Bailey – 11 year old male Lhasa Apso

Bailey is an 11 year old male Lhasa Apso. He is in an Oldies Club foster home in Hindhead, Surrey, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. Bailey likes to have company and gets a little stressed when the person he’s most attached to goes out, but his foster carers have left him for up to four hours and he has been OK.

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He wouldn’t suit a home with people who go out to work full time though. We were told that Bailey is nervous of bigger dogs because of an incident when he was young. On walks he generally seems curious and excited to meet other dogs on leads. Most encounters have gone well, just some occasional growling, barking or hackles raised if he meets a dog he isn’t comfortable with.

He hasn’t yet met off-lead dogs in his foster home or out and about, so we don’t know how he is in that situation. We will be looking for a home where he is the only dog. His previous owner said that Bailey doesn’t get on well with cats.

He’s seen a couple in the distance since he’s been in foster care, and he would like to chase them, but has always been on the lead. Bailey was used to having grandchildren visit his home and he would be happy with that again. He is fine with kind and gentle handling. “He sleeps a lot but when he’s up and about he enjoys exploring the garden.

We put kibble into a slow-release ball that he pushes around and he likes this way of getting treats. He’s intelligent and tackles the challenge of getting the ball out of tight corners etc. Sometimes he gets very excited and wants to play. He grabbed a cardboard tube from the recycling today and found it very exciting to chew, roll around on and guard.

He does a kind of play-nipping at our feet/legs, barks and runs round chasing his tail. It’s probably a game he’s played before, but we haven’t worked out exactly how to join in yet!”. Nothing major, except that he isn’t very keen on having his harness put on.

Bailey’s ideal home is one where there is usually someone around for company, ideally with an enclosed garden so that he can roam about (or he would need to learn recall if ever to run free elsewhere). He wouldn’t suit a family looking for a dog to go on long walks.

Bailey is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. The only health issues we’re aware of are occasional stiffness in his front left leg (the vet thinks it is slight arthritis), and a tendency to regurgitate his food quite dramatically if he eats a bit too much too quickly. Three smaller meals a day, and using the treat ball for slow-release extra kibble, has helped.

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