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As I sat and snuggled earlier with Jasper, our new old dog, who had climbed onto one of the armchairs for a sleep, I thought what a privilege it is to bring an older animal into our homes, lives and hearts.

Oldies are just such special creatures. Jasper has been with us almost a month now, which really isn’t long at all for a dog that presumably spent the first 12 years of his life in the same home, or at least with the same owner. Yet he has settled in so well with us that it feels as though he has been here so much longer. He really has become part of the family and it melts my heart and brings tears to my eyes when I see him in a relaxing on his bed, lying in front of the fire, snuggled in an armchair, or indeed trotting along beside us on a walk. I had a doze on the sofa last weekend and woke up to see he’d climbed onto the armchair opposite and was snuggled asleep 🙂

I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten those that loved him before us and I bet he has lots of wonderful memories, but I am so glad for him that he has fitted right in here and seems happy and content. He likes to be with us – which is good because we like to be with him too 🙂

In celebration of this post for the oldies I wanted to share some photographs I have taken of other dogs adopted from Oldies Club. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting all the dogs Oldies Club has rehomed, but it’s been fantastic to meet those I have.

This is the lovely Jess, rehomed last year:

Jess

and this one sums Jess up I would say – I wonder if her mum and dad would agree?

Jess and ball

This is the very handsome Joe:

Joe

This is the lovely Sid – my heart always thuds a little faster when I see a black Labrador, I just love them! Poor Sid spent about 6 weeks in the pound before a rescue angel saved him – he then developed pneumonia, poor boy, but thankfully made it through, went into Oldies Club foster care … and stayed there, in the most wonderful forever home.

Sid

This is the very sweet Peggy, previously called Mattie.

Peggy

In order to appreciate how Peggy staffie looks now, you really need to look at the before photographs but *warning* they are upsetting. Her foster home and new mum and dad have done wonders with her and in spite of what she has been through, she’s a lovely little girl.

Trixie is a little collie x JRT who was adopted by a lovely lady last year. I went to see Trixie in her new home to see how she had settled in and she is a very sweet girl.

Trixie

Trixie and her mum came on the Oldies Club Winter Walkies which a friend organised in December and had a lovely time:

Trixie walk

Alice is a teeny terrier and another Oldies Club dog I visited in her new home, after adoption. She shares her home with a beautiful lurcher and a number of cats and she is a very sweet girl too.

Alice

Now I couldn’t post about oldies and leave out Jasper could I? So although you’ve seen it before, here is one of my favourite photos of him to date. He certainly knows how to work the camera!

Jasper

It’s been a real privilege to meet these lovely oldies and I hope to meet more in the future 🙂 If anyone reading this is thinking of getting a dog, PLEASE consider adopting from rescue. Thousands of healthy dogs are put down each year in the UK because there are not enough good homes available for all the dogs waiting.

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Today I have been remembering Sweetie, the first dog we adopted as an “oldie” and the inspiration behind me deciding to get involved with Oldies Club.

Sweetie was straying before she was picked up and held in a stray kennels for a few weeks, so she was adopted without history. We think she was around 12-13 years when she came to us. She was an old lady looking for a place to rest her head for however long she had left – and to be honest, when she first came to us, I don’t think anyone thought that would be for very long.

In the end we had three wonderful years and months with her, which was probably about three years longer than first expected. She came from “up north” but a rescue volunteer very kindly drove her down to Wales – coincidentally the same town that Jasper came from. I went on the train to bring her home as we didn’t have a car back then. I did get a few stares on the train on the way back as she wasn’t in the greatest of condition after what she’d been through. I’ll be forever grateful to the smartly dressed businessman who asked me about her, rather than just looking, and gave me the chance to explain that I’d literally just met her and was taking her home to her new life.

My husband chose the name Sweetie for her and it suited her. She was a sweet old lady who I’m sure would have been quite a character in her youth. We have no idea of her history but I have always felt she belonged to someone nice at some point. She didn’t have any fears – other than the camera, unfortunately. That would send her into a bit of a panic so photos were taken when she was unaware/from a distance. I think she would have had a decent life for most of it, I suspect sadly that something happened to her (elderly?) owner and Sweetie then ended up on the streets 😦 This is just a feeling on my part, but I hope if it is the case that her previous owner knew she ended up being loved again and taken care of.

Since Sweetie disliked the camera, I don’t have many great photographs of her 😦 However this is one of my favourites. We had always hoped to take her on holiday and to the beach in particular and one year we booked a holiday in Wales, staying in a house on a dog-friendly farm. We took her to the beach, along with our other dogs.

