Long shot - youngish dogs for adoption? Small - terrier size. Essex/Suffolk area

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KirstieAllsop Fri 10-May-13 21:00:50

I know it's a very long shot here, but I was wondering if anyone could help?

My nan is looking for a dog. Fairly young though not necessarily a puppy. Quite small, terrier size. She's not able to pay a lot, so breeders are out of the question. Local dog rehoming centres don't seem to have the type she's after.

She's not fussy, just wants a small dog she can handle at the age of 70. She doesn't want an older dog, as doesn't want to get attached to then lose it.

Does anyone have any ideas how we could find a dog for her?

KibbleQueen Mon 13-May-13 22:30:28

Acres Way kennels in Benfleet, Essex has lots of dogs looking for good homes at the moment. If they don't have what you want they might let you know if something comes in.
Worth a try smile
KQ

Iamaslummymummy Sun 12-May-13 03:21:10

Action aid for animals have some lovely dogs of all sizes and ages. We've got our new foster coming tomorrow (well today now.....)

moosemama Sat 11-May-13 12:24:24

Sorry, just saw your post about toilet training. A lot of the Many Tears ex-breedng dogs have been kennelled, so would need careful sensitive toilet training, despite not being pups.

To be honest, an awful lot of rescue dogs will need work on toiletting and others may regress and need a refresher course, as it were, when they move to a new home (need to learn where the door is and how to ask to go out etc).

To be honest, when taking on a rescue, you have to be prepared to put in some work with things like that. Some dogs find themselves in rescue through no fault of their own, but many are there because they have issues that the owners were unable or unwilling to work on.

That said, if she went for a dog that had been fostered in a home, rather than kennelled, she would at least have a better idea of how much/little work they need and in what areas.

moosemama Sat 11-May-13 12:18:06

Many Tears usually have lots of lap-dog sized dogs looking for homes. They are very often ex-breeding dogs who have been dumped when they're no longer required. angry

They often need a lot of tlc and support and are well suited to being homed with retired people who have a lot of time on their hands, iyswim.

LadyTurmoil Sat 11-May-13 11:30:19

enfielddogrescue.org/ also has a few suitable doggies!

LadyTurmoil Sat 11-May-13 10:07:53

You're welcome - also meant to say that it's worth calling rescues even if they don't have suitable dogs on websites now. Calling every now and then will help to form a relationship with the rescue, so that if a suitable dog comes in, they will think of you! That's the theory anyway, although rescues are usually very busy with little manpower so may just simply be too stretched for it to work - but worth a try smile Keep us updated!

Awww the Border cross at Jerry Greens has the same gremlin face as my border grin

KirstieAllsop Sat 11-May-13 08:28:05

LadyTurmoil, that is brilliant, thank you.

LadyTurmoil Fri 10-May-13 23:31:59

Have a look at Suffolk Animal Rescue they have about 3 smallish dogs who might be suitable. Also Wagtails Rescue in Essex has a small dog called Indie and one called Marley.

Jerry Green's has a Border Terrier crossbreed. Look at Faith Rescue on Facebook, they have a few smallish dogs.

A list here of Suffolk centres doghousesuffolk.co.uk/dog-rescue-centres/coming-soon/

Mutt Fri 10-May-13 22:45:01

While you're browsing, have a look here too. If you're not familiar with different breeds it may give you some other ideas. There are loads of websites like that one - just Google dog breed selector.

There are loads of terrier-sized breeds which may be a more suitable choice for your gran.

