18/2/12 We are extremely sad to report that after a short period of serious illness, Blue has sadly passed away. He had tests and scans that were inconclusive but the vet was certain that Blue had a hard to detect form of cancer. This news is especially devastating as Blue had recently had a wonderful home offer and we were all looking forward to him finally going to a permanent home. Our thoughts are with his adopter-to-be and, of course, with his wonderful foster family who loved Blue so very much and would have kept him if only their garden had been easier for Blue to manage.
Sleep tight Curly Blue – we will never forget you, special boy. :(
Curly Blue is an adorable 9 year old Rottweiler boy who has been in our care for 18 months and is still waiting for a home. He is in an Oldies Club foster home in Plymouth, Devon.
Blue’s foster carers are extremely fond of Blue, in fact they think the world of him, but they recognise that their home isn’t the right one for Blue long term — their garden is perilously steep (think cliffside!) and Blue is only just coping with the steps and won’t be able to manage them in the future.
The photo below shows just a section of the steps — there are more out of shot and behind the photographer!
Blue’s not in bad shape for his age but he does have some arthritis in his neck and spine. As we desperately want to see Blue settled in a permanent home, Oldies Club is offering to cover the cost of Blue’s arthritis medication for life.
Blue is fine to be left alone for a few hours, is playful and affectionate, and can live with children aged 10+. He would like to be the only dog in his new home — he isn’t an aggressive dog at all, but since developing arthritis he has become less tolerant of dogs as he is afraid they will hurt him. He has lived with a cat in the past so could possibly live with a dog-savvy cat.
If you think you might have the right home for this fabulous gentle giant, please read Blue’s full details below…
Blue’s background: Blue came into our care because his owners were emigrating and felt that Blue would be unhappy with the heat.
Settled quickly: Blue has proved to be a perfect houseguest. He settled within a few days and is clean in the house. He is content to be left for a few hours on his own.
Lovely temperament: Blue is a gentle giant who is easy going and good natured. He is an affectionate boy and loves attention. He is also very obedient and will sit and lie down on command. He tries to sit on your lap and will also creep onto your bed and snuggle down if given the chance! Blue has gorgeous long hair, which is fairly unusual for his breed. He loves having his long hair brushed.
Very playful: Blue is such a playful lad. His favourite toy is a mirror – but for a boy as beautiful as Blue, is there any wonder! Blue also likes to play bubbles, as you can see in the video below:
Enjoys onlead walks: Blue enjoys walks and he walks well on his lead. His foster carers keep him on the lead as this is what he is used to and, due to his arthritis, he is sometimes a bit grumpy with dogs that he thinks might hurt him. He was previously very good with other dogs, so he’s not an aggressive dog, he just doesn’t want to be hurt.
OK in the car: Blue is very well behaved in the car but he tends to suffer with travel sickness.
Good with children: Blue gets on well with his fosterers’ teenage children and their friends. Any children in his new home would need to be about 10+ years old, so that they are old enough to understand not to hurt his sensitive neck and back area.
Has cat experience: Blue has lived with a cat in the past and so we assume he would be able to do so again, given careful introductions. He spends hours watching the caged rabbits and gerbils at his foster home but, when carefully introduced to them, he proved that he isn’t small-furry friendly!
Best as an only dog: Blue has generally been good with other dogs and we previously thought he would be fine to live with a dog. However, since he’s been diagnosed with arthritis, he’s not been so happy to have dogs around him. He would be best as the only dog in his new home, unless the other dog was extremely calm.
Health notes: Blue is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and flea and worm treated. He has been diagnosed with arthritis in his neck and spine and is on medication for this which is keeping him mobile and comfortable. He is still as affectionate and loving as ever, but he does shy away if you try to hug his neck. *Oldies Club is offering to pay for Blue’s arthritis medication for life*.
Foster carer’s summary: “Blue loves attention and really enjoys playing. He is a very loveable dog with a fabulous character”.
If you can offer Blue 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
He 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.
This entry replaces Blue’s original dated 6 July 2010.
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.