23/10/2023 UPDATE: It’s believed that Honey and Alfie could live with a calm, gentle dog following successful introductions. Also, they have been sensibly cat-tested and they were a little curious, but mostly indifferent and not appearing to want to chase. So it’s possible for them to live with a dog-savvy cat too.
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Honey (12 years) and Alfie (14 years) are a strongly bonded pair of Bichon Frisés who came into the Oldies Club rescue as their previous owner’s long working hours meant they were not happy. They are now in an Oldies Club foster home in Okehampton, Devon while they wait for the perfect retirement home together.
Settled in nicely: Honey took about two weeks to settle in, get the hang of the new routine and manage to convince her foster carer that she should sleep in their bed! Alfie took just one day to realise he’d landed on his paws, didn’t have any stairs to worry about and that all his needs were taken care of, especially his best friend being with him. He very much relies on Honey.
Love company: Honey does not like being left and gets anxious even if it’s for a little while, pacing and searching until her human returns. She loves attention but also likes to just be near you and will be your shadow around the house. Alfie is more relaxed about being left but he is hard of hearing and has advanced cataracts so he does prefer to know there’s someone around most of the time. He likes being stroked but only if he sees your hand coming from right in front of him. Otherwise, the surprise of being touched without warning is scary for him.
Good with other dogs: Alfie enjoys making new friends! Even though he’s easily alarmed by interactions he doesn’t see or hear coming, he’s an affable little chap. Honey tends to act aloof around dogs. They could live with a calm, gentle dog following successful introductions.
Could live with confident cats: They have now been cat tested and it’s thought they should be OK to live with dog-savvy cats. They were curious but not wanting to chase.
OK with older children: Alfie is very good with everyone but he is pretty frail and needs routine and undisturbed rest. Older children who are considerate should be fine for him and for Honey. Visiting grandchildren under supervision would be fine too.
Short walks only: They only have a walk two or three times a week and just potter about the garden on the other days. Honey is strong on the lead for the first ten minutes and then is happy to go home. Alfie manages five minutes and is excellent on the lead. Just don’t ask him to hurry! Neither have any recall at all so have to stay on the lead.
Car rides: Alfie is great in the car and settles down straight away. Honey does settle but after ten minutes she starts to whimper. She wouldn’t like regular long journeys but short ones are fine.
Favourite pastimes: Honey and Alfie are both foodies! They also need lots of nap time, especially Alfie. They both like snuffling in the garden and helping their human with whatever they’re doing.
Dislikes: Alfie mustn’t be touched from anywhere other than the front, so he sees you coming. He’ll flee with quite a turn of speed if touched unawares. Honey’s separation anxiety needs working around with any time left alone being built up very gradually and only once she’s fully settled in.
Honey & Alfie’s ideal home: It needs to be pretty much all on one level for Alfie. Honey will need someone to be at home most of the time. They need a secure garden and, indoors, a range of comfy beds please! Alfie sleeps in his own bed at night and Honey will too, if you insist, but she’d rather sleep on her human’s bed. Alfie’s impairments obviously need a bit of consideration but he’s very laid-back in general. They are both really sweet dogs and worth a bit of TLC.
Health notes: Alfie and Honey both have hardly any teeth, therefore they can only have wet food. They have arthritis and take a daily anti-inflammatory for it. Alfie has several warts that he chews, for which the vet has given him an ointment. He is also prone to ear infections and has steroid drops from vet to use when needed. They are both neutered, vaccinated, micochipped, wormed and flea treated.
More from their fosterer: “Honey takes a while to get to know you, but once she does, she will want you close to her at all times. She’s loving and vocal. Alfie is a really sweet boy who has always lived in Honey’s shadow. Once he realises you’re a friend, he’ll stick close to you and doesn’t let his poor hearing and vision hamper him. He’s shy, inquisitive and greedy!”
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If you would like to offer Honey and Alfie a permanent home together, 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
They can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland – the closer to their foster home the better – subject to a satisfactory home visit. Note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to collect them.
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.