7/7/18 – Cassie Ballerina has gone to her new home!
This delightful lady is Cassie the 12 year old Greyhound. She came into the Oldies Club rescue because her previous owner started working long hours and Cassie was being left alone far too much to be happy. She’s now living the high life in a foster home in Chippenham, Wiltshire while she waits for someone to offer her a suitably splendid, permanent home.
A laid-back lady in foster: Cassie took all of 10 minutes to relax when she arrived in foster. Coincidentally, that’s how long it took her to find her very own squishy bed!
Can be left for a couple of hours: Cassie has a talent for lounging and she’s very well behaved so she can be left for a couple of hours. However, she does need regular comfort stops and she has 4 small meals a day, making it impractical to leave her alone much longer.
Fine with other dogs: Cassie just ignores other dogs. She wouldn’t like to be pestered by a pushy one and she is quite a delicate older lady. She’ll need you to steer her clear of any boisterous types but you can rely on her to be polite, even to a puppy!
Great with cats: Cassie previously lived with a bossy cat who went so far as to regularly steal her food! She’s now with several cats in foster and just ignores them. She knows that life’s easier if you always defer to cats’ wishes.
Could live with older children: Cassie is impeccably well-mannered and always gentle but she is in her dotage and needs lots of peace. She could maybe live with children from age 12 but they would have to be dog savvy, as she can never have tit-bits (See health notes below, we’re not just being mean!).
Little and often for walkies: Cassie likes to have short 20 minute walks, 2-3 times a day. She’s a bit stiff so this suits her best. She is extremely good on walks! Good on the lead and has good recall (especially if a bit of chicken is involved). In fact, in less than a week at her foster home she went off lead in a secure area and just followed behind her fosterer. One time, she was let off the lead just before a squirrel got up and ran along the ground in front of her but Cassie ignored it. She’s too cool for such shenanigans!
Perfect in the car: Cassie is used to long car rides. She might need help getting in if it’s high up but once she’s there, in a soft bed or on the back seat, she’ll happily lie down and snooze.
Cassie’s favourite pastimes: Sleeping and eating! She’s especially fond of sleeping in front of her foster carer’s wood burn stove. She does appreciate warmth… and sleep!
Cassie’s dislikes: She really is very relaxed. The only things she’s not keen on are The Cold and having her routine messed around. She likes to be able to plan her nap and meal schedule.
Cassie’s ideal home: Well! She wants good company most of the time; a good sized garden to potter in and no small children to contend with. She’s a bit ungainly with those long legs and they do take a lot of organising. She can’t manage many steps and she’d better not live somewhere with slippery floors, or she might accidentally do the splits. Tiles or lino should be fine but laminate could prove embarrassing for a mature lady, who still likes a playful prance when the mood takes her.
Health notes: Cassie is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea/worm treated and has recently had a dental. Before Cassie came into Oldies, over a year ago, she had an acute case of pancreatitis and was hospitalised for 4 days. She has recovered and was on a low fat diet of Chappie and cooked chicken. Since being with Oldies her diet has been tweaked to include more carbohydrate so she currently has Hill’s I/D added and with this her weight is increasing. She has 4 small meals a day. This is why she is not allowed any treats, to prevent a re-occurrence of the pancreatitis. She has been given Tramadol to help her stiff joints and this also helps if she gets a bit colicky, but it is only used when needed. She has been diagnosed with a mild (grade 1) heart murmur but has had a scan and it is not thought to be significant enough for either treatment or further investigation. She manages the trials of having to eat chickeny meals 4 times a day with good grace!
Cassie’s foster carer said: “Cassie has been well looked after and loved and this shows. She cannot be faulted in any way. She’s adorable, laid-back, sensitive and well behaved. Her eyesight is fine, as is her hearing. She is good having injections, loves having her ears wiped, and she has no objection to having her toenails clipped. Cassie also has a tattoo in her ear which you can look up and find out more about her racing history in Ireland. She is such a sweet, undemanding lady who now deserves a loving, 5 star forever retirement home. And did I mention how adorable she is!”
If you would like to offer Cassie 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
Cassie 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 her.
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.