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Oldie of the Week: Loveable Hooch


Handsome, hunky Hooch is a 9-year old Dogue de Bordeaux who came into the Oldies Club rescue as a stray when his owner could no longer care for him. Hooch is in a foster home in Hampton Hill, Middlesex, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent, loving home.

“Hooch is an absolute delight to live with and is great company.”

More on Handsome Hooch:

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR HOOCH TO SETTLE? It took a few weeks for Hooch to get into a settled routine.

IS HE OK TO BE LEFT ALONE? Hooch is happy to be left alone for a few hours, but he would not like to live with full-time workers with a walk/garden break at lunchtime. He is okay up to 4 hours but can become stressed if alone too long.

CAN HE LIVE WITH OTHER DOGS AND CATS?: Although it’s believed Hooch had lived with another dog previously, he is reactive and protective of his owner and territory, so he would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Hooch chases small furry and feathered things!

IS HOOCH OK WITH CHILDREN?: Hooch doesn’t like lots of noise, so older children and a calm home would be ideal.

OUT AND ABOUT: Hooch now walks well on the lead and rarely pulls unless he sees another dog. He has no recall at the moment, but this is being worked on with help from a behaviourist. Currently, he is walked once a day for between 40 – 60 minutes .

GOOD IN THE CAR: Yes, Hooch travels well in the car.

HOOCH’S FAVE THINGS: He loves playing with his squeaky toys and human company. He’s an affectionate lad and thoroughly enjoys his tummy rubs. He also likes his walks and sniffing/exploring.

HOOCH’S DISLIKES: He does not like other dogs approaching, especially off-lead. Hooch has reacted to the sound of roller blades on the pavement.

HOOCH’S IDEAL HOME: Hooch needs a calm, loving home with people who have plenty of time for him. He would love a big garden to patrol and would suit a quieter, semi-rural location. He is currently being walked on-lead and he’s happy exercising this way . He plays with balls in the garden and likes a tug-of-war game.

HOOCH’S NOTES: Hooch has been neutered whilst in foster care and he is chipped. He has a few lumps and bumps, but the vet has checked these and said they are harmless cysts.

More from Hooch’s carer: “He is beautiful inside and out. Hooch is small for a male Bordeaux, just 42kg. He’s strong and can be determined if he wants to do something or indeed not do something. Saying this, his bond has grown with us and he usually wants to please and be with us. He’s an absolute delight to take care of and wonderful company. Also. he’s a great guard dog.”
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If you would like to offer handsome Hooch a permanent home, please read our Adoption Procedures for information about the adoption process. You can then contact an Oldies Club rehoming co-ordinator as follows:

Email: rehome@oldies.org.uk
Telephone: 0844 586 8656

Hooch can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland – the closer to his foster home the better though, subject to a satisfactory home visit. Note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to collect him.

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If you would love to offer a home to an oldie but your circumstances aren’t suitable, perhaps you would be kind enough to sponsor one of the special oldies we are caring for that, due to health problems, are unlikely to be offered a permanent home.





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