Dotty is a 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who came into the Oldies Club rescue, via a vets, after she was found by a motorway, rescued by a member of the public, and no owner could be traced.
Dotty’s ideal home: Sweet Dotty is looking for a quiet home where she can be your little companion and spend the day with you. She seems to have lived with an older man previously, but she loves cuddles with her female fosterer and shares her time between both fosterers. She would be ideal for older people who want to go out for regular gentle walks. Dotty does need to be walked as she loves to get out for a sniff. You will also need to be able to get up in the night for her as she will bark at least twice in the night and needs to go out at these times. She sleeps in a crate and is clean if you let her out when she barks.
Settled well in foster care: Dotty settled relatively quickly, within a week to 10 days.
Likes to have company: Dotty can be left for up to 3 hours occasionally, but she definitely needs a home where someone is around for most of the day. When left she can be heard barking as her fosterers return to the front door. She will paw at the door and has had some accidents when left.
Ignores other dogs: Dotty tends to ignore other dogs, both inside the home and outside on walks. She is living with a 7-year-old male JRT and she just ignores him. He has growled at her, over food, but she tends to move away from him whenever he walks near her. She could live with other dogs as she is very easy going but she would also be happy as your only dog.
Seems fine with cats: Dotty she seems to ignore cats so she might have lived with one before. She has been tested with cats twice, for a couple of hours each time, and she just ignored them. She never chases cats or barks at them when she meets them on a walk.
Unknown with children: We haven’t been able to test Dotty with young children but she really needs a quiet home without children. She should be fine about having sensible children visit who are properly supervised and who will allow Dotty to simply do her own thing. She has shown no aggression but she will snarl when you try to trim the her hair on her face.
Walks on an extendable lead: Dotty is virtually deaf so has no recall. She is kept on an extendable lead, which gives her enough exercise. If she finds herself outside without a lead on, she will take off – it’s not a run but is a very fast walk. She is very good on the lead. Dotty is currently being walked to where she wants to go and for as long as she wants to go on a particular day. Sometimes she will stop at the corner and turn back home, but other times she will walk for up to half an hour. Even though she doesn’t walk far, Dotty does need walks as she loves to get out and sniff new things and stimulate her senses. She also benefits from having a walk in the evening as it tires her out and helps her to sleep at night.
Good in the car: Dotty is fine in the car but will whine if the journey is quite long and she cannot see you (when she is in the boot). She has been on regular 2.5 hour journeys to her fosterers’ holiday home.
Dotty’s favourite pastimes: Sleeping, eating and getting cuddles. She will play with toys that other dogs have played with. She often picks up a tennis ball which is far too big for her, but she’s happy to throw it around until the resident dog comes back into the room
Dotty’s dislikes: She is not keen on having a bath and she doesn’t like you touching her feet, trimming her hair or checking her teeth. She gets a fright if you approach from her blind side. She has started barking randomly – mostly in the early evening – she has been fed, has water and has been out, so this seems to be an age-related behaviour. She doesn’t seem to be in pain as she is normally padding around when she does it.
Health notes: The vets did a test to work out if Dotty is neutered and they think that she is. She has been microchipped, wormed and flea treated. She arrived with a list of health problems, but they were mainly due to untreated issues and have all been resolved. She had a hernia, an untreated ulcer in her right eye and her teeth were in a terrible state. She has had the hernia fixed, her eye removed and 16 teeth extracted. She did develop another small hernia, but after several tests the vet decided it doesn’t need another operation. She has arthritis and has started to take Onsior, 1 tablet a day, and she is having Urilin as she had a couple of accidents. Her remaining eye tends to weep so needs to be bathed regularly to keep her comfortable and clean.
More from Dotty’s fosterer: “Dotty is delightful, adorable, affectionate and sassy. She’s quite the demanding diva at times too! Everyone who meets Dotty loves her. She’s quite a little character who is very confident with strangers. She isn’t afraid to bark when she needs something or at birds in the garden. She is picky about the food she will eat and whatever she ate yesterday may not suit her today. But she does like scrambled eggs and chicken with rice.”
If you would like to offer Dotty 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
Dotty 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.