Daisy, a 13-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, was taken to the vets to be put to sleep – but there was still life in the old girl, who just wants a home to call her own
Image: Senior Staffy Club)
An elderly Staffordshire bull terrier who was set to be put to sleep is awaiting a new home where she can live out the rest of her golden years.
Daisy, a 13-year-old Staffy, was originally rescued by volunteers after they were contacted by a vet where she had been taken to be euthanised.
She’s now being cared for by the Senior Staffy Club at their Worcester boarding kennels.
The charity has rehomed more than 500 Staffordshire bull terriers in the last 10 years, helping older dogs, usually over the age of seven, to find their perfect retirement home.
Daisy arrived in rescue with a severe, chronic case of kennel cough, needing 10 days of steroids and antibiotics to regain her health.
Senior Staffy Club)
Behaviourist at the Senior Staffy Club, Charlene McQuoid-Guess, said: “We are really keen to get Daisy a new home before Christmas.
“We are doing the best we can in a less than ideal environment, but with the weather getting colder it is so important to try and re-home her.”
The Senior Staffy Club feel the breed spends longer in kennels than other dogs because of the negative perception of Staffies, with the breed making up nearly two thirds of all dogs in kennels across the UK.
Julia Kaminski, SSC’s publicity officer, said: “Daisy is a gorgeous old girl who adores people and would love to sit next to you all day long.
“She isn’t really bothered by toys or balls, but she really loves a peanut butter filled Kong and to sit next to you on the sofa.”
Julia hopes that, while working through Daisy’s applications, they can find the senior Staffy a foster home over the festive period.
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She added: “As the adoption process can take a little while – involving a home visit for potential adopters – we are exploring the option of getting her into a foster home before Christmas.
“Lots of people are busy leading up to Christmas and have family visiting over the festive period – although sadly perhaps not so much this year – so it’s not necessarily the best time to settle a new dog in, with so much going on and lots of visitors.”
Daisy is looking for a home without dogs, but could live with children aged 14 and up.
She is also fully microchipped, vaccinated, neutered, as well as muzzle trained for things like trips to the vets.
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The old girl still enjoys a walk, but sometimes doesn’t fancy a trip out. Julia added: “Some days she doesn’t like to walk, but when she does she walks beautifully on the lead.
“She doesn’t need big walks – at 13, she is happy with a little potter.
“When out walking, her all time favourite thing to do is walk over the fields and have a good roll in the grass.”
Daisy’s adoption fee would be £120, with the money going back into the charity to help support other senior Staffies in finding their home.
Julia concluded: “As we still haven’t found the perfect home for Daisy, if you feel you are the perfect home for her and have a Daisy-shaped space on your sofa, do please contact us via our website, www.seniorstaffyclub.co.uk. ”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.