17/5/21 – Lovely Alfie has gone off to his new home!
Alfie is a 14-year-old Bichon Frise who came into the Oldies Club rescue as his owner was poorly. Alfie is in a foster home in a village near Northampton, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. He can be rehomed within a 2-hour drive of his foster home.
Doing well in foster care: Alfie settled very well at his foster home within about 10 days.
Alfie’s ideal home: Alfie would be ideally suited to an adult only home where there is someone around all of the time. He is good when visiting people. He has accompanied his fosterer when visiting an elderly gentleman and he has been fine there and made himself at home.
Needs to have company: Alfie isn’t used to being left on his own for more than an hour or two, so needs a home with people around most of the time. His foster carers haven’t needed to leave him and if they do go out Alfie goes with them.
OK with dogs: Alfie has never lived with dogs but he is fine with dogs he meets when out walking.
Doesn’t like cats: Alfie chases neighbours’ cats out of the garden and barks at them. He can be a fast little mover.
OK with teenagers: Alfie has never lived with children but he should be OK to be around kind teenagers.
Good on the lead: Alfie enjoys walks and is excellent on the lead. He doesn’t pull. He is best kept on the lead as he doesn’t have good recall and will run off towards other dogs. Alfie is having two walks a day of about 20-30 minutes each walk.
Very good in the car: Alfie is excellent in the car. He sometimes needs a little help to get in and then will happily sit on his seat with his doggy seat belt on. He usually falls asleep until the car stops. If one person gets out he will look up and make sure the other is still there and then settle down again. He is never left in the car alone, for safety reasons and the risk of dog theft, so if both foster carers are getting out, Alfie goes with them.
Alfie’s favourite pastimes: Alfie loves his food, walks and exploring the garden. When he first came to his foster home he would go into the garden and then come back in to check that his fosterers were there and then go back out again, but he now spends a long time exploring.
Health notes: Alfie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been wormed and flea treated. He has IBD so needs a hypoallergenic diet. He has 3 small meals a day of Pets at Home AVA hypoallergenic small kibble mature with the addition of a scrambled egg at breakfast, and with the addition of some rice and chicken or white fish at dinner. He has been prescribed Loxicom anti-inflammatory.
More from Alfie’s foster carer: “Alfie is gentle, good natured, charming and loves socialising. He worked his charm on his first visit to our vets and she fell head over heels in love with him.”
If you would like to offer Alfie 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
Alfie 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.