Scotland’s oldest rescue dog, aged 112, needs new home

Sixteen-year-old Cracker is looking for a home. Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith/HEMEDIA
Sixteen-year-old Cracker is looking for a home. Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith/HEMEDIA
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SCOTLAND’S oldest rescue dog – who has been around for 112 dog years – is looking for a new home.

Sixteen-year-old Cracker was recently handed into the Dogs Trust after his owner’s health started to fail.

The senior pooch, who is a crossbreed, is a fan of a soft, comfy bed, gentleness, peace and quiet.

But despite his age, he also enjoys going for walks while wearing a cosy jacket.

Cracker’s owner could not give the lovable mutt the care and attention he felt was needed and deserved, leading him to hand Cracker in to the charity’s West Calder, West Lothian rescue centre.

And now, Dogs Trust is desperate to find Cracker a new home where he can live out his final years.

Susan Tonner, Dogs Trust West Calder Rehoming Centre manager said: “Many older dogs at Dogs Trust are often overlooked in favour of younger, more active pups which is a real shame, especially in Cracker’s case.

“He is a cracking dog who adores the company of people, especially if they are willing to throw around a tennis ball.

“He is 16 years young and would love to find a new home with a family who can give an elderly gent lots of love and attention in his twilight years.”

Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog down, and so currently has several older dogs in its care looking for homes.

And the charity believes there are many advantages to rehoming a more elderly pooch.

Susan said: “Older dogs are more likely to be calmer, and need less exercise, but they are always up for some fun, and you can definitely teach an old dog like Cracker new tricks as he still wants the mental stimulation.

“As like other older dogs in our rescue centres, residents like Cracker have been with us a while and know their basic commands, and will make the perfect addition to the right home.”

Cracker needs a home where he can go for walks, chew bones and indulge in afternoon snoozing on a comfortable bed.

The cute canine does not mind the company of other dogs but does not like cats.

Cracker also struggles with sight sometimes, so a home with older children would be preferable as he can get a fright if things move too quickly.

A home with a garden and not too many stairs would be ideal for the mature mutt.

To give Cracker a home contact Dogs Trust West Calder on 0300 303 0292.