20/10/12 Amber has gone to her new home!
Amber is a 9 year old liver and white Dalmatian girl who came into Oldies Club care when her disabled owner could no longer care for her. She is in an Oldies Club foster home in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, waiting for someone to offer her a new home.
Settled quickly: Amber settled very quickly at her foster home. She was subdued and quiet for a few days but there were no problems. She really came into her own after her vet check revealed a thyroid condition and she was put on appropriate medication.
Can be left: Amber is fine when left for a few hours and her foster carer thinks that, provided she has a walk or garden break halfway through the day, Amber could live with full time workers.
Good with dogs: Amber is good with other dogs and settles well when her foster carer visits friends and relatives that have dogs. She is always very happy with male dogs but a bit more unpredictable with bitches.
Said to be good with cats: We were told that Amber is good with cats but her foster carer doesn’t have cats to know for sure. When Amber’s seen cats on the street, she seems to want to play.
Loves children: Amber seems to love children and is very gentle and friendly towards them – in foster, she has met children aged 3 upwards. She is also very waggy and friendly when she sees children in pushchairs. With responsible parents, taking sensible precautions, Amber should be fine with children of any age, but obviously older dogs do need their quiet time to sleep, so a quieter home would be looked on favourably.
Good on walks: Amber walks well on the lead, if a little too close at times! She tugs from time to time as she likes to sniff everything. She is good off lead and doesn’t venture too far. She will come when called the majority of times, but occasionally gets distracted. If she sees sheep, horses or cows she tends to bounce as if she wants to play, but she doesn’t chase them and comes when called. Amber loves being out and, as she hadn’t been walked for a long time in her previous home, her walks have gradually been built up to 20-30 minutes in the morning, 10-15 minutes at lunchtime, and then 45 minutes – 1 hour in the evening.
Good in the car: Amber is excellent in the car.
Amber’s favourite pastimes: Eating and sleeping! It seems as though she has never been encouraged to play indoors so she is learning this now. She also enjoys a cup of cool tea!
Amber’s perfect home: She would like to live with someone who can give her lots of love. She likes nothing better than to give you a cuddle and curl up next to you. The more attention she gets, the better she love it!
Health notes: Amber has recently been neutered, and she is vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea-treated. Amber has been found to have a thyroid condition and needs one 0.8mg tablet of Thyroxyl per day, for life. Since going on the medication she has become much happier and ‘younger’. She is also on a daily dose of Metacam for arthritic joints. Amber has recently had her tail amputated on veterinary advice as an old injury was not healing – the amputation was a success and is healing well.
Foster carer’s summary of Amber: “Loving; Good Company; Food-loving; Therapeutic (she has been really good for me!). Amber talks to you! — when it’s time to get up, at feeding times, walking times and sometimes when she wants a cuddle. She also has a big bark if someone comes to the door, but she does not bark otherwise. She is quiet when left in the house alone. She loves attention and a stroke and a cuddle. She has been great company to me and is really developing a character of her own now her thyroid medication is working. She arrived an ‘old’ dog with not much interest in anything and very stiff when walking. But now she eagerly goes for walks, her stiffness has gone and she seems altogether ‘younger’. But while she does love her walks, she is equally happy to sleep and eat. She deserves a loving long-term home.”
If you can offer Amber 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
Amber 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: Active Oldie, Calmer and Quieter, Good with cats, Good with kids, Good with other dogs, Large and Lovely, North East