Continuing on our theme of helping Golden Oldies, we want to tell you about the lovely Billie. This great guy has the biggest, dark brown, soulful eyes and a lovely golden-brown coat. Billie has had a bit of a disturbing time recently. His male owner passed away about 8 months ago and some friends took him in and gave him a home. Billie was pretty much a free spirit. He lived in a rural location, so was able to roam free in his own little domain. He would chase passing cars and bark at people who passed, but more to say hello than aggression. He wasn’t used to being on a lead, as his owner never walked him. When his owner passed away, some friends took him in and he has been with them for the last 8 months. They already have 2 other dogs and find it quite a struggle with 3. His carer has been teaching him to walk on a lead and trying to stop him barking at passing cars. She says he is much better than he was. He will apparently bark at some people he sees in the street, but once they acknowledge him and start talking to him he is fine.
When I went to meet him today, I was greeted by a friendly, happy boy who enjoyed the attention. Although he doesn’t’ live with cats, I am told he is not too bothered by them. More interested in them than aggressive. He has lived as an only dog and also with 2 other dogs and they all get on fine. He isn’t a big Labrador dog but can be strong if he sees something in the road, so he would need someone prepared to continue his training and socialising outdoors. Alternatively, he would probably just be happy with a big garden to wander around.
His Best Points :
He is just a sweet dog who wants a comfortable life. Calm and gentle
Inside the house, Billy is a very quiet and gentle dog. He will come up and ask for a fuss before plodding off to eat/sleep/play/go outside, and then ask for another fuss when he is done. Everyone who meets him adores him instantly, he really does steal your heart.
He loves sleeping in his bed in the lounge with us, eats really well and won’t try to take food from you – but he will give you those puppy dog eyes! He is also very respectful of our other dogs and has shown no food or toy aggression.
Outside of the house, he is very confident. He was always outside when he lived with his previous owner, and you can tell he loves it. He still enjoys his daily walks, some days a short walk around the block is enough for him, other days he will happily plod around for half an hour.
We have taken him to the vets for a check-up, he has some weakness in his hind legs which is manageable with inflammatory medication and regular walks. He has a lump on his left side which has been checked and given the all clear, and he also has a lump on his front left paw (in between the toes), this doesn’t seem to cause any irritation but it is sore for him and may need looking at further just to make sure it’s OK. Other than that, he is fighting fit and is a very happy chap for his age!
Despite the discomfort in his back legs, he is still very strong and can pull during the first 10/15 minutes of his walk if he sees something he wants to go after, but once he is settled into the walk he is a lot better on the lead and will walk next to you. He has no recall training at the moment and I wouldn’t recommend he be walked off the lead, he had 9 years of wandering around a village doing whatever he wanted and it’s made him very head strong outside! Billy often barks at other dogs and people during his walks, but it’s just because he wants to say hello. He loves meeting other dogs and saying hi to everyone.
He weighs in at 21kg, which is manageable if you need to help him in/out of the car. He travels perfectly when he’s in the car as well and is no trouble.
In my opinion, the perfect home for Billy would be a quieter house with someone home most (if not all) of the day. He would be perfectly happy on his own, but he really enjoys interacting with other dogs and our younger dogs really bring out his playful side. If he won’t be living with another dog, regular socialisation for him would be beneficial and help him stay youthful! He has been cat tested and is fine.
He probably needs some minor training while outside and for walking on a lead, but he really isn’t bad at all and is already improving.
Overall, Billy really has been a great addition to our home and if we didn’t already have 2 dogs, we would apply to adopt him ourselves!
Dog Details :
Breed : Labrador X
Age : 9 years
Height: Waiting on this info
Weight: 23 kg
Living with dogs : Yes
Living with cats : Not tested
Living with children : Over 12 years
NEEDS to live with another dog Yes
Health: No health issues notified
In a foster home in Walsall, West Midlands
Adoption Fee : £235 – to be paid direct to the Portuguese rescue to cover travel costs via UK bank account
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Can live with children over 12
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