13/7/2014 After nearly two happy years in her new home, Tina has sadly passed away. She will be missed enormously.
15/10/12 Tina has gone to her wonderful new home! Happy days now Tina. :)
This beautiful, smiley face belongs to Tina (affectionately nicknamed Tink!) who came into Oldies Club care through sad circumstances. Tina is a ten year old crossbreed and she arrived in very poor condition, mentally broken and weighing just 14.5kg. Tina has been recuperating in the care of an Oldies Club foster home in Sittingbourne, Kent where she’s had lots of love and care. As you can see from her photos she’s looking and feeling much happier and is ready to find her own special home.
Can be left, but loves company: It took Tina about three weeks to settle into her foster home, which is quite understandable considering her background. Once she realised she was in a safe place and was going to be fed regularly, she soon started blossoming into a happier and well balanced dog. She is used to having company most days, but doesn’t mind being left for reasonable periods of time provided she is fed and exercised beforehand.
Tina on arrival, weighing just 14.5kgs
Great with other dogs: Tina shares her foster home with two other dogs and gets on very well with them. She has been great with other dogs she’s met out and about, if a little flirty sometimes, and when friends and family have stayed over at her foster carer’s house, Tina has mostly ignored their dogs.
Could live with confident cat: Tina has been in the same room as a cat and tended to ignore him. With a gentle introduction it’s possible that she could live in a home with a confident cat.
Good with children, but likes a quiet life: Tina has been approached and stroked by children in the street and has been fine with them. She likes a quiet life though, so would prefer a home with adults or a family with older children who will respect her space.
Needs gentle walks: Tina wasn’t walked in her previous home and is quite slow due to arthritis, but she has improved since taking Metacam. She can manage about 15-20 minutes on a walk and although she doesn’t have recall she is slow enough to catch, so can be let off-lead in safe places.
Tina and her pals!
Will travel: Tina will travel and to begin with she tries to stand up for the journey, but eventually she will settle and lie down. A lot of driving around country lanes can make her feel travel sick, but she has only been sick on one occasion.
Tina’s favourite pastimes: Tina’s favourite hobbies are sleeping, looking for dropped crumbs, sniffing on walks and being stroked.
Tina’s dislikes: Tina doesn’t like being grabbed from behind and she’s not keen on being lifted, although she tolerates being lifted into the car. She feels the cold and often wears a fleece jacket indoors.
Tina’s perfect home: Tina is looking for someone special who will understand that she’s had a difficult past. She may be a little mistrusting at first, but once she’s settled she will be no trouble at all. She likes warmth, comfort and routine and in her foster home she tends to stick to the same bed in the same place. She likes peace and quiet and plenty of time to snooze in her bed, just occasionally checking where you are.
Tina enjoys the company of other dogs so would fit well in a multi-dog household. She loves people too, so her perfect home would be with someone is around for a good part of the day. Tina has lived her whole life in a downstairs flat and has never gone upstairs. She would therefore not be ideal for anyone living in an upstairs flat or in a home over three floors.
Health notes: Tina has recently been spayed and had a dental. She is microchipped, fully vaccinated and has been flea and worm treated. Tina has arthritis in her elbows and lower spine, but takes Metacam for this and her mobility has improved considerably. She will need to take Metacam for the remainder of her life.
Foster carer’s summary: Tina is quiet, sociable (although she does like her own space) and is also a sleepy head and a good dinner-time clock! She came into our care in very poor condition and it took a lot of care to make her feel relaxed and trusting. She has impressed us so much and every day she comes more to life. It is a real privilege when you get a kiss from her and I’m sure will go on to be a really loving dog.
If you can offer Tina 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
Tina 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 her.
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.