Lovely little Layla is a 16-year-old Terrier Cross who came into the Oldies Club rescue because her owner was no longer able to care for her. She is in a foster home in Spennymoor, County Durham, waiting for someone to offer her a quiet home and lots of love.
Doing well in foster: Layla was very upset at first when she arrived in foster, but she soon settled in – within 2 to 3 weeks – and she is a good girl there.
Can be left a few hours: Layla is fine to be left on her own while you go out for a few hours to do the shopping etc. but she wouldn’t be happy in a working home.
Fine with other dogs out and about: Layla is happy to meet and greet other dogs on walks, but she wouldn’t want to share her own space with them so she needs to be your only dog.
Chases cats: Layla does like to chase cats – she is a terrier after all! – so would be best in a home without cats.
Older teenagers only: Layla loves people but she wouldn’t want to live with children other than calm, older teenagers, as although she has apparently been around children in the past, her foster carer has observed that Layla needs supervision with small children. Layla was grumpy when some young children visited her foster home and she needed watching closely.
Loves short walks: Layla is great on the lead but can’t be let off lead as she is too deaf. 20 minutes to half an hour’s walk, twice a day, is plenty for little Layla. She has recall in the garden as she responds to hand clapping.
OK in the car if with you: Layla likes to be with you in the car, preferably on your knee. She cries all the time if she’s in a crate in the car.
Layla’s favourite pastimes: Sleeping in the sun, being nursed and cuddled, having her tummy tickled, and being fed tit-bits as treats. She loves her little walks and she sometimes likes a game with a squeaky toy.
Layla’s dislikes: She hates the bath!
Layla’s ideal home: With someone who has a quiet life and plenty of time to be with Layla and spoil her. She needs a warm, cosy bed to snooze in. Also important is a nice garden to mooch around in, which will need to be very secure, as when she first arrives at a new home Layla will probably be determined to escape. Her foster carer struggled to keep her in for the first few weeks, but now Layla is fine.
Health notes: Layla has recently had to be spayed as she had an enlarged uterus and was very poorly. She is fully recovered now though, had no complications and no further treatment is required. She also had some dental work done so has nice clean teeth. She is quite deaf and her vision poor, in one eye particularly. She is vaccinated and microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated as appropriate.
Layla’s foster carer tells us more: “Layla is sweet-natured, loving, inquisitive and surprisingly sprightly for her age. She loves human contact and is very affectionate. She may cry at first in her new home, as she did here, but she soon adapted and became settled, especially after her health issues were resolved. She loves treats and I think is used to being fed some human food. Nice tit-bits will usually win her round. She will be perfect as a companion to someone who wants company, is not too busy, has time to spend with her, take her for short walks and have a gentle play with a squeaky toy when she is in the mood. What she needs is a nice quiet retirement home where she can live out her days in comfort and company.”
If you would like to offer Layla 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
Layla 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.