Popeye is a 15 year old Shih Tzu boy who came into the Oldies Club rescue because his owner was no longer allowed to keep a dog in her rented accommodation. Popeye is in an Oldies Club foster home in East Grinstead, West Sussex, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
A good boy in foster care: Popeye took just over a week to settle at his foster home and he is proving to be a lovely little boy and very well behaved. He is house trained and has been very clean with no accidents. He only barks occasionally at home and has never barked at other dogs.
Can be left: Popeye is happy to be left alone for a few hours and he just sleeps. He wouldn’t want to live with a full-time worker though.
Good with dogs: Popeye has never lived with another dog, so we don’t know for sure how he’d feel about sharing his owner with other dogs, but he is fine with all dogs he meets outside. (Popeye isn’t neutered.)
Potential to live with cats: Popeye hasn’t lived with cats long term but was said to be fine with a kitten that visited his former home. He takes no notice of cats he sees outside.
Not used to children: Popeye hasn’t lived with children and he finds young ones a bit too much. Being an older chap, it probably wouldn’t be fair to expect him to start living in a home with children, but he should be fine with older children visiting who will leave him to do his own thing.
Enjoys on-lead walks: Popeye is an active chap and is enjoying either two 40-minute or three 30-minutes walks per day. Popeye is walked on the lead as he has poor recall. His previous owner told us that if let off lead he would follow the wrong people, due to his reduced vision.
Crated or harnessed in the car: Popeye doesn’t cry or whine in the car, but he needs to be either in a crate or in a harness, otherwise he will jump around.
Popeye’s favourite pastimes: Walks, cuddles, sleeping, and playing for short periods with soft toys.
Popeye’s ideal home: Popeye would love a quiet home where he will have company for a good part of the day. He likes to be with you and will follow you from room to room to see what you are doing. He manages stairs well.
Health notes: Popeye is vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. The vet advised against neutering him as, although he is fit and in good health for his age, he is 15. He only has one eye – it seems that he lost the eye a long time ago and he is not bothered by it at all. (He was originally a stray in Spain.) His previous owner told us that he gets itchy skin and paws if he is fed wet food but he is fine if he stays on Harringtons Hypoallergenic Dry diet.
More about Popeye from his foster carer: “Affectionate, confident, friendly and lovable. Popeye likes to lie down on slippers but he doesn’t chew them. He doesn’t get on the furniture or beds and appears never to have been allowed to. He sleeps in the bedroom at night but settles well and in the morning doesn’t bark or try to wake you up. He politely waits for you to wake up. He loves his blankets. He is happy to be groomed and although at first he didn’t like me to touch his paws, he now trusts me to. Popeye appears to like everyone and all other dogs. He will go to anyone for petting and cuddles.”
If you would like to offer Popeye a permanent home, please read 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
Popeye 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.