28/8/2010 Thelma has found a new home with her best friend Louise!
Thelma is a very cute 16 year old Crossbreed who came into Oldies Club care with her best friend, Louise, 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: Thelma settled well within 2 days, and she gained further confidence over the following week. She is quite happy to be left alone, in the company of Louise.
Good with dogs and cats: Thelma has a very close bond with Louise and doesn’t like to be separated from her even briefly. Outside, she socialises well with other dogs but will let them know she’s not pleased if they are too persistent! At home she tends to defend her territory but she can easily be calmed. Thelma has lived with cats previously and is fine with them in her foster home, however she will chase cats outside – including the fosterers’ cats.
Could live with teenage children: Thelma is fine with all children she has met, but she needs to live with Louise who can only live with older children.
Out and about: Thelma is good on the lead – not pulling at all – in fact you sometimes have to encourage her forwards. She likes to take walks at her own, slow, pace — as you’d expect from a lady of her advanced years! She enjoys a very thorough sniff of everything she encounters too, bless her. If she has fallen behind, she will come when she’s good and ready and will sometimes go to investigate things in the wrong direction. But she is easy to catch up with and walks with her tend to be trouble free. In the car, Thelma curls up quietly.
Thelma’s favourite pastimes: Her foster carer tells us: Apart from sleeping, she loves rolling on her back kicking her legs in the air. She also loves to be fussed, especially tummy rubs, and she will let you know if you have stopped too soon. No matter how long you do it, you will always stop too soon! She doesn’t really play games, although she has taken us by surprise a couple of times. First she got excited with a big stick and ran after it, picked it up and ran around with it very proudly. Another time, she started chasing after tennis balls that she had previously ignored. One other favourite activity is swimming: river, pond, mud hole – it doesn’t matter – if she fancies a swim she will go in. Other times she will just ignore it. Impossible to tell, so keep an old towel in the car!
She loves rawhide chews but takes quite a long time to finish one so will often give up on it and lose it to her sister who is only too glad to help finish it.
Thelma’s dislikes: Foster carer reports: We take Thelma out for walks twice a day. She always wants to go out in the car, but she is not so keen on actually walking. She used to dig her heels in a bit; we have got her out of this habit but it may reappear in her a new home. Louise needs more exercise than Thelma so we try to take Louise out for a third walk at some point, without Thelma. This distresses Thelma who cries at the door until Louise comes back. We tried taking both on the third walk with each of them taking a different route so that Thelma got a short walk and Louise a longer one, but Thelma refused to go anywhere other than the way Louise was going!
Thelma’s perfect home: Thelma wants to live with her beloved Louise. She would like an owner who is prepared to spend lots of time fussing her and who is prepared to accommodate the slightly different walking needs of Thelma and Louise.
Health notes: Thelma is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea-treated. At her vet-check she was found to have a mild skin condition but this has now cleared up with baths, diet and exercise. The vet remarked that she has excellent teeth and eyes for her age. She was overweight but her new diet is working nicely. (She probably disagrees and always looks astonished when she has finished her meal and there is no more!)
Four adjectives that sum up Thelma: Loving; Amusing; Calm; Affectionate.
Go on, you know you want to rub it!
If you can offer Thelma a permanent home, with Louise, 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.