February 2014 We are so sad to hear that after only a short time in his new home, Scouting Sam was diagnosed with cancer and has passed away. Rest in peace special boy.
Sam is an 11 year old Border Collie who came into Oldies Club care because his owner was being evicted. Sam is in an Oldies Club foster home in Colchester, Essex, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Settled well in foster: Sam had completely settled at his foster home within a few days. He is doing well and is enjoying going along to Scout Camp with his foster carers. And he recently met Bear Grylls!
Happy to be left for part-time hours: Sam is very good when left on his own. His foster carers both work, so Sam is left morning and afternoon, with a visit at lunchtime. He has a long walk before and after being left, and has his Kong toy with treats inside to help keep him busy. Although Sam is very good when left, his foster carers feel he would be much happier in a home where someone is around a bit more as he loves fuss and attention.
OK with dogs but might prefer to be an only one: Sam can get over excited when meeting other dogs when he is on his lead and is not very fond of young, over excited dogs. Sam seems fine with older dogs though and is not particularly interested in them. His foster carers think Sam might be okay living with another older dog, but he might be happier if he was the only dog (as he thinks he is a human anyway!)
Seems fine with cats: We were told by his previous owner that Sam used to live with cats. In foster he does not seem bothered by cats when he has met them out and about. Sam should be able to live with dog-savvy cats, provided he has a careful, sensible introduction.
Good with children: Sam is very good with children and should be fine to live with properly supervised children aged 6+. He has regularly gone with his foster carers to the Scout camp that they volunteer at and has had contact with large numbers of children of all ages. He has been very good and just goes off to his bed or a quiet spot when he wants a bit of peace and quiet.
Loves long walks: Sam is very good on his walks. He can pull a little on the lead when you first go out for a walk but this does not last long. His foster carers have been working on Sam’s recall and as they build up a better bond with him it improves. He is great when you are throwing a ball for him on a walk and always brings it back! Sam has two good long walks each day — around 2-3 miles (1 hour) each walk. At the weekend, whatever adventure his foster carers are up to, Sam goes with them, so he gets a lot more exercise then.
Getting used to the car: Sam was unsure of the car and would bark and whimper. His foster carers have been working on this by having someone sit on the back seat to calm him, which has been working well, and now he hardly barks or whimpers but just pants a lot. Sam would possibly benefit from a covered crate as then he would not be so over stimulated and excited in the car. With his foster carers hard work, Sam has really been improving and they are sure that with a little more training, Sam will be brilliant.
Sam’s favourite pastimes: Sam is like a big puppy and loves playing. He loves cuddles and will get onto the sofa with you if you invite him to, or even into bed! He loves his walks and running about and we can assure you that you will be tired long before he is! He loves playing ball too.
No dislikes: Sam has been around chainsaws, helicopters (from when he recently met Bear Grylls!), and loud children, and has not batted an eyelid. In very busy situations (like his visits to the Scout Camp) all the commotion can sometimes be a bit much and Sam likes to take ten minutes somewhere quiet. He is a brilliant dog with so much vitality and life left in him.
Sam’s ideal home: Sam would be suited to an active home where someone can be with him for part of the day. Sam would love a big garden to play in, and he enjoys his walks in the countyside. (He is very good at getting muddy!)
Health notes: Sam is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. Sam has a little flaky skin on his hindquarters, which seems to be a little itchy at times, but the vet said it was nothing to worry about. Sam doesn’t know when to stop playing and running and can sometimes be a bit achy after a very long walk. He has been checked by the vet and there are no serious problems, just older age!
Foster carer’s summary of Sam: “Sam has truly stolen our hearts and it will be so hard to say goodbye. He is such a loving, playful dog that has settled into our home so quickly it has felt like he has always been there. He loves to play and really does not act his age. He is a very handsome boy and we have regually been stopped by passing admirers. He loves to be cuddled up to you or one of his cuddly toys.”
If you would like to offer Sam 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
Sam 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.