4/5/13 Gorgeous little Patch has gone to his new home today!
Patch is a 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier boy who came into Oldies Club care after the death of his owner. Patch is in an Oldies Club foster home in Leicester, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Settled gradually: Patch took a couple of weeks to settle properly at his foster home, although he was never any trouble. He was understandably a little wary at first but has gradually settled into a routine and made himself comfortable.
Can be left: Patch is well house-trained and can be left for several hours. Generally he will quickly settle down for a sleep, although occasionally, if opportunity presents, he has been known to raid the bin – on the scrounge for something yummy. However, this is easily remedied by hiding or placing the bin out of reach. Otherwise he has no bad habits or destructive tendencies. Patch would be ideal for a working household (provided they could arrange lunch time visits) or he would make a perfect companion for a retired person as he is such a low maintenance dog.
OK with dogs but better as only one: He is generally tolerant of other dogs although doesn’t always like it if their attentions are too ‘up close and personal’. Most of the time however, he shows no interest in them as he’s too busy sniffing! Patch would probably be best suited to a home where he is the only dog. He does not seem at all territorial so it would probably depend on the other dog(s).
Good with cats: Patch has met a neighbourhood cat and, despite the cat snarling, spitting and hissing at him, Patch was thoroughly enchanted by the cat. He was wagging throughout and was almost heartbroken when his new pal finally ran off. Bless him!
Unknown with children: Since being fostered Patch hasn’t come into contact with children, but given his mature age he would probably not be suited to a home with young children.
Enjoys slow walks: Patch enjoys slow walks of moderate distance and duration. He is quite deaf and his sight is beginning to worsen with the onset of cataracts so he doesn’t have good recall as such. But at his own pace, he is fine off lead, happily checking out smells and never straying. Patch is perfectly happy with one 20-30 minute walk per day. He can walk for longer but will begin to tire.
Travels well: Although he needs to be lifted in and out of the car, Patch travels well; in fact so quietly you almost forget you have a passenger!
Patch’s favourite pastimes: He is a very undemanding boy who loves to be where people are, especially if there’s the possibility of treats! He loves nothing better than to snuggle up on the couch with you for a fuss and a snooze. He doesn’t seem to be frightened of anything and is very placid and easygoing.
Patch’s perfect home: A home where he was an only dog, in a quiet household, and where he could cuddle and snooze between treats.
Health notes: Patch is vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He has not yet been neutered as he has been undergoing tests and treatment for Cushings Syndrome, which was diagnosed shortly after he came into our care. This is a hormonal imbalance and can be easily managed with a daily tablet (Vetoryl). Help with the cost of his Cushings medication may be possible. He is the easiest dog ever to give medication to as he thinks it’s a treat! Patch only has one tooth, so all his meals have to be well mashed and his treats soft. He is quite deaf and also has the onset of cataracts. He is also on low level Metacam treatment for his arthritis. If Patch hasn’t been neutered before he is rehomed, his adopter will need to arrange to have him neutered, when appropriate, and Oldies Club will pay for the neutering.
Foster carer’s summary of Patch: “Sweet; Quiet; Inquisitive; Undemanding. Although Patch has come to us with a number of age related conditions, he is a dear, sweet boy who would make an ideal companion in a quiet household and is the easiest little chap to cater for. After a period of settling, Patch has definitely come out of his shell and fitted well into a routine, certainly helped by the medication which has made a noticeable improvement to his mobility and agility. Although he doesn’t crave attention, he does love company and comfort (and treats!). After his sad change in circumstance, we do hope that someone can offer this great little companion the loving home he deserves.”
If you can offer Patch 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
Patch 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.