12 Dogs of Christmas - Warwickshire pooches await their furry-tail ending - The Stratford Observer

12 Dogs of Christmas - Warwickshire pooches await their furry-tail ending

DOGS in Warwickshire are looking for their furry-tail ending this Christmas.

While the team at Dogs Trust Kenilworth will ensure their residents will enjoy the best possible Christmas, they are hoping come the new year, it won’t be long before the dogs head home with their forever families.

Manager Emma- Jane Thomas said: “All of our dogs deserve to have wonderful lives at the heart of loving homes and we have our fingers and paws crossed that every single dog we are looking after will find their very own special someone soon.

“Our slogan, “A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas®”, is as relevant as ever and we’d encourage everyone thinking of getting a dog to not rush into it and to do their research. That way they can make sure they are ready to welcome a four-legged bundle of energy into their life and be as confident as possible that they can give their dog everything it needs for its entire life.”

Two-year-old Greyhound Ringo is an ex-racer so he hasn’t yet experienced a loving home-life.

Greyhounds often find themselves at the centre longer than other breeds as people think they need more exercise, but they can often be found enjoying an afternoon snooze after a walk.

This boy loves day trips and being around people so leaving hours will need to be built up gradually.

He will need a secure garden with six-foot fences as those long legs mean he can jump!

The team says Ringo will easily fit into a family, and could live with children over 10, and another dog of a similar size.

If you have a tennis ball, the chances are five-year-old Mastiff Nellie won’t be far behind you! This gentle giant is looking for a loving home with patient owners who won’t demand too much of her while she settles in.

She would like an adult-only home without any neighbouring dogs. Her new owners will need to continue her basic training and she doesn’t like being left home alone so they will need to be around a lot at first.

Murphy is an adorable eight-year-old Boxer Cross who loves life – people, food, treats, soft toys, cuddles and sleeping in particular!

He can live with children from eight years and would love a family who can spend most of the day with him. However, he is not a dog-lover so needs to be the only dog in the home and he is muzzle trained to help with his reactivity when he’s out and about – something he is perfectly comfortable with. Murphy is on pain relief medication for an elbow condition, but nothing stops him loving life and the team assures he will make a fun-loving family pet.

Crossbreed Sheldon is six and an anxious boy but over time has built a loving bond with his carers – and can’t resist a fuss and a cheeky groom.

He is housetrained but doesn’t like being left alone so he will need his new owners to be around to help him settle.

He will need a quiet, adult-only home with few people coming and going so he can relax and be the best he can be.

Sadly Nigel, who is three, was found as a stray but, despite what he’s been through, he is a lively Patterdale who loves to be on the go.

His favourite thing is spending time with people, but he gets overwhelmed easily – a possible result of him having to fend for himself before being rescued.

Nigel loves toys – the squeakier the better and, as well as treats, will work as training rewards.

He likes having a fuss made of him, but he is also happy to be left alone for a few hours and has been crate trained.

He would prefer to be walked in quieter areas so a rural home would suit him best.

Benny found himself back at Dogs Trust after a change in his family’s circumstances meant they felt they could no longer give him everything he needed.

The team says Benny, a five-year-old Crossbreed, is super-clever and a willing pupil – especially if there are tasty treats on offer.

He enjoys a walk on the field and bouncing around in the long grass.

He would be best suited to a quiet, adult-only home, with a garden, where he is the only pet.

Siberian Husky, Gypsy, is six and arrived at the centre in spring, so the team hopes it won’t be long before she finds her forever home.

Gypsy is looking for an adult-only home with minimal visitors as she is wary of strangers. Although she loves walks, she doesn’t like meeting other dogs so quiet areas are best.

Treats and chasing toys are the key to foodie Gypsy’s heart.

She will need a garden with no neighbouring dogs and as she is a big girl the fencing will need to be at least six feet.

The team is confident, with patient owners, Gypsy will make a loyal canine companion.

Seven-year-old Spaniel Cross, Suede, is a handsome, intelligent and energetic boy who likes cuddles and playing with his toys.

Unfortunately, Suede has been in and out of kennels for most of his life so is looking for a stable home with patient owners who will let him take things at his own pace.

He would love an adult-only home in a quiet area away from busy roads. He likes company so his new owners would need to be around a lot.

Crossbreed Bailey came to Dogs Trust at eight-months-old and is hoping he will be settled with a new family before his third birthday.

He is a clever boy and with the help of staff has started to build his confidence – discovering a love of toys, particularly balls.

He will benefit from getting to know his new owners before he heads home and so the team can help them understand Bailey’s training needs. He would suit a quiet, rural home with a secure garden.

Five-year-old German Shepherd Roxy was sadly found as a stray and understandably can sometimes find the world overwhelming, but with a little help from her new family, the team know she will be a wonderful four-legged friend. They describe her as sweet, intelligent, playful and a foodie! She enjoys walks in the countryside but will also enjoy relaxing in a garden of her own. She needs a home without children or other pets.

Cooper is a sucker for a tasty treat which comes in handy when getting to know him. This three-year-old Greyhound is very playful and loves a game with squeaky toys, although he does tend to hog them so the team are teaching him to swap!

Cooper needs an active home with owners who will enjoy continuing his training. He walks nicely on the lead and loves to explore new places so is always ready for a day trip!

Crossbreed Sasha is two and loves to be busy! She needs a home with owners who can keep up with her and are willing to make sure her brain as well as her body are kept occupied!

She loves to learn new things, especially if a game with a toy is her reward, although a tasty treat also works. She doesn’t mind meeting up with canine companions when she’s out and about but she would benefit from being the only dog in the home so her owners can give her the time – and energy – she needs. She would like an adult-only – and feline free – home.

Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk to find out more about adoption and www.dogstrust.org.uk/christmasadvice to support the trust this Christmas.


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