Meet the Oldies Club’s very own super-cute Super Schmirny! If you aren’t sure about his unusual name and would want to change it, there are some more mainstream options, such as Ernie or Merlin. But, for now, Schmirny says he’s quite happy to keep his original, rather unusual, name.
Schmirny is now 12 years old and he’s been in Oldies Club care for about 8 months with little interest. He’s relaxed a lot and become more easy-going during his time in foster and we hope this will open up a few more home offers for this lovely lad.
These excellent new photos have been taken by one of our volunteers. As always, it’s difficult to tell a crossbreed’s size from photos, but Schmirny is just below knee height, so isn’t a big lad. He came into Oldies Club care due to changes of circumstance in his family and is in an Oldies Club foster home in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Settled well in foster: Schmirny took a couple of weeks to start to settle at his foster home as he was understandably feeling a bit insecure to begin with. He’s now fully settled and much more relaxed. He is a great house dog and barks when someone comes to the door. In the house he will always choose to sit with a man if there is one around!
Fine to be left: Schmirny is used to being left during the day and he has been fine when his foster carer has left him for a few hours. He is always happy to see you come back of course! His foster carer feels that he would be fine to live with a working family, provided someone visited halfway through the day to walk him.
Could live with a calm dog: When Schmirny first came into our care, he liked his own space and we thought he would need to be an only dog. But he has recently had a visiting dog stay overnight (a female German Shepherd) and he was fine. The only thing he objected to (with a little growl) was when the visiting dog wanted a stroke when Schmirny wanted one. He is fine with dogs when out and about, and generally ignores them, but if they come up to him when he has his ball he might have a little growl.
Dislikes cats: Schmirny won’t tolerate cats and needs a home without them.
Could live with older children: Schmirny is now happy to be around children and play with them. He isn’t suitable to live with young children though as, until he settled in foster, he didn’t like to be touched when in his bed and was possessive of his ball.
Loves walks and playing ball: Schmirny is excellent on the lead and his recall is pretty good too. He loves to play and chase balls. He is happy to be out as long as you want to be – from a short walk to do the essentials and have a quick run with his ball, up to a walk of an hour or so. He is quite fit and likes to be out. He is currently having a 20 minute walk, plus chasing balls, morning and lunchtime, and then 30-40 minutes in the evening. He’s quite comical – when he’s playing rag with his rope and it hits him on the head he growls at it!
Good in the car: Schmirny barks when he first jumps in the car, just out of excitement, but then he quickly settles and sleeps. He is very well behaved if you take him anywhere in company, whether walking through town or visiting friends’ homes.
Schmirny’s favourite pastimes: Play, Play, Play! – with balls and a knotted rope. He also likes to destroy balls on a regular basis!
Schmirny’s dislikes: He doesn’t seem to be frightened of anything. When he first came into our care he didn’t like to be touched when he was on his bed, but he has become much less grumpy as he has felt more secure.
Schmirny’s perfect home: A home where someone will play with him a couple of times per day – even if only for a short time – as this keeps Schmirny happy. He needs a home where any children are old enough to understand that he should be left alone when he’s in his own bed. Schmirny prefers the company of men to that of women, so a male owner would be perfect for him! He could potentially live with a calm, compatible dog.
Health notes: Schmirny is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. Schmirny has no health problems at the moment. He sometimes gets a little stiff after his play sessions, but he would be very unhappy if he wasn’t allowed to have his ‘crazy’ playtimes.
Foster carer’s summary of Schmirny: “Schmirny is very terrier-like in his ways. He’s not suitable for someone wanting an easy dog, but he’s a loving boy and is a true character – a character that really grows on you! He makes happy growling sounds – like a big cat, but he does also growl properly if you touch him when he doesn’t want to be touched – like when he is in his bed, but his grumpiness is decreasing all the time as he feels more secure.
Sometimes he is very keen to snuggle up close to you and other times he turns his back and ignores you! Some days he follows me around, and some days he doesn’t. He’s loving on his own terms.
Schmirny needs a home with experienced owners with patience, understanding and a positive attitude. Schmirny needs to be given his own space to settle in his own time and learn that he can trust you. I would love him to have a long-term home where he feels secure and happy. He’s telling me now it’s time to go out and play!”
This replaces Schmirny’s original entry dated 16 May 2013.
If you can offer Schmirny 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
Schmirny 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, Collies & Shepherds, Good with other dogs, Marvellous Mongrels, Medium Sized, North East, Terrier