25/10/21 – Billie has proved very popular and applications are now closed!
Billie is a 12-year-old Bichon Frise boy who came into the Oldies Club dog rescue due to his owners’ health issues. Billie is in an Oldies Club foster home in Sandbach, Cheshire, waiting for someone to offer him his ideal home within a 2-hour drive of Sandbach.
Needs people at home throughout the day: Billie settled at his foster home almost immediately but he became very cuddly and at-home after about 2 weeks. Billie doesn’t like to be left on his own and will bark and fret if left. He therefore needs someone around almost all of the time.
Loves dogs: Billie absolutely loves other dogs – no matter the age or size or breed. We think that he might be happy to live with another dog, but he can get a bit overly friendly and try to hump them! He does pester other dogs he meets and, even if they warn or tell him off, he doesn’t get the picture. If he was to live with another dog, it would need to be a tolerant, similarly-sized dog, and probably a spayed female.
Might chase cats: We were told that he has been OK with cats in the past and used to play with one of his neighbour’s cats. He seems to want to chase cats though so we aren’t sure that he could live with them.
Fine with older children: Billie has not had the opportunity to meet many children, but he is very friendly with everyone. The only issue is that he gets under your feet, so children would have to be careful they don’t trip over him. He should be fine to live with kind, considerate children aged 8+.
Loves short, slow walks: Billie loves walks but he can’t go too far. He has good recall unless a new dog is around. He walks very, very slowly, and sniffs a lot, but is starting to run around a bit more. He is having three walks per day of about 15 minutes each. But he is so slow that what would normally be a 10-minute walk can take twice as long. Despite being slow he does love to go out and he walks even slower in protest when he’s on the way home.
Brilliant in the car: Yes he is!
Billie’s favourite pastimes: Cuddles on the sofa, meeting other dogs to play with, meeting new people, and eating!
Billie’s dislikes: Being alone! He has also been scared by a loud noise once (his foster carer dropped something heavy upstairs) and so maybe he will be slightly worried by fireworks.
Billie’s ideal owners: Someone who is home virtually all of the time, with a nice route to walk on where he will encounter sociable dogs. Someone who is happy to have lots of cuddles on the sofa, not overly active but still able to take him out regularly for short, interesting walks.
Health notes: Billie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He has kidney issues and is on a special diet for this. He is very lumpy and bumpy but with no particular concerns. He has some small moles on his head, which he does scratch, and can bleed but otherwise don’t bother him and the vet was happy. He has creaky knees on his back legs, not uncommon in smaller, older dogs.
More from his foster carer: “Billie is cuddly, easy, snuffly and funny! He is the best little boy who will make someone very, very happy! Everyone he meets falls in love with him and he has been a delight to foster. He is great with dogs. He loves to say hi to people on walks and in the pub will go and sit with anyone giving him attention. He cannot walk far, but has come on so much with us. When we got him he could barely walk 50 metres and now he protests if he’s out for less than 15 minutes. He sleeps all day, snores louder than you can imagine, and loves nothing better to have a snooze on your lap at the end of the day. He is super cute and you will find it hard not to love him.”
If you would like to offer Billie 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
He can be rehomed within two hours of his foster home, subject to a satisfactory home visit. Note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to collect 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.