On Winnie the Pooh Day – a date which marks the birthday of creator A. A. Milne – the big dogs of Battersea are hoping that the ‘silly old bear’s’ wise words can help find them a new loving home.

Eleven-year-old German Shepherd Ruby is currently searching for a forever home at Battersea Old Windsor along with several other large residents. It’s hoped that a quote from A. A. Milne’s famous bear can raise awareness of the larger dogs in rescue.

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness” – Winnie the Pooh

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness” were the words the honey-loving bear used to explain how Tigger – the Hundred Acre Wood’s largest animals – needed just as much love as Roo, its smallest.

Ruby may be more gentle than the bouncy tiger, but the well-behaved girl has plenty of spring in her step.

Battersea Old Windsor’s Centre Manager Kaye Mughal said, “Ruby is a lovely girl, with a sweet and sensitive side around other dogs. She might be a bit more mature, but you wouldn’t know it – as she’s still has a lot of bouncy fun left in her. Ruby’s a firm favourite of the staff and she’s made many human and dog friends during her time with us. If you show her a little kindness, she’ll fill your home and your heart with love.”

More of Battersea’s larger residents:


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This seven-year-old German Shepherd is a sociable and energetic girl, who’s looking for active owners who understand the breed. She loves her toys and likes to carry her favourite around with her at all times.

Eddie and Serena

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This dynamic and inseparable Greyhound duo are looking for a home together. The four-year-old pair are two of the many Greyhounds that come into Battersea as retired racers. Serena’s a bouncy girl who loves to give kisses, while steady-Eddie is a foody who loves strokes and affection.


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This young, seven-month-old is a German Shepherd cross Bernese Mountain Dog. She’s a gorgeous bundle of energy and intelligence. Storm’s a fun and affectionate girl, with some great training already in place. She’s looking for owners who can help her become the best dog she can be.

You can find out more about Ruby, Sheena, Eddie and Serena or Storm on Battersea’s website: www.battersea.org.uk.


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