Posted 4 months ago ago
With lockdown meaning months spent at home, for many of us our dogs have provided much-needed company and really helped us through what was a tough time.
They were already our best friends, but now even more so.
And it also meant that the demand for those wanting a dog increased dramatically. Those who were usually too busy for a furry friend suddenly had more time and those who needed to spend weeks dedicated to puppy training, could.
Although puppies might be absolutely adorable, there are also so many older dogs in need of a loving home.
That is why Dogs Trust is appealing for would-be adopters to consider rehoming some of their elderly residents - they too have a lot to offer their prospective new owners.
One older dog that has found his ideal retirement home is 13-year-old Terrier Paddy, who was adopted from Dogs Trust Manchester by 101-year-old Marjorie Rigby shortly before lockdown began.
Now, Marjorie and her daughter Angela say they don’t know what they’d have done without him as Marjorie hasn’t been able to leave their home since the start of the pandemic.
Angela, who lives in Tameside with Marjorie, said: “Adopting Paddy is the best thing we have ever done. Of course, when we adopted him we didn’t know what we were going to be facing, but I don’t know how we’d have got through lockdown without him.
“He has been absolutely wonderful company, such a comfort.
“I would encourage anyone thinking of adopting a dog to consider an older dog. Paddy makes us so happy and seeing him happy is fantastic.”
Could you give a loving retirement home to an older dog?
To find out more about caring for an older dog, visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk.