Sam (his foster carer calls him Sammy) is an 11 year old Yorkshire Terrier boy who is in an Oldies Club foster home near Northwich, Cheshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. Although Sam can be left on his own for a couple of hours occasionally, he does need an owner who is around most of the day. He doesn’t get distressed when left but he does pine and can’t settle until he is reunited with you. He also won’t settle unless he’s allowed to sleep upstairs at night. He’s only happy when he knows you are around in the house or is with you in the same room.
Sam is excited to meet some dogs, he is inquisitive, and happy to have a sniff round them, but on other occasions he will bark and snap at them and needs to be held back. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern to it, for example bigger or smaller dogs. We think Sam would be best as an only dog. Sam hasn’t lived with cats before and although he seems oblivious to cats on walks we don’t know if he could live with them.
Sam has been fine with the older children and teenagers he has met but he was unsure of a 3 year old and doesn’t seem to be used to young children. We think he would be fine to live with calm, considerate children aged 10 years upwards.
He enjoys playing with his cuddly toys and he loves cuddles. He also really enjoys his walks and being outside in the garden. He doesn’t like loud noises such as motorbikes and drills. He doesn’t like the hoover when it is on but doesn’t seem bothered by the noise made by the washing machine or dishwasher. He barks at people wearing high vis jackets or fluorescent clothes which he finds very unnerving! He needs to be with people for most if not all of the time, so an active retired person or family with individuals who work from home would be ideal.
Sam is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and has been wormed and flea treated. He has had a dental and needed to have some teeth removed. The vet notes from Sam’s previous vet indicate that he might be susceptible to skin irritations, and he arrived in our care with a sore on his leg which has been treated by our vet and there are no further concerns about it. He has had no other skin issues since coming into foster.