Patch is a 10 year old male Patterdale Terrier cross Labrador who is in a foster home in Witney, Oxfordshire while he waits to be offered a permanent home. Patch started to get the feel of his new surroundings as soon as he moved into his foster home. It took about two weeks for him to completely relax. There was a resident dog to get used to, plus he had to test the boundaries of the garden very thoroughly for potential escape routes, to start new adventures!
Patch needs someone to be with most of the time. His foster carer has left him for up to 2 hours but it’s obvious he really wants to be a near constant companion, with time alone kept to a bare minimum. Bless him! Patch is sharing his foster home with the resident female Labrador. He’s doing OK but he’d clearly rather be the only dog. He hasn’t got the hang of sharing the love and attention or space on the sofa. Out and about he’s happy ignoring other dogs. He’s fine with passing encounters but doesn’t like pushy dogs. He must have missed doggy etiquette classes as a pup, as he grumbles if another dog tries to make his acquaintance by sniffing his bottom. As for cats, well! His Terrier nature makes him a bit too interested in them.
Patch hasn’t been around children since being in foster and his carer thinks he’d be happiest in an adult only home. We were told he was fine with visiting youngsters in his previous home but cautious supervision is best. His nap times must be respected, of course! Patch doesn’t hold with car journeys and will sing you a sad song about it the whole time he’s on one. He’s slightly better if someone can sit on the back seat with him (with a safety harness for him). However, this is one activity he’s set his face against and doesn’t mind telling you!
Patch’s favourite pastimes: Being with his people, cuddling on the sofa, walks, playing and pottering around in the garden. Oh, and eating! The Hoover, it seems, requires subduing by barking. Patch’s foster carer puts him in his crate when it’s on, for the sake of everyone’s nerves. He’s not keen on going out in the rain and any vets can just jolly well stop it! One where he’ll get plenty of exercise, have a steady routine and at least one person to follow around and assist with whatever they’re doing, all day. He does need active owners and requires sofa snuggles of an evening.
Patch is neutered, microchipped, flea/worm treated and will be fully vaccinated very soon. On his vet check he needed his anal glands emptying, which might need doing again in future. He had a slightly enlarged prostate but the vet decided no treatment was needed and gave him a clean bill of health.