Pepe is a cute 14 year old Chihuahua boy who came into the Oldies Club dog rescue after being found as a stray. Pepe is in a foster home in Powys, Mid Wales, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Settled gradually in foster care: Pepe took about 10 days to settle in to his foster home.
Can be left for short periods: Pepe is OK to be left on his own for an hour or two, but not any longer than this. He likes to have someone around.
Would enjoy living with another dog: Pepe is a very friendly boy and always happy to meet other dogs. He would probably enjoy and benefit from living in a household with a gentle dog.
Might chase cats: We don’t know for sure how Pepe would be with cats, but his foster carer has a small parrot that Pepe finds very interesting and would try to catch, so he might chase a cat.
Fine with older children: Pepe is quiet and very gentle, but he does not really like being picked up, although he does tolerate it. Young children might not understand this and might want to pick him up and treat him like a toy because he is so small. We therefore recommend that any children in Pepe’s new home should be aged over 10.
Not interested in walks: Pepe is not interested in going for walks, but he will potter in the garden in dry or warm weather if you are out with him. He would probably follow another dog though.
Good in the car: Pepe is very calm in the car and has travelled in a crate.
Pepe’s favourite pastimes: Eating his meals, having tiny cubes of cheese as training rewards, cuddling and sleeping.
Pepe’s dislikes: He isn’t really frightened of anything, but he prefers not to be picked up and he will back away or hide under the table if he senses you intend to pick him up. However, he does have to be taken outside regularly for toileting, so this is not completely avoidable.
Pepe’s ideal home: He likes lots of attention and to see that someone is around. He is happy to meet visitors and have a cuddle with them. He is quite a perky little chap and will happily explore his new home, but a high-energy household would not suit him. His new owner will need to be able to bend to gently pick him up.
Health notes: Pepe is vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He hasn’t been neutered as our vet advised against it due to Pepe’s age and the fact that he has a heart murmur. However, there are no signs of heart failure, and no treatment is needed at this time. He has an inguinal hernia (soft visible lump in his groin) which is not troublesome and no treatment is required. Pepe has age-related cataracts, but can see, and he is also a little deaf. He only has 4 teeth, but loves his food and needs a soft, plain diet.
Pepe’s foster carer told us: “Pepe is the most delightful little dog, very affectionate and loves to snuggle on the sofa beside you. At night he loves the soft fleeces in his bed and will make a nest to snuggle into. He does not bark, but will whine if feeling lonely, when it’s mealtime, or if he needs lifting off the sofa because he needs a wee. It’s lovely to see his waggy tail when a piece of cheese is offered, usually after a successful trip outside! He is likely to bond closely with his new owner. Pepe does not know how to ask to go outside, so needs to be taken out at regular intervals and may need to be carried out and encouraged to “do wee wees”. At present he is fed 3 times daily and needs to be taken outside immediately after. At night and if left in the kitchen during the day, he will use newspaper or training pads and this works well. He doesn’t like the cold wind and rain and has a selection of little jumpers knitted by his admirers that he is happy to wear. He does not need to wear one indoors.”
If you would like to offer Pepe 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
Pepe 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.