Lucky Diddy Dotty! (Oldies Club, fostered Edinburgh)

16/2/20 – We’ve been inundated with applications for Dotty and cannot accept any more. Please consider another needy oldie, thank you!

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 special little companion and spend most of the day with you. She seems to have lived with an older man previously as she gravitates towards men, especially grey-haired men, but she loves cuddles with her female fosterer too and shares her time between both fosterers. She would be ideal for older people who don’t want to go for long dog walks.

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 4 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 doesn’t have a loud bark. 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. At Christmas three other dogs visited and Dotty allowed them all to meet her and have a sniff, then she walked off and did her own thing. She could live with other dogs as she is very easy going.

Seems fine with cats: Again, 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 did this at the beach when she was first taken there on her extendable lead, as if she thought she was free. Otherwise she is very good on the lead and on her walks. 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. She is only having one walk a day as it tires her out, but she also goes out in the garden whenever she wants, or when her fosterers think she needs to go out.

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 doesn’t seem bothered about playing with toys, other than briefly playing with one that belonged to a visiting dog.

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.

Dotty arrived with a very poorly right eye which had to be removed

Health notes: The vets did a test to work out if Dotty is neutered and they think that she might be. 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 has arthritis and has just started to take Onsior, 1 tablet a day, and she is having Urilin as she had a couple of accidents.

More from Dotty’s fosterer:Dotty is delightful, adorable, affectionate and sassy! Everyone who meets Dotty loves her. She has turned into quite a little character who is very confident with strangers. She isn’t afraid to tell you when she wants something or isn’t happy about something, but she doesn’t always tell you when she wants to go out. Her bark is so little but she isn’t afraid to use it – especially at birds in the garden.

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 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.

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