Poppy is a 10-year-old female Cairn Terrier who came is in a foster home in Bristol while she waits for someone to offer her a permanent home. Poppy has been fantastic with other dogs when off lead on walks but she has not met dogs within the house. She can be protective when on her lead on walks. It is thought that she would need a few introductions to another dog before sharing a home with it.
Poppy has barked at cats when on walks so she might need a home without cats. Poppy loves children when out on walks and she likes to have strokes and affection. However, she can be head shy due to initial dental work, and she has little snaps when her face/head is kissed, so young children might be at risk with that. However, she doesn’t have many teeth left, and only one incisor, so she isn’t likely to do much damage. Older, sensible children who understand not to kiss Poppy’s head should be fine. She loves eating peanut butter and mashed carrot (well, anything really) out of her kongs. She also has a giraffe teddy which you could throw for her for hours and she will chase it and bring it back and never get bored. She loves to snuggle up to you on the sofa and on the bed in the morning. She likes having face and ear scratches. She also likes making new human friends.
She barks at the hoover but doesn’t run from it so this could be excitement. Poppy doesn’t like too much noise so she probably used to live in a quiet household. She seems to be happy in the house as long as she has completely covered safe spots that she can go to when she feels unsure, tired or anxious. Poppy will be very happy in a quiet home with people around for most of the day, so she wouldn’t suit a working household. She absolutely thrives on interaction. She would also like to have a garden with grass/soil that she can dig in as she is a classic terrier who adores digging.
Poppy is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. She needed quite a bit of work doing on her teeth when she first came to us, including extractions and cleaning. Her mouth has healed very well and she is eating Royal Canin mini dental kibble. She also has soft chews. The vets recommended daily brushing of Poppy’s teeth however this is difficult as she is quite head shy.
Poppy has arthritis but this doesn’t seem to hold her back at all and she still plays like a puppy, but she does have a slight limp on her hind left leg which is more noticeable when on a long walk. After her initial vet visit she was on Meloxicam as her legs were quite stiff from not being walked much before. She is now being weaned off this medication as the veterinary team don’t believe it necessary to keep her on it. She is on YuMove supplement for her joints.