Battersea seeks ‘retirement home’ for oldest dog
Battersea Dogs Home has issued a plea to dog lovers nationwide, in an attempt to re-home its oldest ever ‘resident’ – a mongrel named Blackie.
At 19 years (113 in human equivalent), Blackie is well into his twilight. He is thought to be the oldest dog ever to have been taken in at the famous South London dog kennels since it opened in 1860, dailymail.co.uk reports. However, unlike many other old dogs, Blackie is said to be full of energy and ‘bounds around’ his temporary home.
Well-behaved, Blackie has ‘impressed’ staff with his love of walks and lapping up attention, thus Battersea understandably thinks Blackie deserves a loving home in which to ‘enjoy his retirement’. Being an older dog, whoever comes to Blackie’s rescue might only need to buy a comfy dog bed, some nice new toys and of course, lavish piles of affection on him.
The lovable pooch is one of many dogs that seem to be living for longer, due possibly to hypo-allergenic diets and greater levels of care. Blackie arrived at Battersea Dogs Home in August as his previous owners were sadly unable to care for him any longer. They assured staff that Blackie was indeed 19 years old.
Operations manager, Philip Heron told metro.co.uk: “We can’t find any record of an older dog. Blackie still has lots of love to give, so we’re searching for a special home for him.”