Doodles is an adorable 15-year-old Terrier Cross who came into the Oldies Club rescue after his owner sadly died. Doodles is in a foster home in Gosport, Hampshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. He can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of his foster home.
Doodles’ ideal home: Gentle and quiet Doodles needs a home with someone around most of the time as he loves to have company nearby. He would benefit from having a resident neutered female dog for company. He wouldn’t suit a home with lots of steps and stairs to negotiate as he only has little legs! He is currently in a bungalow and is fine with going up and down the step out to the garden though.
Settled quickly: Doodles settled at his foster home straight away and is proving to be a sweetheart.
Doesn’t like to be left: Doodles gets very anxious when left alone, even with another dog for company. He will whine or howl initially when left and the longest he has been left at his foster home is 90 minutes. He therefore needs a home with someone around most of the time.
Loves dogs: Doodles is living very happily with a resident female dog in foster, and he looks to her for guidance and reassurance. He would be best suited to a home with a resident dog, a neutered female would be best as Doodles is unneutered and this may cause issues with another male. He follows the resident dog around and they are make a great team. He also gets on well with dogs he meets on walks.
Unknown with cats: We don’t know whether Doodles could live with cats but he is not interested in cats he has seen on walks.
Calm, older children possible: We don’t know how Doodles feels about children but he is a very gentle and quiet dog.
Loves walks: Doodles is very eager to go out for walks and he whines with excitement when his harness is put on. He is very good on the lead. His recall in the garden is good but he has not been let off lead on walks while in foster. Doodles has been having a 30-minute walk in the morning and then plenty of garden time later. He would be fine about having a second walk later in the day but his walk time is restricted currently due to his fosterer’s mobility.
Fine in the car: Doodles whines on starting a journey, but he eventually settles. He wears a seatbelt attachment or occasionally travels in a pet carrier. If going to the vets he is always quiet on the return journey.
Doodles’ favourite pastimes: Snoozing, eating, exploring the garden, ear scratches.
Health notes: Doodles has not been neutered due to him being a high risk for anaesthetic. He is not aggressive and doesn’t show interest in females. He is microchipped, vaccinated and has been flea and worm treated. Doodles has elevated liver enzymes but is not on a restricted diet or medication. Teeth cleaning was recommended by the vet to improve his liver issue, so Doodles had the tartar
removed by a doggy hygienist, which he tolerated very well. Doodles has very short legs and occasionally stumbles going up a step or a high kerb. He will also sit down quite abruptly as if his back legs have given way, but he does not do this when out walking. He shows no signs of joint stiffness.
More from Doodles’ foster carer: “Charming, well-mannered, cheeky and adorable. Doodles had been with his original owner since he was a pup, but has taken recent changes so well considering his age. He is a delightful old boy who will make you smile every day and is very popular with my neighbours. He quickly learned to jump up at the side of the bed to wake me up (after watching the resident dog do this), not necessarily to go out, but just to let you know he is awake. He will then have a good stretch and roll around on his back. He is excellent overnight and after a bedtime wee he can settle for over 10 hours. He loves his food and copies the resident dog staring at me when dinner time is approaching. He eats all his food and loves treats, dried fish skin being his favourite to crunch on. He loves to be near his humans, but is not a cuddly dog. He likes affection on his terms and is not the sort of dog that will sit on your lap. He will politely tap your leg with his paw if he wants attention or needs to go out. I lift him onto the sofa, and if he wants, he will snuggle down and sometimes lay his head on your foot or leg. Otherwise he just jumps off again. He deserves a forever home that will be perfect for this sugar frosted sweetheart.”
If you would like to offer Doodles 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
Doodles can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of his foster home, 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.