14/12/17 – We are delighted to say that serene, sociable Shani has gone off to her new home in the country!
Shani (pronounced shah-knee) is a stunningly beautiful 9 year old German Shepherd x Northern Inuit girl who came into the Oldies Club rescue after her owners separated. She is in an Oldies Club foster home in London and is now seeking her forever home.
Very good in foster care: Shani settled at her foster home within a few hours and she is an extremely laid back lady.
Can be left: Shani is perfectly happy to be left for a few hours without human company. Her foster carer thinks that Shani would even cope with living with full-time workers, but someone would need to visit halfway through the day to take her for a walk.
Loves dogs: Shani adores dogs of all varieties and would be happy to live with them.
Good with cats: Shani lived with several cats before coming into rescue, and she also lived with a chinchilla!
Fine with children: Shani isn’t terribly interested in children but she is gentle with them.
Loves walks and meeting dogs: Shani LOVES her walks. Her favourite thing in life is socialising with other dogs off lead. She gets it just right with all sizes and temperaments – playful and respectful. She’s pretty good on lead too – will occasionally get a bit excited if she can’t say a proper hello to passing dogs, but that’s the only issue. Her recall is selective if you call her, but her foster carer has found that if he turns around and walks away, Shani will rush back! She has been having two 45 minute walks each day. She has done lots of longer hiking trips too; she gets tired after about 3 hours walking – especially on hot summer days. If you have an occasional day when you only have time to take her very short walks, she is fine about that too.
Very good in the car: Shani is perfect in the car.
Shani’s favourite pastimes: Walks, walks walks! Playing with other dogs in the park. Snoozing on the sofa. Chewing/destroying tennis balls and soft toys.
Shani’s dislikes: She’s not too keen on being groomed, but is still gentle with it.
Shani’s ideal home: Shani is happy in most situations. When at home she mainly sleeps or plays with her toys. She seems to enjoy having a busy household, but mostly she just watches from the sidelines.
Health notes: Shani is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. She had digestive issues and was underweight when she came into rescue. Via tests and biopsies she has been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and needs lifelong medication to keep the condition under control (Tylosin and Prednidale). She must also have a strict diet – she is doing very well on James Wellbeloved Grain Free Turkey and Veg – with no other foods or treats as these could cause the condition to flare up. She does love most raw veg though and can also have boiled potatoes as treats. She is doing so well now that her weight has increased from 24kg to 36kg – her optimal weight. She had a leaky bladder but this is now completely controlled by Propalin and Incurin. Shani is a committed opportunist and will find whatever is left on the kitchen counter, so you will need to be a tidy kitchen person!
Shani in a few words: Gentle; Serene; Playful; Stoic.
Shani’s foster carer told us: “Shani is a stunning dog with a beautiful temperament. She has been completely stoic dealing with her medical issues and comes bouncing into the kitchen when she hears her meds bottles being opened – she takes the pills without fuss as she knows there’s food immediately after the nasty tasting stuff. People describe her as serene – indoors she’s generally not bothered by any drama that happens around her; interested enough to keep an eye on what’s going on but that’s about it. Evenings are mostly spent on the sofa – she enjoys a good ear stroke / tummy rub. She’s a mostly silent dog – maybe a single bark when the doorbell goes, but not always – apart from some comedy moan woo woo woos of excitement when the walkies lead appears. She is a joy to watch in the park. No dog is left out of her socialising, she approaches them all with a gentle, respectful enthusiasm and will play with the ones that give her the slightest encouragement. She likes to chase the odd ball too. She’s full of zest for life outside which is a lovely counterpart to the laid-back girl at home.”
If you would like to offer Shani 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
Shani 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 her.
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.