Breed: Male West Highland Terrier cross
Imagine finding the fountain of youth. Dear Torro is a delightful senior, who is experiencing his second adolescence in foster care. Torro has pep in his step and a sweet and loving nature. His favourite things include zoomies about the house, nesting in his beds, and a snuggle on the couch with his people (although he’d prefer his ears are left alone, thanks). He loves a pat and a cuddle, and enjoys providing kisses in return. This boy has never met a food item he doesn’t like (doggy-toxic treats of course not allowed) and would eat the day away if given the chance. He also enjoys getting out and about for daily jaunts. Torro is not, however, a great fan of other four pawed citizens, and prefers a quiet walk with his people over parks and other places where dogs congregate. Torro is reactive to other dogs, but we are working with him on this.
Torro is bearing the marks of maturity, including some stiffness, reduced vision and hearing, which our vets have assessed. These are not holding him back and, with a little pharmaceutical aid, Torro has found his mobility and his mojo, and has much to share with his forever people. Torro sleeps well through the night (and for those parts of the day when he is not strutting his stuff) in his own bed.
Torro is reliable with toileting once he understands household routines. He is calm and non-destructive around the house, and has proven to be sphinx-like when his carers go out for a few hours, barely moving in his sleeping position. Torro occasionally barks when he sees activity going on outside the house, but the benefit of age-related hearing loss is that he rarely reacts to the sounds of his ‘hood.
Torro will do best in a home with older children and adults who are willing to adore and be adored, share couch time and cuddles, and take Torro out for a daily stroll. He would love access to a yard where he can zoom, sniff and feel the dew on his feet. However, he could manage apartment living provided he doesn’t have to negotiate a lot of steps and his humans give him regular toileting opportunities. Once settled, Torro will be able to be left inside for a few hours during the day, but would prefer contact with his people and would not be keen on a full time working household unless people are working some of the time from home. Torro will need ongoing supplements to manage his arthritis.
West Highland terriers are known for their loyalty and spunk and Torro is a model of his kind. Do you have a space on your couch to share with his delightful boy?
Thank you to Christopher of Christopher Fotobooks for the fantastic photos of Torro.
Microchip Number: 982009106451706
Source Number: RE120211
Medical Notes: Scheduled to have his dental soon. Contact allergy. Stiff and some osteoarthritis.
All our dogs are desexed, C5 vaccinated with intranasal, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. All necessary vet work such as dentals, surgery, eye treatment is also carried out. We are no longer heartworm testing as we have not had one positive test since we began in 2006. If a dog comes to us on heartworm treatment this is continued.