14/11/12 Shelby has gone to her new home!
Shelby is an 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier girl who came into Oldies Club care because her owner has gone into hospital and sadly won’t be coming home. Shelby is in an Oldies Club foster home in Beccles, Suffolk, waiting for someone to offer her a permanent home.
Shelby’s background: Before coming into Oldies Club care, little Shelby had been in kennels for quite a while, and prior to that she was home alone for a few days, with people popping in. She must therefore be very pleased to be back in a home situation once again.
Settled quickly; Fine to be left: Shelby settled at her foster home within a few hours. She is fine to be left and doesn’t get distressed. She likes to watch out of the window and when she first arrived she used to bark at things, but now that she’s settled properly and got used to the various noises, she only barks if she hears the gate or if the neighbour’s dog barks. When you return after leaving her she is very excited and grins at you whilst her back end wags so hard she almost falls over!
Needs to be an only dog: Shelby is sharing her foster home with another dog, but she would be best as the only dog in her new home as she likes to be the boss. Shelby would prefer to have all the attention. When she meets dogs on walks, after an initial sniff, she’s fine but might have a little bark at them.
Good with cats: Shelby is very good with the cat in her foster home and tends to ignore it. She has learnt to play chase, but she only does this if the cat is already running, and it is a very half-hearted chase.
Loves children: Shelby loves children and would be happy to live with sensible, properly supervised children aged over 8 years. She would be happy to spend time with visiting younger children too, so long as they understand that Shelby needs to be left alone when she wants to rest.
Well behaved on walks: Shelby pulls on the lead to start with when walked by her foster carer, but this might be because her foster carer walks slowly and Shelby wants to go a little faster. Shelby is wonderful off lead and comes when called every time, although when in the garden she can develop deafness! She stays very close to you on walks, so close that sometimes you can’t see her as she is right by your ankle!
Here is a short video of Shelby out on a walk:
Very good in the car: Shelby is happy to sit and look out of the window as she travels.
Shelby’s favourite pastimes: Playing fetch or tug; Catching flies; Eating; Rolling on her back and wriggling about; Going for walks; Having a back scratch and tummy rub. Shelby likes to wake you up in the mornings for cuddles by gently nudging your face with her nose – it is so sweet and a lovely way to be woken up.
Shelby’s dislikes: When Shelby is sleeping, if her foster carer accidentally touches her, she is startled and grumbles. But as soon as she realises it’s just her foster carer, she relaxes and puts her head down again.
Shelby’s perfect home: She’d love to live with an active owner who is around most of the time. She’d enjoy living with a family or with someone who has visiting grandchildren. Shelby was vocal when she first arrived, until she got to know the ‘normal’ noises of her new surroundings, so her new owners will need to be happy to give her time to settle.
Health notes: Shelby is believed to be neutered. She is microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and flea-treated. Shelby seems to be a fit and healthy lady and she has lost the excess weight she arrived with. She is scheduled to have a dental soon.
Foster carer’s summary of Shelby: “Loving; Playful; Sweet. I think she is adorable and someone is going to have a wonderful friend. Once she has adjusted to all the noises in her new home she makes a great guard dog. Shelby is a lovely little lady, very clean in the house. She does like to be the only one getting attention but is not a demanding dog, like now, my dog Sky is on the other sofa so Shelby is happy laid on this sofa near me. If Sky comes over here Shelby will sit on my lap or the arm I use to type! LOL”
If you can offer Shelby 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
Shelby 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, Small and Cute, South East, Terrier