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Magical Merlin (Oldies Club, fostered Essex)

26/8/13 Magical Merlin has gone to his new home!

Merlin is a 7 year old Border Collie boy who came into Oldies Club care because his owner was moving to accommodation where pets aren’t allowed. Merlin is in an Oldies Club foster home in Westcliff-on Sea, Essex, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.

Introducing Merlin: Border Collie folks will love Merlin! He came into our care extremely overweight, but he is steadily losing the pounds and he loves to be out and about. He’s a cheerful, affectionate dog and will make a perfect companion for someone who enjoys walks and is home plenty of the time.

Gradually settled in foster: It took Merlin about two weeks to settle at his foster home, and there are still things that unsettle him, for example loud, unexpected noises. Merlin has been left for up to 2.5 hours. He wouldn’t want to be left longer than that, and when his foster carer returns he laps up lots of fuss and attention and takes a while to settle down.

Good with dogs out but best as an only dog: Merlin loves to meet dogs on walks — he says hello and then generally minds his own business. But in his own personal space he is used to being top dog (he used to live with a female GSD). He doesn’t like to share toys, space or food. Merlin would probably be best as an only dog in his new home, but if he was to share he would be best with a similar sized or smaller dog, and they would need to be fed separately.

Potential to live with cats: We were told that Merlin lived with farm cats 5 years ago. In foster he hasn’t tried to chase cats he’s seen when out, in fact and he seems to shy away from them.

Can live with teenagers: Merlin doesn’t seem happy around small children but he would be fine to live with teenagers.

Gradually building up walks: As Merlin is overweight, he is having three or four 20-minute walks per day, on the advice of the vet. He would love to go further though, so as soon as his weight starts to drop, he is going to be a delight to walk. He walks well on a lead, but you need to be firm with him, and he has very poor road sense. His foster carer hasn’t tested his recall in public where there are distractions, but within the confines of a small area he has always come back at a whistle. When he chased a squirrel, his foster carer called him back after a short while and he came running back immediately. Merlin’s pads were in poor condition but are improving as he loses weight. He has a little Vaseline put on them to soothe them after a walk.

Good in the car: Merlin is brilliant in the car. He gets in and out willingly, and he makes no fuss at all.

Merlin’s favourite pastimes: Merlin is very playful – he loves to chase a ball. He also enjoys being groomed, chewing a bone, and generally being around people. He often takes himself off for an afternoon nap when he is tired.

Merlin’s dislikes: Merlin doesn’t like loud, unexpected noises such as motorcycles, doors banging, fireworks and thunder. He is quite protective of his carers when new people enter the home, but he soon accepts people introduced to him.

Merlin’s ideal home: Merlin needs an owner with a lot of time and love to give, who is willing to be strict with his diet until he is a healthy weight. He needs a home with no young children, but teens would be fine. His new owner must be happy to walk him multiple times per day until the weight comes off and his paw condition improves. Merlin is a strong dog and he is going to be a bundle of energy when he is slim, so this needs to be taken into consideration.

Health notes: Merlin is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. At the moment, Merlin is twice the weight he should be, but he is on a strict diet which is already taking effect. The vet also recommended using Vaseline between the pads of his paws whilst he gets used to walking. The diet will need to be continued until Merlin is a healthy weight – he will then be a much happier, livelier dog.

Foster carer’s summary of Merlin:Playful, affectionate, cheerful and protective. Merlin is a particularly handsome boy but as he has an aversion to cameras that are pointed in his direction, so the photos do not do him justice! He has had very good comments from visitors, ranging from “Aw, isn’t he pretty/handsome and loveable ” to “Oh, he’s so sweet and so friendly!” Merlin was ever so well behaved with the vet and the groomers. He didn’t even wince when the vet gave him an injection. Merlin had a bad habit of being fixated by torchlight – we obviously discourage this, as walking on roads at night becomes a problem. Merlin is blissfully unaware that he is considered an ‘Oldie’ as he is still alert, inquisitive and playful like a younger dog but has the advantages of an older dog e.g loves ‘Lie-downs’ and ‘Afternoon snoozes’!’


If you would like to offer Merlin 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

Merlin 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.

Rehomed This dog has found a new home and is no longer looking.