26/4/21 – We’ve had to close applications for Max already as our volunteer rehoming team cannot cope with the deluge of interest!
Adorable Max is a 14-year-old Lhasa Apso who came into the Oldies Club rescue after the death of his owner. Max is in a foster home in Reading, Berkshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. He can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of his foster home.
Max’s ideal home: Max must have a home with people who are at home virtually all of the time. A quiet, retired household with a garden, is what he needs.
Thriving in foster care: Max settled at his foster home within 24 hours but he did urine-mark for 3 days. He has since been neutered, which may make a difference when he moves to his new home, but dog nappies would be an option until he settles in if not.
Needs company: Max loves to have constant human contact and needs to be with people who don’t go out to work. He can be left briefly for short shopping trips, but nothing longer.
Good with dogs: Max is fine with other dogs and has met a variety of breeds, sizes and ages. Being an older boy he might get a bit annoyed with young puppies trying to play.
Very good with cats: Max is exceptionally good with cats. He defers to the cat in his foster home, but they aren’t fed together as Max did lunge at the cat once when she was given a treat and Max wanted it.
Adult home best: Max hasn’t been tested with children. He could be irritated by lots of fussing from younger children and he isn’t a dog that wants to play or have lots of attention. He is quite independent provided he knows that a human is around.
Enjoys moderate walks: Max is well-behaved on walks and doesn’t pull on the lead. He likes to stop to sniff a lot. Max is deaf and can’t hear you call, so you need to keep an eye on him, but he does tend to stay near to you. He will happily wear a dog coat, harness and standard lead without fuss. He is not anxious near roads and shows no interest in going into water. You will need to allow him a while to bond with you before letting him off the lead on walks. Max is currently having two walks per day of 30 minutes/1 mile.
Good in the car: Yes he is!
Max’s favourite pastimes: Sleeping; watching larger birds in the garden; sniffing on walks; mealtimes!
Max’s dislikes: He doesn’t like being bathed. He can be fussy over food.
Health notes: Max is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea-treated. In foster Max has slimmed down to his ideal weight and is in very good health for his age. He is not on any medication and doesn’t have any signs of arthritis, but his back legs shake sometimes simply due to old age. He has some skin lumps but they are benign. His eyes are cloudy but this is just old age and his sight seems good. He is deaf and doesn’t have any teeth. He will need a regular trip to the groomers for a trim. Max occasionally stops and does loud breathing/snorting sounds, common in short-headed dogs like Pugs, but it only lasts a moment.
More from Max’s foster carer: “Max is full of personality, good-natured, friendly and intelligent and makes an ideal companion pet. Max begs for food constantly when you are eating at the table. He is quite a messy eater and likes to pull food out of his dish onto the floor.”
If you would like to offer Max 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
Max 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.