Day of the dog celebrations as puppies find new families

It will be all treats and no tricks this Halloween for these four frightfully cute puppies who have all found new homes, thanks to Dogs Trust Glasgow.

The Yorkshire terrier cross puppies – Imelda, Hector, Miguel and Emesto – were all named after characters from the Disney film Coco, the hear-warming story set around the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Coco is also the name of the puppies’ mother.

Cooc’s pregnancy wasn’t planned and her owners didn’t want to keep the litter, so they contacted Dogs Trust Glasgow rehoming centre for help.

The charity arranged for Coco to stay with one of the Dogs Trusts’ foster carers which she had her pups and once she had recovered from the birth and her young were old enough to be without her, Coco was reunited with her family.

Thanks to players People’s Postcode Lottery, the team at Dogs Trust Glasgow ensured Coco’s puppies were happy, fit and healthy before finding them new loving families, with each one going to their forever home in time for Halloween.

Leanne Mitchell and her family who live across the bridge from Glasgow in Baillieston, have adopted – now named Mabel Imelda.

Leanne Mitchell said: “Our two eldest – Caleb who’s 11 and Dylan, who’s 9-year-old – had asked us about getting a dog for ages but we wanted to wait for the time to be right for our whole family before we committed to getting a puppy. And this was it.

“I’ve recently changed career “I’ve recently changed career to be a driving instructor and my husband Brian is now working for home for the next few years, so it means there is always someone around to spend time with a puppy. The boys are also a bit older now too and willing to be more responsible, so they can help us take care of a dog.

“I said that if a puppy came up for adoption at Dogs Trust Glasgow then we would apply and we feel incredibly lucky to get Mabel Imelda. The boys were very emotional when we told them about her and my three-year-old Millie just kept saying ‘I cannae wait’, she was so excited for her to arrive!

“We made sure they all understood how important it was for us to adopt a puppy from a rehoming centre. It’s a nice feeling to know you’ve given a home to a dog in need.”

The puppy’s Coco connection was a special bonus for Dylan too. “He loves all things Halloween and especially the film Coco,” added Leanne. “Sadly, he can’t go trick or treating this year, but Mabel Imelda’s arrival has made this Halloween all the more special.”

One of the best-known songs in the film Coco is Remember Me, and the Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow, Sandra Downie, wants potential adopters to ensure they don’t forget older dogs when looking for a family pet.

Sandra Downie said: “Everybody loves puppies like Mabel Imelda and her brothers, but its worth remembering that older dogs can be just as much fun and equally as rewarding to rehome.

“Our little ball of fun Teddy, for example, is a Jack Russell terrier who may be a bit older but he’s a puppy at heart – full of beans and always on the go! He needs a quiet, calm home where he will be the only dog and owners that will help him progress with his training and give him the exercise he needs and loves.

“Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps to fund a  wonderful team of Canine Carers at the centre who are there to care for all of our dogs – young and old – and make sure they enjoy their time spent with us while they wait for their new family to discover them.”

 Could Teddy be the one you won’t forget?

Teddy (pictured below) is looking for a very active home with a loving family who are around most of the day to help him with his training. He can live with people aged 16 years old or over and needs his own secure garden to play in. Teddy would love to build a relationship with his new family, so will require multiple trips to the centre to spend time with him to build a bond. It will be time well spent!

 To find out more about Teddy, please contact Dogs Trust Glasgow on 0141 465 0839 or visit