Billie is a 13-year-old chocolate Labrador boy who is in a foster home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home. Billie has been fine when left for a few hours with the other animals at his foster home keeping him company, but he would be happiest in a home where he has someone around for most of the day.
Billie loves other dogs and likes to say hello and play with them. He gets on really well with the resident dog at his foster home. Billie is absolutely fine with the cat at his foster home. He is interested in her but he never chases. His foster carer has no experience of Billie with children, but we were told that he lived with children all his life in his previous home. His foster carer says that Billie has a gentle nature and so we think he would be fine to live with kind, gentle older children who understand and respect the needs of an older dog.
Loves walks, but not too far: Billie absolutely loves his walks and he is a great sniffer when on the lead. He doesn’t pull, and when he is off the lead his little face lights up – he virtually smiles! The only thing to watch when he is off lead is that he can try to be too ambitious for his arthritic back legs to cope with. Billie’s favourite pastimes are being petted, sleeping, eating and sniffing. Billie’s ideal home: A home with people who are around most of the time who don’t expect him to go for overly long walks.
Billie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. He has just had a dental so has lovely clean teeth. Billie has arthritis in his back legs which gives him pain and he also has some muscle wastage. He is now having an anti-inflammatory painkiller (Rimadyl 100mg once a day) and this will be ongoing. He has itchy skin which is possibly allergy related as it seems to be worse if he spends time out in the garden. He is currently trialling Apoquel 16mg which seems to be helping.