14/10/2020 – Lovely Artos has gone to his new home!
Artos is a 10-year-old Crossbreed boy who came into the Oldies Club rescue due to changes within his family. He is in a foster home in Aldershot, Hampshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. Artos originates from Romania and was rescued when his former owner was volunteering for a charity over there. As you can see, he’s a really lovely looking dog. He’s medium sized and weighs about 23kg.
Artos’s ideal home: Artos would benefit from a home with people that can devote a lot of time to him. He is generally self-sufficient, but if he gets bored or feels ignored, he needs a cuddle so that he can then happily carry on with his day. He just needs to be reassured that he is part of the family. He could live with a compatible dog and older children but not cats. A home in a quiet area would suit him as he will bark if he hears people outside. Artos probably wouldn’t suit you if you are proud of your immaculate garden, as he does enjoy having a dig.
A good boy in foster: Artos took 2-3 weeks to settle at his foster home, but each day he gradually increased in confidence. He enjoys spending time outside and his foster carer has been leaving the door open when possible so that Artos can go outside as and when he pleases.
Can be left for a few hours: He hasn’t been left alone much, but when he has been left for up to 4 hours there have been no problems. The neighbours listened for him and reported that he barked a little when people were outside the front of the house but otherwise he was quiet.
Good with dogs: Artos was said to have previously lived with another dog that he got on very well with. He has mixed well his fosterer’s friends’ dogs that have visited in the garden.
Not suitable with cats: Artos had a brief spell in a house with cats which proved that he is not a cat lover and needs a home without them.
Good with older children: We were told that Artos doesn’t really like children, however he immediately bonded with his fosterer’s 10-year-old son and they adore each other. We would therefore be happy to rehome Artos to live with children aged 10 upwards.
Loves walks: Artos is great on walks. He is not keen on general traffic noise but he is gradually getting used to it and becoming a lot more relaxed around traffic. He hasn’t been let off the lead much. His recall seems OK, but if he sees dogs in the distance he will just head off to say hello. He is enjoying two walks per day of about 30 minutes each. At weekends he has one or two longer walks of 1 to 2 hours.
OK in the car: He was a bit nervous getting into the car to start with but this seemed to be because he was worrying what was happening and where he might be going next.
Artos’s favourite pastimes: He enjoys sunbathing, being stroked and digging.
Artos’s dislikes: He doesn’t like noise outside the house. His fosterer’s house is very close to the kerb though, and the windows have been open a lot during the hot weather, so this has made it more noisy. With the windows closed, Artos has not been as vocal as people walk by. He doesn’t like birds, squirrels, foxes etc. coming into the garden. He is wary of men he doesn’t know but he is fine once he has met them a few times.
Health notes: Artos is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been wormed and flea treated. He has had pancreatitis so takes medication and is on a special diet to prevent it.
More from Artos’s fosterer: “He is a sensitive, cuddly, energetic and obedient boy. Snuggly Artos really doesn’t seem like a 10-year-old dog and he can outrun our friends’ dogs who are half his age. He does like to bark at times but will generally stop on request or with some reassurance. Artos has become much more relaxed than when he initially came to us. He was quite an anxious boy but he has really settled in remarkably quickly. We will be sad to see Artos go and really will miss him. Artos has been the first foster dog that we have seriously considered adopting and we are really gutted that we can’t commit.”
If you would like to offer Artos 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
Artos can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of his foster home, subject to a satisfactory home visit. Note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to collect 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.