Battersea Dogs and Cats Home received the oldest dog they've ever had in their 152 year history. Blackie, a 19-year-old mixed breed dog, arrived at the famous South London shelter this past August when his owners could no longer care for him.
Considering his age in human years would be equivalent to 133 years old, staff at Battersea are amazed by Blackie's remarkable amount of energy. He loves to play with toys, go for walks and gets lots of attention.
Philip Heron, Operations Manager at Battersea said, "Blackie's owners assured us he is 19, and we can’t find any record of an older dog ever arriving at Battersea. A 15, 16 or 17 year old dog isn't such a rare sight in our kennels, but a 19 year old is a real record-breaker for Battersea." He believes dogs are living longer than they did 10 years ago because of better diets and vet care.
Philip said, "Blackie still has lots of love to give, so we're searching for a special home for him." Within just a day of Blackie's story being shared in the news media, Battersea's web page announced Blackie has been successfuly rehomed. It would appear the loving senior dog has found a comfortable home for his retirement years.
Update September 27, 2012
Blackie is enjoying life in Durham City with his new owner Shirley Buchanan. Shirley saw Blackie's profile on Battersea Dogs and Cats Home social media pages and decided to adopt the elderly dog.
Blackie quickly embraced his new new doggie siblings. Shirley has two Curly Coated Retrievers, Hope who is six and Breeze who is four.
Shirley explained to the Northern Echo why she chose to adopt Blackie. She said, "I feel older dogs can get overlooked as people often want young dogs but the golden oldies have so much to give."
Shirley has re-homed older dogs in the past and found it a rewarding experience. When she read about Blackie online she was instantly drawn to him. And since he's come to live with her she has absolutely no regrets. She said, "He's an absolute joy to be around." Blackie can still jump onto a bed or couch and quickly determined that Shirley's bed was more appealing than his own. Shirley joked that she now needs a bigger bed.
She added, "Everyone we meet wants to make a fuss of him so he's lapping up the attention."