3/3/13 Minnie has gone to her new home!
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Minnie is an adorable 12 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who came into Oldies Club care when her owner moved into warden assisted accommodation where dogs sadly aren’t allowed. Minnie is in an Oldies Club foster home in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, waiting for someone to offer her a permanent home.
Settled quickly: Minnie was happy and friendly the minute she arrived at her foster home, but the first couple of days she did nothing but sleep. This could have been due to stress or the fact that she had a very bad tooth and swollen gums. She was quite happy to be with her foster carers’ 3 small dogs.
Fine to be left: Minnie is fine left for a few hours and quickly settles down to sleep.
Good with dogs: Minnie is fine with her fosterers’ dogs; she seems to like them and is very interested in what they are doing. She also likes to greet dogs on walks. She shows no aggression at all — her foster carers think she doesn’t know what aggression means!
Fine with cats: There are no cats in Minnie’s current foster home but in her previous foster home she just ignored the cats.
Fine with older children: Minnie would enjoy living with gentle older children, possibly 10 years onward, who know when not to pester. Minnie likes to play, but then she wants to sleep.
Enjoys on-lead walks: Minnie walks fine on a lead and keeps a good pace for her age. She gets very excited when you get your coat. She is deaf, so reacts to tension on the lead. Due to her deafness her fosterers haven’t let her off the lead. Minnie has been having a couple of 30 minute walks a day, or one longer one. Walks have been hampered by the snowy weather but she has shown no sign of being tired.
Good traveller: Minnie is good in the car.
Minnie’s favourite pastimes: Minnie is interested in what is happening around the house and she follows you around. She joins in with the other dogs and seems to enjoy their company. Despite her being 12 years old she has periods of playfulness. She doesn’t look, or act, her age.
Minnie’s dislikes: Her foster carers haven’t found anything she is really frightened of. Being deaf, she does jump a bit when the other dogs go up the side of her and she hasn’t heard them, but she isn’t stressed by it.
Minnie’s perfect home: Her foster carers originally thought Minnie was a sweet little old dog who would suit a sweet little old person. However, now she has settled and had her tooth taken care of, she has become a much more active dog. She would love a family with older children who can walk and play with her, but will know to leave her to rest. She’d like a household where there is lot going on. Perhaps because she doesn’t hear she is stimulated by what she can see.
Health notes: Minnie is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, and any necessary flea and worm treatment will be given. Minnie is deaf which means she needs exaggerated hand movements. It causes her no problems. Her fosterers play on the floor with her and bang the floor so that she can feel vibration. We have received Minnie’s past vet report and there have been no problems in her past. She does, however, have a heart murmur (quite common in the breed). Minnie needs no medication for this as there is no build up of fluid. If this worsens she will need medication but our vet is quite happy with her now.
Foster carers’ summary of Minnie: “Cute; Sweet; Friendly. We introduced Minnie to a crate when she arrived; she took to it at once and calls it home. We think she likes the security of her own little bit of the lounge. She has her food in there, and she also sleeps in there. The door is always open and she chooses to go in there to sleep. When we go upstairs to bed Minnie stays downstairs. Again this is her own choice as she can access upstairs. It is however a blessing as Minnie is a dreadful snorer. She is a happy, friendly dog who doesn’t look or act her age. She has the sweetest of faces with a slightly lopsided lip due to the longstanding gum infection. Believe me, her big eyes will melt any heart. She will give a little bark when she wants attention and will woof or scratch the door when she wants to go out. She has enjoyed the snow and will happily wander around the back garden on her own. Minnie loves her food and has been moved onto a good quality senior food which she wolfs down.”
If you can offer Minnie 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
Minnie 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 her.
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.