22 November 2012 ~ Sadly we have had to say goodbye to sponsor dog Ted. He was a very poorly boy and the vets felt it was the kindest thing :( Our thoughts are with his foster family who gave him such a wonderful long term foster home and are devastated at losing him. Sleep tight Ted.
Ted is a gorgeous 12 year old Bearded Collie cross who came into Oldies Club care because his previous owner was working a lot and having to put Ted into boarding kennels all the time. After Ted arrived in Oldies Club foster care, he had a trip to the groomers where a mass was unfortunately discovered :( A biopsy revealed that this was very sadly a nasty tumour :( Oldies Club decided therefore that Ted should become a sponsor dog and remain in permanent foster care, with the charity covering Ted’s vet bills for the rest of his life.
Ted has now settled down well in his new foster home (he moved after not getting along too well with another dog in his previous foster home) and is now happily sharing a home with an elderly female collie called Misty and walks daily with her and another much larger and younger collie called Shep.
Ted is a sociable chap, full of character and has what his foster mum brilliantly describes as an animated personality! He is playful way beyond his 13 years, loves to run and play ball, in fact he sometimes gets so happy and excited that he rubs his face all around the chairs in the room snorting loudly! He does have a bit of a naughty streak too when he will look back and choose to ignore all the calling and hand gestures, if there is something he’d prefer to be doing! It has though transpired that he is completely deaf in one ear, so he may have an excuse for not hearing being called some of the time :)
His foster mum says this about him:-
Ted became very quickly attached to me when he moved in, he seems a little more unsure of men. He loves cuddles and sitting on my feet. Although he seemed very confident when he moved in, because of his bright and out going demeanor, it took a little time for us to realise that Ted is quite a needy dog and has some real anxieties. for example, if he sees us getting ready to go out he becomes very anxious about being left and will shake and look very upset, and Ted being a dog of action, he will attempt to storm the door, jump in the car or run to the top of the drive! Having said that he is very rarely left alone and never without his dog friends for company.
In terms of Teds health, he had already had a tumour removed befor he came to us and shortly after moving in he had to have two more removed. Fortunately both were non malignant and it’s now just a case of taking him for regular checkups. He seems very well, but does have some occassional bouts of tummy trouble if his eating is not carefully controlled.
Ted certainly does have adorable looks, those eyes are very hard to resist and no doubt help him enormously when it comes to getting all the cuddles he wants! What a handsome chap he is – do have a look at him in this video too!
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 Ted or one of the other special oldies we are caring for that, due to health problems, are unlikely to be offered a permanent home.