100kg mastiff is adopted by family with heart as big as he is

A 100kg mastiff called Galahad – who made news around the world after a Dogs Trust appeal to find his forever home – has been adopted.

Galahad is the biggest-ever dog cared for at Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre and the same weight as a baby elephant.

The friendly four-year-old boy has had a lot of change in his life, so it was very important to find him the perfect match.

He’s been living with his new family, Colin, Lindy and 15-year-old Matthew Dimmock (pictured) and their other dog Odie for three weeks. Colin said:  “It was me who was missing having a big dog – and the slobber and the hair – after we lost our dog, Eli, last year. Galahad is actually about three-inches bigger than he was. He’s the fourth really big dog we’ve had, they’re so loveable and loyal.

“He’s fantastic – he sits, gives you his paw, he comes up and gives you a kiss, he’s met cyclists, tractors, cars, other dogs, and is brilliant with our son Matthew, who is autistic. He likes everything about Galahad apart from the slobber. He’s just starting to play tug. He’ll chase a football down the garden and once he’s punctured it he’ll bring it back! We haven’t found a toy he can’t destroy yet, typically they last about a day! He loves the hosepipe and has been really enjoying that while the weather has been nice.

“He has the three-seater sofa in the living room as his bed at night. He snores so loudly we can hear him from our bedroom! One thing he does that’s really funny is he walks alongside the sofa, lifts his bum onto it and sits there with his front feet on the floor. He’s got a brilliant character, he’s absolutely great.”

Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre Manager, Harriet Blaskett said: “Galahad was by far the biggest ever dog we’ve had at Canterbury. He’s had several previous homes, so it was really important that we got this right for him. We had a huge response to our appeal, and we could not be more thrilled with how well he’s settled in with his big-hearted new owners, they’re a match made in big dog heaven.”

If you think you could give a dog the forever home they are looking for, please go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the virtual adoption process.

If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188. Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Galahad who haven’t yet found their forever home, by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale

Colin added: “Dogs Trust were a pleasure to deal with from the first moment we got in contact and all throughout the rehoming process. The staff there clearly had a fantastic bond with Galahad and were sad to see him go but pleased that he had found his forever home. I would urge anyone who is passionate about dog welfare to support this wonderful charity.”