04/09/17 – Milo has been adopted by his foster carer. He’s too special from them to part with him!
Milo is a gorgeous Shih Tzu boy of 10 years who came into Oldies Club rescue because his owners were moving and couldn’t take him with them. He’s now in an Oldies Club foster home in Andover, Hampshire while he waits for a forever home that’s worthy of him.
A good boy in foster: Milo made himself at home in foster in less than a week, the comfort and good company meeting with his approval very nicely.
Can be left for a few hours: Milo is sensible and clean. He can be left for a few hours but he really likes regular walks and to be able to helpfully follow someone about. He’d rather not be left for long periods every day.
Wants to be an only dog: Milo has sometimes shown aggression towards other dogs (now don’t laugh! Even small, cute people can get jolly cross!). He wants to be the only dog at home and just bear in mind that not all other dogs measure up to his high standards.
Unknown with cats: Milo hasn’t been cat tested yet so better safe than sorry.
Good with children: Milo could live with dog savvy children from age 6 as long as they’re not too sudden and he can retreat when he feels like it. He has been very good with his foster carer’s grandchildren and loves going out for walks with them. He’s become quite attached to the eldest, following him around everywhere.
Loves his walks: Milo likes to be walked on an extending lead for a bit of independence, i.e. criss-crossing in front of you as the mood takes him! Off lead, his recall is not entirely reliable for his foster carer but, apparently, it is for her eldest grandson. He knows his own mind, does Milo!
His ideal length of walk is only about 15-20 minutes as he has a heart murmur and gets out of breath easily. However, after a bit of a rest he’s always keen to go out again! Little and often gives him the chance to cast his radiance upon the wider community, while not over doing himself.
Good in the car: Milo is always happy to go for an adventure!
Milo’s favourite pastimes: He is quite playful. In foster, he removes pine cones from a basket and plays with them. He also likes to tussle with the feather duster if it dares to tickle him!
Milo’s dislikes: Sudden things. He’s a bit of a nervous boy at times. He jumps if startled and can snap, which is why any children around him need to be very considerate. During a thunder storm recently, he climbed onto his foster carer’s lap for safety!
Milo’s ideal home: He wants plenty of short walks and someone who will play with him. He seems to respond best to men and boys, in terms of obedience, so he might be happiest either in a mixed household or as a companion to a man.
Health notes: Milo is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and worm/flea treated. His heart murmur doesn’t need any treatment. He just needs to take it easy in his retirement. Shih Tzus do need regular grooming sessions for their fast growing coats and claws. Not to mention staying so fabulous looking!
Milo’s foster carer says: “At first he would not walk past me in a doorway or a narrow passage [because of his nerves, bless him!]. He can be independent. He doesn’t like to be forced to do what he doesn’t want to do, such as come in from the garden if he wants to stay out. I leave him either with the door open or he scratches it when he wants to come in.”
If you would like to offer Milo 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
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.