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Happy Sassy is a Collie X Terrier (we think), in an Oldies Club foster home in Weymouth, Dorset, waiting for someone to offer her a suitably lovely permanent home.
A good girl in foster: Sassy took a few weeks to settle into foster care. She’s gradually relaxed and is now the cheerful lady you see today.
Can be left for a while: Sassy would be happiest in a home where she will have human company most of the time, but she’s OK about being left on her own when you have to go out for a while. She’s uneasy but resigned about it. If you give her a treat just before going out, she’ll wait til you’re safely back before eating it. And she really loves her treats!
Wants to be your only pet: Sassy tolerates other dogs outside of the home but wants to be the queen of her own dominion and just don’t even talk to her about cats!
Good with children: Sassy has met a few children while in foster and has really enjoyed it. She won’t want to be pulled about by young ones at home but older, sensible children would probably be OK and any visiting Grandchildren will be such fun!
Loves short walks: Sassy has some arthritis but still likes getting out and about. She’s best suited to two or three short walks a day, of no more than half an hour each time. She has to stay on the lead as she’s a bit deaf and if she’s found a really good smell, she’ll ignore any frantic “come here” gestures! She can be strong on the lead, so will need a fit owner. Since being in foster, trusting her carer more and more, Sassy has relaxed about meeting other dogs. Whereas, at first, she would bark when she saw another dog to tell them to steer clear. She now lets them come up and say hello. She only growls at them if they’re persistently annoying. What a Good Girl!
OK in the car: Sassy is well behaved in the car. Until she knows and trusts you, she might cry in the car, especially if she can’t see you, but once she knows you well, she is happy to go out and enjoy a journey.
Sassy’s favourite pastimes: Food is Sassy’s number one favourite thing! Then it’s tracking interesting smells on walks. She likes exploring and monitoring the garden and she’s not adverse to a bit of fuss!
Sassy’s ideal home: Sassy loves company, so it would be best if someone is at home with her most of the time. She needs owners who will be happy for her to sleep in the same room as them, if they live in a bungalow. If they sleep upstairs, she’ll insist on sleeping at the foot of the stairs – as near to you as her older legs will reasonably take her. A good sized garden is essential for her pottering proclivities!
Health notes: Sassy is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. She is having Metacam for arthritis and this will need to be ongoing. She arrived in our care with itchy, inflamed skin and this is being kept under control with a daily half-tablet of Apoquel, Piriton twice a day plus an oil (Yumega) which goes on her food once a day. This regime is doing wonders!
She has been having twice weekly baths of baby shampoo followed by Malaseb shampoo. It’s possible these baths could be less frequent now as she was unable to have them two weeks and she was fine.
Sassy has a number of lumps and bumps, including one that hangs loose beneath her chin. They are thought to be benign but this can’t be verified without a general anaesthetic and, in view of Sassy’s age, the vet is reluctant to explore further.
Sassy’s foster carer said: “Sassy is cheeky, loving, energetic and pretty. Recently, Sassy has shown considerable improvement in her toleration of other dogs, even to the point where other dog walkers have commented. She is exceptionally clean in the house and she will indicate the need to be let into garden by gently laying her head on your knee. If she fails to get your attention, she will then whimper quietly.”
If you would like to offer Sassy 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
Sassy 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.
This replaces Sassy’s original page dated 25th March 2018.