Barney is a cheeky 8 year old Shar Pei boy who came into the Oldies Club dog rescue after his owner passed away. Barney is in a foster home in Stretford, Manchester, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home, preferably where he will be an only pet, and where he won’t need to be left on his own too much.
Settled gradually in foster care: Barney cried a little on the first couple of nights at his foster home but then he settled and has slept through each night since. He took about two weeks to properly settle in and make himself at home.
Likes to have company: Barney has not been left for any length of time since being in foster care and he would prefer a home with someone around a lot of the time. Once settled in his new home, he would be OK to be left for a while, provided he had been for a walk beforehand, but you would need to gradually build up the amount of time he is left. He isn’t suitable for a home where people are out at work every day.
OK with some dogs: There are no other dogs in Barney’s foster home. Barney is probably best as an only dog, although he might accept a calm older dog. On walks he tends to ignore small dogs but he can be wary of big dogs and sometimes growls.
Unknown with cats: We don’t know if Barney could live with a cat. On walks he looks interested but that is all.
Seems fine with children: Barney was used to young children visiting his previous home and he has had teenage visitors at his foster home. He should be fine to live with sensible, well-supervised children, and he is not really boisterous enough to knock them over.
Loves going for walks: Barney loves walks and he walks nicely in a harness. He pulls on the lead when he first goes out of the door, but this is purely excitement. He has not been let off the lead since coming into foster care as there is nowhere suitable, but we were told that his previous owner let him off the lead with no issues, and his foster carer thinks that once bonded with his new owners he should be fine to go off lead and he probably wouldn’t go far. His hearing and eyesight are very good too. Barney is currently having two walks per day: a 30-40 minute walk in the morning and a 25 minute walk at teatime. He would go for longer when you have time as he loves his walks.
OK in the car: When Barney was transported to his foster home, he was fine in the car and just whined a little.
Barney’s favourite pastimes: Walking, walking and treats!
Barney’s ideal home: With someone who is around for most of the day, possibly a home worker or someone who likes to be out and about with him; he would never refuse a walk!
Health notes: Barney has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He arrived in foster care with a bad ear infection and so the vets cleaned his ears out while he was under anaesthetic for his castration. His ears are now much better – he has a course of drops and his ears will then need to be cleaned regularly to stop the problem recurring. Barney’s skin seemed fine when he first came to us, but it flared up where his legs were shaved for his operation. After bathing in medicated shampoo, his skin has now cleared up.
Barney’s foster carer told us: “Barney is loyal, loving, funny and cheeky. Although he is loving, he is not a cuddly dog. He has been clean in the house since night one and he sleeps through in his bed downstairs; he gets up when you do. He loves his walks and will walk for as long or as little as you want to. He will make someone a great companion and is protective due the nature of his breed. He is a funny character.”
If you would like to offer Barney 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
Barney 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.