24/6/17 – Border Collie Ben has trotted off to his new home!
Ben is a gorgeous 8 year old Border Collie who came into the Oldies Club rescue after his owner went into hospital and poor Ben was home alone. Ben is in an Oldies Club foster home in Crawley, West Sussex, waiting for someone to offer him a lovely permanent home.
A good boy in foster care: Ben adapted to his new surroundings very quickly and settled at his foster home within a couple of days. He’s a wonderful house guest.
Can be left for a for a few hours: Ben is fine to be left on his own in the house for several hours without a problem. He would happily live with a part-time worker and would even cope with being left for full-time hours occasionally, provided he had a break at lunchtime. However, preference is given to homes where dogs aren’t left for long hours routinely.
Fine with dogs: Ben has never lived with another dog but he has been fine with dogs he has met in the park and he greets them with a wagging tail. From what his foster carers have seen, Ben is quite submissive to other dogs.
Good with cats: Ben is used to living with cats. He doesn’t show much interest in them.
Fine with older children: Ben is a little nervous of young children but is fine with older children, from about the age of 10, depending on the child. He tends to hide from younger children until he gets to know them.
Loves walks: Ben absolutely loves a walk in a park or in the woods. He hadn’t had much exercise in recent times and was quite overweight, so his foster carers have been gradually increasing the length of his walks. He has never been let off lead before, as far as we are aware. Ben walks next to you but can pull on the lead when near busy roads if he gets nervous. He would benefit from some lead training. Ben is currently walking for 30-60 minutes, two or three times per day. He has also done a couple of 5k jogs.
Good in the car: Ben will happily travel in the car.
Ben’s favourite pastimes: Ben showed no interest in any activities when he first came into foster but he will now bring a tennis ball and encourage you to play with him. He also likes a football and enjoys you kicking it around with him.
Ben’s dislikes: Ben is not great with loud noises such as thunder, buses, fireworks, and the garden strimmer. It also took him a while to get used to the sound of the washing machine.
Ben’s ideal home: Ben has adapted to his foster home very easily so should adapt well to most types of home. Ben used to live with an older gentleman but is currently very happy in a family home. He would like an active home where he can continue to enjoy plenty of exercise and ball games.
Health notes: Ben is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. Ben is still overweight but he has lost around 5kg since coming into rescue. We were told that his hair used to be cut short as his skin was dry. His foster carers have been giving Ben coconut oil daily to help with his skin, plus the correct amount of food and plenty of exercise. The vet is happy with Ben’s weight loss and his skin. Ben has a bald patch on his back leg hip area where his hair doesn’t seem to be growing, so it could be that he has had a bad skin condition at some point in his life.
Ben’s foster carers say: “Ben has been a pleasure to have. He has such a lovely character and he smiles (really smiles!) and dances when he sees you in the morning and is always happy to see you come home. He is nervous around noise and is sensitive to your mood. He loves to play and encourages you to play ball with him. Ben doesn’t beg for human food – at dinner times he lies down next to you but does not beg. Ben will be a fantastic addition to any family. To see the change in him has been very rewarding.”
If you would like to offer Ben a permanent home, please read 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
Ben can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland, 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.