19/7/17 – Our cat-friendly, rabbit-friendly, perfectly pointy Mikey has gone to his new home!
Mikey is a perfectly pointy 10 year old Greyhound boy who came into the Oldies Club rescue after the death of his owner. Mikey is in an Oldies Club foster home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, waiting for someone to offer him a lovely permanent home.
Very good boy in foster: Mikey has been a very good boy in his foster home and has been clean indoors from Day One. He settled in within a couple of days, but it did take about 4 days to persuade him to eat dog food.
Can be left for a few hours: Mikey was used to having his owner home all the time in his previous home, but he has been fine when left for up to 3 hours at his foster home. He just sleeps and is then very happy to see you when you return. It wouldn’t be fair for him to be left for long hours every day though, so he wouldn’t suit full-time workers.
Fantastic with dogs: Mikey is happy to live with other dogs. He has settled well with the small dog and medium-sized dog at his foster home and he is content being around them. They haven’t bonded particularly, but they live happily with each other. Mikey is also friendly to dogs he meets on walks.
Seems fine with cats: There are no cats in Mikey’s foster home, but his foster carer took him to meet a friend’s cat and all went well. The cat was lying on the bed and Mikey just had a good sniff round and then lay down on the floor. So we think Mikey will be fine to live with a cat that is used to dogs. He also ignores the pet rabbit at his foster home. Bless him!
Good with children: Mikey is living with an 11 year old child and is pretty laid back. He is also very tolerant of a visiting toddler, but we think he would be happier with considerate children aged 5 years plus.
Very good on the lead: Mikey is an excellent walker on the lead and is enjoying two walks per day of between 15 and 30 minutes each, depending on the weather. He trots next to you nicely, and occasionally has a little burst of energy and goes quicker. He has not been let off the lead, because in his previous home when his owner let him off the lead he would run home!
Good in the car: It took Mikey a while to work out how to jump into the car, but he travels well. He usually stands in the boot, looking where he’s going.
Mikey’s favourite pastimes: Eating!! Sleeping!! – usually upside down.
Mikey’s dislikes: He doesn’t like thunderstorms; he shakes uncontrollably and will usually take himself into the bathroom where he feels safe.
Mikey’s ideal home: Mikey is a lovely companion who seeks a quiet life. He would enjoy living in a home with a retired couple where he can get lots of cuddles and just enjoy a quieter pace of life.
Health notes: Mikey is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. He has a grade 2-3 heart murmur, but it does not bother him. When he had his dental, the vet found a lump inside his mouth so took a biopsy. The report came back that they couldn’t identify any cells, so we are keeping an eye on the lump in the hope it disappears of its own accord. If not he will have another biopsy.
Mikey in a few words: Adorable, gentle, lazy and chatty!
Mikey’s foster carer says: “Mikey loves routine and he will soon tell you vocally that it’s food time or bedtime or walk time. That’s the only time he barks. He is a bit of a softy and does get startled by things coming through the letterbox, or sudden movements. There is not a bad bone in his body. All Mikey wants in life is food, a comfy bed and gentle walks. He loves lying in the garden soaking up the sunshine. Mikey is a lovely gentleman, a typical greyhound. It has been a pleasure having him in our home.”
If you would like to offer Mikey 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
Mikey can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland, 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.