Bill and Ben are gorgeous Chocolate Labrador brothers, aged 12, who came into the Oldies Club rescue due to their owner’s ill health. They are in an Oldies Club foster home in Kings Sutton, Oxfordshire, waiting for someone to offer them a new home together.
Gentlemen in foster care: Bill and Ben settled immediately in foster care and have been real gents. They are house-trained, very well behaved, and have been sleeping through the night since they arrived. They are very friendly and affectionate Labs with big hearts and lots of personality.
Can be left: They are fine to be left for 4 hour intervals. They sleep well and they have never barked while their foster carers have been out (they recorded them). After a walk and feed they are happy to be left alone for some serious snoozing and snoring, so they could be rehomed with workers who have flexible schedules or have someone to visit and take them out.
Could live with a spayed female: Bill and Ben would need careful introductions to live with another dog, preferably a spayed female. They couldn’t live with a non-spayed female as they are not neutered, on the vet’s recommendation.
Cat-free home: Bill and Ben bark at cats.
Older children: They have not been child tested in foster but we think they could live with kind older children who understand the needs of older, less active dogs.
Regular short walks: Bill and Ben are having two or three short, slow walks a day of 30 minutes or less. They both have arthritis so cannot manage long walks, but there are lots of tail wags at the prospect of going out. A quiet place where they can walk off lead would be best as they potter about at different paces. They are both very keen to meet other dogs on walks and are generally friendly. Ben will bark at other unneutered dogs on walks, and then Bill will do the same!
Good in the car: They LOVE going out in the car so are happy to be driven to a park or field for a short wander and sniff as part of their outing.
Favourite pastimes: They love going out for walks or for rides in the car. Ben is always very excited for an adventure and will ensure his brother is woken to join in too! Like most labs they are fond of meal times, and while their food has been reduced and improved in foster care, further weight loss would be beneficial. They love affection and attention and like to meet and be with people.
Dislikes: Ben doesn’t like the vacuum. Bill can’t hear it.
Ideal home: A bungalow with a large garden would be ideal as Bill can’t climb stairs and Ben shouldn’t. They are both happy to stay downstairs at their foster home and they sleep together in the kitchen or living room. Ben likes to sleep on the couch, and Bill does too but he needs to be lifted up.
Health notes: They are not neutered, on the vet’s advice. They have been vaccinated, microchipped and flea/worm treated. They generally have a good health; the vet says they have strong hearts and no obvious internal problems. They have arthritis (Ben has limped since birth) and are taking Loxicom and Paracetamol plus joint supplements which have helped them a lot. They have had their nails clipped, and their ears and teeth cleaned. Bill’s ears were in quite a state so he has some medicine to open them up. They have each had a course of antibiotics – Ben for his anal glands and Bill for his ears.
More from their foster carer: “Bill and Ben are easy going, sweet, funny, kind and no trouble. Ben is the more energetic and leads this pack of two, he is kind hearted, always coming to check on his brother, getting him equally excited for walks or adventures, or giving him a few helpful licks to keep his eyes clean. Bill is steady and the slower of the pair, totally loveable and plods along following his brother Ben everywhere he goes, just at a slower pace. They both must sniff the same spot while on walks. Bill is deaf, loves to sleep and snores quite loudly!
Bill will let you know when it’s mealtime, but in quite a kind manner. Bill mows through Ben at dinner time to get to the first bowl, but Ben stands back and lets him go ahead. They each eat anything the other leaves behind and check each other’s dinner dish! They drink together from the same bowl and will lie/sleep together. They are clearly fond of each other and get along very well.
They would suit many different homes, where they have 2 comfy beds, some peace and quiet and the time and space to potter about at their own pace. They will reward you with waggy tails, lots of smiles and kisses. They love a cuddle and fuss. They want to be around people as much as possible.”
If you would like to offer Bill and Ben a permanent home together, 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
They 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 them.
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.