11/10/2012 We are all so delighted that our little favourite, Tommy, has found his new home. He’s gone to enjoy life in Milton Keynes and we wish him and his new family many years of wonderful enjoyment together.
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Tommy featured earlier on the Oldies Club website while he was in kennels waiting for a foster home and, now he’s settled in perfectly, here are his new update and photos.
This endearing lad is Tommy – he’s a sweet, loving, brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross who loves to give lots of kisses and cuddles and, at only 8 years old, is a comparative youngster and certainly acts like one! He is looking for a special someone who can give him the company and exercise he has been sadly lacking for such a long time. He is in an Oldies Club foster home in Watford, Hertfordshire, waiting for that someone to offer him the permanent, loving home he truly deserves.
Background: Poor Tommy has had a tough life these past years, initially being left alone for very long hours and then made homeless, followed by several months in kennels while waiting for a foster home. This has had an effect on him and he gets easily over-excited and boisterous.
In the home: Understandably, Tommy was insecure and nervous initially, but after a ball game and play in the garden, followed by a sausage dinner, he soon cuddled up on the sofa and spent his first night quietly downstairs. He has quickly settled into a routine and sleeps soundly in his bed in the bedroom at night. When he knows you’re awake, he puts his head on the bed to give good morning kisses. He’s clean and very well behaved in the house and touches nothing but his toys, which he loves to play with. He’s like a little shadow and is always where you are. He welcomes all visitors enthusiastically and has not barked once.
Can be left: Although Tommy does not like to be left alone as he just wants to be with you all the time, he does accept it and he’s not noisy or destructive and can be left for a couple of hours. He will welcome you home with one of his toys and a shower of affection. He does enjoy having someone around most of the time and would not suit a working family or being left for long hours.
Can live with children: Tommy is very good with children, though he is too strong and boisterous for little ones and could easily knock them over. He would enjoy living with older children or teenagers who would like to play with him – he never gets tired of playing!
Good with dogs: Tommy gets excited with other dogs and loves to run round with them, but he doesn’t understand some dogs don’t want to play and, if they growl, he will retaliate.
Cats?: Tommy apparently has lived with a cat before, but he gets very excited when he sees one and will chase it. A cat-free home would be best for him, or perhaps one with a cat that is dog-savvy and won’t run away, but careful introduction would have to be made.
Out and About: Tommy loves his walks and gets very excited. He finds it hard to walk on the lead without pulling as it’s not fast enough for him and can pull strongly if he sees other animals. Hopefully, patience and training can help with this. Offlead, he is happy to run round the park looking for squirrels, birds or anything to chase or dogs to play with. His recall is selective as he’s having too much fun, but he seems to know where you are and won’t let you go home without him! He has a lot of energy to burn off and has 2 walks a day with a good run offlead.
Good in the car: Tommy loves trips in the car and travels well, even on long journeys. He happily wears a safety harness and settles on the back seat, either looking out of the window or snoozing.
Tommy’s favourite things: Love and attention, walks, playing with his toys, tummy rubs, snoozes in the sun and people … lots of licks for everyone, even the vet!
Tommy’s dislikes: He’s not keen on the rain and will try to avoid going in the garden if it’s raining. He’s suspicious of the vacuum cleaner and lawnmower which he runs around!
Tommy’s perfect home: Tommy needs a caring, stable home with someone who is active and has dog experience, plus the time and patience to work with him on his training and excitement. He would probably be best suited to a pet-free home as he can be too active and boisterous for some dogs. He knows all his basic commands and is obedient in the house and garden, but needs ongoing training on and off lead.
Health notes: Tommy is an active, fit and healthy lad with no known medical issues. He has been neutered, flea/worm treated, vaccinated and microchipped. He’s in good condition with a shiny coat. His teeth, eyes and ears are all in good condition.
Foster carer’s summary: Tommy would make a truly devoted companion for an active person or family and is always close by hoping for attention. He has a loving temperament and the sweetest disposition. Tommy bonds quickly with anyone who will give him the love and attention he needs and surely deserves; someone who has time to help him be calm and carry on with his training. He has many years of happy life in front of him and will more than repay all the love and kindness shown to him. He’s a joy to have around the home.
If you can offer Tommy 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
Tommy 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 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.Tags: Active Oldie, Good with kids, Good with other dogs, Marvellous Mongrels, Medium Sized, Needs someone around most of the time, South East, Staffy or Bully