Daisy (top left, age 12) and Bonnie (bottom right, 15 age) are two West Highland Terrier ladies who came into the Oldies Club rescue as their owner became to poorly to care for them. They’re in a foster home in Northumberland while they wait for someone to offer them a permanent home.
Bonnie & Daisy’s ideal home: These two are looking for a settled retirement home with a routine of short walks, lap time and nap time in their beds (preferably by a radiator). All interspersed with fuss and treats. As long as they have your love and gentle outings, they’re very happy girls.
Settled in within two days: They quickly got used to their new surroundings. Once they’d established that all their needs were met and decided which bed was whose, they could get on with some serious snoozing!
Can be left for a few hours: They have been left for 5 hours and seem to have been asleep for most of it. They could potentially live in a working household with a lunchtime walkies for comfort.
Good with dogs: Bonnie is such a sweetie, she just sniffs other dogs and watches them with amusement. Daisy is friendly but if another dog is too boisterous she will tell them off with a little bark. They could potentially share their home with another calm dog.
Untested with cats: They have ignored cats they’ve seen at the vets and in the street but haven’t been formally introduced to any. They might be fine living with dog savvy cats but we don’t know for sure. In foster care, they don’t react at all to the resident lizard. They just have a sniff and walk away. The tortoises in the garden don’t even register as worth a sniff, but then, they are bigger than Bonnie and Daisy!
Can live with respectful children: Bonnie and Daisy are good with children but obviously at their time of life they need plenty of peace and to know they won’t be disturbed while sleeping. Children who respect their needs would be OK for them. They’ve met a 3 year old and a 1 year old and were brilliant with them, so visiting grandchildren of any age would be fine. Daisy will growl if you pick her up so that’s a no no. Otherwise, they just enjoy the extra attention. They don’t play with toys so it’s all about fusses and lap cuddles for them!
Love short walks: At the moment, Bonnie and Daisy are having three walks a day of about 15 minutes each. This suits them perfectly and they really enjoy them. Bonnie is the slower of the two but they’re both potterers and snufflers. They’re good on the lead. Their foster carer has Daisy on an extendable lead so she can go on ahead of Bonnie. Off lead, they don’t wander far at all. However, Bonnie is deaf and Daisy is hard of hearing so they can’t do recall. Not that they’re adventurous but worth bearing in mind.
Excellent in the car: Car time is extra nap time! They are both peaceful travellers. The only niggle is that you have to lift Daisy into the car which she grumbles about but once in, they’re both completely content. They’ve been on a three and a half hour drive and just slept all the way!
Bonnie & Daisy’s favourite things: Cuddles and belly rubs are their top favourite things, closely followed by gentle strolls, treats and their comfy beds.
Bonnie & Daisy’s dislikes: As mentioned before, Daisy doesn’t like being picked up and will say so with a growl. She also has strongly held views about dog groomers putting implements near her face, which is why she still has a whiskery Westie look. Bonnie is the more biddable of the two but they’re both quiet and loving little ladies by nature.
Health notes: The girls are both neutered, vaccinated and flea/worm treated. They’ve had a course of anti-biotics recently for minor ailments, such as an eye infection due to overgrown fur and sore ears. These have cleared up beautifully and they’ve had the all clear. Daisy has a slight heart murmur but it doesn’t require any treatment.
More from Bonnie & Daisy’s foster carer: “They can both climb steps but not stairs. Daisy did manage to get up the stairs in my house once but needed to be carried back down. Bonnie has never attempted to climb the stairs but my house has 2 steps at the front door and 2 to get into the back garden. They can manage these OK. They currently sleep in the kitchen in their own beds. They are little old ladies who just need to be loved. Daisy is quite feisty sometimes. She has recently discovered her little bark but only does it outside. She loves exploring and being on your knee for cuddles. Bonnie is a quiet older lady who is happy to follow on behind Daisy. She’s just a gentle plodder. I shouldn’t say so but Bonnie is my absolute favourite. She is adorable! But both just love a walk and a snooze and treats!”
UPDATE: “Daisy just discovered she can climb stairs! Her curiosity got the better of her. She’s decided she now loves going up the stairs and poor Bonnie just stands there bemused.”
If you would like to offer Bonnie and Daisy 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
Bonnie and Daisy 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 them.
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.