05/01/18 Spot went downhill over the last few days and today the vet helped him on his way whilst being cuddled by his fosterer. Sleep tight lovely boy x
Spot is a cuddly 14 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier boy who originally came into the Oldies Club care in 2016 after being found as a stray and doing his time in a Local Authority pound. He proved to be such a wonderful dog and adopted quickly. Unfortunately their circumstances have changed and so Spot returned to Oldies Club care in 2017 to find his forever home.
On his return Spot had a chest infection and cough so was taken to the vets who quickly gave him antibiotics and pain killers. After two weeks of antibiotics Spot still had a cough and the vets suspected he had a chronic chest condition. It was decided that steroids would help with this. Unfortunately he continued to cough so x-rays were ordered.
Sadly the x-rays revealed a mass in his lungs. Oldies Club made the decision to choose palliative care over invasive treatment and to place Spot in our sponsor dog scheme, which means he will remain at his lovely foster home on a permanent basis, with the charity paying his vet bills for the rest of his life.
Although he doesnt suffer with separation anxiety Spot loves to be with his people. He gets agitated if his fosterer disappears upstairs and he doesn’t know where she. Spot likes to sleep in the same bedroom as his fosterer where he sleeps very soundly in his basket. He doesn’t disturb at night unless he needs a wee, then he wakes, gets up and ‘harumphs’ at the bedside. He goes back to sleep once he’s been out.
Spot is really good with other dogs and he enjoys meeting them. He is good with dogs that come to his home, or dogs he goes to visit in their own home. Unfortunately his love does not extend to cats. Even at 14 he will chase those that visit his garden despite being too old to catch them!
Spot is a great companion, and he’s very good to take out and meet people, as he always greets everyone with a waggy tail, but if he’s not the centre of attention, he doesn’t mind, he just sits happily at his fosterer’s side.
Spot likes a slow walk. He is pretty arthritic and a tad on the chunky side but this doesnt stop his enjoyment of pottering about and sniffing. He is deaf so can’t be let off the lead, but he is very good on the lead and never pulls. Spot enjoys a half hour walk twice a day. He loves being outside in good weather, lying down on the grass.
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 Spot, or one of the other special oldies we are caring for in our sponsor dog scheme.