Intrepid Toby! (Oldies Club, fostered Norfolk)


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Dear little Toby is a 16-year-old Jack Russell x Dachshund who is in an Oldies Club foster home in Fakenham, Norfolk, waiting for someone to offer him the perfect retirement home.

Took a while to settle: Toby spent a couple of days getting used to what was what in his foster home and a couple of weeks to get used to the routine. His eyesight is not good so he was quite disoriented at first but soon realised his foster carer was there for him and that if he followed her around, he’d be safe.

Loves company: Toby is used to having someone with him most of the time. Time being left could be built up very gradually once he’s settled in his new home but he’ll always prefer to have someone there. He’s a little shadow, content just to be quite near you or, if you go upstairs without him, to hunker down in the hallway, knowing you’ll be back down soon. He does sleep in a separate room to his foster carers but it took some getting used to and several cases of late night needing to go out for a wee before he got the hang of it.

Good with other dogs: You might think that being small, slow and not being able to see well would make a dog nervous meeting other dogs but not brave Toby! He loves meeting other dogs on walks and has a happy, waggy tail every time. He might be able to live with another steady, not-too-bouncy dog at home or would be happy as an only pet, getting all the fuss!

No cats: Toby used to bark at cats when he saw them. He rarely notices them these days but probably wouldn’t relax in close quarters with one.

Good with visiting children: Toby had a visit from a sensible 6-year-old and was happy to be stroked by them. He does want an adult-only home but should be fine with visiting children if supervised and left in peace when it’s nap time.

Loves walks: Toby gets very excited about walks. He wears a harness and walks nicely on the lead. He needs to be kept on the lead because of his poor eyesight and because he can’t easily get out of ditches etc. He starts each walk at a trot but soon slows down to sniff all the smells. He usually has 2 walks a day of about 20 minutes each. For longer adventures, his foster carer has a buggy for him…

…which he loves!

Excellent in the car: Toby enjoys car rides, expecting wherever he’s going to be fun! His foster carer puts a cushion in the back for him to cuddle up to and blocks up the footwells so he can’t fall down and get stuck. He watches keenly through to the front on short journeys and settles down for a snooze on long ones.

Toby’s favourite pastimes: He enjoys being in the garden, pottering about or sunbathing. He needs to go out for a wee quite often so easy access is important. He loves his special food, head scratches, tummy rubs, sleeping near his human and playing pounce on the squeaky toy then getting chased around. Also, of course, his buggy!

Toby’s dislikes: Workmen in the house. He will bark a couple of times at delivery men, after they’ve safely gone away. He’s a very sensible and cautious dog! He moves away from any sudden noises and stairs are his nemesis.

Toby’s ideal home: An adult-only home with an easy access, fairly flat garden. He wants someone to be with him most of the time. He needs an owner who will be very considerate of his needs and practical about finding solutions. For instance, he can’t manage stairs on his own. He can be carried up or down them or given help with his lead and harness on but he shouldn’t attempt them on his own. He also requires lots of fuss and snuggles!

Health notes: Toby is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He has stage 2 kidney disease and is on a strict renal diet – at the moment he has Royal Canin Renal kibble for small dogs which he loves and manages very well, even though he has lost quite a few teeth. The vet said it would also be OK to give him other easily digestible protein – plain fish or chicken with perhaps a bit of pasta to reduce the protein ratio. He loves this as well. His blood pressure has been very high, which can be a consequence of kidney disease and if not corrected would be damaging to kidney function. He is therefore on 2 daily medications to keep his blood pressure stable which will be ongoing. He will need to have his kidneys and BP monitored regularly in future.

Toby had a dental and had a delayed reaction to the anaesthetic, which then affected his digestion. He had a bout of colitis and became rather dehydrated. He’s back to normal now, having his food in small portions – usually 4 times a day, but soaked in plenty of water. He enjoys it and he seems to prefer the taste of the kibble soaked liquid to plain water, so it is working well to keep his fluid intake up. His eyes are cloudy but he manages very well – he is sensibly cautious but not nervous.

Toby’s foster carer said: Loveable and humorous Toby is a happy dog and he exudes a wonderful, gentle, curiosity and optimism as he goes through his days which is lovely to be around.

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If you would like to offer Toby a permanent home, please read our Adoption Procedures for information about the adoption process. You can then contact an Oldies Club Rehoming Coordinator as follows:

Telephone: 0844 586 8656

He can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland – the closer to his foster home the better – 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.

This replaces Toby’s original page dated 25 June 2022.


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