Skye is a pretty 7-year-old Staffy Cross girl who came into the Oldies Club rescue after being taken to the vets by her owner to be put to sleep. The vets contacted another rescue, who in turn contacted Oldies Club to see if we could help. Lucky Skye is now in a foster home in Welling, Kent and can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of her foster home.
Skye’s ideal home: Skye would benefit from a home with someone around for most of the day. She is fine with other dogs, though can get quite excited, and could live with older children (10+). She needs a decent-sized garden as she loves the outdoors. She adores attention, so needs a family with as much love to give Skye as Skye is going to give them.
Settled immediately in foster: Skye made herself at home straight away and had settled within a couple of hours. Skye is a lovely dog to have around and has clearly had some training. She knows the basics of sit, paw, down, roll-over and speak. She is house trained and will tell you when she needs the toilet.
Needs company: Skye can only be left for very short periods so needs a home with someone around most of the day.
Fine with dogs: Skye is fine with other dogs but can get excited around them.
Doesn’t chase cats: On walks Skye makes no attempt to chase cats. There are no cats in her foster home but she is great around other animals like degus and rabbits and she doesn’t pester them. She tries to chat to them but also gets very concerned if she thinks they are in trouble.
Good with older children: Skye likes children and shows great excitement when she sees or hears them. Due to her being bouncy, despite having arthritis, children in her new home would need to be no younger then 10 years old.
Enjoys a sniffing walk: Skye loves a walk and she very rarely pulls on the lead. She is more of a sniffer so walks need to be at her pace. Her recall is gradually improving. She can manage a 15- to 20-minute walk around the block but would struggle with more. The longest she has been out to the field is 30 to 40 minutes, but this was mainly time spent sniffing around rather than walking.
Getting used to the car: Skye’s idea of a good car journey would be to have her head of the window, singing her favourite tunes. Obviously the head out of the window thing isn’t recommended, but she is getting better in the car and might improve further.
Skye’s favourite pastimes: She loves toys, especially tennis balls. She also enjoys a treat when you return home from shopping.
Skye’s dislikes: Skye is afraid of sudden loud noises and shouting. She is a bit frightened at times if you move too quickly around her, but this has improved.
Health notes: Skye is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. She has arthritis in her back legs and is taking Meloxidyl for this, as well as a Yumove supplement daily. Her ears have been treated with Surolan and are now being maintained with regular cleaning to keep them healthy. She needs Maxitrol eye drops daily, on an ongoing basis, for dry eye. Skye would benefit from hydrotherapy or physiotherapy for her back legs. Her foster carer washes her paws daily after her walks, using hibiscrub or salt water.
More from Skye’s foster carer: “Skye is loving, bouncy, chatty, beautiful and loyal. You will never get a better greeting when you wake up or come home from shopping than you do with Skye; she is always happy and excited to see you and she loves a good chat. Skye always says thank-you when you have walked or fed her. She loves hugs and likes to be invited on the couch. Skye is very alert to noises which also makes her a good ‘guard’ dog as her bark is deep and she sounds bigger than she is. She is friendly with everyone she meets and will make the perfect companion for walks in the park and then snuggling up with to watching your favourite show. Skye is very loving, extremely loyal, and is always eager to please. She has an orthopaedic dog bed but is more than happy to share your bed. She also likes to be tucked in with her big pink blanket which has become her favourite.”
If you would like to offer Skye 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
Skye 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.