out, probably because he doesn’t see them due to his poor eyesight.
Good with children: When out on walks Luke has been fine with children of all ages. However, as he’s a big, strong, excitable lad, he could accidentally knock over a very small child due to his poor eyesight. And he could probably floor a toddler just with his wagging tail!! He would therefore be best with older children.
Excited about walks: At the beginning of a walk, Luke is quite excited and tends to pull on the lead. He is very strong and therefore needs a reasonably strong person to walk him on the lead. He is happiest off the lead and his recall is generally very good as he knows he will get a treat! He has learnt to come to a whistle and this is also used just to orientate him to which direction to go, as he can have difficulty seeing you at a distance. Occasionally he will get distracted by an enormously interesting smell and have to investigate it before he returns, but he does always come back. Luke is having two 45-minute walks per day, but he’s happy to go out any time for any length of walk. He will fetch a ball but it can’t be thrown too far as he has difficulty seeing it. He only does it for the treat when he brings it back and he gets bored with it fairly rapidly.
Good in the car: Luke is very good in the car. He quickly settles down on the back seat and has a snooze!
Luke’s favourite pastimes: Eating, walking and sleeping – probably in that order. Of course he also loves attention (especially if it involves a treat), stroking, and tummy rubs.
Luke’s dislikes: He doesn’t like loud, sudden noises. And he’s not keen on the hoover.
Luke’s perfect home: Ideally with a family, maybe with other dogs and older children, or a couple where someone is around a fair amount of the time.
Health notes: Luke is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated.
Luke has Addison’s Disease – a malfunction of the adrenal glands causing an inability to deal with stress. He needs ongoing daily medication, which may need to be increased at times of additional stress. He also needs regular blood tests to check the medication level is correct. To help Luke find a permanent home, Oldies Club is offering to pay for Luke’s Addison’s medication and blood tests for life; any other health costs would be the responsibility of the adopter.
Luke has cataracts on both eyes. His eyesight is very poor but this does not appear to affect him unduly. Very occasionally he bumps into things, and when out on walks he sometimes needs extra auditory cues and large movements to help him with recall.
Foster carer’s summary of Luke: “He’s mainly gentle and loving, but very bouncy when excited, and always hungry! Luke can bounce for England when you first see him in the morning and when he knows you are about to feed him or take him for a walk. Watch out for those enormous feet and the nudging nose! His tail packs quite a punch too and can clear a coffee table in one go so watch out for your drinks! When out and you first let him off the lead he will race about like a mad thing but soon settles down. By the end of the walk he will, of his own accord, be walking perfectly to heel, with the occasional nudge to your hand to let you know that he really deserves a treat. In the house and garden he is just happy to be with you and will lie down and go to sleep, allowing you to get on with whatever you are doing. Once in a while he will come over to say hello and check you are OK. ”
If you would like to offer Luke 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
Luke 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.