Lassie is lovely 11 year old Collie Cross lady whose former owner could sadly no longer look after her. She is in an Oldies Club foster home in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, waiting for someone to offer her a permanent home.
Lassie was obviously loved very much. She arrived with all of her things, a note including details of her routine, and a Thank You Valentines Card for her, thanking her for always being there and telling her to be happy in her new home. The card was signed by her owner, his sister, and on behalf of a deceased family member who had obviously also loved her. Understandably, Lassieâ€™s foster carer was in tears when she read this.
Despite coming from such a caring home, Lassie has settled into her foster home very well and she is ready to move on with her life and begin her retirement in a new forever home.
Beautiful inside and out: Lassie is a very pretty girl with a slim, petite frame. She is friendly, enjoys a tickle, and gives a happy wag when she sees you. She has bright, shining eyes and seems to be happy. Her foster carer tells us â€œThis morning I took her out and a lady I know asked how old the puppy was â€“ apart from a little greying around the face, which you canâ€™t see straight away, she looks like a young happy dog!â€
Lassie travels really well. When she was collected, she settled down in the crate straight away and you could have forgotten she was there! Sheâ€™s a playful girl who is lively for her age. She enjoys her short walks (she has a torn ligament and whilst this heals she is only having short walks). She pulls on the lead but this seems to be due to excitement as she likes to sniff at absolutely everything and she has been missing out on walks in recent times. She likes tennis balls but she pulls them to bits!
She loves meeting people and has met 3 children, aged 8, 10 and 12 and was absolutely fine with them, thoroughly enjoying the attention and tickles.
Lassie is good with other dogs and is sharing her foster home with Ginny. Their foster carer says: â€œThey have been fine together apart from a couple of growls when Ginny tried to steal Lassieâ€™s chew (serves her right!) and once when Ginny sat beside Lassie and touched Lassieâ€™s sore leg (understandable).â€ We were told that Lassie chases cats and squirrels but she has shown no interest in her foster carerâ€™s rabbit who lives in a hutch in the garden. She likes to watch birds out of the window though and might chase given the chance.
Despite her slim frame, Lassie loves her food. Her foster carer says â€œI think treats are a novelty as her owner used to give her a small handful of mixer as a treat when she had been good â€“ perhaps this is why she is an ideal weight!! Iâ€™ll have to stop myself over-indulging her!!!â€
Lassie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea-treated. She has been vet-checked and was found to have a torn cruciate ligament for which she is having pain relief. She is due a further check to see how it is healing. Despite this she is lively and is running around quite happily and has to be stopped so that she doesnâ€™t do any damage! She has a couple of small lumps and these will be checked by the vet. The vet said that she is just the right weight.
She will make an absolutely fantastic pet; she is an adorable looking girl and Iâ€™m sure her new home wonâ€™t take too long to find.
Photos are copyright of Jessica Penaluna