Homer is a handsome 12 year old mixed breed boy who came into Oldies Club care with his mum, Maggie, because their owners could no longer care for them and they hadnâ€™t been walked for 18 months. Homer and Maggie are in an Oldies Club foster home near Ormskirk, Lancashire. Although we would like to rehome Homer and Maggie together, they do have very different exercise requirements, so their new owner would need to be prepared for the practicalities of walking them separately. If rehomed separately from Maggie, Homer would enjoy living with a compatible dog, but he should be fine as an only dog provided he has human company most of the day and has opportunities to meet other dogs on walks. It took Homer about a week to settle at his foster home.
Homer needs a home where someone is around most of the time. He can be left but he will bark if he doesnâ€™t have another dog for company. Homer has always lived with Maggie and he enjoys the company of dogs. However his foster carer feels that he could live as an only dog as long as he has human company most of the day. Homer has lived with feral cats. He will sometimes chase but never catches them! Homer has lived with a 10 year old child and there have been no problems.Â Considering he hasnâ€™t been walked for a very long time, Homer is great on walks. He has a spring in his step, absolutely adores his walks and gets very excited when he recognises the signs (coat on, etc). He is having two 30-minute walks per day at a fast pace. He has also started to go running with his foster carer, three times a week. He can run a mile, with a little wee stop in the middle with no problem. His foster carer is working on his recall. Homer will stay and wait and sit, as long as you accompany the verbal instruction with hand signals. Getting used to the car: Homer finds the car stressful â€“ he pants and yips â€“ but he is gradually getting better with practice. Lying next to you wherever you are, going for walks, and being tickled on his tummy are his favorite past-times. Heâ€™s not keen on traffic passing by when heâ€™s on his walks, but his foster carer is working on this.
A home (with or without another dog), where someone can be with him for a good part of the day. He needs to know you are around. He could be the only dog in the home as long as he gets the opportunity to meet other dogs throughout the week. Homer is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. Homer has no health problems and isnâ€™t on any medication.
Foster carerâ€™s summary of Homer: â€œA timid, cuddly chappy! Homer is Maggieâ€™s son. Homer was â€˜shell shockedâ€™, just like Mum, when he arrived at our home. With his confidence low he has needed time to adjust, especially during the night. He now doesnâ€™t feel the need to follow his Mum around and now sleeps quietly through the night. He happily goes for walks alone and sits in another room without Mum. For Homer, having walks and his tummy tickled are what he lives for! Homer wants to please and is a very sweet dog. He will make someone a faithful companion for many years.â€