Marlon, midfield maestro, is a 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who came into the Oldies Club rescue because he was being left for long hours and was becoming increasingly unhappy. He is in a foster home in Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. He can be rehomed witin a 2-hour drive of his foster home, or anywhere within Wales.
Overview: Little Marlon is completely blind, but like most blind dogs, he copes remarkably well and happily finds his way around once he has mapped out his surroundings. He’d like a home where he won’t have to negotiate steps and where he won’t be left on his own very much. He can’t live with cats but he would do particularly well in a home where there is a quiet canine companion for him to pal around with. Despite his ball skills and love of being outside, Marlon is quite a doddery old chap so does need a quiet home and plenty of TLC.
Settled in foster gradually: Marlon took about a month to gradually get to know his foster home and settle in there. He is doing well now and has been described as a little treasure.
Likes to have company: Marlon can be left for short periods with the company of another dog, but he doesn’t really like it and will bark. Here therefore needs a home with someone around most of the day.
Enjoys the company of a quiet dog: Marlon gets on well with his foster carer’s Rottie and enjoys the companionship. He reacts to other dogs when approached, but this is simply due to his lack of sight. He really does benefit from having another dog around him but would like his canine companion to be the calm and quiet type.
Cannot live with cats: Marlon’s foster carer told us: “Definitely no cats”. Marlon might be blind but he’s still a terrier!
Unknown with children: Marlon hasn’t been around children in foster care but he could perhaps live with calm and sensible older teenagers who would allow him his own space and not leave things lying around for an unsuspecting Marlon to bump into.
Enjoys slow walks: Marlon needs to stay on his lead for walks as he can’t see where he is going. He enjoys a slow walk and likes to spend plenty of time sniffing and taking in the doggy news via his nose. Recall wise, in the garden he will come to you if you clap your hands loudly. Although he doesn’t walk quickly, Marlon really enjoys being out and about and he will happily go out as often as you will take him.
Good in the car: Marlon is a good traveller and loves going out in the car. He ges excited when you turn off the engine as he knows he’s arrived and will have a bark in anticipation of fun.
Marlon’s favourite pastimes: Cuddling and eating. He enjoys playing with a ball when he can.
Marlon’s dislikes: He hates vets and needs muzzling for vet appointments. He is a very nice-tempered boy generally but he becomes agitated if approached by something he can’t recognise, for example strange dogs and boisterous people.
Marlon’s ideal home: Marlon would like a quiet, unexciting and predictable home life. He needs a home without steps – he can manage to go up steps with training but can’t get down them. He loves to be touched or be near you all the time. He will bark if he isn’t allowed to sleep on the bed, so please only apply if there is a Marlon-sized space on your bed. A home with a quiet canine companion for him to pal around with would be best for Marlon.
Health notes: Marlon is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. He is an old boy with some age-related wobbliness and dodderiness, and tends to walk slowly due to his lack of sight, but he is otherwise fit and healthy for an old boy.
More from Marlon’s foster carer: “Marlon is a lovely boy who is very loving and trusting. He is totally blind and needs constant reassurance that everything is OK, or he will bark. It took him a while to be happy with me on a walk route he didn’t know. I would recommend not letting him off lead as he does get confused. He is good in the house and car and lives happily with my elderly rottweiller bitch who is very calm and reassuring for him. He would get upset if there was lots going on around him. Marlon is a total lapdog and is good at night as long as he is on the bed with you. He loves his food and treats (any food!). Marlon sleeps most of the day as most elderly dogs do and is never more happy than when sitting next to me on the sofa.”
If you would like to offer Marlon 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
Marlon can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of his foster home, or anywhere within Wales, 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.