I will treasure this photo of Sweetie and my husband, going for a paddle, for all time. Sweetie, we miss you. We think you’d approve of Jasper.

Sweetie beach

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We’ve had more snow overnight and it’s back to looking pretty and white rather than muddy and slushy.

Took a few more photos of our new Oldies Club dog Jasper, who you can read more about further down this blog.

I’d quite like to get up now please Mum

Jasper bum

Our handsome old(er) man 🙂

Jasper handsome

Love him!

Jasper love him

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If you’re in the UK, you’ll know all about the snow we have at the moment. I think it’s beautiful (when I’m not slipping over on it and landing on my behind!) but I know it’s making things really difficult for many people 😦

We do love the snow in this house though, partly because we were married in Canada 11 years ago today, when the country had LOTS and LOTS of snow (even for Canada I gather it was extreme!). We were married in the evening in a small ceremony with a few friends and as we left the venue it was dark with lots of snow falling. So beautiful. We went to an Irish pub for dinner and a few drinks (our wedding reception!) and the waitress very kindly bought us a pint each, our first drinks as a married couple 🙂

Anyway, enough of us, some photos of dogs in the snow, starting with Jasper, our newly adopted oldie:

Jasper snow

He has a lovely thick coat to help keep him warm. These photos were in our garden just before a walk as he has to stay on lead for the time being.

I really like this one 🙂

Jasper snow head

This photograph features my lovely husband, who rather adores Jasper and the feeling is mutual. Plus Jasper of course and our lovely collie, who apparently didn’t want to be photographed at this particular time LOL.

Jasper, Daddy, Sno

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Good news for Jasper, he has found his forever home

… and I have a t-shirt to buy:

tshirt

Yes, he is staying with us 🙂

Ange & Jasper

Welcome home Jasper!

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Yesterday we went on a little group walk to celebrate a doggie birthday – as you do 😉 It was for my beautiful Minnie-Moo, my youngest rescue dog.

Our new Oldies Club foster dog, Jasper, came with us and enjoyed himself 🙂

MM Walk1

The birthday girl had great fun with her birthday ball!

MM Walk2

A number of adopted Oldies Club dogs joined us on the walk with their families ~ there’s the lovely Joe …

MM Walk6

The gorgeous Sid, a black Labrador Retriever, who survived about six weeks in the pound, was rescued by a true angel of an Oldies Club supporter and then battled pneumonia, before finding his forever home:

MM Walk7

and the fabulous Jess the collie who is rather attached to her tennis balls!

MM Walk8

Really fantastic to see four Oldies Club dogs out walking together 🙂

The Basset cunningly avoided rolling into the river (we’re not sure how!)

MM Walk3

This little Robin decided to join us as we stopped at the pub for coffee and chips 🙂

MM Walk4

and on the way back we met this lovely Cavalier who was clearly very adored 🙂

MM Walk5

A really wonderful way to spend a few hours with some lovely dogs and their very nice owners 🙂 More photos can be found HERE.

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Please meet Jasper …

Jasper NYE

The day before New Year’s Eve, a volunteer for Oldies Club, a UK dog rescue charity which I fundraise for, received a call from a vet to ask if the charity would be able to help with a dog in desperate need.

The dog, a 12 year old GSD x collie sort of dog, had been taken into the vets to be put down 😦 The vets didn’t feel the dog should be pts and so phoned in the hope Oldies Club could help.

A foster home was found and the vets agreed to hold the dog until the next day so that our volunteer could collect him and meet up with the fosterer. Unfortunately sometimes things don’t go according to plan and the foster home’s car had problems which meant they could no longer travel to pick up the dog!

After checking with my dear husband (which seemed only polite since he would be doing the driving) we offered to step in and foster the dog on an emergency basis and travelled to meet our volunteer.

So the lovely chap came back with us yesterday, on New Year’s Eve. He was understandably having a very stressful time, taken from what he knew, spending the night at the vets and then travelling from Wales to Wiltshire! We introduced him to our own dogs and that all went very well, but he was finding it hard to settle, poor soul. The first night in particular he was definitely waiting and wanting to go home, he was pacing between our front and back doors, which was really rather sad to watch 😦

He wasn’t sure about lying on the dog beds, so we encouraged him to settle on them by patting them and letting him know it was ok for him to use them. He did manage to spend some decent time resting that evening – the photo abvoe is from his first evening here 🙂

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