Play may be popular, but a dog is still loved in later years.
Among the old dogs looking for a home through the Dog Trust is a 13-year-old English sheep, Doug Axel.
Described as a very sweet and gentle boy, Axel enjoys spending time with people, and enjoys the mess he creates when he is out.
It also comes as part of a package. The charity is trying to reunite him with his dog’s best friend, five-year-old Labrador Millie.
Although the lovely couple will need a home that allows them to live together, they have different exercise needs. Surprisingly, there is a difference in their age.
Unlike Excel, Mili is very passionate, and loves her food. Which lab doesn’t?
Because of this, owners will either need to become a multi-care homeowner, or be prepared to use them separately.
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Although you will definitely need to enjoy walkie-talkies, a friendly pair will make a loyal and loving companion for the right family, although any child over the age of 11 must be comfortable with large dogs.
And, although this cute couple has a really nice relationship with each other, they can’t live with any other dogs. They need a safe garden in a house away from busy roads.
Adam Klose, director of operations for the Dog Trust, says: “Over the past year, a lot of people have wanted to welcome a dog into their family, but older dogs also make wonderful companions.
“Older dogs are often calmer and less energetic, so although they can be lively and enjoy a walk in the park, hiking in the hills can be a thing of the past for them, according to some owners, youngsters.” Yes, and not so young.
With a big dog, what you see is what you get in terms of personality and size. And although you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks, he usually knows the basics of training and has experienced many things in his life, so he is likely to learn things. Take it in stride.
“Helping a big dog enjoy its seasonal years and giving them a chance to live their best lives is amazingly rewarding. Owners always tell us that you feel safe, warm, happy and have an afternoon. “It’s something that can’t be beaten.”
Do you have this beautiful couple’s living room in your home and heart? Can you raise a big dog?
Rehabilitation centers are currently only open by appointment, but you can contact the team at Dog Trust Manchester by calling 0303 003 0000.