Could you give this older age pooch the gift of a lifetime?

Dogs Trust Manchester is hoping that this National Grandparents Day will prove every dog really does have its day, by finding a forever home for one of its older residents.

Chicota is a nine-year old Alaskan Malamute who had loved in the same loving home since being nine weeks old, but she has also found herself looking for a new home where she can spend her twilight years.

Claire Lavin, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Manchester said: “Chicota was a much-loved dog but due to a change in family circumstances her owner can no longer look after her, so we really want to find her a home. She is due to celebrate her tenth birthday later this month so the best birthday present ever would be to find her a forever family.

Chicota isn’t a typical Older Age Pooch (OAP). She is still very active and strong and loves having a run off lead so she is certainly not looking for a retirement home. She wants to get out and about and enjoy life to the full.”

This golden girl is looking for a home with a secure garden where she can play with her new family and entertain herself, which she particularly likes doing with squeaky toys.

Although she loves going on walks, she isn’t fond of car travel so ideally lovely walks from her front door would help her build her confidence whilst she settles in.

She needs to be the only pet in the home but could live with children aged 16 and over. However, she can be nervous around new people so a new home with few visitors and no young children would be ideal.

Claire adds: “She really is a gorgeous girl, so if someone is looking to welcome an older dog into their lives, then she could be the one. Unfortunately, our older dogs sometimes wait that little bit longer to find their forever home, but we’re really hoping that isn’t the case for Chicota.”

If you think Chicota could be the perfect match for you, you can call the Manchester rehoming centre on 0161 470 1042 to arrange to meet her or visit for more information.

Dogs Trust rehoming centres are not open for public browsing, but you can still make an appointment to adopt or bring a dog to them. The centres have set up new processes which include social distancing measures to help keep staff and visitors safe.