Gracie (left) and Duke (right) are two cute little Border Terriers, aged about 10 and 14 respectively. They came into the Oldies Club rescue because their owner became too poorly to look after them anymore. They’re now in an Oldies Club foster home in Whitchurch, Shropshire, while they wait for someone to offer them a permanent home.
Good dogs in foster: Gracie took only a couple of days to relax in the foster home and Duke was settled within two weeks, both finding reassurance from each other and quickly training their carer to let them up on the sofa!
Can be left: Gracie and Duke don’t mind being left for a while. They just snuggle up together and snooze.
Good with other dogs: They both get on well with other dogs and would probably be happy sharing their home with another friendly one, after nice introductions.
Untested with cats: They haven’t met any cats since being in foster care and since they’re Terriers, it’s probably safest to assume they’d like to keep it that way!
Good with children: Gracie and Duke are gentle with children of all ages. They could live with some, as long as they get plenty of rest. Visiting grandchildren of any age would be fine for them.
Like little walks: At the moment, Gracie and Duke have two walks a day of about 15 minutes each. Due to arthritis, this is enough for them, combined with pottering time in the garden. They’re good on the lead. Off lead, Duke doesn’t have any recall as he’s pretty well deaf. Gracie also doesn’t have recall but doesn’t have any excuse! Apart from all the interesting smells, of course.
Good in the car: Gracie and Duke are fine about going on car journeys. They snuggle up and switch off.
Gracie and Duke’s favourite pastimes: Walking, eating and cuddling – either with you or with each other.
Gracie and Duke’s dislike: There’s only one thing they’re not keen on, loud noises. They need peace and harmony.
Their ideal home: This would be with a retired person or couple who like gentle strolls giving them cuddles as often as possible!
Health notes: Gracie and Duke are both vaccinated, microchipped and flea/worm treated. Duke is definitely neutered. We’ve been told that Gracie is spayed. Poor old Gracie had a dislocated hip, but after having a pin in it while it healed, she’s absolutely fine now. Duke had to have an ear ablution but has also been signed off as healthy now, just deaf. He’s lucky to have Gracie to rely on for when to get excited about someone saying “walkies”!
Their foster carer said: “They really are a lovely couple of dogs. They love just being around their owners. It has been lovely watching them grow in confidence and learn to be happy again. Gracie is cheeky. Duke is laid-back. They’re both loving and cuddly. They’re like an old married couple!”
If you would like to offer Gracie and Duke 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
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.