Ben is a 13 year old male Yorkshire Terrier. Ben came into our care after his elderly owner was no longer able to look after him properly. He is a tiny little boy weighing just 2kg! Ben has spent his whole life indoors with only the back garden to potter around in so he will need a patient and understanding owner who can help him readjust. Up until recently Ben has lived with his brother but they have always fought each other and having monitored them in foster we believe they would be much happier rehomed separately. They have since been placed in separate foster homes where they are adjusting really well. Due to their owners ill health these boys were in a bit of a mess when they arrived at the rescue. They have since been bathed, shaved, deflead, wormed and have had a very over due nail clip!
Due to not being flea treated for so long Ben does have some fur missing on his back but hopefully this will grow back in time. All of Ben’s teeth have fallen out over the years and sadly, he is missing his lower jaw. The vet is not sure what could have caused this as he had never seen a vet before coming to us. Having no lower jaw means that Ben’s tongue is always hanging out, but despite this Ben seems to cope with his disability and still manages to enjoy dinner time. However due to this he will need to be fed on soft food only for the rest of his life. One of Ben’s eyes is quite enlarged but the vet is going to monitor this and it will only be removed if absolutely necessary.
If Ben does have to have his eye removed we will then neuter him at the same time, however this will only be done if he has to undergo surgery due to his age and current health. Ben’s sight does not appear to be affected by this and he is currently being treated with eye drops that need applying three times a day. Despite everything Ben can still hear well and responds to his name. He is curious when outside in the garden and still enjoys his life. Ben does seem to get along well with other dogs but we feel that he would be best suited to a home where he can be the only dog. After years of fighting with his brother for attention we feel it is only fair that he can now relax and no longer have to compete for affection. All Ben wants is to be cuddled and loved. He has never been away from his elderly owner and will cry and bark constantly if he is left alone or shut away.
For this reason Ben needs a home where he will never be left alone, with someone who is willing to let him sleep in their bedroom with them. He is best suited to a quiet household with no young children visiting as he is very fragile. Ben is now getting the hang of house training and will happily take himself off into the garden, however he will need some patience with this to begin with. As he has never been walked his legs are not great and therefore he isn’t going to need large amounts of exercise. Small strolls and a secure garden would be ideal for him. Ben is a precious little boy who really does deserve to be cherished and pampered in his twilight years.