This delightful duo are Olive (8-year-old Pug lady) and Archie (8-year-old Chihuahua gentleman). They came into the Oldies Club rescue after their owner sadly passed away and are now in an Oldies Club foster home in Mattishall, Norfolk while they wait for a permanent home that’s worthy of their loveliness.
At home: Olive and Archie both settled into their foster home straight away. From the first day they were quiet, gentle and friendly, especially Archie. Olive didn’t move about much at first, probably because she’s blind and felt a bit lost in her new surroundings. Within a few days, she grew in confidence and soon found her way around the house. On occasions, they have been left for about 3-4 hours and didn’t show any signs of stress or anxiety. Archie does love human interaction so he wouldn’t like to be left for long every day. Olive is content to snooze as long as she knows where Archie is.
Good with dogs: They like other dogs and are always interested in making new friends. Archie sometimes barks as a dog approaches but it’s more to alert you rather than to ward them off. They get on really well with the resident dog at their foster home. Archie often plays chase with them until distracted by a ball. He loves playing fetch! They should be fine to live with another friendly dog after happy introductions.
Seem OK with cats: They don’t seem very interested by cats out and about. Archie’s a little curious but doesn’t try to chase them. They haven’t been cat tested up close, but it’s possible they could live with a confident cat.
Children: Olive and Archie have visited their foster carer’s grandchildren who are aged 10 and neighbours children aged 9. They seemed quite happy with the attention, although Olive obviously needs to be treated more gently so that she doesn’t get taken by surprise. Supervised visits will be fine for them.
Walkies: Olive and Archie both love their walks. Olive has to stay on the lead at all times and needs to be guided up and down kerbs with the lead. She was hugely overweight when she arrived, which meant she could hardly walk and she had difficulty breathing. Now she has lost some weight, she has a lot more energy and loves to trot along especially at the beach and the woods. Archie gets quite excited about walks. He is very good on the lead and loves to sniff everything, although he can be a little stubborn if he’s not ready to walk on. Off-lead on the beach or woods, he stays close by most of the time and normally comes when called, depending on what he’s sniffing. A treat always brings him running! They currently have about a 45 minute walk every afternoon, although they would probably enjoy another walk in the mornings if it was on offer! They enjoy pottering around the garden a lot too.
Good in the car: Both Olive and Archie travel really well in the car.
Archie’s favourite pastimes: Archie loves his walks and loves to play ball. Indoors, he plays fetch with a soft toy, although he can be a bit possessive over it until he is ready for it to be thrown again. He will patiently stare at it for ages and ages just waiting for you to throw it and sometimes barks if he gets impatient. He also enjoys a little snooze and loves his cuddles.
Olive’s favourite pastimes: Olive would snooze all day long if she could and has the sweetest snore. She loves to cuddle up on your lap as much as possible and snuggles up with Archie at bedtime. Her second favourite pastime is eating, although she has been on a diet since she arrived. She barks and bounces up and down when its dinner time, which is quite comical. She also loves going for walks now that she has more energy.
Dislikes: Olive doesn’t like having her muddy paws wiped, but apart from that, nothing seems to frighten her. Archie is frightened of the vets, and shakes when we go in.
Olive & Archie’s ideal home: Their perfect home might be somewhere where someone is happy to play and interact with Archie for a few hours a day, followed by lots of cuddles with both of them. They also like to socialise with other dogs and people. They would probably like to have a garden as Archie loves to potter about and Olive likes to eat grass! Although they both enjoy the company of men and women, Olive seems to form a stronger bond with women.
Health notes: Archie and Olive are both vaccinated, chipped, wormed and flea treated. Archie is neutered, but it is unknown if Olive has been spayed. The vet cannot see a scar, and the vet suggested we wait to see if she comes into season. She’s been in foster care for 3 months and she hasn’t had a season yet. Olive has had 1 eye removed and the other is blind. The existing eye may need removing at some point in the future but is not necessary at present.
More from their foster carer: “Archie is alert, playful and friendly. Olive is placid, sweet-natured and comical. They’re both very affectionate, such a lovable little pair of dogs. They are great fun and a joy to have around. They will warm your heart and make you smile every day.”
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If you would like to offer Olive & Archie 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
They can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland – the closer to her 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 them.
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.