Elderly Eric the pooch needs nine hours’ kip every evening along with naps whenever the fancy takes him. At the advanced age of 14 – that’s the equivalent of 98 human years – Eric likes nothing more than resting his weary bones. Sadly, through no fault of his own, Eric has ended up at an RSPCA rescue centre whose staff feel he deserves the perfect retirement home to sleep to his heart’s content.
Eric, a terrier type crossbreed with a thick grey and white coat, was abandoned when his previous owner left him with a neighbour but never came back.
As he shuts his eyes and dreams of snuggling down, the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Essex has put out a nationwide appeal to find him new sleeping quarters.
Animal centre manager Deborah Satchell said today: “Eric loves to snooze. He likes to be in bed by 10pm and doesn’t really want to get up before 7am.
“He also enjoys a long afternoon nap. He prefers to sleep in cool spots, like in doorways or on tiled floors, as he has a thick, fluffy coat.”
It is the thought of poor Eric not being able to curl up in a favourite spot to doze off during his twilight years that has sparked the RSPCA to make a special appeal to find him a permanent place to get some well-deserved rest.
Ms Satchell explained: “Eric is an older chap and he really doesn’t deserve to be in kennels. He’s really unsettled here so we’ve currently got him in a lovely foster home while we look for his forever home.
“We urgently want to find this senior pooch a quiet retirement home with a comfy bed of his own.
“He loves human company and finds being alone quite scary so is looking for someone who is around for much of the day.”
Because Eric is fairly deaf, loud noises can make him jumpy. His fosterers take care to make him aware of their presence before stroking him.
While Eric can live with older children and loves meeting other dogs, he does not want to share a home with a cat.
Ms Satchell continued: “He loves affection and his favourite thing is having his back and ears scratched.
“While he generally likes pottering about, sometimes he has sudden bursts of energy and will zoom around the room.
“He’s a lovely dog who likes an easy life and will make a wonderful companion for the right person.”
For more information about Eric please visit his online profile or call 0300 111 4321.