Update 11/09/17 – Sammy Sam has gone to his new home!
Sam (his foster carer calls him Sammy) is an 11 year old Yorkshire Terrier boy who came into the Oldies Club rescue after his owner went into a nursing home. He is quite large for a Yorkie, and the vet suggested he might be a Yorkie X, but his previous owner was said to have bought him from a breeder originally. Sam is in an Oldies Club foster home near Northwich, Cheshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
A good boy in foster: Sam is a lovely dog and he settled at his foster home within a week.
Likes to have company: Although Sam can be left on his own for a couple of hours occasionally, he does need an owner who is around most of the day. He doesn’t get distressed when left but he does pine and can’t settle until he is reunited with you. He also won’t settle unless he’s allowed to sleep upstairs at night. He’s only happy when he knows you are around in the house or is with you in the same room.
Needs to be your only dog: Sam is excited to meet some dogs, he is inquisitive, and happy to have a sniff round them, but on other occasions he will bark and snap at them and needs to be held back. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern to it, for example bigger or smaller dogs. We think Sam needs to be an only dog.
Unknown with cats: Sam hasn’t lived with cats before and although he seems oblivious to cats on walks we don’t know if he could live with them.
Fine with older children: Sam has been fine with the older children and teenagers he has met but he was unsure of a 3 year old and doesn’t seem to be used to young children. We think he would be fine to live with calm, considerate children aged 10 years upwards.
Loves walks: Sam loves his walks and gets excited when he sees his lead. He knows when it’s time for a walk and gets restless until he is taken. He is well behaved on the lead and enjoys being on an extender lead so that he can walk ahead or trail behind. He has been let off the lead in quiet locations where there are no dogs or cars around and he happily follows along behind and will respond and catch up if called. He likes to stop and sniff everything so patience is required as he can be quite stubborn! Sam is enjoying two walks per day, of varying lengths, but usually half an hour in total. He is happy to do a longer walk and has done a 6 mile walk on a couple of occasions. He doesn’t cope well with heat and overheats quite quickly if out for a walk in warmer weather.
OK in the car: Initially Sam was quite distressed when in the car – we think he had limited or no experience of it – but he is now happy to get in the car and, although he’s a little unsettled at first, he calms down very quickly. He has never been sick in the car.
Sam’s favourite pastimes: He enjoys playing with his cuddly toys and he loves cuddles. He also really enjoys his walks and being outside in the garden.
Sam’s dislikes: He doesn’t like loud noises such as motorbikes and drills. He doesn’t like the hoover when it is on but doesn’t seem bothered by the noise made by the washing machine or dishwasher. He barks at people wearing high vis jackets or fluorescent clothes which he finds very unnerving!
Sam’s ideal home: He needs to be with people for most if not all of the time, so an active retired person or family with individuals who work from home would be ideal.
Health notes: Sam is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been wormed and flea treated. He has had a dental and needed to have some teeth removed. The vet notes from Sam’s previous vet indicate that he might be susceptible to skin irritations, and he arrived in our care with a sore on his leg which has been treated by our vet and there are no further concerns about it. He has had no other skin issues since coming into foster.
Sam in a few words: Affectionate, playful, loving and cuddly.
More from Sam’s foster carer: “Sammy is a lovely dog with a very loving and gentle nature. He loves the company of people and is very well behaved around visitors to the house. He never begs for food and waits patiently for his meals. He is happiest when he is with you, whether that’s at home or out and about. While with us he has been exposed to different situations ie being in shops and cafes, walking in fields with other animals ie sheep and cows, staying at the vets and even a visit to an agricultural show where there were crowds of people, and on every occasion he has been no trouble and has adapted brilliantly and behaved himself. During the time we have had him he has also coped really well with the operations he has had ie being neutered and having a lot of his teeth removed. He has recovered quickly, being up and about and active and with no loss of appetite, (he was a big hit with all the staff at the veterinary surgery). He is definitely not an overbearing or boisterous dog but is active for his age and since losing nearly 2kg in weight is a lot fitter and agile, (he still needs to lose a little bit more). He responds well to instructions ie to get off the furniture! He has very good hearing and eyesight.”
If you would like to offer Sam 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
Sam 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.