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Dogs Trust Manchester hopes to prove age is just a number this Valentine’s Day

With more than 70 dogs currently being cared for at Dogs Trust Manchester, the team are hoping to find their oldest and youngest four-legged friends the homes of their dreams this Valentine’s Day.

The youngest resident ready to find his paw-fect match is nine-month-old German Shepherd-cross, Rex, who found himself in need of a new home after his owners’ circumstances changed and they could no longer keep him.   

While Rex has only been at the centre for two months, older age pooch (OAP) Rascal, now 12, first arrived at Dogs Trust exactly two years earlier, in December 2021, after illness in the family meant he could no longer be given the love and time they knew he deserved. Although the team thought they had found Rascal his perfect home, he found himself back at the centre last summer and he’s been waiting ever since to find his special someone.

Lisa Eardley, manager at Dogs Trust Manchester, says: “Rex and Rascal may be years apart in age but in many ways they are quite similar. They are both friendly, full of energy, love an adventure, great fun and have huge, irresistible personalities. Also, both can live with children but they would like to be the only dog in their new homes so they can have their family’s undivided attention.  

“So, whether you want a young dog or an older pooch, we would love to find both Rex and Rascal the loves of their lives this Valentine’s Day.” 

Rex is a boisterous boy who has adapted well to life at the centre. He loves toys and food, which are great when it comes to reward-based training as sometimes his youthful enthusiasm can get the better of him, so he’s looking for owners who can improve his skills when he wants to say a friendly hello to both people and canine companions. He is a strong boy so will need adults to walk him, but he can live with children aged 15 or over. 

Rascal is always ready for an adventure and will quickly jump into the car when he knows it’s time for a day trip. He has learnt lots of tricks over the years and will happily show them off in return for a tasty treat. He reacts to dogs so would prefer to not have any neighbouring dogs and he would love to be walked in quieter areas where he can have lots of sniffs and time to explore his surroundings. He can live with children aged eight and over and once he’s enjoyed a walk, he will always be found snuggled up with his favourite teddy.  

Lisa says: “Dogs are often at the absolute heart of their families and Rex and Rascal have thankfully had loving homes in the past. They both really deserve to find forever homes where they will once again be loved and adored and be the centre of their owners’ lives once more.” 

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