Soppy Staffie Alfie! (Oldies Club, fostered Essex)

Adorable Alfie is a 10 year old, brindle and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Labrador Cross who is being fostered in an Oldies Club home in Chafford Hundred, Essex, waiting for a lovely person to offer him his forever, loving home. His previous owners were moving into pet-free accommodation and, sadly, could not take him with them.

Settled fairly quickly: It took about a week for Alfie to be perfectly comfortably at home. The longest time he has been left was 6 hours and his carers think he wished that they hadn’t disturbed him on return!

Loves his people: It’s possible Alfie could live with full-time workers if he had a walk or garden break at lunchtime, though he does love to be with his people.

Fine with other dogs out and about: When out on walks, Alfie is fine with dogs and when going to vets he’s also fine with dogs. However, his carers haven’t had a dog in house with him. It’s felt that at the moment if another dog were to be there, they would have to be fed separately and all toys put away.

No cats please: Alfie barks and chases any cat that comes into the garden, so he needs a cat-free home.

Good with older children: Alfie is fine when meeting children outside the house. However, he can get protective of his area and items so he would not be suited to a home with small children. However, older teenagers who are dog-savvy could be fun for him.

Enjoys walks: Alfie has no recall and tends to come only if he wants to. He is very good on the lead and likes just to march along. He also likes to say hello to other dogs. Alfie pulls at first but soon settles down and is very excited to go out. He will walk for miles and hours and, equally, he is happy with short walks if necessary. He just like to get out of the house for a bit. He is used to one long walk in the evenings and has been doing 1-hour walks most days.

Excited in the car: Alfie gets very excited when in the car. It would probably be best having him comfy in a cage if doing long journeys.

Alfie’s favourite pastimes: Definitely eating! Also, he really likes just being with you and he loves hugs. He has toys and will play ball with you. He will give you the ball but there is no point trying to take it from him as he has the Staffie grip!

Alfie’s dislikes: He doesn’t like loud noises like thunder and fireworks and he barks at them. If you stay with him, he will calm down and be happy for you to give comfort. He doesn’t like you going near him while he eats and if you try to move him physically from the sofa. He knows he isn’t allowed on but he will move if you are stern with him.

Alfie’s ideal home: His perfect home would be with a young to middle-aged couple who like going out with him. He’s fine with people coming round as he loves attention. They need to be strong as he is a strong dog. They also need to be patient and have lots of love … it’s all he wants. Alfie sleeps outside the bedroom but, by morning, he’s in his bed which is downstairs in the living room. He loves to sleep just on the floor.

Health notes: Alfie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and flea/worm treated. He has a long-term heart condition for which he takes half a Vetmedin 5mg chew tablet twice a day. This will have to be taken for the rest of his life. The vet has said that he is otherwise quite healthy.

More from Alfie’s foster carer: He is loving, playful, greedy and protective. Alfie just wants a forever home and loves attention. He gives my hubby a kiss every day when he goes to work as he is so loving. He loves to play but, equally, he loves to just sit with you and get stroked.
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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 Coordinator as follows:

Email: rehome@oldies.org.uk
Telephone: 0844 586 8656

Alfie 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.
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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.
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