And nope, choosing the right dog is never easy. But all the work you put in pays off when you make the right choice smile

KirstieAllsop Fri 10-May-13 22:38:08

Ok I shall. She's going to a rescue place on Monday so I'll let her know to give my phone number and let them know that I could take it on.
Thank you for the websites. I'm looking at them now and hopefully we'll find something for her. I thought it would be a lot easier than this.

beautifulgirls Fri 10-May-13 22:28:29

Take a look at the kennel club rescue info - she may be able to find something locally here? Consider something like a cavalier king Charles spaniel? Lovely little dogs, great company but not as demanding as terriers. www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/204

MadamNoo Fri 10-May-13 22:21:37

Have you been on dogs blog? there's a little chihuahua in east anglia I just saw.

ruledbyheart Fri 10-May-13 22:12:48

I think if your prepared to take the dog on if anything should happen then most rescue centres would take that into consideration.

Good luck :-)

Mutt Fri 10-May-13 22:09:15

Definitely tell them, as long as you are sure it would really be an option.

It may well make a difference to them.

KirstieAllsop Fri 10-May-13 22:07:42

Ruledbyheart, I completely understand. My concern is, if she is in good health in her 80's+ then she's not going to want to have lost her little friend. If the worst happened, I'd happily take the dog in. My son would love it. I do realise rehoming centres may not wish to rehome to her for that reason. Is it worth telling them that I'd have the dog if the worst happened?

KirstieAllsop Fri 10-May-13 22:04:48

She's not after a puppy, I don't think it would do her any good to have to do all the toilet training, just a little dog that's going to keep her company for a fair few years.

ruledbyheart Fri 10-May-13 22:04:25

May be worth contacting the oldies rescue as the will rehome to older people and I know they rehome in that area.
The problem is age unfortunately not meaning to be rude but at 70 yrs old you cannot guarantee that your nans health won't decline and having a young dog isn't a great idea as it will be energetic and need a lot of excersize.

a lot of rescues will not home to older people for this reason but if your nan is prepared to take on an oldie I'm sure they could match her up suitably.

Mutt Fri 10-May-13 21:58:27

Sorry, meant to say - I really don't think a young terrier would be a good choice.

An older one (say 5ish upwards) will probably have calmed down and be more prepared to potter around and snooze at home after a good walk, rather than be into everything like a young 'un would.

KirstieAllsop Fri 10-May-13 21:57:32

Thank you. I'm not a dog person so I don't have much of an idea about breeds etc. All of your advice has been brilliant.

Mutt Fri 10-May-13 21:39:26

Cairn Terriers are such a lovely breed and there are always Cairns looking for homes on this website.

However, I would echo what fanof says about terriers being high energy and not necessarily the "easiest" breeds to take on.

Maybe give them a call and have a chat to see if they think one may be a viable option for your gran. She does sound like she would have a lot to offer a rescue dog and I'm sure she would get so much in return from having one as a companion.

My 6yo Cairn is currently snoozing beside me on the sofa and a dog like her would be more than happy with someone like your gran to look after her if I weren't about any more. Dogs are forced into rescue for all sorts of reasons - not all have behavioural problems or need specialist care, some just need a loving home with lots of walks and cuddles.

Good luck smile

KirstieAllsop Fri 10-May-13 21:36:44

I'll see if I can try and persuade her to look at other breeds, but not expecting it to go well. The only greyhound I know of is one that has his walks past my house. His owner told me he barely needs any exercise contrary to popular belief, and is actually quite lazy. It surprised me

Floralnomad Fri 10-May-13 21:34:07

Greyhounds are lovely and they'd definitely curl up next to you on a setee , generally walk very nicely and are very loving ( all the ones I know anyhow)

KirstieAllsop Fri 10-May-13 21:32:02

She doesn't want a staffy, which is a shame as there seem to be so many needing rehoming. She's hard work, trying to suggest alternatives to her will not go well. But I can see how desperately she needs a little companion.

I think I'd be more inclined to go for terrier sized. Maybe she'd have more luck not going for a young dog? It doesn't have to mean losing it soon. Our childhood dog made it to 20 and mid teens isn't unheard of so a 7 year old dog could well live another 7 or 8 years. Of all the terrier types a mid age staffy might be a good choice and always lots in rescues.

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