Lovely Lucy is a sweet 12-year-old Lurcher x Whippet who is in an Oldies Club foster home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She came into rescue because of a change of circumstances in her former home.
Lucy’s ideal home: Lucy is a very good, steady girl. She needs a home with someone who will give her plenty of reassurance, and she seems to prefer women to men. She is a one-person dog and she will attach herself to her chosen person. She could live with calm older children but might prefer to be your only dog and can’t live with cats.
Gradually gained confidence in foster: It took Lucy over a week to settle at her foster home. In the first week she would not approach her foster carers at all in the house and she lay down away from them. She has now attached herself to her female foster carer and seeks her out everywhere. She declines walks with husband and will try to run back home to her female foster carer if she cannot see her.
Can be left: Lucy is fine about being left for up to four hours. She will sleep most of the time if she has had a walk before being left. She would enjoy a home with someone around a lot of the time, but she would cope with living with a part-time worker.
OK with calm dogs: Lucy hasn’t lived with dogs, but we were told that she had stayed temporarily in a home with two other dogs. On walks, Lucy is inquisitive about other dogs, but if they are too large or boisterous she will run away from them and go back to her foster carer, staying near her. If the other dog is persistent Lucy just continues to run around, keeping in close proximity to her foster carer. She is a very good girl.
Not suitable with cats: Lucy chases cats.
Fine with children: There are no children in her foster home, but Lucy does seem to enjoy meeting gentle children and she stands still until they have finished stroking her. She should be fine to live with well-trained older children, aged 8+, who will treat her with the respect an older lady deserves.
Loves long walks in fine weather: Lucy is a fair weather walker and won’t go for a walk when it’s raining. She likes long walks in a secure area where she can run free. She does not bother with toys or a ball. She has selective hearing and comes back when she is ready or when her fosterers are far enough away. She will then run back to them. She has an hour walk in the morning and an hour walk in the afternoon. In between she has a quick wee in the garden, which she asks for by standing at the back door. She is great on the lead but enjoys freedom off the lead too. She is very active when out.
Good in the car: Lucy’s fosterers have had no issues with her in the car.
Lucy’s favourite pastimes: Long walks. Sleeping wrapped up in a warm blanket as she feels the cold a lot. Her favourite place is the sofa.
Lucy’s dislikes: Loud noises, bangs and power tools. She hates rain and will not go out for a walk if it is raining – she just does a quick wee outside and runs back in. She is not keen on large dogs.
Health notes: Lucy is microchipped, neutered, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated. Lucy came to us with medication for a heart condition. She has had a scan and our vet thinks that she doesn’t need the medication, so the medication has been stopped to see how she does without it.
More from Lucy’s foster carers: Lucy is a sweet, fragile lady who is active when out but likes comfort and warmth otherwise. She enjoys her food (tinned food in gravy) but does not like treats or human food. She has a tin in the morning and a tin at night, sometimes topped up by a pouch of food in between. If you would like a dog that is not demanding in any way, then Lucy is an ideal lady. You just have to be patient and allow her time to get to know you. She is not a cuddly dog and she will choose how much affection she gives or allows you to give her. She knows what she wants and will tell you in her own little way.
If you would like to offer Lucy 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
Lucy can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of her foster home, subject to a satisfactory home visit. Note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to collect 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.