A Staffie-cross named Zen, has spent over a thousand days in kennels at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT). His Valentine’s wish is to find a loving home where he can spend the rest of his retirement days in.
The ten-year-old pooch first came to the Hertfordshire rescue centre in 2016, after he was transferred from the Berkshire centre of the same charity. Zen has featured in dozens of charity appeals and campaigns on NAWT’s website and Facebook page but still has had no luck.
Zen is a dream. A dream who deserves a home
NAWT Watford centre manager, Jackie de Friez said, “Zen is an older dog and despite having a lot of interest, we just haven’t been able to secure him a home. He has been on reserve eight or nine times but all have sadly fallen through. Either the potential owners have pulled out, or their circumstances have changed and they could no longer give Zen a home.”
“He’s just a goofy, fun loving dog that wants an owner who is home most of the time. More than anything, Zen wants to spend time with you. He can be a bit clumsy but he’s sure to keep you laughing.”
TV dog trainer Jo-Rosie Haffenden from the School of Canine Science has also made several pleas for Zen on her social media after meeting him in 2017. She posted recently: “Zen is a dream. A dream who deserves a home.”
Since entering their care, Zen has taken part in Real Dog Yoga with Jo-Rosie, revolutionary Open Paw training with US dog trainer Kelly Gorman Dunbar, featured on Rosie Marcel of Holby City’s Instagram feed, enjoyed sleepovers and days out with staff and has been featured in the local press. His carers are now appealing to the nation in the run-up to Valentine’s to find a new home for this handsome gent.
The rescue centre has worked tirelessly to ensure he has a positive environment, routine and training.“We’re not sure what else we can do for Zen,” Jackie admits. “But we’ll never give up. Although he’s a little older he never acts it and has so much energy. He loves to hurtle around, play with toys and is almost always up for a cuddle.
“We think his ideal owner would be retired and experienced with dogs so they can spend most of their time with Zen and give him the time to settle and bond. Someone too who likes going for walks before settling down for a snooze on the sofa. Zen needs to be the only pet in the home and but could live with children aged 12 and over.”