Ollie... (was Scamper) is a good-looking black collie x who was was picked up as a stray. Taken to Ashton pound in Ireland, his life was in danger when no one turned up to claim him, so we have stepped in to save him. All we know at the moment is that Ollie is a happy, playful, fun-loving black retriever/collie x, about a year old.

Ollie is currently in kennels in Ireland and will be vaccinated and neutered before he comes over to the UK. When he arrives, Ollie will go into foster so we can assess him properly  We will update with more info and pix as soon as we can.

UPDATE 20/9/07

Rave reports from Ireland on this lad who we now think could be two years old.  Ollier has the most beautiful brown eyes, is very playful, very affectionate and very eager to please. We believe he will be a great addition to any family that can dedicate the time to catching him up with the love and training he has so far missed out on. In fact, his owner did finally turn up at the pound to claim him but it was decided not to let him have the dog back. The girls at Dogs in Distress in Ireland decided that Ollie should have the chance of a better life and we’re delighted to help out.

From his owner, we’ve learned that Ollie’s real name is Roy, that he has lived at least partly in the house (so should be at least partly house-trained), and we’re told he’s great with children.  From the kennels where he is at the moment, we’ve learned that, on a lead at least, he has shown no interest in the resident horses, pigs and sheep.He has not yet been neutered.

UPDATE 23/9/07

Well Ollie arrived on Saturday and has wowed everyone with his foxy good looks and gentle charm. He really is a lovely boy!  Undoubtedly more collie than anything else, but if that doesn’t put you off, he’s a really stunning chap - terrific on and off-lead, superb with other dogs, and brilliant with children.  A smallish, gentle. huggy-bear who loves cuddles. We think he is much younger than the two years old he’s supposed to be as he’s all puppy fur - perhaps a year old.  He has very nice manners, is very obedient, appears to be house-trained and is good in the car.  And he went through the night without a murmur. Now what more could you want...?

If you’re tempted by Ollie,  please email info@blackretrieverx.co.uk

The cost of transporting a dog from Ireland (which we organise) is £65 in addition to a voluntary adoption fee.

(added 9/9/07)

Ollie at Ashton Pound - just two days from being put to sleep

Scamper with Tickle (foreground)

discovering the delights of Salisbury Plain