Senior Staffie Marble is currently in the care of RSPCA. He came in underweight and suffering from a skin condition, so he has been wearing festive jumpers to keep warm. This Christmas the charity’s one wish is to find a loving home that he can retire in.
He is just an old man who needs a comfortable, warm, loving home
The twelve-year-old Staffie came into the charity’s care via inspectors in Birmingham after concerns for his welfare.
Gaynor Cannings, deputy manager at Ashley Heath, said, “Marble is such a gentle, friendly, lovable dog and he doesn’t deserve to be in kennels at Christmas. He’s an older chap with a few health problems and we’re desperate to find him a loving retirement home where he can enjoy a quiet life.”
Marble is also experiencing some age-related issues such as cataracts that have rendered him partially blind and spondylosis, which makes him quite stiff when walking. He’s also deaf and showing signs of degenerative spinal disease. However, vets are happy that he is still comfortable and has a good quality of life – but he may well need treatment or medication in the future.
“We’ve decided to charge a reduced adoption fee for Marble as we know he’ll require medical treatment in the future. Our real aim here is just to find Marble the right home with owners who understand his needs now and those in the future. He is just an old man who needs a comfortable, warm, loving home.
“It can take us longer to find older dogs the right homes and, while we don’t want any dog stuck in kennels for long periods of time, it can be particularly difficult for older pooches like Marble so we’re really hoping someone will fall in love with this old gent and answer his Christmas wish – by offering him the paw-fect home,” Gaynor added.
Marble can be left for short periods of time, is housetrained and travels well in the car. He has lived with cats in the past, but can chase them outside, so he may be able to live with a confident and friendly cat.