15/2/13 Handsome Frank has gone to his lovely new home!
Frank is a gorgeous 7 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier boy who came into Oldies Club care when his owners had to move out of their home. Frank is in an Oldies Club foster home near Gunnislake, Cornwall, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Settled gradually: Frank seemed to settle quite easily over the first 24 hours. He whimpered a little when left, even when he had his foster carer’s dog for company, but his foster carer ignored him and he stopped after a minute or two. He didn’t appear distressed. After 2 or 3 days he did seem quite miserable on occasions, but relished fuss and always greeted his carer with a wag. After the first week, he got used to the new routine and is now happy, confident and into everything. He has always been quiet through the night.
Fine to be left: Frank has been left for up to 2 hours. He seems to sleep and have no separation issues. He’s left in the kitchen where he has a comfy bed, and Alf his foster carer’s dog insists on sleeping in the bed with him. Frank doesn’t mind being apart from Alf though. Frank could possibly be rehomed to live with full-time workers, if he had a lunchtime walk, but he does love human company.
Excellent with dogs: Frank lived with a Labrador in his previous home. In foster care, Frank has shown no aggression whatsoever around other dogs. He accepts the resident dog, Alf, and doesn’t want to dominate him. They play, although Alf sometimes gets overwhelmed by Frank’s size and strength. There is an elderly collie that Frank loved on their first meeting and wanted to play with, although it was too much for the collie. Now they just greet each other with a sniff. Frank would love to live with another dog but would also be OK as an only dog if he had plenty of human attention.
Could live with a laid back cat, with care: Frank has lived with cats previously and apparently loved them. His foster carer has 3 cats and Frank is very eager to say hello and will chase them whether inside or out. He has spent time in the same room as the cats but he has to be kept a close eye on. There doesn’t seem to be any malice intended, just over-exuberance. With patience, time, and a laid back cat, things could work out eventually.
Used to living with children: Frank lived with children in his previous home, and he is sharing his foster home with teenagers. His foster carer will update us when Frank has met her friend’s 2 year old.
Loves walks: Frank is excellent on lead, both solo and on a twin lead with Alf. He is let off in the fields where he burns off steam and is extremely interested in smells and chasing birds. He sometimes goes deaf on a recall (as does Alf, too interested in sniffing) so his foster carer uses a whistle; it’s early days but Frank is getting used to the whistle. Interestingly, the foster carer’s husband has no problems with Frank’s recall. Frank enjoys walks of up to a couple of miles, and he also enjoys a potter around the garden.
Excellent in the car: Frank jumps in the car unaided and, once told he can’t ride in the front with you, he curls up and goes to sleep. If he sees a dog or children when travelling he sometimes whines but he doesn’t bark.
Frank’s favourite pastimes: Frank’s hobbies include food, sleeping as close as he can to the open fire, and trying to be a 22kg lapdog. He loves human attention, and rarely barks. He is well behaved, well trained and will sit, lie and stay on command. He loves all humans, male and female but his foster carer feels that he would love to spend more time with her husband. Frank is very gentle.
Frank’s dislikes: Frank isn’t keen on raised voices and takes to heart any reprimand. He will instantly stop chasing a cat if shouted at and adopt a hang dog expression. His foster carer once caught him trying to swipe an item of food off the coffee table and he spent quite a while in his bed upset after being told off. He was frightened of ponies at first but is much keener now. He can be spooked by loud bangs, especially outside. He doesn’t seem frightened of thunder and lightning.
Frank’s perfect home: Frank would like a home with plenty of loving human attention. He wouldn’t mind other dogs or being an only dog. Frank needs humans who are fit and active as he still has plenty of energy. Living in the countryside shocked him a little at first but he loves it now; he had been used to the town before. Frank has personally requested an open fire if possible as he is not keen on the cold or wet!
Health notes: Frank is neutered, microchipped, flea treated and wormed. He will be vaccinated soon. Frank is a strong, healthy dog. He had some hair loss when he came into Oldies Club care, which the vet initially treated as contact dermatitis, but his skin was still itchy. His diet has been changed to ‘Burns’ which is hypoallergenic. After Frank’s second vet check for his skin, the vet advised that he could be itchy because of Demodectic mange. This sounds scary but in fact is not contagious and most dogs are given this mite through contact with their mother after birth. It rarely causes a problem unless the dog is stressed (e.g. recent rehoming) compromising the immune system. Frank is being treated with ProMerris spot on treatment which is also used for fleas or ticks, every 6 weeks. This has already nigh on stopped the itching.
Foster carer’s summary of Frank: “Loving, cuddly, friendly and big-hearted. Frank is uncomplicated and just wants to please the Humans; okay sometimes he gets sidetracked but he is mortified afterwards. He has proved himself here as an extremely loyal companion and we know we are lucky to be fostering him“.
If you can offer Frank 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
Frank 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.