30/05/2022 – Gorgeous Spot has gone to her new home!
Pretty Spot is an 11-year-old Border Collie girl who is in an Oldies Club foster home near Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway. We want to rehome Spot within a 3-hour drive of her foster home.
Enjoys a good routine: Spot is an ex-working collie whose owner retired and then moved to a care home. Spot is a very intelligent girl and she thrives on a good routine. She only took a couple of days to settle at her foster home though. Here’s a short video of her enjoying a good roll on the grass:
Loves company: We’re looking for a home with people around most of the time as Spot loves company and enjoys being near you. Her foster carer thinks she would be suitable for someone working part-time from home as she does settle quietly when you aren’t interacting with her. She hasn’t been left alone since arriving in foster but we were told that she is quiet if you go out of the house.
OK with dogs: Spot is currently living with a calm, friendly, older dog, but it took Spot a little time for her to get used to sharing her space. She could be rehomed in a similar situation or would be happy as an only dog. She will look at other dogs when out and about, and will sniff, but on the whole she ignores dogs.
Unknown with cats: We will be looking for a cat-free home as we don’t know how Spot is with cats.
Not used to children: Although she is very gentle, Spot needs an adult-only home.
Loves a good walk: Spot loves her walks, at a fast pace, although this is interrupted by many sniffs. She is very attentive to her human and responds to her name. Spot is currently enjoying a 30-40 minute walk early in the morning and then another 30-60 minutes in the afternoon.
Perfect in the car: You couldn’t ask for a better travelling companion! She settles down quietly in a crate or in a harness on the back seat. She needs a bit of help getting in the car (she weighs about 20kg).
Spot’s favourite pastimes: Being with and watching her human; walkies and sniffing; feeding time; grooming (especially head rubs).
Spot’s dislikes: She’s a country girl at heart so isn’t keen on busy places or where there is lots of traffic. These things can make her anxious and this affects her toileting – she won’t ‘go’! She doesn’t like off-lead dogs who have no manners; she doesn’t react to them but they do make her feel very uncomfortable.
Spot’s ideal home: An experienced, adult-only home in a quiet, rural location with someone around most of the time who can provide her with a good routine. Spot loves to spend time in the garden with you, so a keen gardener would be ideal. As she likes to be with you around the home, and settles quietly wherever you are, a ground floor property would suit her best.
Health notes: Spot is vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and has been flea-treated. We have been told that she is neutered. Before coming into our care, Spot suffered a seizure. Tests were inconclusive and the vet thought it was caused by anxiety due to her home circumstances. She has not had a seizure since. Spot has arthritis in her hips and takes Metacam daily. She had no spring in her back legs when she arrived in our care but this is improving. Her teeth do have some tartar but no treatment is needed at this stage. She has a skin tag in her R armpit that just needs monitoring. There are age-related changes to her eyes with slight cataracts. A recent blood test gave normal results.
More from Spot’s foster carer: “Spot is affectionate, gentle, sensitive and sweet. Spot is a lovely house guest and adapted well to family life in her previous home after being retired over a year ago from working on the farm. So far, nothing in the home worries her, not even the vacuum. She is always pleased to see you and looks to her human for confidence, always being eager to please. Once she has had her walk in the mornings and has a full tum she will settle down to chill out either in one of her beds or on the floor, occasionally coming to check where you are in the house. She doesn’t like being the other side of a closed door to you in the house and will give a few barks. She will also bark to let you know that she needs to go out. Spot loves cuddles and will come to you to gently ask for affection, her absolute favourite is a head rub and she will push in to get closer. Grooming is another favourite and if she is in the garden she will flop on her back with her legs in the air for a tummy brush. During the evening she may get up and have a short wander round, sometimes pawing the carpet trying to make a bed (despite having several to choose from) but is easily settled again if called for a cuddle then asked to lie down. Spot is an absolute treasure and we will be sorry to see her leave us.”
If you would like to offer Spot 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
Spot can be rehomed within a 3-hour drive of Dalbeattie, subject to a satisfactory home visit. Note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to collect her.
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.