23/11/19 – Gentle Alfie has gone off to his new home!
Alfie is a gorgeous, gentle Border Collie boy, aged 9, who came into the Oldies Club rescue due to a change of circumstances in his family. He is in a foster home near Bradford, West Yorkshire.
A good boy in foster care: As well as being a very attractive boy, Alfie is also very well behaved. He took about three days to settle in to life at his foster home.
Enjoys having company: Alfie hasn’t been left alone for long while in foster care, but his fosterer feels that he should be OK to be left for a couple of hours but might become anxious if it was much longer. He wouldn’t suit a full-time working home.
Good with dogs but wants to be your only dog: Alfie is very friendly towards other dogs, and he is submissive towards bitches. If another dog barks at him, he feels nervous and hides behind his foster carer. Bless him! His foster carer feels that he needs to be the only dog in his new home.
Could live with a cat: Alfie is interested in cats outside and he might have a little chase if they run, but he ignores nextdoor’s cat when it goes into his foster home.
Likes children: Alfie is fascinated by children and could live with children aged about 9 years old plus. Younger than that and he might bowl them over if he gets excited.
A joy to walk: Alfie is very good on lead; he likes the lead to be taut but he does not pull. He doesn’t walk on a loose lead. Off lead he keeps his eye on you and never goes far away. If he is busy or interested in something, he regards recall as a suggestion rather than an instruction. He will however always respond to a whistle. Alfie goes for about a mile walk, or an hour and a half if you are up for it, mid morning. He also has shorter walks to toilet 3 or 4 times a day for around 15 or 20 minutes. Early morning he has a short short walk for a quick wee. Alfie is not a morning dog and always goes back to bed.
Excellent in the car: Yes he is!
Alfie’s favourite pastimes: Walking, searching and being nosey outside. He is amazed by the countryside. Playing inside with his tug toy and balls – he doesn’t play outside as he is too busy. Cuddling and being groomed are also appreciated by Alfie.
Alfie’s dislikes: Fireworks!! Lorries and motorbikes if they are loud. Loud voices and drunk men.
Alfie’s ideal home: He needs a home where he is the only dog as he wants all the attention and is very needy. His foster carer thinks he would love to live with an active older couple or a retired person. He is a great companion.
Health notes: Alfie is vaccinated, microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. He is booked in to be neutered and have a dental on 4th November. The vet says that Alfie has no signs of arthritis, and the stiffness he had at first has virtually disappeared with regular exercise.
More from Alfie’s foster carer: “Funny, a sweetheart, nosey and eager to please. I could write a book on Alfie. He is absolutely lovely. He is so intelligent and loves training, is not food driven and trains for praise which he adores. Like all Collies he likes his routine and likes to check you are doing things right…incredibly nosey! He likes to sleep next to your bed and ignores his bed at night. He craves attention and is very loving. He is funny and can be a clown. Out of all the Border Collies I have had in my life he is the gentlest and kindest I have met. Oh and he is an excellent fly catcher!”
If you would like to offer Alfie 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
Alfie 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.