21/7/20 – Poppy has been adopted by her foster carer!
Poppy is a 10-year-old Cairn Terrier who came into the Oldies Club rescue after her owner died. Poppy is in a foster home in Bristol while she waits for someone to offer her a permanent home.
Poppy’s ideal home: Poppy will be very happy in a quiet home with people around for most of the day, so she wouldn’t suit a working household. She absolutely thrives on interaction. She would also like to have a garden with grass/soil that she can dig in as she is a classic terrier who adores digging.
Settled gradually in foster care: It took Poppy a good month to settle with her foster carers. She was in a bit of pain with her teeth though, as she was in desperate need of a dental, so the pain she was in, and the vet trips she needed, probably made her quieter.
Can be left for a short time: The longest Poppy has been left alone is 3 hours and she is usually asleep when her carers return. They have snuck out while she’s been fast asleep (her hearing is slightly impaired so she doesn’t usually hear them leave) and returned a few hours later to find her asleep in the same spot. She likes her naps! Although she can be left for a short time, Poppy would prefer a home with people around most of the time. She loves human affection and likes to be close to you.
Good with dogs when off lead: Poppy has been fantastic with other dogs when off lead on walks but she has not met dogs within the house. She can be protective when on her lead on walks. It is thought that she would need a few introductions to another dog before sharing a home with it.
Disapproves of cats: Poppy barks at cats when on walks and if they visit the garden, so she needs a home without cats.
Older children only: Poppy loves children when out on walks and she likes to have strokes and affection. However, she can be head shy due to initial dental work, and she has little snaps when her face/head is kissed, so young children might be at risk with that. However, she doesn’t have many teeth left, and only one incisor, so she isn’t likely to do much damage. Older, sensible children who understand not to kiss Poppy’s head should be fine.
Really enjoys walks: Poppy is excellent on walks. She is well behaved, responds to voice and doesn’t steer far away at all. You can’t go too far from her as you need to make sure she can hear and see you, as she once tried to leave the park with the wrong person! She is great at making friends when she’s off lead, however has a bit of a grumble at other dogs when on the lead. She recently made a terrier friend who she growled at on lead but once off they would not leave each other’s side and were trotting around the park together. Poppy likes to make human friends on walks and likes to sniff plants and ponder in the bushes. Poppy is having a 30-minute walk twice per day. She has arthritis and therefore, although she thinks she’s a puppy and would walk for many miles, she gets slower and stiffer after about 45 minutes, so mustn’t be over walked. She also has a 5-minute walk right before bed so that she can have a last wee as she isn’t a huge fan of going on the concrete panels in her fosterers’ garden. She will ‘go’ in the garden if desperate but prefers to do so on walks.
Good in the car: Poppy is a good girl in the car. She tends to lie down quietly.
Poppy’s favourite pastimes: She loves eating peanut butter and mashed carrot (well, anything really) out of her kongs. She also has a giraffe teddy which you could throw for her for hours and she will chase it and bring it back and never get bored. She loves to snuggle up to you on the sofa and on the bed in the morning. She likes having face and ear scratches. She also likes making new human friends.
Poppy’s dislikes: She barks at the hoover but doesn’t run from it so this could be excitement. Poppy doesn’t like too much noise so she probably used to live in a quiet household. She seems to be happy in the house as long as she has completely covered safe spots that she can go to when she feels unsure, tired or anxious.
Health notes: Poppy is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. She needed quite a bit of work doing on her teeth when she first came to us, including extractions and cleaning. Her mouth has healed very well and she is eating Royal Canin mini dental kibble. She also has soft chews. The vets recommended daily brushing of Poppy’s teeth however this is difficult as she is quite head shy. Poppy has arthritis but this doesn’t seem to hold her back at all and she still plays like a puppy, but she does have a slight limp on her hind left leg which is more noticeable when on a long walk. After her initial vet visit she was on Meloxicam as her legs were quite stiff from not being walked much before. She is now being weaned off this medication as the veterinary team don’t believe it necessary to keep her on it. She is on YuMove supplement for her joints.
More from Poppy’s foster carers: “Poppy is affectionate, playful, gentle and loving. She is very charismatic and loves to give you lots and LOTS of kisses! She loves to wag her tail and has a magnificent beard. She can be quite nosy and likes to follow us around and know what’s going on. She appreciates good hiding spots and digging in mud!”
If you would like to offer Poppy 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
Poppy 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.