12/9/20 – Cleo has gone off to her new home. Have a lovely time, Cleo!
Cleopatra (Cleo for short) is a 9-year-old Basset Hound who came into the Oldies Club rescue due to a change in her family’s circumstances. She is in an Oldies Club foster home in Gosport, Hampshire.
Cleo’s ideal home: Cleo would love to live with someone who is home a lot of the time and can give her lots of fuss and attention. She would like a big garden to relax and sniff around in. She could live with older children and a calm canine companion.
In foster care: Cleo took a couple of weeks to settle at her foster home. She cried initially but soon settled down. She has been left with the resident dog for company, and on her own, for a short time and was OK, but she does like someone around a lot of the time as this is what she’s used to.
Likes dogs: Cleo loves other dogs she meets on walks. She was an only dog in her previous home but she is currently living with a resident laid-back older dog.
Chases cats: Cleo will need a home without cats.
Loves children: Cleo loves meeting children when out and about. She is living with children aged over 12 years in foster care and could be rehomed to live with older, kind and sensible children.
Enjoys on-lead walks and a nice little rest: Cleo loves everyone she meets on walks and all dogs too. She makes a point of saying hello to everyone and sits at their feet for strokes. Cleo hasn’t been walked off lead as her recall isn’t too good. Befitting of her regal status, when Queen Cleopatra decides she needs a rest, she will simply sit down. You just need to let her get on with resting until she is ready to walk on again, or if she needs to be moved more urgently, calmly give her treats for encouragement. Cleo isn’t a morning person and so she prefers a walk later in the day, or in the evening. She is having two 20-minute walks per day, or one 40-minute walk, depending on how she is feeling on a particular day. Due to allergies, Cleo is probably best walked away from grassy areas.
OK in the car: Cleo likes to sit on the back seat of the car with her dog seatbelt on. She doesn’t like travelling in the boot. Cleo doesn’t like being picked up into the car; she prefers to do it herself.
Cleo’s favourite pastimes: Cleo loves her food and any treats she is given. She also loves having attention, strokes and cuddles. When happy, she will roll around the carpet, and when given belly rubs she will play with you. Cleo enjoys having a Kong, stuffed with carrots and chicken, and this will entertain her for hours. She loves to be bathed and is also partial to drinking water out of flower pots in the garden!
Cleo’s dislikes: She doesn’t like the hoover, mops or long sticks. She is OK about the dustpan and brush but she will bark at the hoover and prefers to go outside away from it.
Health notes: Cleo is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. Cleo has had pancreatitis in the past so she is kept on a special Royal Canin Kibble for meals and treats. Cleo has only chicken and carrots as treats as anything else upsets her stomach. She has ongoing, lifelong ear issues and needs a TrizChlor ear flush twice a week. She also has a skin condition for which she has a Malaseb Shampoo wash once per week – you need to wear gloves. She had steroids when it flared up badly. It is perhaps a seasonal allergy and Cleo seems worse when she has been in the grass at the park, so she is now walked on the cycle track instead. Cleo has just started having monthly injections of Cytopoint for the skin condition. She has had conjunctivitis in both eyes and ulceration of her left eye. This has been treated with antibiotics and steroids. The vet advised that she will need a dental at some time in the next year.
Cleo’s foster carer tells us: Cleo is a Diva. She is also comical, affectionate and beautiful. Cleo can be vocal in the home; this is mainly whining for attention and the behaviour is best ignored, especially around mealtimes and when everything else has been offered (toilet, food, walk etc.). Cleo is praised when she is quiet; food is a big treat for her.
If you would like to offer Cleo 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
Cleo 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.