6.7.2014 We are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He had a wonderful time his new home and his owner did everything she could for him. Our sympathies go out to her.
11/2/13 Jack has gone to his new home!
Jack is an adorable 10 year old Cocker Spaniel boy who came into Oldies Club care after his original owner died. Jack is in an Oldies Club foster home in Fareham, Hampshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Settled gradually: It took Jack a couple of weeks to settle at his foster home, but he had been to at least two other homes in a short space of time, after his owner’s death, before he came to the Oldies Club.
Can be left for short periods: Jack is fine to be left for a couple of hours but he probably wouldn’t be happy to be left much longer than that as he sometimes chews his bed when left. Jack is still quite lively and benefits from a walk before he’s left, which helps him to settle.
Best as only dog: Jack ‘moans’ at dogs he meets on his walks and is not that interested in them. Although he has lived with another dog in the past, we were told that he was very possessive over his bed, dishes and surrounding areas, with other dogs, and could be dominant too. Jack would therefore be best as an only dog.
Potential to live with cats: Jack has lived with a cat in the past so has the potential to do so again. His foster carer has found that Jack gets very excited, barking and whining, if he sees or smells cats, as he does with other animals such as foxes and squirrels. His foster carer doesn’t think Jack would harm cats.
Fine with older children: We were told that Jack isn’t keen on small children. He keeps out of their way and will growl if they touch his toys etc. He apparently lived for a short time with a 2 year old and a 3 year old and they just avoided each other. His foster carer has a 13 year old son and Jack likes a cuddle with him and Jack simply walks away when he has had enough.
Enjoys walks; Loves water: Jack loves his walks and is lively for his age. His family reported that they used to let him walk off the lead and he usually came back when called, but his foster carer has found that Jack doesn’t always respond when called and so keeps Jack on an extendable lead so that he can still go in the undergrowth, which he loves because of all the smells. Jack is quite strong and will pull on the lead. He is currently having two 30-minute walks per day. He is out of puff after about half an hour but he would soon be ready for another walk if it was offered! He loves all the smells in the woods and thoroughly enjoys catching leaves floating down the river; the wetter he gets, the better he likes it! He has to be dragged away!!
OK in the car: Jack is generally fine in the car but he whines on and off.
Jack’s favourite pastimes: Going for a walk. Chewing and pulling apart his rope ball and sometimes having a tug of war with it. He likes to go out in the garden because he knows he can have a bark and a moan at any other animal that may have passed through!
Jack’s perfect home: A home with someone around for most of the day and with no young children or other dogs. He needs a garden as he loves to go in and out of the garden. He also needs an owner that is experienced with dogs.
Health notes: Jack is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He is prone to infection in both ears due to yeast sensitivity. The vet gave him a general anaesthetic to be able to look at them properly as Jack hates being ‘fiddled about with’. His ears were cleaned thoroughly but they need a regular cleanser to be applied once a week. Jack absolutely hates this and it needs someone who is confident with a very reluctant dog! A muzzle is useful with this process. Jack is also having weekly baths at present with a special shampoo from the vet’s. His skin condition has improved, so the baths might not be needed as often in the future. He has some arthritis in his back legs for which he has special granules added to his food.
Foster carer’s summary of Jack: “Cute; Lively (considering his age); Sometimes noisy. Jack likes affection but it is on his terms. He barks and gets very excited if people ring the doorbell (he will grab the post and may leave teeth marks in it but he has not actually ripped it up). But once the door is opened he loves to greet the visitor. ”
If you can offer Jack 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
Jack 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.