Teeny Tara (Oldies Club Sponsor Dog)

Tara is a lovely little 12-14 year Yorkshire Terrier girl, who came into the care of Oldies Club in August 2017 after her owners circumstances changed leaving Tara alone for long hours.  Prior to this she had belonged to her owner’s mother, who she spent the majority of her time with but had sadly passed away.

Tara arrived in Oldies Club care a frail little dog who was wobbly on her legs. Although apparently wary of people especially strangers she took to her fosterer straight away and slept on her lap for three hours.

Through unfortunate circumstances in her previous home Tara had ended up being left alone a lot of the time and had developed separation anxiety.  Tara often seems rather confused and cries if her fosterer goes out of the room and she can’t find her; invariably she will go upstairs to look for her and then stand  at the top of the stairs crying because she can’t get back down again. Her fosterer tries to never leaves her alone; if she needs to go out then a friend comes to “Tara-sit” because a small amount of stress can set her back a long way.

Due to her nervous nature and medical issues including incontinence, Oldies Club made the decision to place Tara in our sponsor dog scheme, which means she will remain at her lovely foster home on a permanent basis, with the charity paying her vet bills for the rest of her life.

Tara has developed from a little scrap who could barely walk, and didn’t want to eat, into a lovely character who adores walks in the woods. She mostly will walk by herself now but does enjoy being flat on her back in her fosterer’s arms looking at the scenery. She also loves the beach and every outing gives her so much pleasure it is a delight to see.

Tara isn’t interested in playing, but she does love to sniff out food, so her fosterer hides her kibble and treats around the house and she never gives up sniffing until she has found every last morsel.

When not exploring her surroundings or sniffing out treats Tara’s next favourite activity is sleeping; preferably on her fosterer’s lap; she may not be able to see too well, but she definitely knows how to let her know what she wants;  Tara can’t jump up onto her lap but she will try really hard to do so.

Tara has settled in  well and looks upon the two resident cats as her hot water bottles.

Tara is only a little dog but she has brought an immense amount of love into her fosterer’s home. Her fosterer hopes there will be a long time ahead for Tara to feel happy and contented now that she has a new forever foster home.

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 Tara, or one of the other special oldies we are caring for in our sponsor dog scheme.