Adorable Raff is a sweet 16 year old male English Springer Spaniel who is in a foster home in Salisbury, Wiltshire, waiting for someone to offer him a lovely permanent home for the rest of his days. A delightful old chap: Raff is a wobbly old boy who has ataxia, a neurological condition, but this doesn’t stop him loving life and wanting to live it to the full. He had a lot of changes before arriving at his current foster home, but he took it all in his slightly unsteady stride. His current foster carer said that it took him a few days to settle there, but prior to that he had settled into new environments quickly. He’s obviously a wise and stoical old chap.
Raff enjoys the company of other dogs but doesn’t particularly interact with them – however, as is often the case with Spaniels, he would probably interact well with other Spaniels.
He is happily sharing his foster home with the resident dog, but probably wouldn’t want to live with very young, bouncy dogs. Raff stayed briefly in a home with two cats and he was fine. He didn’t even seem to notice them! Raff seems to enjoy the company of kind, gentle children – aged about 8+ years – on a cuddle and stroke basis. He’s too frail to be played with roughly though and children would need to be supervised and well trained.
Raff loved going out for walks in his previous foster home and he enjoys a good potter around the garden too. Walks need to be on flat, fairly firm surfaces as walking on even a slight incline will make him very wobbly. He loves a change of scenery though and enjoys being off lead doing plenty of spaniel-style sniffing. He will take himself for a potter down any path that takes his fancy, so you do need to keep a careful eye on the adventurous old devil! Raff will need a couple of 20 minute strolls each day to maintain his mobility and muscle tone and to keep him as healthy as possible.
Raff’s favourite pastimes: Gentle walkies, pottering in garden, snoozing in his bed, and being groomed and fussed. He also loves eating! Dear old Raff needs a very caring home with someone around a lot of the time. He’s a gentle chap who deserves a calm environment where he will be able to go out a couple of times a day for a gentle off lead walk and change of scenery.
Health notes: Raff is neutered and microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. On the advice of the vet he hasn’t been vaccinated but he has just had a dental and came through the operation well. Raff has poor sight and hearing and he has ataxia which is a neurological condition that affects his co-ordination and balance. He has been found to have an enlarged spleen. He is having Metacam for arthritis and also Gabapentin.
He struggled in the recent hot weather but is generally a happy old boy. He obviously doesn’t have oodles of years ahead of him, but he’s determined to live life to the full and make the most of the time he does have.