16/7/12 Fidge has gone to her new home. She has gone to live with Dillon!
Fidge is a gorgeous 13 year old Pointer girl. She is in an Oldies Club foster home in Fakenham, Norfolk, waiting for someone to offer her a permanent home.
Settled quite quickly; Clean in the home: Fidge took a couple of days to settle at her foster home, but she was very good with the resident dogs immediately. She goes to the door when she wants to go out. She just did a couple of puddles on the floor when she was first settling in, but has been clean and dry since.
Can be left: Fidge is fine to be left for a few hours and she’s not destructive. Fidge would be OK with full-time workers if she had a canine companion and a walk or garden break in the middle of the day, but she would prefer someone who works part time as she loves human company.
Excellent with dogs: Fidge is very good with other dogs – she will say Hello and then return to what she was doing. She has only showed signs of being uneasy when faced with a young, very bouncy dog with a high pitched bark. She was fine after the other dog settled down. She has met lots of other dogs and appears happy in their company.
Cannot live with cats: Fidge needs a cat-free home as she will chase them.
Excellent with children: Fidge has been exceptionally good with children of all ages – she has met her foster carer’s grandchildren aged 4 upwards. She’s very gentle and not upset by lots of people or noise.
Well behaved on walks: Fidge is very good on a flexi-lead and is light on the lead. She will walk by your side on a normal lead but really enjoys going off lead. Her recall is generally good as long as she can hear you – she is slightly deaf but usually responds to a whistle. She tends to stop and check where you are before she goes too far, and will come to see if you have a treat for her, often without being summoned!! She has not been tested near livestock and may need close supervision in areas where there are rabbits to chase.
Fidge is happy with a couple of 15 to 20 mins walks a day, although she does love to have a couple of off-lead longer ones thrown in a couple of times a week. She is not too good on very uneven ground as her back legs are slightly weak.
Loves car travel: Fidge is fantastic in the car and simply curls up on the back seat and goes to sleep, although she takes slightly longer to settle and get comfortable in the boot. She doesn’t bark and waits quietly to be let out, but may need a helping hand getting back in after a long run.
Fidge’s favourite pastimes: Eating – she will try to take food from your plate if allowed (or not as was the case with her fosterer’s husband’s bacon and egg roll!!) and needs to be discouraged from doing this; Sleeping; Having a cuddle; Going for a walk. She has attempted to join in when some of the other dogs have been playing, but she doesn’t seem interested in toys!
Fidge’s dislikes: Fidge HATES the cold and has to be firmly encouraged to go out in it – she has a couple of coats to wear and is happy to have you put these on her and will need to sleep in one during the winter months. Fidge is unhappy if other dogs approach her food bowl when she is eating, but she can be fed in the same room as other dogs and is very happy to go and eat out of everybody else’s bowl, if allowed!!! She has an endearing habit of trying to cover her bowl with anything she can find, if she doesn’t want to eat it all at once.
Fidge’s perfect home: Fidge would be happiest in a home that either has humans around most of the time, or at least one other dog for company, as she is used to living in a multi-dog household and loves affection. She would be happy to be taken in the car every day if someone wanted a dog to travel with them while they worked.
Health notes: Fidge has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. She has a healthy appetite and no ongoing health problems but she is slightly deaf and has slightly weak back legs due to her age.
Foster carer’s summary of Fidge: “Lovable, quirky, gentle and happy. Fidge has settled in to our household like a dream. She is a lovely, gentle old girl with a very easy way about her and asks only to be loved!”
If you can offer Fidge a permanent home, please refer to 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
Fidge can be rehomed anywhere in the UK, 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.Tags: Calmer and Quieter, Central, Good with kids, Good with other dogs, Large and Lovely, South East