A long-term rescue dog spends Christmas in a new home

A rescue dog who spent two-years being cared for Dogs Trust Newbury has spent Christmas in a loving home.

Six-year old Pickles had been in the care of the Hampstead Marshall-based centre since September 2016. After almost 800 days in their care, he got his wish and has now been adopted by a new family in Abingdon.

Pickles was adopted by his new family, Kathryn and Tim Hooper who had been searching for a dog for a while so took a trip to Dogs Trust Newbury where they were introduced to Pickles by his Canine Carer.

Kathryn said: “We took a liking to him straightaway and he seemed to like us – so it was a match made in heaven.”

During his time at the centre, staff fell in love with Pickles endearing personality, and worked hard to make him feel at home.

They discovered how clever he was, and he loved spending time with his favourite Carer, Victoria who taught him lots of tricks including a dance routine to the foxtrot, and she helped prepare him for the day he would eventually find his forever home.

Nicki Barrow, Dogs Trust Newbury’s Rehoming Centre Manager, said: “Waving goodbye to Pickles was a bittersweet day for everyone. He was so well-loved here so naturally we were sad to see him go. But knowing he was going to a perfect home and got to spend Christmas with his own family made it all worthwhile for us.

“We truly believe that a dog is for life and there really is an owner out there for every single dog. We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect home for Pickles and his new owner absolutely adores him, and he does her. Pickles was known to take a while to build his bonds with new people, but after a number of visits from Kathryn and Tim and the hard work his Canine Carers put in with making him feel comfortable, it really was a match made in heaven and we couldn’t be happier.”

If you think you could provide a ‘paw’fect home for a dog at Dogs Trust Newbury you can visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.