Tehya – “The Duchess”! (Oldies Club, fostered Gloucestershire)

Tehya is a gorgeous 10-year-old Staffy who came into the Oldies Club dog rescue due to her owner’s poor health. She is in a foster home in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, waiting for someone to offer her a permanent home.

Settled quickly: Tehya is a lovely girl who settled at her foster home within a few hours.

Enjoys company but fine when left: Tehya loves to have her people around her, but she has been left for about 4 hours on occasion with no problem at all. Her foster carer feels she would prefer a home with people who are around a lot of the time, but she would be fine to live with a part-time worker.

Not happy around dogs: Tehya needs to be an only dog. She has high anxiety when approached by other dogs and her first response is to ignore them and then try to avoid them by tucking herself behind you. She has occasionally had a lunge at other dogs if she feels they are coming too close. Her foster carers therefore have tried to keep her away from other dogs.

Needs a home without cats: She will chase cats.

Good with children: Tehya loves all humans, including small ones! She has recently been around two children, aged 2 and 5, and was lovely with them. She does jump up sometimes though, but if children aren’t too small and are used to dogs that jump up, it shouldn’t be an issue. Her foster carers are continuing to try to discourage this behaviour by turning away from her when she does it.

Enjoys walks in quieter places: Tehya walks very nicely on her harness and lead. Her recall is good in an enclosed space but she has not been let off lead in open spaces such as the woods. During the week she has one or two 10-15 minute walks a day, with one longer walk each day at weekends. Walks in areas where there aren’t too many dogs running loose would probably be more enjoyable for Tehya.

Very good in the car: She needs help to get up into her foster carer’s car, but it is quite high and she might be OK getting into a different vehicle. She sits quietly for the journey but can be reluctant to lie down and relax.

Favourite pastimes: Tehya loves to have your attention and will come to you frequently for strokes and fuss. She likes to stand with her front feet up on your chair and just be stroked. She enjoys a short walk and she loves to sunbathe outside in the garden on her quilt (her fur is a bit sparse on her head and chest so she needs to have high factor suncream applied). She has recently enjoyed a raw marrow bone from the butcher and she gnawed away at it for hours until her foster carer took it off her to give her a break. She does have some toys and will play fetch for a short time. Tehya loves food and treats.

Tehya’s dislikes: She doesn’t like other dogs. She also doesn’t like going out in the rain, but she does quite like being dried off with a towel and will stand patiently for you to do it. She doesn’t like rolled-up newspapers or cardboard tubes (from wrapping paper etc.).

Tehya’s ideal home: Somewhere with people around for most of the time, although not necessarily all the time. She doesn’t need company, but she does like it! She would love a short walk each day and a comfy sofa to chill on. She would like a garden because she likes to sunbathe and potter around. Resident or visiting dog-savvy children would be fine.

Health notes: Tehya is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. She has been given a clean bill of health by the vet, after her spay and having some bad teeth removed. Her fur was quite thin when she came to us and her skin was dry and flaky. This has improved hugely but she is still a bit ‘thin on top’ of her head and on her chest.

**Tehya had a bad reaction to the painkiller Metacam, after having her teeth removed. She had awful diarrhoea for several days afterwards. Her adopters must let their vet know that she is not to be given Metacam.**

More from her foster carer: Tehya is quiet, funny, clean and perfect! She really is the loveliest girl. We call her The Duchess as she is a proper lady. She has a sweet character that everyone who meets her just loves her. She is quite small in height for her breed and a bit overweight. Her left ear sticks up all the time! Tehya is not demanding of anything much apart from your love and affection. She has very nice manners. Tehya will even go for a wee on command (go see). She is quiet – she only barks at the doorbell and is quickly hushed. She is clean in the house. Tehya chooses not to go upstairs and sleeps in her bed or on the sofa. She likes to be warm, snuggly and comfortable. As above, her adopters will need to let their vet know about her reaction to Metacam.

If you would like to offer Tehya 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:

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

Tehya 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 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.

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