Oldest dog rescued and rehomed with loving new owner


A 19-year-old terrier – the oldest we've ever taken in to rehome – has found his paw-fect match with a retired widow from Coventry.

Stormy the dog

Stormy was rescued by our Inspector Herchy Boal earlier this month after he was spotted collapsed in a snowy garden, in temperatures as low as -3C.

We received an anonymous call on 2 March and Herchy was extremely concerned for the terrier – who's 92 in dog years!

His owners signed him over into our care and Stormy was taken to the our Birmingham Animal Hospital for a check-up, before going into kennels at nearby Newbrook Farm Animal Centre.

The perfect senior pooch

Elizabeth Sidgwick, from Coundon, had been thinking about getting another dog when her daughter spotted Stormy’s story in the local press.

Elizabeth said:

I’d been looking for a dog for a while. I didn’t want a puppy, I wanted an older dog and I felt like I’d know when it was the right one for me. And he's the spitting image of my previous dog, Barney, who I had for 15 years.

She went to meet the senior pooch and knew he was the one for her. Stormy came home with Elizabeth on Sunday, 25 March and is settling in brilliantly already.

He's lovely – especially considering what he’s been through. He just wants to be loved.

He can be a cheeky boy though. When you’re eating he thinks he should have some so he sits, stares at you and barks!

He's just great. Everyone loves him!

We've filled the gap in each other’s lives

Stormy the dog with his new owner

Despite a minor heart murmur and cataracts in both eyes – which have left him with poor sight – the plucky terrier is relatively healthy.

Elizabeth added:

"He has cataracts so has had a few problems walking into doors and objects, but I’m helping him learn his way around the house.

"But that doesn’t seem to stop him sitting on his bed and watching the TV!

"Whether he has just a few months left or a few years, he's going to be happy and that’s the main thing."

And it’s not just Stormy who's been rescued – Elizabeth says the rescue pooch has changed her life too:

I was widowed three years ago and he's just brought something back to my life. He's something for me to focus on and someone for me to talk to.

He follows me around the house and keeps me company. I think we've filled the gap in each other’s lives.

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