Elderly ‘snuggle-bug’ Seamus longs for someone to share the sofa with

As thousands of dogs have been snapped up during lockdown, poor Seamus has been overlooked time and time again.

The 10-year old Lurcher cross loves nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa – but he doesn’t have anyone to cuddle up to.

Staff at RSPCA Ashley Health Animal Centre, in Dorset have been taking it in turns to spend time cuddling with him but they’re desperate to find him the paw-fect retirement home.

Ashley Health behaviour and welfare advisor Hannah Hawkins said: “Seamus is such a lovely dog, he’s a real snuggle-bug and is looking for a quiet retirement home. We’ve seen unprecedented levels of interest in rehoming during lockdown with dogs flying out of the doors to their new homes. But, sadly, Seamus has been overlooked time and time again due to his age and his medical needs.

“He suffers from arthritis and has a missing hip joint so he doesn’t need to go for walks but would like a reasonable-sized garden where he can enjoy pottering, sniffing and exploring. He will need ongoing veterinary care but Bournemouth vet clinic has offered to cover his medical expenses so ideally we’d like hm to be rehomed locally so his new owners can make the most of this support.”

Seamus can be a little nervous around new people so would like a new home with patient owners who can slowly build up his confidence. He knows some basic commands and enjoys learning tricks – and getting treats. His favourite pastime is curling up on the sofa and enjoying lots of fuss and cuddles.

He’d like to have company during the day initially, while he settles in, before his new owners can start to teach him that it’s okay to be home alone.

He likes lots of the dogs here at Ashley Health but sometimes struggles meeting new dogs so will need slow and controlled socialisation to make new friends. He could live with a confident cat and he is happy wearing a muzzle and wears one when out in public.

Hannah added: “Seamus doesn’t want for much. He absolutely loves snuggling on the sofa and, after nearly a year in kennels on his own, he really does deserve having his own sofa and someone to cuddle up to. He’ll make a great companion for someone.”

To find out more about Seamus, you can visit his online profile or contact Ashley Heath on ashleyheath@rspca.org.uk or 0300 123 0749.