Terrier Buddy, needs home comforts! (Oldies Club, fostered Somerset)

29/7/2020 Adorable Buddy is now reserved to his foster carers as they cannot bear to part with him.
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Buddy is an adorable Welsh Terrier type boy whose age has been estimated at around 13 years. He came into the Oldies Club rescue from a pound, where he was an unclaimed stray, poor old lad. Buddy is now in an Oldies Club foster home in Frome, Somerset, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.

This photo was taken when Buddy was at the dog pound

A good boy in foster: Gorgeous Buddy settled at his foster home almost straight away and is a companionable old boy. He has been fine with visitors and their dogs but he takes a little while to calm down after their arrival.

Needs a home with company: As Buddy’s foster carers are retired, and his period in foster care has coincided with lockdown, Buddy hasn’t been left on his own for long. It does seem that this type of situation is what suits him, especially as he needs to be let out regularly for a wee – he goes out once during the night too. He would be best in a property that is on one level, as stairs are a problem for him, and needs a big, enclosed garden where he can trot around before settling down for a nap.

Fine with visiting dogs: Buddy has been OK with dogs visiting the home, he can even be over friendly, but then he ignores them once they have visited a few times. He does need work on socialising with other dogs when out on the lead though, as he will bark and pull to get to them. Being deaf, he stays on the lead on walks and so this might be the cause.

Chases cats: Buddy enjoys a good chase of cats from the garden, accompanied by much barking. He’s a terrier after all!

Unknown with children: We have no experience of Buddy around children. He is fine with adult visitors though and we assume he would be OK with sensible older children visiting his home, given proper supervision.

Has onlead walks: Buddy is almost completely deaf and so is not let off his extending lead on walks. He is arthritic too so has three or four short walks per day rather than one long walk. He enjoys having a safe area to have off-lead time in the garden too. He doesn’t really play, but he is an older boy. He can’t hear you call him so his foster carers use hand signals or approach Buddy to get his attention.

Good in the car: Buddy is fine in the car and travels in a seat belt harness. Due to his arthritis he does need helping in and out of the car.

Buddy’s favourite pastimes: He enjoys sleeping on a bed or settee with someone for company. He likes eating Chappie topped up with gravy and he loves small-sized mixer biscuits. He doesn’t seem to know how to play, despite many introductions to toys. He has started to recognise a tennis ball but has made little progress in ‘fetching’. He loves walking and exploring outdoors.

Buddy’s dislikes: He is afraid of quick or sudden movements in front of his face and sometimes flinches. He is easily taken by surprise due to his deafness and so needs to be woken with a gentle stroke first. Everything should be slow and gentle with darling Buddy.

Health notes: Buddy is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been wormed and flea treated. He has just had a dental too. He has quite advanced arthritis which leads to shaking and knuckling. Sometimes he misses his footing when walking and has problems standing on three legs (to wee). He has been prescribed daily Metacam and he is also having Yumove supplements. He has a fatty cyst on his abdomen which has been tested and is benign. As mentioned previously, he is almost completely deaf.

More details from Buddy’s foster carers: “Buddy is a friendly, needy, affectionate and enthusiastic old boy. He is in need of ongoing and constant affection. He seems to have had a hard life and needs reassurance and security, plus plenty of loving care and comfort. He likes to have a regular routine. Buddy yaps when he is excited about walks and mealtimes, but he sits and very gently takes his Yumove tablets like little treats and we are very proud of his manners. Buddy is a friendly companion and would be good company for a retired person who would enjoy him constantly by their side.”

Could you offer Buddy a home full of love and care?

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If you would like to offer Buddy 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 (please mention it is Buddy the Terrier you are interested in, as we do have another ‘Buddy’ currently):

Email: rehome@oldies.org.uk
Telephone: 0844 586 8656

Buddy 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 him.

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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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