Battersea’s Oldest Dog Travels 270 Miles to New Home

October 9, 2012  

Reprinted with permission by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s oldest dog Blackie has found his new retirement home in Durham, 270 miles away from the charity’s London center. Aged 19 in dog years and 133 in human terms, golden oldie Blackie is the oldest dog ever to arrive at Battersea, and is among a growing number of golden oldies arriving at the charity.

Mongrel Blackie was brought to the charity in August as his owners could no longer care for him. He impressed staff with his zest for life as he loved playing with toys, going for walks, and receiving attention. His profile on Battersea’s Twitter and Facebook pages soon caught the eye of Shirley Buchanan from Durham, who spoke to staff on the phone and was sure he was the dog for her.

Due to his age, Blackie was escorted from London to Durham by Battersea’s Rehoming and Welfare Team Leader Sieglinde Schuster. Blackie instantly made friends with Shirley and her two Curly Coated Retrievers, six year old Hope and four year old Breeze, and it was clear to Sieglinde that he’d found his perfect home.

Shirley said: “I feel older dogs can get overlooked as people often want young dogs but the golden oldies have so much to give and I have rehomed older dogs before and found it a rewarding experience. When I saw Blackie online I just felt drawn to him. He is an absolute joy to be around and I am so pleased he has come to live with us, everyone we meet wants to make a fuss of him, so he is lapping up the attention.”

Shirley explained that it didn’t take long for Blackie to make himself at home. She said: “The first night he curled up in his bed next to mine, but he now finds the settee and my bed more appealing. He can get up on them without a problem, so the only complaint I have is that I now need a bigger settee and bed! Battersea is a long way from Durham but the staff at Battersea were really helpful and accommodating, going the extra mile for Blackie.”

Luckily spritely senior citizen Blackie is set for a golden retirement, but he is among a growing number of older pets finding themselves in Battersea’s care. In 2007 the charity looked after 264 dogs and cats aged 10 years or older, and based on current figures it expects to care for more than 430 this year. The average age for a dog or cat depends on its breed, but this year Battersea has already cared for seven dogs and 18 cats aged 15 or older.

While some people struggle to afford their pets and are forced to approach Battersea for help, others are continuing to spend money on their dogs and cats. Sieglinde says this could be helping them to live longer, and she explains: “People are feeding their pets better diets which definitely helps. Going back 10 years, dogs used to arrive who ate their owner’s leftover cereal for breakfast, whereas now they can enjoy tailored hypo-allergenic diets. Many owners are also finding it easier to get veterinary treatment, either thanks to subsidized vets or through pet insurance.”

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5 Responses to “Battersea’s Oldest Dog Travels 270 Miles to New Home”
  1. Blackie looks relaxed

  2. DianaJones says:

    Happy this elder gent went to a home that loved him despite that gorgeous white wisdom mask. I hope he has some great years with his new family. I am also glad his previous family was able to get him to a place that could re home him. Sadly, it may not have had such a happy ending on this side of the pond.

  3. PolosNPearls says:

    Wow,19!!! So happy that Blackie has found a good home and loving companion to spend the latter part of his life with. I can’t imagine having a 19yr old dog and then turning him into a shelter, but I guess we never know circumstances. Battersea is a wonderful organization!

    • StubbyDog says:

      @PolosNPearls Battersea is a wonderful organization and they are getting more and more seniors and placing them in loving homes.  Yay Blackie!

  4. PolosNPearls says:

    Wow,19!!! So happy that Blackie has found a good home and loving companion to spend the latter part of his life with. I can’t imagine having a 19yr old dog and then turning him into a shelter, but I guess we never know circumstances. Battersea is a wonderful organization!