Toby is an adorable 15 year old Jack Russell Terrier boy who came into the Oldies Club dog rescue because his owner had moved to assisted living accommodation where dogs aren’t allowed. Toby is in an Oldies Club foster home near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, waiting for someone to offer him a quiet permanent home to snooze in.
Luxuriating in foster care: Toby took quite a while to settle in to life at his foster home, but he is thoroughly enjoying his time there and he spends most of each day snoozing in a very comfortable antique nursing chair on a mohair blanket. Toby hopes to have similar levels of luxury and comfort in his new home!
Loves to have company: We were told by Toby’s previous family that he was fine to be left on his own for a while. His foster carers haven’t had cause to leave Toby since he came into rescue, but they feel that he would fret if left on his own as he cries if no-one is close by. They therefore recommend that Toby goes to a home where he will rarely need to be left, especially as he needs to go out for wees quite often. He stands in front of you, giving you a hard stare, to let you know he wants to go out.
Needs to be your only pet: Toby would like a home where he is your only dog and where there are no cats.
Good with older visiting children: Toby has never lived with children, and it is probably a little late in his life for him to begin to do so, but he would be fine about having older children visit his home. He was good with teenage girls that visited his foster home for the day.
Short walks only: Toby only likes short walks – about 20-30 minutes twice per day. Once he has tinkled or had a poo, he wants to return home. He really doesn’t like the cold, bless him. He is good on the lead and, as he is deaf, he always stays on his lead on walks.
Good in the car: Yes he is!
Toby’s favourite pastimes: Toby likes to sleep for most of the day. He loves his little cushion to sleep on and has two blankets for warmth. And when he’s not snoozing, he enjoys looking out of the window. He also enjoys greeting visitors at the door. At night he likes to be tucked up before his foster carers go to bed – it’s part of his routine, and they keep the heating on for him all the time. Toby doesn’t know how to play with toys but he loves having his ear scratched and a stroke.
Toby’s dislikes: Toby is used to living as an only dog with an elderly person and so he is not used to being around other dogs and he doesn’t seem to like them, except for a little dachshund he once met. Toby does have a bad back so perhaps he is frightened of being hurt by other dogs.
Toby’s ideal home: Toby simply wants to be cosseted. He’d be ideal for a retired person or couple who can give him regular short walks; someone with time and patience who will keep him warm and give him lots of tender loving care. As he only has a few teeth, his new owners must be happy to feed him soft meat, cut up small, two meals per day. He will need a garden and would probably enjoy pottering in and out on warm days.
Health notes: Toby is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He is deaf and has cataracts. Toby has had a dental and has very few teeth left. He takes daily Metacam for spondylitis.
More from Toby’s doting foster carers: “Toby is handsome, stoic, determined and loyal. He is such a wonderful little chap. He sleeps in a small antique armchair off the floor. This is because of his bad back. When he first came to us he shook with the pain. A basket would be too harsh. He likes to be stroked a little, but be careful of his poorly back. Food soft, cut up small. He is a gorgeous dog who is simply at the tea-time of life. Looked after well, he has many good years ahead of him.”
If you would like to offer Toby 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
Toby 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.