23/3/19 – Nicky the flying Beagle has gone to her new home – yay!
Adorable Nicky is a 9 year old female Beagle who came into the Oldies Club rescue because her owner was moving and pets weren’t allowed. Nicky is in an Oldies Club foster home in Bovey Tracey, Devon, while she waits for someone to offer her a permanent home.
A good girl in foster: Nicky is a really lovely dog who took a couple of weeks to settle into her foster home.
Can be left: Nicky is OK to be left on her own for a while, but she will need to get used to this gradually in her new home as she can become anxious. She is better crated when left to start with. Nicky wouldn’t really want to be left for full-time hours, but she would cope with it if she had the company of other dogs, and she would need to have a good walk or garden break halfway through the day.
Wants to live with other dogs: Nicky loves dogs and she needs to live with other dogs for her to be confident and happy.
Fine with cats: Yes she is!
OK with visiting children: Nicky is fine with children that she meets but she hasn’t spent a lot of time with them. She is a little timid so wouldn’t be happy living with noisy young children, but she should be fine with visiting children, or perhaps an older, calm resident child.
Enjoys a good walk: Nicky is fit and active and can walk for several miles. She is currently having a short walk in the morning (15 mins) and a longer walk in the afternoon (45 mins – 1.5 hours). She is good on the lead, but off lead she sometimes dawdles, sniffing. She is more active and responsive when she is with other dogs, and her recall is better then too. She is easily distracted by smells, other people and other dogs. Her recall is improving but will need further work. She is a Beagle though!
OK in the car: Nicky is sometimes reluctant to get in the car, but she’s generally good once she’s in.
Nicky’s favourite pastimes: Sniffing, being with other dogs, eating, sleeping by the fire, walks – especially on beaches.
Nicky’s dislikes: Being quite timid, she is scared of loud noises and sudden movements. She is reportedly scared of men but her foster carer has seen no real evidence of this.
Nicky’s ideal home: Definitely with another dog, not an all-male house, with plenty of walking on offer, and fairly quiet – no small children. Experienced dog people who will put time into building her trust and working on her recall.
Health notes: Nicky is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. As a Beagle, she is prone to waxy ears and will need weekly ear cleaning. She has warty skin in places, probably due to a previously untreated infection, and so to prevent her skin getting itchy she needs a naturally hypo-allergenic diet (currently James Wellbeloved), or a grain-free diet might help. She also needs regular baths using a prescription type shampoo such as Malaseb. She has recently had some teeth removed and at the moment her food needs to be soaked in water before she can eat it.
Nicky’s foster carer tells us: “Nicky is sweet-natured, placid, friendly and gentle. Nicky spent the first 7 years of her life in a kennel with several other dogs, being used for breeding, so she has not had a lot of experience of the big wide world. As a result she can be a little timid, but she has responded well to a bit of love and gentle encouragement in her foster home. She loves to be out and about and has a lot of energy for long walks and adventures. She loves the company of other dogs and needs this in her forever home to give her the confidence and happiness she deserves.”
If you would like to offer Nicky 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
Nicky 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.