Ben Whiskers, leggy Patterdale (Oldies Club, fostered Northumberland)

Ben is a 13-year-old Patterdale (with long legs and so is bigger than an average Patterdale) who came into the Oldies Club rescue after his owner died. Ben is in a foster home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland.

Ben’s ideal home: Ben loves to be outdoors so must have a good-sized garden to relax in, as well as having fairly long, fast-paced walks. He would probably be best in a home with more than one person as he doesn’t like to be left on his own and this might be easier to manage in a family home.

Needs to have someone around: Ben settled at his foster home within about a week, but he cannot be left on his own as he barks and gets very distressed immediately he’s left.

Best as an only dog: Although Ben is fine with most dogs, he does take a dislike to some, especially larger dogs. He has always lived as an only dog, so in order for him to have a peaceful life, his foster carer thinks he would be best as an only dog in his new home.

Needs a home without cats: Ben is very interested in cats and would chase them.

Fine with older children: Ben was said to be good around children and his foster carer thinks he would be fine to live with sensible, well-trained children aged about 10 years plus.

Loves a good walk: Ben is very keen on his walks and is a fast walker. He pulls on the lead a bit, especially if there is a dog in front of him. He loves a sniff, particularly if he gets a scent of rodents; he is a terrier after all! He isn’t allowed off the lead as he is deaf and doesn’t tend to pay attention to his walker – he doesn’t ‘check-in’. He is currently having three walks per day: 40-60 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes at lunchtime and about an hour in the evening. He also goes out last thing at night to do the essentials.

OK in the car: Ben isn’t too bad in the car but he does get excited and wants to look out of all windows at the same time! He’s best travelling in a crate.

Ben’s favourite pastimes: Sniffing for traces of any nocturnal animal visitors, walking and snoozing.

Health notes: Ben is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. We were told that Ben had an operation on his right elbow when he was a year old as the bones rubbed, but the operation wasn’t successful and so he would develop arthritis. He is very lame on that leg and carries it a lot. He is also lame on his back left leg – possibly because of his action re the front leg. He is having 25mg Rimadyl once a day and we are trying him on 125mg paracetamol twice a day too. He is deaf but can hear sudden, sharp or high pitched noises. He has a couple of warts, one on his nose and one on his neck, but the vet said they are not a problem. He sounds a bit chesty and snores, but the vet checked this and found that Ben’s lungs and heart are fine.

Ben’s foster carer says:Ben is tall, dark and handsome! He’s bigger than your average Pat, wire-haired with long, distinguished facial hair. He’s a very sweet boy and no trouble at all as long as he’s had his walks, after which he settles in his bed and you don’t even know he’s there. He’s shown no interest in toys although he arrived with a bag full. He walks fast – you’d never think he was 13 – and is a keen sniffer.

If you would like to offer Ben 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

Ben can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland – the closer to his foster home the better though, subject to a satisfactory home visit. Note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to collect him.

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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