28/8/2010 Louise has a lovely new home, with her best friend Thelma!
Louise is a very cute 13 year old Terrier X who came into Oldies Club care with her best friend, Thelma, when their owner was in a desperate situation and needed to rehome them urgently. They are now in an Oldies Club foster home in Bracknell, Berkshire, waiting for someone to offer them a new home together.
Settling in: Louise settled quickly although she did need a bit of reassurance for the first few nights. She is fine to be left alone, with Thelma; she just barks a little but then settles down and waits for you to return.
Good with dogs; OK with cats if introduced carefully: Louise is being rehomed with her ‘sister’ Thelma. Louise is the boss and will take anything Louise has! On walks, Louise is fine with dogs of all shapes and sizes and shows no fear or aggression. Louise has lived with cats previously, although she has needed some reminding how to behave with the cats in her foster home. If she goes to a home with cats, she will need careful and gradual introductions and probably wouldn’t be suitable with nervous cats.
Could live with teenage children: There are no children in the foster home, but outside, Louise sometimes ignores children and sometimes says Hello happily. We were told by her previous owner that she doesn’t like small children though and so we will only rehome her where any children are sensible teenagers.
Out and about: Louise walks well on the lead. Off lead, she is independent and likes to explore her surroundings. She doesn’t go too far though and her recall is excellent. In the car she gets very excited and barks – but only once both her and Thelma are in the car! Her fosterers have worked on getting her to stop barking before setting off, but she will start again if you put the handbrake on! (Perhaps she’d be most suited to an owner that drives an automatic car :) )
Louise’s favourite pastimes: Eating; Sleeping; Going out for walks. Oh, and squeaky toys.
Her foster carer tells us: She really likes the very cheap squeaky toys and once she has hold of one she keeps chewing it and making it squeak until the squeaker gets dislodged and it won’t squeak any more, at which point she loses interest and comes looking for a new one. We have got her a more robust squeaky toy which she quite likes but not as much as the little cheap ones. On walks, she loves to roam and runs in and out of bushes to see what might be going on and to see if there might be any food in there! She has been known to emerge with various items, including a full loaf of bread!
Louise’s dislikes: She is quite easily upset by noises outside the house and she will bark. She really doesn’t like it when the post arrives – she destroyed a piece of junk mail in her foster home! Louise is used to living with a female owner and she definitely prefers women to men. She is wary of strange men visiting the home and will growl at them, and might snap if they persisted in approaching her. Her new owner will therefore need to take care when there are visitors. She’s perfectly happy with her foster Dad though, so she is fine to live with men – she just needs to feel safe and be given time to get used to strangers at her own pace.
Louise’s perfect home: Louise wants to live with Thelma. Louise would be best with someone with the time and energy to take her on several shortish walks per day (she isn’t that keen on too long a walk in one go) who will give her cuddles on demand. She has proved to be very easy going and remarkably easy to train.
Health notes: Louise is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea-treated. At her vet-check Louise was found to be in good health and the vet remarked on the excellent state of her teeth and eyes.
Four adjectives that sum up Louise: Loving; Mischievous; Playful; Faithful.
Cute, aren’t I!
If you can offer Louise a permanent home, with Thelma, 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
They 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 them.
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.