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As the UK prepares to celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sunday, Dogs Trust Manchester is shining the spotlight on two lovely Older Age Pooches (OAPs) who are waiting for their forever home.

Older dogs in rescue centres are often overlooked in favour of younger dogs, especially puppies, but there are many advantages to having an older dog. These include needing less exercise, they are usually housetrained and they can often know basic training.

At the grand old age of twelve Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dodger, is now looking for a retirement home where he can rest his paws, and his eight-year-old canine companion Jack, also a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is hoping to find his special someone in time for the special day too.

12 year old Dodger loves an interesting walk and hopes to enjoy lots of new adventures with his forever family.

Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester Rehoming Centre Manager, says, “It’s especially sad when older dogs come to us and Dodger and Jack really deserve to find their special someone. They both came to us after a change in their families’ circumstances meant they could no longer look after them.

“Sometimes older dogs spend more time with us than younger dogs but there are so many advantages to having an older dog. They often need less exercise but are as much fun, they’re used to living in a home and their personality is already shaped so new owners can really understand and appreciate the dog that they are welcoming into their family.”

Canine Carer Lucy Williams Tyler with the loveable Dodger.

The team say Dodger is a cheeky chap who loves life despite his advancing years. He enjoys a nice walk and loves a fuss and adores spending time with his fellow four-legged friends when he’s out and about. Jack is hoping to sniff out a forever home where he can get all the TLC he deserves. He loves to play with his toys and would like a secure garden to play in when he’s not heading off on adventures with his new family.

Dawn says, “National Grandparents Day gives us the chance to put our golden oldies in the spotlight and we’re hoping this weekend sees Dodger and Jack’s special someone visit the centre and see that they’ll make the perfect addition to their families.”

Lively Jack loves to play.

Dodger is looking for a calm, quiet home to live out his golden years and Jack would like to be at the heart of an active family who are around a lot of the time as he doesn’t like to be left home alone. Jack can’t live with cats but both of these Older Age Pooches can live with children aged 11 years and over. They would like to be the only dogs in their new homes so they can lap up all the love.

If you think Jack or Dodger could be the dog for you, you can find out more by calling 0300 303 0292 or visit Dogs Trust Manchester at Parkway, Denton, M34 3SG. You can also find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk.

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