In Loving Memory: Sadly, this animal has now passed away.

Bob the ‘Sausage’ Dog… (Oldies Club)

17/9/2013 Little Bob was briefly rehomed in July, but the home unfortunately didn’t work out as we’d hoped. Bob was returned to our care and went to a nearby foster home, where he quickly settled and spent two happy months.

Very sadly, in the last couple of weeks, Bob’s health rapidly deteriorated and, on veterinary advice, we decided that it was kindest to let Bob go.

Our thoughts are with Bob’s foster carers who were very fond of this special little chap. Sleep tight Bob, we were priviledged to have known you.

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Bob is a 12 year old long-legged Terrier Cross (possibly crossed with Whippet) who came into Oldies Club care when his owner lost his home. Bob is in an Oldies Club foster home near Chippenham in Wiltshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.

Well behaved in his foster home: Bob settled very quickly with the 4 other dogs in his foster home. He is a very reserved, quiet boy and rarely barks. He is normally to be found snoozing on the sofa or sunbathing – he had no garden where he lived previously. He is not particularly interested in toys but enjoys chasing a ball occasionally. He is fine to be left for 4 hours or so, and just dozes on the sofa. Bob has probably been through some hard times in the past and will occasionally cower following a sudden movement by someone close to him.

Good with other dogs: Bob is excellent with other dogs but would also enjoy being a spoilt only dog.

Good with cats: Bob paid no attention to several cats when his fosterer took him visiting. He also ignores farm animals.

Could live with children: Bob was very good when being fussed by a 15 month old toddler but would probably be happier living with older children.

Loves good walks: Bob is happy to do as short or as long a walk as you want. He is excellent both on and off lead. He stops immediately when asked to ‘wait’ when he is offlead. Below is a short video of Bob trotting along happily on a walk:

Good in the car: Bob settles quietly in the car. He normally travels in a crate in his fosterers’ vehicle but is happy to sit anywhere, especially if there is a lap available!

Fussy with food: Bob was very underweight when he came into Oldies Club care and has subsequently put on one and a half kilos in weight. He has had numerous tests and scans and appears to have nothing wrong with him, he is just a fussy eater. His previous owner has confirmed he was the same in his care. Currently his favourite items are Sainsbury’s sausages, and Schmackos. To supplement this rather limited diet he is given daily a liquid vitamin and iron supplement which can be bought from any chemist. He needs an owner who is patient and will accept his eccentric eating habits.

Bob’s likes: Relaxing on the sofa; Cuddles; Sunbathing.

Bob’s dislikes: Being cold.

Bob’s perfect home: Bob would like a home where he is allowed to laze around on a sofa most of the time, preferably with a garden where he can sunbathe. His adopters will need to understand that he will probably always be a fussy eater and that it is better for him to eat what he likes rather than be given what he should eat (which could well end up with him eating nothing at all).

Health notes: Bob is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He now has clean shiny teeth following a dental. An x-ray has shown that he has arthritis in his spine and feet but he is not at all stiff. He moves beautifully and can jump onto the sofa with ease. He is given Metacam (costs a few pence a day) to give him pain relief.

Foster carer’s summary of Bob: Bob will make a lovely companion for an older person, he just loves attention and cuddles.

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If you can offer Bob 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:

Email: rehome@oldies.org.uk
Telephone: 0844 586 8656

Bob 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.

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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.


In Loving Memory: Sadly, this animal has now passed away.